09/05/17 Athens, GA: Today, the Walton County Bar Association delivered a check to the American Red Cross in the amount of $1,000, which was earmarked for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief. Recently elected President Eric C. Crawford and Treasurer Jared Campbell had the opportunity to present American Red Cross Athens Executive Director Laura E. Allen with the check at the American Red Cross office in Athens, Georgia. At the Walton County Bar Association’s annual meeting in Monroe on September 1, 2017, Loganville Attorney Mike Jones made a motion to donate $1,000 in WCBA funds to the Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. Social Circle Attorney Becky Dally seconded the motion, which carried unanimously through a voice vote. The donation was funded by membership dues collected from members of the bar association. Photo courtesy American Red Cross – Athens.
On June 21, 2013, WCBA received the Website Award from the State Bar of Georgia for bar associations with 51 to 100 members. The award recognized WCBA’s website for exemplifying “excellence in usefulness, ease of use, content and design in meeting the needs of the website’s targeted audience.” The Website Award, part of the 2013 State Bar of Georgia Local and Voluntary Bar Activities Awards competition, was announced during the State Bar’s annual meeting.
On March 7, 2013, the Walton County Bar co-sponsored a CLE (continuing legal education) seminar with ICLE of Georgia entitled “Practical Considerations in Family, Probate and Criminal Matters.” Held in the Walton County Government Building, the CLE seminar was the first ever in Walton County. Brian Glass, Chair of the Walton County Bar's CLE Committee, presided, and Bar members Judge Ken Wynne, Marcy Hanks, Russell Preston and Stephen Noel were presenters. Fifty-six attorneys attended the seminar, representing twelve counties. According to Larry Jones, the Executive Director of ICLE, the attendance was “outstanding,” the faculty was “excellent,” and the program chair was a “true professional.” Likewise, the attendees were impressed, giving an average rating of 4.7 (out of 5) as the overall assessment of the seminar, an average rating of 4.8 as to the excellence of the materials, and an average rating of between 4.6 and 4.9 to each of the presenters and the program chair.
On June 1, 2012, the Walton County Bar received the Best New Entry Award for its Law Day 2012 observance from the State Bar of Georgia. The award, part of the 2012 State Bar of Georgia Local and Voluntary Bar Activities Awards competition, was based on "excellence of the entry." Ann Overbeck, Walton County Bar President, accepted the award on behalf of the coproration at the annual meeting of the State Bar.
On June 6, 2014, WCBA received the Law Day Award from the State Bar of Georgia for bar associations with 51 to 100 members. The award recognized WCBA for its Law Day 2014 observance, which was a community forum “Serving on a Jury: The Right and Duty of a Citizen.” (See the May 2014 post “Walton County Hosts Community Forum to Celebrate Law Day 2014” for details of the observance.) The Law Day Award, part of the 2014 State Bar of Georgia Local and Voluntary Bar Activities Awards competition, was announced during the State Bar’s annual meeting. The award is WCBA’s third State Bar award in three years.