The Walton County Bar Association is happy to share this press release regarding past Bar President Timothy Klob's swearing into the Gwinnett County Magistrate Court. Press Release: The Magistrate Court of Gwinnett County is proud to announce the addition of two new part-time Magistrates. Judge JammieTaire has been practicing law for 20 years, primarily in the areas of family, probate, and general civil law; she has also handled misdemeanor criminal cases. Judge Taire has extensive litigation experience in family law and debt collection, which will serve the Court’s Family Violence Division and Garnishment Divisions well. Judge Taire is currently working as a Staff Attorney for the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union, where she holds the title of Second in Command and helps manage an office of 8 employees and 4 staff. In that capacity, she provides direct representation to union members on a variety of legal matters. Prior to that, she had a successful solo practice for 10 years. Judge Taire is also currently writing a book on probate law. Judge Timothy Klob has been practicing law for 24 years. He is an AV-Preeminent rated attorney, a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps, a Registered Professional Engineer, past President of the Walton County Bar Association (2015-2017), an Accredited Claims Representative with the Veterans Administration, and a Georgia Super Lawyer (2012, 2014-2018). He is currently the Managing Partner of Klob&Larrison, a Loganville firm with a statewide practice in workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. Not only will Judge Klob be incredibly valuable to the Magistrate Court’s civil divisions (civil actually comprises 2/3 of our total caseload), but he has some quasi-judicial experience from his service as a Legal Advisor to Boards of Officers for disciplinary and administrative personnel actions in the Army. Prior to practicing law, Judge Klob was also a Civil Engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation (1988-1994), where he implemented and managed a statewide Transportation Activities Program responsible for over $90 million in Federal-Aid project funding for transportation-related historic preservation sites. The Gwinnett County Magistrate Court is an extremely busy Court, with a case load that will reach approximately 100,000 matters this year. Magistrate Court also operates 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, handling a wide variety of civil and criminal matters. Given their extensive experience, varied backgrounds and training, as well as their excellent judicial demeanors, Judge JammieTaire and Judge Timothy Klob will have an immediate, positive impact on the Court. For more information about the Gwinnett County Magistrate Court, please go to www.gwinnettcourts.com.
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.