Committees, Programs & Sections

Administrative Law
The Administrative Law Section provides a forum for attorneys to remain current on Georgia administrative law, socialize with other administrative law practitioners and learn about the numerous and varied areas of state administrative law. The section connects members with a monthly publication covering a selection of recent decisions out of the Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings, holds networking events and plans seminars.

Agriculture
The Agriculture Law Section seeks to increase the awareness and further the knowledge of members of the State Bar and general public in agricultural law issues.

Animal Law Section
The purpose of Animal Law Section provides networking and educational opportunities to its members. Animal law has useful applications for practitioners in many areas including landlord/tenant, criminal, wills and trusts, personal injury and tort claims, non-profit corporations, agricultural, local government and administrative law. Our mainstream section will provide a forum for members to exchange ideas, study, and understand laws, regulations, and case law pertaining to all areas of Animal Law.

Antitrust
Facilitates awareness and compliance with the federal antitrust laws. It does so primarily through meetings and programs that alert section members to recent antitrust developments and allows them to get together with other antitrust practitioners in the private bar and government enforcement agencies.

Appellate Practice
The purpose of the section is “to foster professionalism and excellence in appellate advocacy and to encourage improvements in the appellate process.” The work of the section involves sponsoring programs and seminars, encouraging appellate pro bono representation, providing a forum for dialogue between the appellate bench and bar of this state and, when appropriate, advocating improvements in appellate practice and procedure through legislation.

Aviation
Offers opportunities to members of the Bar to acquire and share knowledge of aviation-related topics in order to foster a better understanding of the issues that are unique to aviation law.

Bankruptcy
Serves all members of the Bar whose practice involves debt or creditor issues in the consumer or commercial law areas by its sponsorship of seminars, publications and networking opportunities throughout the state.

Business
Hosts standing committees on the Corporate Code, the UCC, Securities, Partnerships, Legal Opinions and Publications and continues to consider legislative proposals and monitor legislative developments in their respective areas.

Child Protection & Advocacy
The purpose of this Section shall be to promote the objectives of the State Bar of Georgia within the field of Child Protection and Advocacy. The Section shall provide a forum for dissemination of information on aspects of juvenile law practice related to children: prosecution and agency representation, parent representation, child representation, and guardian ad litem work in deprivation or dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings in Juvenile and Probate Courts; defense and prosecution of delinquency and status offender or CHINS (Children in Need of Services) cases; miscellaneous Juvenile Court advocacy regarding competency, emancipation, and parental notification issues; and handling of adoption proceedings. The Section shall additionally focus on representation at school tribunals, advocacy in IEP and other meetings, and quasi-judicial procurement of social security disability, Medicaid, and other entitlements. The Section will participate in efforts to keep members informed of changing federal and state laws and of agency rules, policies, and regulations and to enhance the practice of law relevant to children, except for matters related to matrimonial law as covered by the Family Law Section. The Section shall cooperate with and assist the Younger Lawyer’s Division’s Juvenile Law Committee in its endeavors and activities on behalf of children and may elect to assist in other related activities, upon request.

Constitutional Law
The purpose of this section shall be to promote the objectives of the State Bar of Georgia within the field of constitutional law (state and federal); to actively sponsor the continuing education of the members of the State Bar of Georgia in this field; to make appropriate recommendations in this field to the State Bar of Georgia; and to further the purposes of a Section of the State Bar of Georgia as contemplated under the provisions of Article XIV of the bylaws of the State Bar of Georgia.

Consumer Law
Fosters professionalism and excellence in consumer law advocacy, both through individual and class actions and to promote improvements in laws governing consumer transactions and fair or deceptive business practices.

Corporate Counsel
Comprised of Bar members engaged in corporate law practice with corporations, associations and law firms, the section annually sponsors a two-day Corporate Counsel Institute covering topics of interest to corporate counsel.

Creditors' Rights
Seeks to provide learning opportunities for its members and to serve the needs of attorneys practicing in the area of collections and commercial litigation.

Criminal
Conducts activities to help keep members updated in the finer points of criminal law and disseminates information on matters affecting criminal practice.

Dispute Resolution
Facilitates the methods for resolving legal disputes other than through litigation and plans continuing education seminars.

E-Discovery & the Use of Technology
The purpose of this Section shall be to provide education and training to lawyers across practice areas about all facets of legal technology and e-discovery, including the tools and applications; best practices and procedures; applicable rules and laws; and ethical considerations.

Elder
Promotes the development of substantive skills of attorneys working with older clients by offering continuing education programs.

Eminent Domain
Organized to promote education relating to the law of eminent domain in the state of Georgia.

Employee Benefits
The Employee Benefits Law Section seeks to: promote knowledge and understanding of laws regulating employer sponsored benefit plans through continuing legal education opportunities in the field of executive compensation, pensions, health and welfare and ERISA litigation; establish a liaison with the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service and employee benefit practitioners; and develop collegiality among practitioners within the employee benefits area of practice.

Entertainment & Sports
The Entertainment & Sports Law Section is unique in both its membership and its goals. Its goals are to educate and promote networking among Section members and guests. Varied programs include a monthly luncheon lecture series with CLE credits as well as local and international seminars. The Florida and Tennessee Bars have joined forces with the Section to provide an international seminar. Members, as well as the Bar at large, enjoy learning and socializing in a relaxed atmosphere.

Environmental Law
The Environmental Law Section, through its monthly brown bag lunches, provides its members with a unique opportunity to get to know other lawyers from industry, federal and state government, public interest organizations and private law firms who practice environmental law on a day-to-day basis. Membership in the Section also enables members to stay informed on current environmental subjects, including legislative and regulatory developments, through its quarterly newsletter. The Section also sponsors semi-annual seminars with CLE credit, as well as field trips and social events.

Equine Law
Organized as an association of licensed attorneys in the state of Georgia, the section has members who desire to develop their knowledge and professional abilities in equine matters of law in order to render better service to their clients and the general public.

Family Law
The Family Law Section, which has over 1,500 members, is very active and strives to keep its members on the cutting edge of the ever-changing dynamics in this area of practice. The Section promotes continuing legal education by sponsoring with ICLE each year the Family Law Institute in May and Nuts and Bolts of Family Law in the fall. The Section also monitors legislation and assists in drafting legislation in the area of family law. The Section publishes a quarterly newsletter which includes articles on emerging areas of the practice, interviews with members of the judiciary, summaries of new appellate cases, and updates on the latest legislation and changes to the Superior Court Rules. The Younger Lawyer's Family Law Section promotes networking among its members and coordinates exciting fundraisers for the community. The Section annually bestows the Joseph T. Tuggle Jr. professionalism award and the Jack P. Turner award to recognize outstanding contribution and achievement in the area of family law. The Family Law Section is an unlimited source of assistance and guidance for its members while always keeping integrity and respect as its primary goals. Membership of the Section is open to all members of the State Bar of Georgia who practice or are interested in the area of family law. Members may join at anytime.

Fiduciary Law
The Fiduciary Law Section has as its primary goal the improvement of skills of lawyers who practice in the fiduciary area by sponsoring seminars such as the Fiduciary Law Seminar, the Estate Planning Institute in Athens, the Basic Estate Planning Seminar and other programs. In addition, the Section monitors legislation in the fiduciary area; helps in drafting fiduciary legislation and works with the probate judges to improve the administration of justice and seeks to maintain high standards of professionalism and a strong sense of collegiality among the Section members.

Franchise & Distribution Law
The Franchise and Distribution Law Section was formed to promote the education and best practices of franchise and distribution law among section members.

General Practice & Trial Law
The General Practice & Trial Law Section proclaims itself "Georgia's Largest Law Firm." It is one of the largest sections of the State Bar of Georgia. Benefits of membership include Calendar Call, luncheons, liaison to other sections and the American Bar Association, and a web presence. Section seminars focus on trial practice, law staff training, office technology, mediation and basic corporate practice. Members enjoy inexpensive access to an extensive audio cassette and videotape library. The Section proudly supports the Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition and the Georgia Institute of Trial Advocacy. Through the Tradition of Excellence Awards, the Section annually recognizes outstanding lawyers and judges at its annual June meeting.

Government Attorneys
The Government Attorneys Section was formed in recognition of the significant number of attorneys engaged in government service. The purpose of this section is to provide a forum for government attorneys and to promote their interest before and participation in the State Bar of Georgia.

Health Law
The mission of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia is to serve as a collegial forum for its members to interact and exchange information to enable its members to develop expertise in Health Law and serve their clients more effectively. The Section actively works to provide high quality educational programs and resources concerning evolving health law issues, with an emphasis on those issues emerging in Georgia; and to serve as a public resource within the health industry in Georgia. The Section actively works to increase its membership through its activities and outreach. In support of its mission, the Section strives to provide at least two substantive programs annually and to cosponsor legal and community programs of interest to the Section membership.

Immigration Law
The Immigration Law Section provides education, advice and disseminates information regarding current conditions relating to the practice before various government agencies including Department of Homeland Security, U.S. and state Department of Labor, etc., to its members in the area of U.S. immigration law.

Individual Rights
The Individual Rights Law Section serves the Bar through educational activities intended to protect and promote the rights of individuals. In recent years the Section has sponsored continuing legal education seminars on such topics as privacy in the information age, environmental justice, and civil rights litigation. During the legislative session the Section monitors legislation likely to have a significant impact on members. The Section sponsors community service projects, hosts informal gatherings for its members and special guests, such as members of the judiciary and legislature, and publishes a newsletter for its members to keep them informed of current developments affecting individual rights.

Intellectual Property
The section provides networking and educational opportunities to its members. The section also fosters networking and education for intellectual property attorneys and professionals nationwide, including co-sponsoring the annual IP Institute.

International Law
The International Law Section endeavors to provide a forum for its members to exchange ideas and experiences related to representation of domestic or foreign clients in connection with matters involving more than one national jurisdiction. In addition, the Section keeps its members informed of the latest developments in the areas of international law and practice through an annual continuing legal education seminar, luncheon study groups and periodic presentations by experts in their field.

Judicial
The Judicial Section fosters professionalism and excellence in the judiciary, encourages improvements in judicial process and court operations, solicits input from non-judicial bar members upon judicial procedures and court operations, and encourages interaction between bench and bar of the State Bar of Georgia.

Labor & Employment Law
The Labor and Employment Law Section focuses attention on all areas of labor/management-employee/employer relationships through continuing legal education.

Law and Economics
The purpose of this Section shall be to increase awareness of the economic impact of statutes, regulations, and case-law decisions by bringing together lawyers and scholars to discuss and study such issues.

Legal Economics Law
The Legal Economics Law Section provides information and assistance on the administrative, business and practical aspects of the practice of law. The Section produces a newsletter with the Law Practice Management Program of the State Bar of Georgia and co-sponsors seminars.

Local Government Law
The Local Government Law Section provides a forum for attorneys representing local governments to exchange ideas and experience. The Local Government Institute for City and County Attorneys is held annually in Athens. Speakers are chosen to discuss current legal, practical and ethical problems in defending and advising local governments.

Military/Veterans
The Military-Veterans Law Section sponsors two continuing legal education programs each year promoting awareness and training among bar members of legal issues particular to military service. The section annually conducts training for attorneys seeking approval to practice before the VA.

Nonprofit Law
The purpose of this Section shall be to establish and maintain, as an integrated group, members of the State Bar of Georgia who are legal advisors in the field of nonprofit law; to provide an opportunity for the exchange of information and ideas; to improve the professional responsibility with respect to the practice of nonprofit law; to provide, serve and act as a central association and forum for the study, discussion, resolution, collection and dissemination of ideas, information, data, conclusions and solutions with respect to, and common problems created by, the field of nonprofit law.

Product Liability
The Product Liability Law Section co-sponsors two seminars annually. Members receive a quarterly newsletter featuring case summaries, articles, section member profiles and a calendar of section events, which will include meetings in Rome, Savannah and Macon.

Professional Liability Section
The general purpose of the Section shall be the promotion of the objectives of the State Bar of Georgia within the fields of professional liability and malpractice. As the Health Law Section presently assists the profession in the fields of medical and health liability and malpractice, the Section's emphasis shall be upon liability in fields other than medical or veterinary professions, including but not limited to: 1. Architects; 2. Attorneys at law; 3. Certified public accountants; 4. Land surveyors; 5. Professional engineers. The purposes of this Section shall be to provide a medium through which practitioners in the fields of professional liability can organize, concentrate, and coordinate their activities to enhance the practice and understanding of professional liability law.

Real Property Law
The Real Property Law Section promotes continuing legal education by co-sponsoring with ICLE each year, a commercial real property law seminar in the fall, a basic real estate practice seminar in the winter and a Real Property Law Institute in May. In addition, the section monitors legislation at the state and federal level that impacts our members. Our newsletter updates practitioners on practical topics and judicial developments three times a year. The section website provides helpful information and links to other useful websites. Thesection maintains a listserve for our members to post questions and receive real time responses, with helpful guidance from other practioners.

School & College Law
The School and College Law Section provides Section members with opportunities to interact with those actively engaged in practicing school and college law. The Section co-sponsors annually, with the ICLE, a seminar on school and college law issues.

Senior Law
The goals of the Senior Lawyers Section include informing lawyers of retirement opportunities, options and benefits, support and assistance to senior lawyers in continuing their careers, improved representation for the disadvantaged, increased pro bono work, encouraging the development of alternate provisions of dispute resolution, advancement of substantive elderly law and professional collegiality.

Taxation Law
The Taxation Law Section actively pursues the continuing education of the members of the State Bar in the field of federal and state taxation; maintains liaison with the Internal Revenue Service, the State Department of Revenue and the Georgia State University Tax Clinic; monitors state legislation affecting taxation; and makes recommendations concerning legislative and administrative rules.

Technology Law
The Technology Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia provides a forum for lawyers to discuss legal issues related to technology.

Tort & Insurance Law
The Tort & Insurance Practice Section has five main functions: (1) to further the education of its members by providing seminars on insurance-related legal topics; (2) to keep its members abreast of current developments in insurance law, such as case law, legislation or regulations; (3) to provide a forum for the exchange of views on the insurance-related aspects of the practice of law; and (4) to influence for the better, when appropriate, those activities which relate to insurance and affect lawyers; (5) to develop a relationship with the State Insurance Commissioner's Office that will enhance the interests of the members of the Section.

Workers' Compensation
The Workers' Compensation Law Section seeks through its work to keep its members fully informed in the area of workers' compensation. The Section works closely with the State Board of Workers' Compensation to convey information regarding new rules changes and statutes to its members. It actively participates in and supports workers' compensation seminars and continuing legal education.

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