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Laura J. Murphree

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Candidate's Campaign Message

It would be an honor for me, Laura J. Murphree, to serve as a member of the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors. In both my professional and personal lives, I believe in public service and getting things accomplished for the advancement of all. My history as a leader within the Cobb County Bar Association shows diverse responsibilities and initiatives to serve the needs of its members.

As Bar Treasurer, I opened up the Bar’s financial records for member review and commentary to better direct the Bar’s leadership decisions in reflecting the appropriate necessities and desired product of the dues-paying members. I also applied for grant funds and successfully chaired various fundraising efforts for the Bar’s Community Service Fund. I have been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusiveness of Bar activities and programs, so as, to leave no one out and positively foster fellowship amongst the association. As a result, I am privileged to serve as the Cobb County Bar President in 2014-2015.

If past actions dictate future actions, as a member of the State Bar Board of Directors, I will continue to advocate for diversity and inclusiveness to best fulfill the needs and concerns of all members. Further, I will back and promote all measures to better open the financial books of the State Bar so members know where their dues are going and how it is spent; just as I did at the local level.

As your representative, I will seek to understand your positions and then seek to make your positions understood by the State Bar. Service is never about self. As Muhammad Ali said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” I pledge my service to you on the Board of Governors and would appreciation your vote.      

Education:

  • Clemson University, B.S., Economics (1986)
  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D. (1994)

Professional Background, Bar Activities, Civic Activities:

  • Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia, 2006 to present
  • Cobb County Bar Association, President-elect, 2013-2014
  • State Bar of Georgia, Legislative Committee, 2012
  • State Bar of Georgia, Leadership Institute, 2013
  • The Tommy Nobis Center, Board of Directors, 2003 to present

Main issues facing the State Bar/position:

  • Openness and fiscal accountability for members' dues;
  • Openness and diversity on legislative agendas;
  • Better assistance to small or solo firms in economic down periods.

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