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Amanda M. Morris

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Candidate's Campaign Message

In both my personal and professional life, I feel a great sense of duty and responsibility to serve—to give back to my community, my profession, and to acknowledge that my success is dependent in many ways on the examples of those who have encouraged and inspired me along the way. I believe this comes from family and church members instilling in me at an early age the importance of using the talents that have been given to each of us in a positive and meaningful way.

This has led me to seek more opportunities to understand how my specific skill set makes me qualified as a leader. In 2011, I completed the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”) Leadership Academy. I began attending YLD meetings, connecting with other young lawyers and learning more about how the Bar serves the public and its members. I currently serve as YLD Representative for the Middle District of Georgia and Macon’s City Representative in the 2013 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy. In June, I will begin another year of active service in the Junior League of Macon as Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors. In 2011-2012, I served on the Junior League Board as the Communications Chair.

These experiences have taught me skills in administration, engaging others to feel valued and connected, and have further encouraged my goal-oriented personality. I believe one of my best qualities is my ability to effectively listen to others. I am loyal, dedicated to the causes in which I believe, and always looking for ways to improve. I am confident I could serve as a qualified member of the Board of Governors and energetically work to represent the interests of the members of the Macon Circuit. I would be honored to serve as your representative.

Education:

  • Brewton-Parker College, B.A., Political Science (2000)
  • University of Georgia, B.A., English (2001)
  • Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, J.D. (2004)

Personal/Family:

  • Daughter of Michael and Ellen Morris of Ailey, Ga.
  • Sister and brother-in-law, Ashley and Wesley Powell, of Soperton, Ga.
  • Proud aunt to two nephews: Caleb, 4 and Levi, 1

Professional Background, Bar Activities, Civic Activities:

  • Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer, LLP (2006-present), Partner (2012-present)
  • Practices litigation, primarily in the areas of Railroad Defense and Insurance Defense
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Oconee Judicial Circuit (2004-2006)
  • YLD Leadership Academy, Class of 2011
  • YLD State Representative, Middle District of Georgia, 2011-2013
  • Member, the Junior League of Macon, 2007-present
  • City Representative for Macon, 2013 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy
  • William Augustus Bootle Inn of Court
  • Macon Bar Association

Main issues facing the State Bar/position:

  • Despite past efforts, there continues to be a disconnection between members of the Bar in the metro-Atlanta area and members of the Bar in other parts of the state. In particular, I believe it is important to engage young lawyers outside Atlanta to understand how the State Bar can support their practices, provide opportunities for service, and work towards maintaining a positive image of our profession to the public.
  • I also see the membership of the Bar on both a local and statewide basis changing to become more diverse: young lawyers comprise a significant portion of the total membership, the number of women entering the profession continues to remain about as equal to men, and the Bar continues to promote and encourage diversity through programs such as the Georgia Diversity Program. The members of the Board of Governors representing the Macon Circuit should also more accurately reflect our current membership.