I would appreciate your vote and support in the upcoming election for the Georgia State Bar Board of Governors, Post 6, Cobb Circuit. During the time I have been a Cobb County lawyer, I have been an active participant in both the local and state bar. I began my involvement by creating and chairing the Community Service Committee. I was Secretary, Treasurer and President of the Criminal Defense Section. I was a past editor of the newsletter which resulted in the Newsletter of the Year award. I began and chaired the Partners in Education Committee for a number of years. I served as a Board of Trustee member, Secretary, Treasurer and President of the Cobb Bar Association. I have been a mock trial judge as well as a coach to a local high school for several years. In addition, I am a member of the Georgia Bar Foundation. I am also a recipient of the Justice Benham Community Service Award for my participating in numerous community service activities.
I believe that I have the leadership and experience to be a valuable member of the Board of Governors. In addition, I believe that I am the most experienced candidate who can represent the best interest of Cobb County lawyers at the State Bar level. I would appreciate your vote and support in this upcoming election. I look forward to serving you in the future.
University of Florida, B.A., Political Science (1984)
University of Tennessee, J.D. (1987)
I would appreciate your vote and support in the election for the Georgia State Bar Board, Post 6, Cobb Circuit.
I have lived and practiced law in Cobb County for 25 years.
I started as a prosecutor in the Cobb County Solicitor’s Office before becoming an Assistant District Attorney.
After 10 years in prosecution, I began my career in private practice.
I have owned and operated my practice in Marietta Square since 1998.
I have been married to Lieutenant Eric Yeager for 22 years and have three children Justin, 20, Devon, 18, and Kylie, 8.
Professional Background, Bar Activities, Civic Activities:
I have been very active in the Cobb County Bar Association throughout my career, having served as President Treasurer, Secretary, numerous committees as chair and member, as editor of the newsletter, and on the board of trustees.
I was the founder of Cobb Bar Association’s Partners in Education Program as well as Community Service committee, and addition to obtaining thousands of dollars in grants for Children’s Emergency Aid as well as the Extension.
In addition I have volunteered as a continuing legal education instructor annually for the last 15 years, as a mock trial coach and judge, as well as donating many hours of volunteering to organizations in the county.
I am a recipient of the Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award, as well as a two time recipient of the Cobb County Bar Association’s President Award.
Main issues facing the State Bar/position:
One of the major problems facing the Bar today is that of the public perception of attorneys. Although this is not a new problem, it is one that remains prevalent in the communities we live in. The State Bar of Georgia can help improve our public perception by promoting community involvement through community service projects as well as encouraging local bar associations to do the same. One of the best ways to change a negative public opinion is by simply exposing yourself to the public. Especially in this economy it is important that Bar members “take off their suits” and join a group that feeds the hungry or helps build a house with Habitat for Humanity. When the community sees the attorney working alongside the public our image is improved.
Additionally, as attorneys we need to be sensitive to our clients’ needs. Although we may be unable to call every client back right away, certainly a staff member can call and relay a message that the attorney will get back with them shortly. Have a procedure in place that each client receives a monthly letter or email. Essentially we will gain more respect by simply letting our clients know they are not forgotten. Certainly if the State Bar did a study that showed better clients relations will increase earnings attorneys would dedicate a little more time to their clients.
Lastly, the Bar should continue to encourage members to be professional with each other. When you are in a public courtroom remember you are being watched, be courteous and respectful to your opponent as well as the judge. We should all be able to argue zealously in court, but when the day ends be able to shake hands and say “I look forward to working with you again.”