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State Bar YLD Leaders Collect School Supplies for Ocmulgee Circuit CASA Program

August 2, 2013
Contact: Mary McAfee or marym@gabar.org

Greensboro – Officers and directors of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia conducted a service project the weekend of July 19-21, to benefit children served by the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.

The YLD leaders presented more than $600 worth of school supplies and cash donations as a result of the project.

“This project was organized in conjunction with our annual Executive Committee Retreat in Greensboro, in an effort to further the YLD’s mission of service to the public,” said YLD President Darrell Sutton of Marietta. “The YLD is proud to support the CASA program, whose purpose is to ensure that a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect each child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.”

Today in Georgia, more than 13,000 children per year and more than 7,000 children at any one time wind up in the foster care system because they are victims of abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers comprise a formidable force that fights to protect the basic rights and needs of every child. CASA volunteers have the unique information base and training to bring a sense of urgency to a child’s needs inside and outside the courtroom.

The YLD has been strengthened over the years through guidance by the State Bar of Georgia, its Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the Supreme Court and through dedicated service rendered by its members. In keeping with its motto of “working for the profession and the public,” the YLD has more than 25 hard-working committees that produce an array of projects and programs. Through the years, the YLD has also gained national recognition by winning several American Bar Association awards for its projects and publications.

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