Safeguarding Equal Justice and the Rule of Law
Recently, the leadership of the State Bar of Georgia gathered together during an annual Midyear Meeting for work that was designed to accomplish our goals of improving the administration of justice, and fostering among the members of the Bar the principles of duty and service to the public. What was most evident in the extended meeting, and in the conversations since, is that we are steadfast in our commitment to safeguarding equal justice and the rule of law.
The events last week, particularly acts of deadly violence and dishonor to our historic institutions, are clearly contrary to the stated mission of our Bar, and we condemn intentional acts and dangerous rhetoric that work against those principles. As members of the State Bar of Georgia, we have a responsibility to uphold not only the Constitution of the State of Georgia, but also the Constitution of the United States. Our work to promote and protect the principles of democracy and the tenets outlined in the U.S. Constitution will continue, rest assured.
Let us stand together and do the work.
Dawn M. Jones
2020-21 President, State Bar of Georgia
Friends and colleagues,
The State Bar of Georgia acknowledges that so many of our members are in pain due to the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others. These deaths have highlighted the long-standing and systemic injustices and unfair treatment that African-Americans and other minorities endure.
As advocates, servants and justice-seekers, the State Bar opposes inequality in our justice system, we fight bigotry and racism, and we seek fairness and equity for all. Among its goals, our State Bar exists to improve the administration of justice, working daily to protect the public and support its lawyers. As lawyers, we are problem solvers and must use our special training and positions of leadership for the betterment of society.
There is much work to be done.
We commit to engaging, listening and learning from the experiences and perspectives of all those willing to share them. We will act upon what we learn to deliver on the promise of equal justice for all people. These conversations are uncomfortable, but silence is unacceptable.
This is just the beginning of the dialogue.
2019-20 President, State Bar of Georgia