Robin Frazer Clark, now the current State Bar President, appointed me to the Board of Governors in 2011 as a Member-at-Large for Post 1 in order to increase diversity and to provide a voice for LGBT attorneys in Georgia. My two-year appointed term is drawing to a close in June, 2013, and I am seeking to remain on the Board of Governors as an elected member for Post 3 in the Atlanta Circuit.
During my term on the Board of Governors, I have had the privilege to serve as a member of the Local and Voluntary Bar Committee and to be actively involved in planning and participating in the Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) programs in February 2013, and April 2012.The purpose of the BLI program is to provide leadership training to current and future local bar associations leaders among the approximately 90 local and voluntary bar associations in Georgia. As a member of this Committee, I also have the honor of voting to select award recipients for the State Bar awards that are presented at the annual meeting in June.
As former Chair and Political Chair of Georgia Equality, an LGBT political advocacy group, and as a former candidate for Sandy Springs City Council, I have a passion for politics and a keen interest in becoming involved with the legislative efforts of the State Bar of Georgia in my future position on the Board of Governors, in addition to working to strengthen local bar associations.
My past experience and leadership roles allow me to effectively be a voice on the Board of Governors for the following constituencies:
LGBT attorneys and straight allies; (former President of the Stonewall Bar Association)
Racially and ethnically diverse attorneys; (founding Member and former Chair of the Multi-Bar Leadership Council, consisting of 14 minority bar associations)
Sole practitioners and small firm lawyers; (Past Chair of the Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, owner of sucessful solo practice for over 22 years)
Suburban lawyers; (Member of the Sandy Springs Bar, office in Sandy Springs since 1996)
Single, working parents; (I worked my way through Emory Law School as a single parent of a toddler, and built my practice while balancing my son's homework, field trips, band boosters, etc.)
Those with common sense and a sense of humor!
I respectfully ask for your vote for Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia. Thank you.
Western Kentucky University, B.S., Biology/Chemistry (1976)
Emory University School of Law, J.D., (1986)
Divorced, one son, Robin, age 32, Athens, GA (he went to UGA and stayed!)
Former National Park Service Ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
Professional Background, Bar Activities, Civic Activities:
Solo Practitioner since January, 1991, Kathleen M. Womack, P.C., in Sandy Springs
State Bar Board of Governors, Member-at-Large, Post 1, 2011-2013
Appointed by Robin Frazer Clark to increase diversity in the Board of Governors
Member, Local & Voluntary Bar Committee, 2011-2013
Member, Programs Committee, 2012-2013
Atlanta Bar Association, Elected to Board of Directors, 2008-2010
Co-Chair of the Minority & Diversity Clerkship Program with Dawn Jones, 2009-2010
Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section, Chairperson 1999-2000, Board member 1995-2004
Stonewall Bar Association, President, 2002-2003
Board of Directors, 2001-2010
Recipient, Outstanding Service to the Stonewall Community Award, 2012
Multi-Bar Leadership Council, Chair, 2004-2005
Founding Member & Council Member, 2001-2010
Sandy Springs Bar Association & Georgia Association for Women Attorneys, Member
Georgia Equality, Inc., Chair of the Board of Directors, 2006-2007
Co-Chair, Political Committee, 2004-2005, Member, Board of Directors, 2004-2007
Main issues facing the State Bar/position:
Promoting professionalism and the image of lawyers to the general public.
Operating the State Bar in the most fiscally responsible manner while continuing to provide services to and support for practicing attorneys.
Continued involvement with the General Assembly and the legislative process.
Ensuring greater diversity on the Board of Governors so that more Atlanta attorneys feel they have a voice in the decision making process.