June 19, 2018
By Kenneth B. Hodges III
The Times, Gainesville
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express congratulations and thanks to members of the Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association who spearheaded the recent observance of Law Day 2018.
Congratulations also go to Gabby Smith, a therapist for Chestatee Counseling Services in Hall County and a previously a case manager for the Department of Family and Children Services, who received the 2018 Liberty Bell Award. Gainesville attorney Arianne E. Mathe nominated Ms. Smith for the award, which is presented annually to a non-lawyer who has made significant contributions to the court system.
The national theme for this year’s celebration of Law Day, “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom,” acknowledges the system of checks and balances among the three branches of U.S. government – legislative, executive and judicial.
We commend all members of the Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association for a most successful observance of Law Day, which helps make the public aware of the importance and value of our justice system.
Kenneth B. Hodges III
President, State Bar of Georgia