May 30, 2017
By Patrick T. O'Connor
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to extend condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime Atlanta attorney Elizabeth E. “Betsey” Neely on her recent passing.
During her extraordinary career of more than five decades, Ms. Neely earned her reputation as a highly skilled practicing attorney and also served as associate vice chancellor for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, during which time she developed a statewide conflict resolution program that became a worldwide model.
Early in her career, as a member of the State Bar’s Younger Lawyers Section, as it was known at the time, Ms. Neely was instrumental in the establishment of the Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) in 1971. Over the years, GLSP has provided legal assistance in the 154 counties outside Atlanta to Georgians who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. In 2013, GLSP presented Ms. Neely with the Champion of Justice Award. Six years ago, she became a certified life coach and counseled clients through major life transitions.
All members of the State Bar of Georgia can be inspired by the lifetime of service of Betsey Neely. We appreciate her many contributions toward strengthening the foundations of our justice system, which protects the rights and liberties of all Americans.
Patrick T. O’Connor
President, State Bar of Georgia