June 17, 2019
Contact: Stephanie Wilson or firstname.lastname@example.org
ORLANDO, Florida – Toombs County Chief Magistrate Judge Rizza P. O’Connor of Vidalia has completed her term as the 72nd president of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia. She turned over the ceremonial gavel to incoming President William T. “Will” Davis of Atlanta on June 7 during the organization’s Annual Meeting.
Under O’Connor’s leadership during the past year, the YLD’s Signature Fundraiser brought in $47,000, with proceeds benefiting Lawyers for Equal Justice, a dual-purpose program that helps new attorneys establish their law practices while providing affordable legal services to low- and moderate-income Georgians. The YLD Community Service Projects Committee carried out two large and successful events on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House at Egleston Hospital in Atlanta and Habitat for Humanity, spearheading “Build A Better Georgia Day” projects in Atlanta, Macon and Savannah. Young lawyers also provided disaster legal assistance at no charge to residents of 20 Georgia counties who were affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, co-sponsored the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, which provided 1.7 million meals for the state’s regional food banks, and hosted the 2019 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Athens.
O’Connor is a graduate of the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2011. She previously worked as an assistant district attorney for the Middle Judicial Circuit and the Eastern Judicial Circuit.
O’Connor previously served as co-editor of The YLD Review, the newsletter of the Georgia YLD, as secretary, treasurer and president-elect of the YLD.