New Mem­bers Join Chief Jus­tice’s Com­mis­sion on Pro­fes­sion­al­ism

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AT­LANTA – Tal­lapoosa Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit Su­pe­rior Court Judge Meng H. Lim of Tal­lapoosa, Court of Ap­peals of Ge­or­gia Judge-Elect Ken­neth B. Hodges III of Al­bany and Toombs County Chief Mag­is­trate Judge Rizza P. O’Con­nor of Vi­dalia have been ap­pointed to serve on the Chief Jus­tice’s Com­mis­sion on Pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

Lim will serve a two-year term on the Com­mis­sion as a Su­pe­rior Court de­signee. He was elected in 2014 as Ge­or­gia’s first Asian Amer­i­can Su­pe­rior Court judge, and he serves on the Supreme Court Com­mis­sion on In­ter­preters.

Lim is a grad­u­ate of Emory Univer­sity and the Mercer Univer­sity Wal­ter F. Ge­orge School of Law and was ad­mit­ted to the State Bar of Ge­or­gia in 1998.

Hodges will serve a one-year term on the Com­mis­sion as the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the State Bar of Ge­or­gia. He was elected in May 2018 as a judge of the Court of Ap­peals and will take of­fice in Jan­uary 2019. He pre­vi­ously served as dis­trict at­tor­ney of the Dougherty Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit and has since been en­gaged in the pri­vate prac­tice of law. He is a past chair­man of the Pros­e­cut­ing At­tor­neys’ Coun­cil of Ge­or­gia and past pres­i­dent of the Dis­trict At­tor­neys’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Ge­or­gia. Hodges is a grad­u­ate of Emory Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia School of Law and was ad­mit­ted to the State Bar of Ge­or­gia in 1991.

O’Con­nor will serve a one-year term on the Com­mis­sion as the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the Young Lawyers Divi­sion of the State Bar of Ge­or­gia. She pre­vi­ously worked as an as­sis­tant dis­trict at­tor­ney for the Mid­dle Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit and the East­ern Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit. 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.

The Chief Jus­tice’s Com­mis­sion on Pro­fes­sion­al­ism, the first body of its kind in the na­tion, was cre­ated in 1989 by the Supreme Court of Ge­or­gia with the pri­mary charge of en­hanc­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ism among Ge­or­gia’s lawyers.

Chief Jus­tice Harold D. Mel­ton is the cur­rent chair of the Com­mis­sion. In car­ry­ing out its charge, the Com­mis­sion pro­vides on­go­ing at­ten­tion and as­sis­tance to the task of as­sur­ing that the prac­tice of law re­mains a high call­ing, en­listed in the ser­vice of client and pub­lic good.

Com­posed of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the or­ga­nized bar, prac­tic­ing bar, ju­di­ciary, law schools and the pub­lic, the Com­mis­sion serves as the in­sti­tu­tional frame­work for sus­tain­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that fos­ters pro­fes­sion­al­ism in the le­gal com­mu­nity.

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