Patrick O’Connor, a partner at Savannah’s Oliver Maner, is set to be sworn in as president of the State Bar of Georgia at Saturday’s board of governors meeting in Amelia Island, Florida. He said in an interview he plans to use his upcoming year as president to take steps to realize the priorities set forth in the strategic plan pushed forward by outgoing president Bob Kauffman.
“First and foremost, it will be my responsibility to continue the implementation of the strategic plan that the board of governors adopted in January. It provides a blueprint for my bar year,” O’Connor said.
The strategic plan lists a set of 10 priorities the state bar wants to tackle over the next few years, centering largely on creating transparency and consistency in the bar’s disciplinary system and supporting legal access initiatives to connect low-income and rural people to legal services, especially in civil matters.
“The disciplinary rules committee is working hard to bring forward some proposals to improve our disciplinary system,” O’Connor said.
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