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Law Day honors go to legal standouts

POSTED: May 3, 2014 12:18 a.m.

Northeast Georgia lawyers, judges and court staff assembled outside the courtroom Friday to honor each another, reaffirm vows of professionalism and stress the importance of voting in an election year.

The Gainesville-Northeastern Circuit Bar Association’s Law Day banquet, held at the Gainesville Civic Center, brought together a few hundred legal minds.

After Elizabeth Poythress, with the League of Women Voters of Georgia, spoke on the importance of an informed vote, individuals were given speeches and plaques for their surprise honors.

Julius Hulsey, a veteran Gainesville lawyer, was given the Judge A.R. Kenyon Award. The honor is given to an attorney for “excellence in law and dedication to the public good.”

Hulsey was praised for his versatility throughout his career, and his many years as an attorney for the public. He served as Hall County’s attorney previously, and currently serves as attorney for Jackson County.

He said he was surprised and honored by the award, and that he shared it with his life partner — his wife — and colleagues past and present who he humbly insisted were more deserving of the honor.

U.S. District Court Richard Story, who presides over Gainesville’s federal court, said Hulsey had a reputation for being a shrewd attorney, while still maintaining a compassion and humor in and outside the courtroom.

John Lucas, who works in Hall County’s Misdemeanor Probation Office, received the Liberty Bell Award. That honor is bestowed on nonlawyers who contribute to the judicial system.

State Court Judge Larry Baldwin II said Lucas had an infectious zeal in particular for Hall’s accountability courts.

Natalie Teston, a lawyer with the Coleman, Chambers & Rogers firm who also served at Law Day Chair, was given the Leadership Award.

The banquet concluded with a reaffirmation of oaths of legal conduct, led by Story.


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