Perkins-Hooker Installed As Secretary Of State Bar Of Georgia

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    Perkins-Hooker.jpgBy Special to the Daily World
    Patrise Perkins-Hooker was installed as Georgia State Bar secretary on June 4, during the association’s annual meeting in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Perkins-Hooker, vice president and general counsel for the Atlanta Beltline Inc., will keep Georgia State Bar members abreast of accurate communications in meetings of the State Bar Board of Governors and the Executive Committee.

    Perkins-Hooker joins newly elected officers: president, Kenneth L. Shigley of Chambers, Aholt & Rickard LLP; president-elect, Robin Frazer Clark of Robin Frazer Clark, PC; and treasurer, Charles Lucius “Buck” Ruffin of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

    As secretary, she becomes the first African American to serve as an officer in the history of the State Bar of Georgia and its predecessor, the Georgia Bar Association since its inception in 1883.

    Perkins-Hooker has dedicated her career to service in the community at large, the legal profession and her local volunteer organizations.

    She is actively involved in public service and pro bono service and will highlight attorney service and community outreach as the newly elected secretary of the Georgia State Bar for the next 12 months.

    After graduating from Georgia Institute of Technology  with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management with high honors in 1980, and receiving joint Juris Doctor and Master’s of Business Administration degrees from Emory University in 1984, Perkins-Hooker was admitted to practice law before the Federal District of Northern Georgia, the U.S. Tax Courts and the State of Georgia in 1984.

    Perkins-Hooker is now a seasoned attorney whose legal work includes providing all legal advice to a nonprofit corporation engaged in the development of a large public infrastructure and quality of life initiative.

    Perkins-Hooker is an elected member of the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors, on which she has served for more than 13 years, as well as serving as a member of the State Bar Finance Committee for 14 years.

    She is currently the chair of the Audit Committee and the immediate past chair of the Real Property Law Section. She is a past president of the Gate City Bar Association.

    In 1996, the Supreme Court of Georgia awarded the prestigious Amicus Curiae Award to Perkins-Hooker for her outstanding volunteer service and professionalism in the practice of law.

    As the founding chair of the Juvenile Justice Fund, she helped the organization to spearhead programs to help children in the juvenile court system and to address the sexual exploitation of adolescents.

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