Christina L. Folsom, known as “Tina,” was honored on March 9, 2019 at the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism 20th Annual Awards ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia with the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service. Since 1998 these awards have been presented to honor lawyers and judges in Georgia who have made a significant contribution to their communities and demonstrate the positive contributions of members of the Bar beyond their legal or official work.
Tina is very involved in her community. Currently, Tina is a member of the Board of Directors for the Turner Center for the Arts, serving as its secretary and co-chair for the Presenter Series, as well as Secretary for the Tennis Valdosta Board. Tina also helped form a local chapter of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL).
She is described as having a heart for others which motivates her to seek ways in which she can serve those less fortunate. Tina has served as a dedicated volunteer for many organizations in Valdosta including as Past President of the Board of Directors for Lowndes Associated Ministry for People, Inc. (LAMP) – Valdosta’s homeless organization. In 2017, Tina participated in the Leadership Georgia Class. She is a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Academy of GAWL, an Associate member of the Valdosta Junior Service League, and was in the 2008 class of Leadership Lowndes. Tina has served in several leadership capacities on various boards in the community over the years. She is an active member of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, where she seldom misses an opportunity to volunteer for missions.
Tina received her Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. Tina practices with the law firm of Langdale Vallotton, LLP. Tina’s practice there includes representing creditors in bankruptcy, representing educators in disciplinary actions brought by the Professional Standards Commission and in employment actions brought by local school boards, representing employees and employers in worker’s compensation cases, general civil litigation, and probate law.
Langdale Vallotton is proud to welcome Courtney S. Bass as an associate with the firm. Her practice includes commercial real estate, residential real estate, secured lending, business and corporate law, estate planning, and probate. Courtney received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, where she was a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society and a recipient of the William I. Ray Jr. Journalism Scholarship. In 2015, she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in journalism and public relations. In 2018, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law. While in law school, Courtney participated in the Prosecutorial Justice Program and interned for the Honorable Michael P. Boggs on the Georgia Court of Appeals. Courtney is a Waycross, Georgia native and currently resides in Moultrie.
Langdale Vallotton, LLP is pleased to announce that Jessica R. Young has been named a partner of the firm.
Her Georgia practice includes commercial real estate, secured lending, business planning and transactions, estate planning, probate, guardianship, and USDA Rural Development transactions. Jessica’s Florida practice focuses on commercial real estate, estate planning, and probate.
Jessica received her bachelor’s degrees from the University of Georgia, where she was a member of UGA’s Honors Program. In 2004, she graduated magna cum laude with degrees in English and Journalism. In 2007, she graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law. While in law school, Jessica was a member of the Georgia Law Review and an intern at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, in Washington, D.C. in the branch which represents the Navy, Coast Guard, and Federal Aviation Administration in tort litigation.
Jessica joined Langdale Vallotton, LLP in 2007. She was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2007 and the Florida Bar in 2008.
Jessica is currently serving as Vice-President of the Valdosta Bar Association and as Treasurer of the Valdosta Chapter of Georgia Association of Women Lawyers. She is a member of the Valdosta Junior Service League and the City of Valdosta’s Community Development Block Grant Citizen Advisory Committee. She and her husband Philip are members of Crossroads Baptist Church.
On Friday, July 14, 2017, Langdale Vallotton, LLP partner William P. (“Pope”) Langdale III was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias as a member of the Judicial Qualification Commission (“JQC”). The JQC has oversight responsibility of all Judges in the State of Georgia, insuring that our Judges maintain the integrity of the Judicial Branch. It was recently reformed by the Georgia Legislature to mandate that its members are appointed by both the Legislative and Judicial Branch of State Government. It will now consist of an Investigative Panel and a Hearing Panel.
Pope was appointed by the current Lieutenant Governor, Casey Cagle, to serve on the Investigative Panel. The Investigative Panel consists of two judge members appointed by the Supreme Court, one attorney member appointed by the Governor, one attorney member appointed by the President of the Senate/ Lieutenant Governor, one attorney member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one citizen member appointed by the President of the Senate/Lieutenant Governor, and one citizen member appointed by the Speaker of the House. Pope will serve on this panel alongside Edward D. Tolley, Richard Hyde, James Balli, Warren Selby, Jr., Judge Louisa Abbot, and Judge Stacey Hydrick.
The Hearing Panel consists of three members, one judge member appointed by the Supreme Court, one attorney member appointed by the Supreme Court, and one citizen member appointed by the Governor. The Hearing Panel’s members are Judge Robert McBurney, Jamala McFadden, and Michael Register.
Upon being sworn in, Pope made the following statement: “I am honored to serve on the JQC. I know that all citizens want an independent judiciary, free from any improper influence, which consists of judges who ethically carry out the obligations of the office. Our Judges are the backbone of civility, maintain order in our communities, and protect the freedoms that all of us enjoy. Therefore, it is imperative that the Judges of our State uphold the highest ethical and moral standards. The JQC is in place to insure that trust exists between our citizens and the Court, and our mission is to insure that our State is always a beacon of light for justice and impartiality. The JQC will carry out this mission in a fair and unbiased manner.”
Jimmy Miller Publishes Article in the Real Property Law Section Newsletter of the State Bar of Georgia
Partner Jimmy Miller recently published an article in the Real Property Law Section Newsletter of the State Bar of Georgia. His article is titled “Terra Incognita: Basic Concepts of Boundary Line Disputes.” You can find the article on page 7 of the PDF linked below:
JEKYLL ISLAND – A South Georgia judge and attorney will have a say in policies for the state’s lawyers.
Robert A. Plumb Jr. of Langdale Vallotton LLP in Valdosta was recently elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the 49,000-member State Bar of Georgia, according to an organizational press release.
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