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Langdale Vallotton, LLP Welcomes Courtney S. Bass as Associate

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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.

Jessica R. Young Named Partner

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Jessica R. Young

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.

Pope Langdale Sworn in as Member of the Judicial Qualifications Commission

Pope Langdale Sworn in as Member of the Judicial Qualifications Commission

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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.”

Robert A. Plumb Jr. Elected to State Bar’s Board of Governors

Robert A. Plumb Jr. Elected to State Bar’s Board of Governors

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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.

Read the rest of the story at The Valdosta Daily Times.

Christina Folsom Sworn in as GAWL Board Member

Christina Folsom Sworn in as GAWL Board Member

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Christina L. Folsom was recently sworn in on May 11, 2017, as a member of the board of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL). The keynote speaker at the event was Leah Ward Sears, former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court and the first female Supreme Court Justice in Georgia. The organization was founded in 1928 to proudly serve the diverse interests of women lawyers in the state of Georgia. They have been pioneering for professional women for more than 85 years by enhancing the welfare and development of women attorneys and supporting their interests. GAWL is a statewide bar organization with national affiliation, and its members include judges, in-house counsel, attorneys at large, small and medium firms, solo practitioners, governmental attorneys, public service attorneys, law students, and attorneys who are not currently practicing actively.