Friday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m., Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson administered the oath of office to NewRock Legal Society’s first executive board at the Newton County Courthouse, during the group’s installation ceremony.
NewRock Legal Society is a volunteer minority bar association committed to serving Rockdale and Newton counties by improving public trust in the bench and bar through community service initiatives, legal education programming and consequential interaction and collaboration with local government, businesses and non-profit organizations. Moreover, NRLS aspires to strengthen the ties that bind together local attorneys, those who work or live in Rockdale and Newton counties, through opportunities for client referrals, networking, mentoring and civic involvement that enhance members’ professional and personal development.
Membership in NRLS is open to attorneys, judges, law professors, government officials, legal support professionals and law students who have an interest in the mission and objectives of the group.
The inaugural executive board is comprised of several distinguished attorneys including Phinia Aten (president), Caycie Dix (vice president), Sherri Washington (treasurer), Constancia Davis (secretary) and Tami Wells Thomas (parliamentarian) who were formally installed Friday.
NRLS will host a free and public legal education program, the “Know Your Rights” Program, Sept. 17, at the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library in Conyers. This program is designed to help the community understand the key legal concepts and procedures involved in common legal issues like debtor’s rights, divorce, child support, criminal prosecutions, estate planning and other prevalent matters. Attendees must pre-register. Phinia Aten, the president of NRLS, states “I firmly believe that transformation through education is an essential modality for community improvement and empowerment.”