State Bar of Georgia pins local judges, attorneys for leadership positions

Five attorneys from DeKalb County were elected or re-elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the 54,000-member State Bar of Georgia.

The announcement was made via a news release from the state bar on June 28, after DeKalb resident J. Antonio Tony DelCampo took his post as the state bar’s president on June 10.

The Board of Governors is a 160-member policymaking authority of the State Bar of Georgia and is represented by each of Georgia’s judicial circuits.

The attorneys from DeKalb who will serve on the bar’s board of governors are Oto Ekpo, DeKalb County Solicitor-General Donna Coleman Stribling, DeKalb County Public Defender Claudia Saari, R. Javoyne Hicks, and Dax Lopez.

In addition to DelCampo—who is also a Chamblee High School alum—three of the five representatives from DeKalb also earned their law degrees in DeKalb at Emory University.

Ekpo is a resident of Decatur and the director of advocacy and compliance officer for the Fulton County Solicitor’s Office. The news release states that she was newly elected and will serve in the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, Post 2 seat on the board of governors. She earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2009.

Stribling was re-elected and will continue to serve in the Post 4 seat from the Stone Mountain Circuit, according to the news release. She earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law and was admitted to the state bar in 1999. Prior to becoming solicitor-general, she served as DeKalb County’s deputy chief assistant district attorney over the Crimes Against Children Unit in addition to practicing private law.

The news release states that Saari, another Decatur resident, was re-elected and will continue to serve in the Post 6 seat from the Stone Mountain Circuit. She also earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law and was admitted to the state bar in 1987.

Hicks—a Stone Mountain resident—serves as chief senior assistant district attorney in the Civil Rights Unit of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and was re-elected and will continue to serve in the Post 8 seat from the Stone Mountain Circuit, according to the news release. She earned her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law and was admitted to the state bar in 1990.

Hicks is a past president of the DeKalb Bar Association and was also re-elected to serve on the executive committee of the State Bar of Georgia. The executive committee is a group of six board members elected by fellow board members.

Lopez works for DelCampo Grayson & Lopez in DeKalb and was re-elected and will continue to serve in the Post 10 seat from the Stone Mountain Circuit. He is a former DeKalb County State Court judge, and he earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School before being admitted to the state bar in 2002.

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