January 26, 2011 15:53 Age: 3 yrs

Elliott 63C 66L Receives Georgia Bar Foundation Award

By: Elizabeth Chilla

Emory Law Professor A. James Elliott 63C 66L received the James M. Collier Award for his extraordinary contributions to the Georgia Bar Foundation and its mission. The award was presented to Elliott by Judge Patsy Porter at the Board of Governors’ Meeting of the State Bar of Georgia’s Annual Meeting on June 19.

The Georgia Bar Foundation, a division of the State Bar of Georgia, is responsible for distributing Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, or iolta, funds to support legal services for the poor. As president of the State Bar of Georgia, Elliott played a pivotal role in Georgia’s adoption of the IOLTA program.

“Jim Elliott was around from the very beginning as an advocate of the program,” says Len Horton, executive director of the Georgia Bar Foundation. “He was a major force in convincing the [Supreme Court of Georgia] of the importance of doing this.

“It’s astounding when you look at everything the Georgia Bar Foundation has supported and the difference that it has made in the community, and it wouldn’t have been a fraction of that without Jim,” Horton says.

Using IOLTA funds, the Georgia Bar Foundation has distributed more than $100 million to organizations like Atlanta Legal Aid and Georgia Legal Services.

“Without that money, these legal services organizations could not have provided anything like the amount of ser­vice they have provided,” Elliott says. “It’s nice to be able to look back and see that you were a part of something that has provided a lot of help to a lot of people.”

The award is named for former Georgia Bar Foundation Chairman James M. Collier for his significant financial contributions to the organization.

Elliott Leads Legal-Medical Ethics Conference

Elliott served as the program chair and presided over Emory Law’s interdisciplinary symposium on end-of-life decision making, “The Overlap of Legal and Medical Ethics: Issues in End-of-Life Decision Making,” on Oct. 15.

The symposium, attended by more than 250 people, featured three panel discus­sions, including a contemporary perspec­tive on the Terri Schiavo case. Panelists included Jon Eisenberg, the appellate lawyer for Michael Schiavo; John Hugh Gilmore, attorney and political blogger; Judge George W. Greer, trial judge in the Terri Schiavo case; and Jay Wolfson, guardian ad litem for Terri Schiavo. Elliott served as the panel’s moderator.

The symposium was presented by Emory Law in partnership with the Emory Center for Ethics, Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Candler School of Theology, Rollins School of Public Health, Goizueta Business School and Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia.

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