July 2, 2010 09:46 Age: 4 yrs

Elliott Receives Georgia Bar Foundation Award

Photo courtesy of Sarah I. Coole, State Bar of Georgia

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 is 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 have not 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.”

“I am so happy that at last Jim is getting the recognition he deserves,” Horton says. “It is long overdue.”

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

Elliott teaches courses in ethics and professionalism, banking and commercial real estate finance at Emory Law.

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