Dustin Davies of Hasty Pope Davies, LLP Graduates from the State Bar of Georgia's 2014 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy

CANTON, Ga. (June 12, 2014) – Dustin E. Davies, associate attorney at Hasty Pope Davies, LLP, graduated from the 2014 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy at the State Bar of Georgia’s Annual Meeting on Amelia Island June 6.

Founded in 2006, the YLD Leadership Academy is a highly selective, six-month program designed to develop the leadership skills of young lawyers and to educate them on their profession, their communities, and the State. The Leadership Academy counts more than 300 alumni, including judicial law clerks, partners in large and small law firms, assistant district attorneys, and in-house counsel for Fortune 500 companies.

The group had several meetings throughout the six-month process, including it first meeting held in conjunction with the State Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Atlanta. At each event, Dustin had opportunities to connect with the staff of the State Bar; spend time with judges of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia; discuss legislation related to the legal profession with members of the General Assembly, including a proposed e-discovery bill and a bill on seatbelt admissibility in motor vehicle collision cases; engage in panel discussions on diversity and the importance of pro bono legal work; and to participate in a Wills Clinic, drafting wills for Columbia and Richmond County first responders and their families.

“We are proud Dustin was selected as a member of the 2014 Leadership Academy,” said Hasty Pope Davies, LLP partner, Jonathan Pope, a past president of the YLD, who was instrumental in the creation of the Leadership Academy. “The Leadership Academy is truly a great program because it connects young lawyers from across the State, from different practice areas, and prepares them to work together to serve the Bar and the people of Georgia.”

Davies is a trial attorney in Hasty Pope Davies, LLP’s Gainesville office. His practice is devoted to personal injury and wrongful death, as well as medical malpractice and products liability.

In 2014, Davies was selected as a Georgia Rising Star by Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine. Only 2.5% of the attorneys in Georgia are selected for this honor.

Davies is a member of the Litigation Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Georgia Legal History Foundation, Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association, and Blue Ridge Bar Association.

A Georgia native, Dustin graduated from the University of Georgia cum laude with a degree in Political Science in 2007. He graduated from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in 2011, where he was as a member of the Mercer Advocacy Council, William Augustus Bootle Inn of Court, and was awarded the Guerry R. Moore Insurance Law Award for excellence in the study of insurance law.

With offices in Canton, Atlanta and Gainesville, Hasty Pope Davies, LLP LLP exclusively handles all types of personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, including automobile and truck collisions, wrongful death and catastrophic injuries, motorcycle and cycling accidents, and unsafe defective products. For more information, call (770) 741-1951.