Patrise Perkins-Hooker of Atlanta was sworn in Saturday as the 52nd president of the 46,000-member organization. She is the first African-American and the third woman to head the State Bar.
Perkins-Hooker is vice president and general counsel for the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. Before joining the BeltLine, she was a partner with the law firm of Hollowell, Foster & Gepp where she led the commercial real estate group.
She has served on the State Bar's Board of Governors and Executive Committee as secretary, treasurer and president-elect.
She holds an undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech and graduate degrees from the Emory University Law and Business Schools. She was admitted to the Bar in 1984.
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