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BPC grads return to community to practice law
BPC grads return to community
to practice law
By Bill Glass
BPC Public Relations
|Brewton-Parker College graduates Amanda Morris (left) and Tina Maddox
have both returned to the area to begin their law careers after they passed
the Georgia Bar Exam. (BPC Photo by Bill Glass)
Tina Maddox and Amanda Morris took different paths after leaving Brewton-Parker
College, but both had similar experiences as they pursued law degrees and the
challenge of passing the Georgia Bar Exam.
Now, both have returned to the community to practice law.
Both Maddox and Morris found their political science courses, especially
Constitutional Law taught by Dr. Sid Johnson of the Brewton-Parker faculty,
to be very helpful in preparing them for law school.
"The curriculum requires you to focus to analyze and think critically," Morris
said. "That, briefing cases, and writing the required papers prepares
you for law school."
Both Maddox and Morris found that as students at Brewton-Parker they benefited
from the many guest speakers, including prominent attorneys from all over the
state, that were brought to the school by Johnson.
"I was very fortunate to have both of them as students," Johnson
said. "I was delighted when they chose to go to law school."
Maddox obtained her bachelor of arts degree in political science from BPC
in 2001, graduating magna cum laude after only three years at the college.
She went on to Florida Coastal School of Law where she graduated in December
Today, after passing both the Florida and Georgia Bar Exams, Maddox is a partner
in the Vidalia firm of Hamilton and Maddox, LLC. She specializes in criminal
law, family law, bankruptcy, business and civil law. As her career progresses,
Maddox would like to focus her practice on civil litigation.
Maddox was born in Metter but has lived in Toombs County her entire life.
She is married with one daughter. Her husband is a golfer and the entire family
enjoys getting out on the golf course.
Morris graduated summa cum laude from Brewton-Parker in 2000 after only three
years with a BA in political science. She received the 2000 BPC Athletic Award
and the 2000 Political Science Award.
Morris then went on to the University of Georgia where she obtained a BA in
English, graduating magna cum laude in 2001. Morris pursued her legal studies
at Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law and graduated there in
June 2004. She also completed Mercer's Advanced Legal Research, Writing and
Morris passed the Georgia Bar Exam last year and enjoys the distinction of
being the only woman ever admitted to the bar in Montgomery County. She has
been serving as law clerk for the Oconee Judicial Circuit Court since August
2004. She will do that for one more year before going into private practice.
Morris is from Montgomery County. She currently lives with her parents in
Ailey. Her younger sister, Ashley, graduated from Brewton-Parker in 2004 and
is now a teacher at Montgomery County Elementary School.
Morris plays tennis, runs in 5K and 10K races and loves to travel. She and
her sister went to Italy last summer.
Morris also enjoys volunteering at the Franklin
Playhouse where she appeared as Aunt March in "Little Women" last year. She will be helping backstage
with the Franklin Playhouse production of "The Hobbit" this summer.