Paula J. Frederick GABWA 2014 Leah Ward Sears Award for Distinction in the Profession Honoree


Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys

Paula Frederick is General Counsel for the State Bar of Georgia, a unified bar organization with 42,000 members. As General Counsel Paula provides legal advice to the officers and directors of the organization, and heads the office responsible for enforcing the Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers.

Paula became General Counsel in 2009 after serving as Deputy General Counsel for many years. She began work at the Bar in 1988 after working for six years as a lawyer with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, where she handled civil legal matters for poor people.

A native of Riverside, California, Paula attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in May 1979. She is a 1982 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Paula was the first African American president of the Atlanta Bar Association. She was president of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys in 19...

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