Atlanta (January 2018) – Clyde E. Mize, Jr., a partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, is the 2018 president of the Gate City Bar Association. The Gate City Bar, the oldest African-American bar association in Georgia, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.
“Clyde does exceptional work for the community and the firm,” said MMM Managing Partner Louise Wells. “In addition to his real estate practice, he is recognized nationally for launching and participating in a number of very effective programs to increase diversity in the legal profession.”
The Gate City Bar Association was founded in 1948 to provide educational, social and community involvement for African-American lawyers excluded from then-segregated bar associations. Its current mission includes hosting networking and mentoring programs throughout the year.
“For 2018, my desires are three-fold,” Mize says. “To continue with our strong tradition of providing our members with opportunities for professional and personal growth and development; to establish greater connectivity with our broader community through free legal clinics and our new Civil Rights Initiative; and to celebrate our 70th year while laying the foundation for another 70 years.”
Mize’s previous efforts with the group include founding the Brother to Brother mentoring program, providing opportunities for law students to interact with attorneys, and the annual 1L Law Student Workshop, which includes mock interviews, resume reviews and panel discussions.
Mize, a Partner in MMM’s Residential Real Estate practice, chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee and serves on the Executive Committee of MMMPact, the firm’s corporate social responsibility outreach. He also chairs The Georgia Bar Diversity Program, which conducts events including a yearly reception where summer associates can meet members of the judiciary, and the High School Pipeline Project for minority students interested in law school. (Mize founded a similar program within MMM, which is now in its ninth year.)
In 2015, he received the My Brother’s Keeper award from the National Bar Association, which recognized his volunteer efforts with young men and boys. He is a former member of the board of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, an influential group of business leaders, where he founded the Emerging 100 – an award-winning auxiliary of young professionals.
He also established a Leadership Institute for young men as chair of the Big Jacks Father’s Auxiliary of the Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
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