Ethics Commission gains a member, loses 2 others
Aug. 27, 2010 — Bill Jordan and Kent Alexander are out and Kevin Abernethy is in as a member of the State Ethics Commission.
Abernethy, a former legislative aide in the Georgia Senate, was named Thursday as the Senate’s representative to replace Jordan, who had continued to serve past the expiration of his term.
Alexander, a former U.S. attorney, announced last week that he would step down Sept. 7 after less than a year. He said his new job as general counsel of Allscripts wouldn’t leave time for serving on the commission. Gov. Sonny Perdue will name Alexander’s replacement.
Here’s Abernethy’s bio from his law firm’s Web site:
Kevin Abernethy is an attorney in the Atlanta office of Hall Booth Smith & Slover. Mr. Abernethy has extensive litigation experience handling civil rights claims for the City of Atlanta, large complex environmental lawsuits, corporate suits, and claims involving professional negligence. He has litigation experience in both Georgia and Tennessee.
He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1999 with his B.A. in Political Science. During college he represented his school as the UGA Student Body President. While an undergraduate, Mr. Abernethy was selected for membership in the Pi Sigma Alpha National Honorary Society in Political Science and Omicron Delta Kappa. Before entering law school, Mr. Abernethy served as a legislative aide in the Georgia State Senate to the chairman of the committee on Natural Resources and the chairman of Appropriations.
Mr. Abernethy earned his Juris Doctorate from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2005. While in law school, he gained honors recognition for his work in a mock-trial litigation course. Mr. Abernethy also received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for his academic performance in Interview Counseling & Negotiation.