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  • Raising the Bar: Madrid Loyd Williams

    Without a college degree or even a high school education, Madrid Loyd Williams became head of the Georgia Bar Association office during World War II. Often the only woman around lawyers and judges, she continued to break the mold by being elected the first female deacon of her Presbyterian church.

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    1. Explain how Madrid Williams, a high school drop out, became the leader of the Georgia Bar Association.

    2. Describe the process of becoming a practicing lawyer in Georgia. Additional research may be required.

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    1. Design something honoring Madrid Williams' work with the Georgia Bar Association. This could be an honorary degree, a law library, statue, plaque, etc. that showcases Madrid's accomplishments.

    Vocabulary

    Georgia Bar Association: the governing body of the legal profession in the State of Georgia
    Soroptimist Club: a worldwide volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world
    deacon: an official in some Christian churches whose rank is just below a priest

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    1. Explain how Madrid Williams, a high school drop out, became the leader of the Georgia Bar Association.
    Madrid Williams gained all of her knowledge of the law through years of working in law offices and by speaking with the various lawyers with whom she worked. 

    2. Describe the process of becoming a practicing lawyer in Georgia. Additional research may be required. 
    To become a lawyer in Georgia, a person must have a Bachelor's Degree prior to entering law school. In order to obtain a law degree, a person must first take the LSAT, a standardized test used for admissions. After the person obtains a law degree, he/she must pass the Georgia Bar Exam in order to be a licensed lawyer in the state.

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