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YHC President Cathy Cox Honored with State Bar of Georgia’s Tradition of Excellence Award

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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Young Harris College President Cathy Cox Honored with State Bar of Georgia’s Tradition of Excellence Award

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College President and former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox is a recipient of the 2011 Tradition of Excellence Award for General Practice, an accolade presented by the General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia. President Cox was recognized for this accomplishment during a special ceremony at the organization’s annual meeting held in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on June 3.

President Cox, a 25-year member of the State Bar of Georgia, practiced law with the firms Hansell & Post in Atlanta, Ga., and Lambert, Floyd & Conger in Bainbridge, Ga. During that time, she used her legal skills as a member of the Georgia General Assembly and the House Judiciary Committee. She subsequently applied her legal skills in her service as Georgia’s Secretary of State, as a faculty member at the University of Georgia’s School of Law and as college president at Young Harris College.

President Cox was introduced at the General Practice and Trial Section’s award breakfast by South Georgia Circuit Chief Judge A. Wallace Cato, who described her as “a credit to the profession” and “one of the most tenacious lawyers” he had ever observed.

“Cathy Cox is the personification of what a good lawyer should emulate. She simply exudes those qualities and character traits that recipients of the Tradition of Excellence Award should have. She is truly a mover and a shaker, a real trail blazer,” Judge Cato said. “Cathy is never satisfied with the status quo; she is always looking for an opportunity to make a difference. I can think of no one more deserving of the award.” 

The General Practice Section of the State Bar of Georgia has been presenting Tradition of Excellence Awards for the past 25 years. Recipients must be Georgia-resident members of the State Bar who have 20 years of outstanding achievement as a trial lawyer, general practitioner or judge; be 50 years old or older; have made a significant contribution to State Bar or Institute of Continuing Legal Education activities; have a record of community service; and have a personal commitment to excellence.

Previous recipients include well-known Georgia lawyers Bobby Lee Cook of Summerville and Denmark Groover of Macon, the late Speaker of the Georgia House Thomas B. Murphy, the late lawyer and former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell, former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers, and distinguished jurist Hardy Gregory, Jr., of the Georgia Supreme Court.

President Cox is married to attorney Mark Dehler and lives in Young Harris, Ga., on the campus of Young Harris College.

About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 800 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification. For more information, visit