Morris, Manning & Martin is pleased to announce that Partner James “Mac” Hunter will be inducted into the Gate City Bar Association's Hall of Fame during its annual gala event on November 6. Past honorees include civil rights legend Donald Hollowell, Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, Georgia governor Roy Barnes, and state Supreme Court Justices Robert Benham and Leah Ward Sears.
The Gate City Bar Association, the oldest African-American Bar Association in the state of Georgia, will honor Mr. Hunter for his contributions to society, for his efforts to give back to the community and serve others, and for being an advocate for justice, diversity and equality.
“The firm is immensely proud of Mac and his accomplishments,” said Managing Partner Louise Wells. “Mac dedicates a great deal of his time – and himself – to making our firm and Atlanta, as well as our legal community, a better place. This honor is well deserved.”
Throughout his legal career, Mr. Hunter has fought to recruit and to expand career opportunities for other African-American attorneys. Prior to joining private practice, he was a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he was responsible for litigating some of the first cases under the 1972 Amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has also served as a dedicated mentor to many younger lawyers and has challenged and inspired them to advance in their legal careers while also giving back to the community.
“Over the years, Mac has been a zealous advocate for his clients, a mentor to other attorneys, and a champion for the less fortunate in our community through his civic involvements,” said colleague Clyde Mize, the Gate City Bar member who nominated Mr. Hunter for the Hall of Fame. “He is a great role model for me, as well as others in the firm. I am proud to call him both a colleague and a friend.”
For nearly four decades, Mr. Hunter has labored to improve and strengthen the Atlanta community by endeavoring to educate, inspire and enrich the lives of its residents. In addition to his support of the Gate City Bar Association, he has been actively involved with organizations such as the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Goodwill Industries of North Georgia, Inc., and the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA), where he serves as chairman. He is also National General Counsel for the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (a position he has held for nearly 25 years), General Counsel for the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., General Counsel for the National Black College Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., General Counsel for the National Cares Mentoring Program, Inc. and General Counsel for the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. He is a member of Kappa Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the Atlanta Chapter of National Association of Guardsmen, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
About Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
With our roots in the Southeast, Morris, Manning & Martin (www.mmmlaw.com) is a full-service law firm with national and international reach. We dedicate ourselves to the constant pursuit of our clients’ success. To provide our clients with optimal value, we combine market-leading legal services with a total understanding of their needs to maximize effectiveness, efficiency and opportunity. MMM enjoys national prominence for its real estate, litigation, technology, healthcare, intellectual property, capital markets, environmental, green industry, insurance, mergers & acquisitions and timberland & forest products practices. MMM has offices in Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Savannah, Taipei, Beijing and Washington, D.C. and now an alliance with FGCN in São Paulo, Brazil.
About the Gate City Bar Association
Established in 1948, the Gate City Bar Association (www.gatecitybar.org) is the oldest African American Bar Association in the State of Georgia. The Gate City Bar Association was organized by ten African American lawyers to provide the educational, social and community involvement of a professional association for African American lawyers, who had been excluded from participating in the segregated bar associations in Atlanta and throughout the State.