2017-10-12 / People

to be inducted into Fort Valley Hall of Fame


GRACY M. BARKSDALE GRACY M. BARKSDALE Congratulations to Ms. Gracy M. Barksdale who has been nominated to be inducted into the Fort Valley State University Alumni Hall of Fame. A na­tive of Lincolnton, Georgia, the nominee Attorney Gracy M. Barksdale graduated with honors from Lincoln County High School.

Attorney Barksdale enrolled at Fort Valley State College Fall of 1979 to pur­sue a degree in Criminal Justice Political Science. She was the first of her siblings to attend FVSC. After her graduation her only nephew, whom she was instrumental in rearing as her child, enrolled many years later and graduated from Fort Valley State University. While at FVSC, Gracy was very active in Student Government Association (SGA). She served as SGA Secretary during her senior year. While a student at FVSC, Gracy also participated and was a member of the Criminal Justice Club, Baptist Student Union, Dorm Coun­selor at Davison Hall, Student Worker in the Office of Student Affairs, was voted the second runner up to Ms. Sophomore. Gracy graduated from Fort Valley State College in 1983 with honors (Cum Laude) and was the student speaker at the gradua­tion introducing the class to the Fort Valley State University Alumni Association.

After graduating from FVSC, in August 1983, Gracy matriculated at the University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC) on a full ac­ademic scholarship with a major in Public Administration. While at the UMC, Gracy was active in the Political Society, Black Student Union Association and volun­teered her time at the UMC Rehabilitation Center counselor clients with substance abuse and addiction. Gracy graduated from UMC in May 1985 with a Master of Public Administration Degree and relocated back to Fort Valley, Georgia.

Gracy was a very good organizer, had excellent typing skills, good verbal and written communication skills and was summoned by the late Dr. Richie D. White to serve as the Secretary of the Math & Science Department. She learned much knowledge on “how to live a simple and quiet life” from the late Drs. White, Canty, Eaton, Comb; and Mrs. Toles whom she recently attended a celebration in her honor.

Ms. Wanda Bembry, Secretary for Bi­ology and Physics immediately noticed Gracy’s strong professional work ethics and embraced her as her co-worker. Al­though, they were responsible for different departments, they supported each other tremendously. Subsequently, Gracy re­signed from FVSC and accepted employ­ment at the Peach County Juvenile Court in Fort Valley, Georgia where she served as Juvenile Counselor until she enrolled in law school in 1993.

While enrolled at John Marshall Law School, she met Professor Hurl R. Taylor, who requested that she manage the Legal Aid Clinic that he created at John Marshall Law School to assist low income citizens with legal issues, i.e., unemployment ben­Barksdale efits, social security disability benefits, es­tate problems, simple divorces and breach of contract issues. The Clinic also provided legal services to homeless veterans and made necessary and reasonable referrals for various resources, provided veterans with effective representation free of charge to show our appreciation for the blanket of service they provided to us while we worked and slept every day. Gracy gradu­ated from John Marshall Law School in June 1996 with a Juris Doctorate in Law.

Attorney Barksdales employment his­tory includes:

• 1998 – 1993 - Peach County Juvenile Court Juvenile Counselor.

• 1998-2002 - Fulton County Superior Court in the role of Staff Attorney (Domes­tic Violence & Child Support), Director, Domestic Mediation Program, Interim Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and was Recognized as Employee of the Quarter in June 2002.

• 2002-2010 - The Rushing Firm, LTD. Associate Attorney, Supervising Attor­ney.

• January 2010 – Present Gracy M. Barksdale, Attorney, Sole Practitioner Atlanta, Georgia.

Gracy has earned numerous honors and achievements throughout her career; some of them include:

• Chartered Member of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

• Nominated as an Applicant for the Municipal Court for the City of Atlanta Judge Pro Hac Vice (2017)

• Recognized as an Honorary Member of the National Young Leaders State Confer­ence (2009/10)

• Recognized as a Mentor for State Bar of Georgia Transition into Law Practice Program

• Graduate and Member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Community Pro­gram

• Participant of the Office of Governor’s Eight Annual Criminal Justice Coordinat­ing Council Victims Conference. Recog­nized as a Pro-Bono Volunteer for Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer’s Program

• Justice Center of Atlanta, Inc. Comple­tion of Training in Mediation and Conflict Management Skills.

• Participated in the Guardian Ad Litem program for Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer’s Program

• Recognized by the Pro Bono Project of the State Bar of Georgia for outstanding public service in providing legal represen­tation to low income citizens of Georgia (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003).

• Certification of Completion from the Georgia Indigent Defense Council for De­fendant a Traffic Case: Happy Motoring, Snappy Lawyering – Keeping Pace with Georgia Traffic Law (2003)

• Certified as an Arbitrator by Resolution Resources Corporation

As an attorney, Attorney Barksdale gives of her time and talents to help the under privileged and underserved and does it in a quiet manner. She serves with compassion and integrity. She goes about her work like a quiet storm and effectively advocates for clients in need of legal services. The Ebenezer Baptist Church family is very proud of Gracy and her accomplishments. She has produced a wonderful legacy that should be recognized and memorialized in the Fort Valley State University Hall of Fame. Induction ceremony will be Octo­ber 27th 2017 on the campus of Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley Georgia.

Attorney Barksdale is the daughter of the late Georgia M. Mahoney Banks and John Barksdale of Tignall, Georgia; sisters, Lillie R. Lazenby and Mary F. Barksdale of Lincolnton; and a brother, Alphonzo Banks, Lincolnton. Gracy is a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Lincolnton, where Fred Perriman is pastor and where she supports her church generously.

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