Reid Sanders is looking forward to a career in the practice of law as one of the newest members of the Georgia Bar Association.
The 28-year-old lawyer, who was raised in Thomson, is the son of Dennis and Kaye Sanders. Mr. Sanders' father, Dennis, serves as district attorney of the Toombs Judicial Circuit, while Mrs. Sanders is principal of North Columbia Elementary School near Appling in neighboring Columbia County.
During a special swearing-in ceremony before Toombs Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge Roger W. Dunaway, Jr. and Judge Harold Hinesley, the younger Mr. Sanders officially accepted his oath of office as a new lawyer. The ceremony, held in the McDuffie County Courtroom in Thomson, was witnessed by an estimated 75 family members and friends.
Afterwards, Mr. Sanders said, "It was a surreal moment," after Judges Dunaway and Hinesley extended their congratulations to him.
"I've always looked up to both of those men since I was a child," said Mr. Sanders. "They've always been such huge men to me in my life."
A number of people attended the ceremony.
"It really meant a lot to me to have my family and so many friends in attendance," said Mr. Sanders, who is now working for Hawk and Detchemendy Law Firm in Augusta. "It was definitely a very special time in my life."
Mr. Sanders, a 1999 graduate of Thomson High School, where he was a star football and baseball player for four years, graduated from Mercer University Law School last May. During the last two summers at Mercer, he interned at the Augusta law firm that now employs him fulltime.
In an interview with The McDuffie Mirror, Mr. Sanders said he currently is working with various type cases. Some are criminally related, while others involve personal injury, worker's compensation and federal contract work.
"It's seems like it's taken a long time to finally become a lawyer," said Mr. Sanders, agreeing that it's a proud time for him. "I worked so long to get to this point."
He confessed that his choice of a career as a lawyer was his own and not his Dad's idea for him.
"He never pushed me becoming a lawyer," said Mr. Sanders. "He always wanted me to do what I wanted to do in life. He told me that whatever I chose, he would always help me anyway that he could. My parents have always supported me and my brother. They have been so good to both of us."
Mr. Sanders was referring to his older brother, Shane, who is 3 ½ years older. Like his younger brother, Shane, was a former star football and baseball star before graduating from Thomson High School in 1995.
Reid Sanders considers his brother his best friend.
"My brother has always been my best friend," said Mr. Sanders. "We've never been jealous of one another or argued much with each other about anything. We're real close."
And because the two were never able to play football and baseball together as older teens, they have now found a way to make up for it in a sense. The two are now teammates on a flag football team, known as "Blue Steel" in Aiken, S.C.
"We're having a lot of fun playing together," said Mr. Sanders.
He also enjoys studying law books and reads a lot of law journals.