Adam Land never knew what he really wanted to do in life. But one thing was clear to him. He wanted to serve others in some capacity.
Just last week, he moved a lot closer towards being able to fulfill such aspirations when he became one of the newest members of the Georgia Bar Association.
The 25-year-old Mr. Land is now serving as the law clerk for Toombs Judicial Circuit Superior Count Chief Judge Roger W. Dunaway, Jr., and Judge Harold Hinesley. He began his new job as law clerk in August and will remain in that position until August 2009. He replaces Mary Rae Phelps, who served in that same position for a year before becoming an attorney with the Toombs Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office in Thomson.
Between now and next August, Mr. Land will have to decide exactly what type of law practice he plans to pursue - whether to start a general law practice, become a law partner with a firm or even an assistant district attorney.
"Whatever I decide, I'm sure that I'm going to love it," smiled Mr. Land, adding that he was even planning to enjoy burning the midnight oil doing work at his office someday.
Mr. Land, who considers himself a people-person, said he is interested in building long-lasting relationships as a lawyer.
A 2001 graduate of Lithia Springs High School in Douglasville, Ga., where he grew up, Mr. Land, decided to attend the University of Georgia, where he graduated from law school last May.
The son of Sam and Dianne Land of Douglasville, Mr. Land was officially sworn in as one of the state's newest lawyers last Tuesday in McDuffie County Superior Court in Thomson. A special swearing in ceremony was conducted by Judges Dunaway and Hinesley.
Both judges congratulated Mr. Land on his acceptance to the state bar association and praised his work as the circuit's new law clerk. Mr. Land assists Judges Dunaway and Hinesley with research on case laws and other assigned tasks in each of the six counties that make up the Toombs Judicial Circuit. Those counties that make up the circuit include: McDuffie, Warren, Glascock, Taliaferro, Wilkes and Lincoln.
"The judges are really great to work for," said Mr. Land. "Both of them have such calm demeanors and always treat people with such respect. I really admire that about both of them."
Another person who has been helpful to him since taking over as the new law clerk has been Carolyn Benton, who serves as Judge Dunaway's secretary.
"She's been a big help to me," said Mr. Land. "I can ask her a quick question and she'll have an answer for it, quickly."
Mr. Land, who currently is living in Augusta and commuting to work in Thomson, said he's enjoying his job.
"This is really the first job that I've had since getting out of school and I'm really enjoying it," said Mr. Land. "It's a great community to work in."
A member of First United Methodist Church in Douglasville, Mr. Land is an avid golfer in his spare time. And when he's not playing golf at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, he's watching either University of Georgia or Atlanta sports of some kind on television.
Mr. Land also enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Lauren Powell, of Augusta, as well as spending time with family and friends.