Sartain Presents to UGA Law Students

SM&P senior associate attorney Judy Sartain was the guest speaker at a recent virtual Private Sector Panel hosted by the Family Law Society at the University of Georgia School of Law. She offered insight into the practice of family law, adoption in particular, that they often don’t find in textbooks. Approximately 20 law students attended.

“I always enjoy talking with young and prospective attorneys about my passion, especially about adoptions, and I firmly believe that everyone ought to seek out their passion in the practice of law,” said Judy.

During her presentation, Judy offered advice and shared wisdom that comes from almost a quarter-century of practicing in the trenches of adoption law.

Compassion must be fortified with competence, she said. “Your job is not to be their therapist but to counsel them into making the wisest decisions they can. So always ask questions and be sure to listen to the answers.”

A good attorney will come well prepared to use their intellectual abilities to fight for the client. “Always try to think outside the box in advocating for your client. Always keep a learning mindset — keep good notes and follow them. Your expertise in your field will enable you to guide your clients into making the best decisions possible.”

The students were inspired by Sartain’s heartfelt message and were in agreement that they chose family law because they, too, want to help people. When they’re studying late into the night, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. But Sartain’s support and willingness to share what work is really like in the field reminded them that it will all be worth it. What they do after graduation will matter.

Judy gave each student a copy of her book, Beginner’s Guide to Georgia Adoption Law. Download your copy here:

UGA’s Michaela Pocock expressed appreciation for Judy’s time and expertise. “Judy made a considerable impact on our attendees. I have received positive feedback on the panel. I appreciate her thorough, thoughtful, and transparent answers to our questions above all,” said Michaela. “And we were especially grateful for the generous donation of her adoption guide to each participant.