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2017-2018 Board

Dawn de Klerk

Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Charlie Bailey

Georgia Lord

Justin Hayes

Member At Large
Aisha Blanchard Collins

Member At Large
Amy Daldry

Dawn Elizabeth de Klerk

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Dawn Elizabeth de Klerk, Esq. has made Georgia her home since 1992. Dawn obtained her BS in political science from Florida State University and her Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law.

Dawn Elizabeth de Klerk is a founding partner with Ellis Hoyle King de Klerk, LLC., practicing exclusively in the area of family law. Dawn assists clients in all phases of contested and uncontested cases involving divorce, alimony, equitable division, child custody and visitation, child support, contempt, restraining orders, modification issues, and paternity. Additionally, Dawn is a registered domestic mediator and a trained guardian ad litem. She believes part of her responsibility as an attorney is to educate clients about the impact the law will have on their specific issues and the effects of their decisions during settlement and/or litigation and after disposition of their legal matters. Dawn strives to help clients understand the legal implications associated with their choices, and provide clients with the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.

Dawn serves as a guardian ad litem and domestic relations mediator. Dawn is listed on the Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County and 7th District (Bartow, Douglas, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding and Polk Counties) approved mediator rosters.

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Charles E. Bailey

Charles E. Bailey is a family law attorney who provides alternative dispute resolution and guardian ad litem services. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Vanderbilt Law School. He is a licensed attorney in Georgia, Tennessee and New York.

Mr. Bailey is a registered neutral with the Georgia Commission of Dispute Resolution in the areas of general mediation, domestic relations mediation, and arbitration. He is also a trained guardian ad litem, and has presented at CLE programs on custody matters and guardian ad litem services for the Georgia Family Law Institute, DeKalb Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association, and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. He has also been a guest lecturer on family law at Emory University School of Law, Georgia State University College of Law, and Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. He currently serves as a judge on the Decatur Municipal Court, and previously served as a judge for the DeKalb County Recorders Court and as a law clerk to the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for middle Tennessee.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Bailey is an appointed member of the ethics committee for the City of Decatur. He also serves on the board of directors for a non-profit organization that provides free residential treatment to homeless men struggling with chemical dependency, and on the ministry board of a non-profit corporation that operates group homes and provides other supportive living services to adults with developmental disabilities throughout Georgia. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Bailey worked for a community mental health center providing intensive case management services to people with chronic and severe mental illness.  

Mr. Bailey is an Atlanta native. He is the father of two children, including an adult son with developmental disabilities. He and his family reside in Decatur, Georgia.

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Georgia K. Lord

Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1984, Georgia Lord is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.  She obtained a bachelor of science degree from The American University in Washington, D.C. and her juris doctorate from Emory University College of Law, graduating with distinction in the top 10 percent of her class.  

Georgia has more than 30 years experience as an attorney, practicing in both the public and private sector. She started her legal career as a staff attorney to the Eleventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and had the honor of serving as the Judicial Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge Horace T. Ward. Entering private practice, Georgia handled a wide variety of civil rights and employee rights claims in trial and appellate courts, including many claims against large institutions. From 2003 until the summer of 2014, she served in Fulton Superior Court as staff attorney to Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane. Her current practice includes family law litigation and consultation, collaborative practice, guardian ad litem service, litigation regarding the rights of persons with disabilities, and estate planning.  

Georgia participates in many bar associations, including the Family Law Sections for the State Bar of Georgia, DeKalb Bar Association and Atlanta Bar Association, she is the recording secretary for Collaborative Law in Georgia, and is active with International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and The Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court.

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Justin Hayes

Justin Hayes has practiced family law in all metro Atlanta counties for 18 years and has been a solo family law practitioner for the past 11 years, after working for two other litigation and family law firms. He has been recognized multiple times as a Georgia Rising Star Super Lawyer, a Super Lawyer, and a member of the Georgia Trend Legal Elite. Justin graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1998 and magna cum laude from Oglethorpe University in 1994. He is a member of the Family Law and Litigation Sections of the State Bar of Georgia, the DeKalb County Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and has served multiple terms on the Board of the DeKalb Bar Association and the DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section executive committee. Justin lives in DeKalb County with his wife, two sons, and daughter.

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Aisha Blanchard Collins

Aisha Blanchard Collins is the owner and principal of the Blanchard Collins Law Firm, LLC, a family law firm. Aisha opened her own family law firm in August of 2013 after spending four years working for Hunton & Williams, LLP as the pro bono fellow exclusively representing low-income clients in family law matters, and Pachman Richardson, LLC (now Richardson Bloom & Lines) where she represented middle to high-income clients in family law matters.

Aisha also spends a lot of time serving as a guardian ad litem in contested custody cases representing the children of the parties. 

Prior to practicing law, Aisha was a Teach For America corps member in Phoenix, Arizona, teaching 7th and 8th grade reading, language arts, and social studies. After spending two years teaching, Aisha recruited for the Teach For America program and spent a short stint in corporate America as a recruiter.

Aisha graduated from Hood College in 1998 with a BA in economics and sociology and Northeastern University School of Law in 2008.

Aisha is married and has a seven-year old daughter, Elena, who runs her life when she is not practicing law. Outside of practicing law, Aisha enjoys all types of music, cooking new recipes, and reading novels.

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Amy Daldry

A graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1999, Amy has devoted the majority of her legal career to the public sector. For the last 14 years, she has served as the staff attorney to the Honorable Daniel M. Coursey, Jr. of the DeKalb County Superior Court. In addition to the DeKalb Bar Association, she is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

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