ATLANTA (July 10, 2003) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan is please to announce that The University of Georgia School of Law's alumni association has presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Scroll Award, to John H. Mobley II. This award is given each year to one or two deserving individuals whose services to the legal profession and the School of Law are worthy of special recognition. The award was also presented to Professor Julian B. McDonnell of Athens, GA. Both awards were presented during the Law School Association's annual breakfast held in conjunction with the State Bar of Georgia meeting at Amelia Island, FL, on Saturday, June 14, 2003.
Mr. Mobley, a native of Shreveport, LA, is a 1953 graduate of the University of Georgia and of the UGA School of Law. While at the university, he was an active student with membership in Kappa Alpha Order social fraternity, Blue Key, Gridiron, Phi Kappa Literary Society and Phi Delta Phi international legal fraternity. He was also a member of the Georgia Bar Journal's student editorial board.
Mobley was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1952. He served in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Department from 1953 to 1955 and attained the rank of captain. In 1956, Mobley formed the law firm of Kelley & Mobley with Sumter M. Kelley. After the death of Kelley in 1963, he created the firm Gambrell & Mobley with David H. Gambrell. He continued this partnership until 1983 when he joined Sutherland.
Mr. Mobley is a distinguished member of the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta and the State Bar of Georgia. The National Association of Bond Attorneys selected him as one of the leading bond attorneys in the U.S. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Southern District of the Securities Industry Association, the only non-investment banker to ever hold such a position. In addition, he is an active member of his community as a dedicated participant in church affairs and charitable organizations. For 20 years, he has served as chairman of the Board of Communities in Schools of Georgia and currently serves on the executive committee of Board of National Communities in Schools, an organization dedicated to reducing the drop-out rate from schools in the U.S.
He has been married to his wife, Sue Lawton Mobley, for 45 years. They have a daughter and two granddaughters.
In presenting the Distinguished Service Scroll Award to Mr. Mobley, Law School Association Council Member and Award Committee Chair Robert W. Chasteen Jr. said Mr. Mobley is the "dean of the public finance community" and has always acted as a mentor to fellow lawyers in the area of local government law. "I have always admired John as he does not compromise what is right just to make a fee," he added.
In accepting the association's highest honor, Mr. Mobley said the practice of law had changed a lot over the years, noting legal advertising and the term "billable hours" did not exist when he first entered the legal profession. In addition, he said education is key to one's success and that he would never forget this honor given to him by the Law School Association.