Beck said she was attracted by the opportunity to run a larger organization with more diverse activities, including membership services, continuing legal education and outreach work in the community.
"It is a robust, thriving organization," Beck said of the Atlanta Bar Association, which has about 6,300 members. "The staff is very tenured and accomplished in their work and to be able to build on that is quite exciting for me."
"There is the added bonus of being able to work in a community where I have so many personal and professional relationships," Beck said. "That doesn't always happen when making a career shift."
Roberson said the bar is planning a send-off celebration for O'Steen and McInnis at the end of January, when they both retire.
Sheffey is heading the search committee to find McInnis' successor.