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SEPTEMBER EDITION • 2014


From the DBA President: Be Brief!

 

Scott Bonder, DPA Presidentby Scott Bonder
President, DeKalb Bar Association

“Be brief! Why, because you are f%$&ing it up!”
Irving Younger, The Ten Commandments of Cross Examination, Video of Presentation at UC Hastings, School of Law,

I submit to you that truer words have never been spoken. But, they need not be limited to cross examination. This commandment should govern all aspects of an attorney’s practice.

Be brief in your arguments. Longer is not better. Just because the judge is polite enough to let you keep speaking does not indicate that it is wise.

Be brief in your writings. A twenty five page limit is not an invitation to use all twenty five pages.

Be brief in your emails exchanges. Email is to life what cross examination is to trial. Kind of fun, easy to get excited over, and you will always go just one too far.

Be brief in your client meetings. Clients want confident and coherent advice, not long rambling diatribes on old cases.

Be brief in your practice. A well balance work and home life is an essential ingredient to a well-rounded and competent lawyer.

And perhaps most importantly, when in a position that requires speeches or articles, be brief because nobody really wants to hear or read you drone on anyway.

I look forward to a good year and will do my best for the DeKalb Bar Association.


FLS Breakfast Is Sept. 4, RSVP by Noon on Sept. 2

 

Family Law Section members (and other interested parties) won’t want to miss the September breakfast meeting.  The topic is “Advice from the Staff Attorneys,” with insights and tips on pet peeves, how to navigate the divisions, and practical ideas for making your case go as smoothly as possible.

Please bring art supplies, children’s books, children’s snacks, fruit juice boxes or just the extra change in your pockets to benefit Nia’s Place, a supervised visitation and exchange center that the DeKalb Bar FLS supports.

RSVP before Noon on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 to receive the discounted FLS member rate of $15.  All RSVPs received after that will be $20. RSVP  online here.

The Family Law Section Breakfast is held on the first Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9 am at the historic Old Courthouse on the square in downtown Decatur, 101 E. Court Square. Join us for for a delicious buffet breakfast and a changing lineup of guest speakers who provide insights and new information about family law.

For more information . . .
If you practice family law in DeKalb County we encourage you to visit the Family Law Section page on the DeKalb Bar website where you will find valuable information regarding each DeKalb County judge’s preferences for a variety of calendaring and procedural issues.

 


RSVP Now for Our September Luncheon

 

Be sure to RSVP by Monday, Sept. 15, for our monthly luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the historic Old Courthouse on the square, 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur. RSVP now by clicking here to register.

Here’s what Sawicki’s has planned for the menu:

Roasted salmon
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Roasted potatoes
Broccoli, cauliflower and spinach
Mixed green salad
Fruit salad
Chicken salad wrap
Ham and Swiss wrap
Cookies and brownies


The Practice Corner: Keeping Your “Friends” Close

 

by Daniel DeWoskin
Trial Attorney
atlantatrial.com

In general, I am the type of person who can separate the views of others from who they are as people. This is important for everyone, but especially for lawyers. I engage in this exercise routinely with clients and opposing counsel, whose personal views on any given subject may be the opposite of my own. Even in the case when we are not able to see eye-to-eye, we can always respect one another’s right to have a different opinion. Read more


Who’s New in DBA?

 

Please join us with a warm welcome for these newest members of the DeKalb Bar Association.

Zachary North

Arman Deganian
The Orlando Firm

John Edmonson
The Orlando Firm

Edward Still
The Orlando Firm

Steven Pritchett

Robert E. Spears Jr.

Laura Akins

John Jaubernreich
Seacrest, Karesh, Tate & Bicknese, LLP

Judge La Tisha Dear
DeKalb County Recorders Court

Daniel Greene

R. Lawron Jordan
Williams Teusink

Judge Linda Bratton Haynes

 

Not yet a DeKalb Bar Association member? Time to renew your membership? Visit our website for membership information and how to join or renew securely online here.


Family Law Section Welcomed Martha Tate to June Breakfast

 
Martha Tate Speaks to June Family Law Section Breakfast Meeting

Martha Tate speaks to the Family Law Section

 

Martha Tate, left, and Debra Gold

Martha Tate, left, and Debbie Gold

The Family Law section June breakfast speaker was Martha Tate, LCSW who gave a presentation, “Different Stripes for Different Types: Understanding Differences through Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator.”

The FLS meets every first Tuesday of the month for a delicious buffet breakfast and a changing lineup of guest speakers who provide insights and new information about family law.

For more information . . .
If you practice family law in DeKalb County we encourage you to visit the Family Law Section page on the DeKalb Bar website where you will find valuable information regarding each DeKalb County judge’s preferences for a variety of calendaring and procedural issues.