OCTOBER EDITION • 2015
by Daniel DeWoskin
President, DeKalb Bar Association
As practicing attorneys, many of us handle litigation that can be contentious and uncomfortable. If this is not true for us, it certainly may be true for our clients. I often say that my clients do not call me on a good day, just to say “hello” and to tell me they have no current need for a trial attorney. Occasionally, I will get calls that allow me to prevent a more serious calamity involving my client from taking place, but usually something fairly significant has taken place and my client requires immediate representation.
Please note on your calendar and RSVP now for the next Bar luncheon on Oct. 15 when we welcome former governor Roy Barnes as our guest speaker.
Described as a “lawyer’s lawyer” and recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers as one of the top trial attorneys in the nation, Roy E. Barnes knew from a young age what profession he wanted to pursue. His love of law and his commitment to serving others have never wavered.
A lifelong resident of Cobb County, Georgia, Roy Barnes received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and graduated with honors from the Lumpkin School of Law at UGA in 1972. Upon graduation, he went to work as a prosecutor in the Cobb County District Attorney’s office, where he stayed until opening his first law firm in 1975.
You Are Cordially Invited To The DeKalb Bar Association Holiday Party
Thursday, December 10, 2015 6-9 p.m.
The Solarium at Historic Scottish Rite
321 W. Hill St., Decatur 30030
More details available soon.
by John E. Plageman, CPA, CFE, CVA
Fraud exists at every level of our society. No one is immune to the fact that fraud can and will be directed either to them personally or to their business. For the certified fraud and forensic accountants, the demand for our services is at an all-time high. Attorneys, judges and companies of all sizes will sooner or later require the services of a fraud examiner.
The Family Law Section of the DeKalb Bar Association, September breakfast.
by Georgia Lord
Georgia Lord Law
DeKalb Bar Family Section Board
Justice Carol W. Hunstein of the Georgia Supreme Court addressed the September breakfast meeting of the DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section. Justice Hunstein reminisced about her years on the DeKalb bench and shared some practical tips for practitioners litigating in the Georgie Supreme Court.
Extend a warm welcome these newest members of our organization. Be sure to introduce them to your colleagues at DeKalb Bar programs and events in the coming year, and invite them to get involved with our committees and sections.
New Members of the DeKalb Bar Association
Diana Rough Johnson
Remember, all are always welcome to join, and we have made it easy to join (or renew) and pay your dues online at our main DeKalb Bar Association website.
By Kyla Lines, Family Law Section Chair
On Sept. 10, the Family Law Section presented its inaugural seminar, “Not Your Everyday Custody Case: Advanced Issues Facing Custody Litigators and Guardians ad Litem.” The seminar was held at the State Bar of Georgia, and it was, by all accounts, a resounding success. During the eight hour seminar, the attendees heard about the impact of divorce on children from multiple mental health professionals, including Dr. Roy Sanders of Decatur Family Psychiatry, Dr. Kim Oppenheimer of Child Custody Solutions, LLC, and Dr. Allison Hill of Peachtree Psychological Associates. They also heard from seasoned family law practitioners and guardians ad litem about how (and perhaps more importantly, how not) to litigate complex custody cases. Finally, a panel of judges from DeKalb and Fulton counties answered questions about their views on various issues that arise in custody cases.
Judge Eleanor L. Ross was our guest speaker at the Sept. luncheon. She was nominated to serve as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia by President Barack Obama in 2013. She is the first African-American female judge to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Prior to her confirmation in November, 2014, Judge Ross served here in DeKalb County as a state court judge for Division 5 from 2011-2014.
On August 26, The DeKalb Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section (TLS) enjoyed the latest of the occasional “A View From The Bench” series. Judges J.P. Boulee and Mike Jacobs, DeKalb County’s newest judges, were joined and supported by their colleagues, judges Mark Scott and Wayne Purdom. For many members of the TLS, this was their first opportunity to meet the new judges. After spending some time to socialize, Judges Boulee and Jacobs talked about their backgrounds and their vision of how they expect to run their respective courtrooms. Both judges invited suggestions and comments on trial procedures. A lively discussion with the TLS members ensued. Judge Scott and Judge Purdom also provided valuable insights based upon their experience.
All in all, it was a great exchange of ideas in a casual setting at Bruce Hagen’s beautiful law office in the historic Marble House on McDonough Street in Decatur.
Said TLS President Doug Aholt, “The View From The Bench series is a wonderful opportunity for the bench and bar to talk shop outside the confines of a specific case. We also have enough social time built into the program so that we can make personal and professional connections. We welcome Judge Boulee and Judge Jacobs to DeKalb, and look forward to working with them.”