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President’s Letter: Who Hosea Williams Is to Me


by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association

As I’m sure many of us do, I often find myself driving along Hosea L. Williams Drive paying no mind to the man for whom it is named, but I can’t help but wonder what distinction earns someone a green placard bearing his name on every block of a well-known stretch of road?

Perhaps it starts with humble beginnings, or rather the drive to seek growth despite arid ground. Hosea Lorenzo Williams was born the son of two blind teens on January 5, 1926 in Decatur County. He never met his father, and his mother died when he was only ten years old. An unremarkable childhood (apart from a near lynching in response to an alleged relationship with a white girl) turned a corner when he joined the army to serve in WWII in an all-black unit under General Patton. The war earned him a Purple Heart and a lifelong limp.

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RSVP by June 20 for Luncheon on Thursday, June 22


Be sure to RSVP by Tuesday, June 20, for our monthly luncheon on Thursday, Jun 22 at 11:30 am, at the historic Old Courthouse on the square, 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur. To RSVP now click here.

We welcome Mike Prieto, president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers, as our guest speaker.

What’s on the menu?

You won’t want to miss this program . . . or the delicious food provided by Oakhurst Market.

Barbecue chicken
Pimiento cheese grits
Corn on the cobb
Sauteed green beans
Salad bar
Banana pudding
Members $15 / Non-members $25

Kindly RSVP before noon on Tuesday, June 20 to receive member pricing. All RSVPs after noon on June 20 will be $25. Members, you will need to log in with your username and password to receive member pricing. RSVP here.

DeKalb Bar Celebrates Law Day 2017


Law Day 2017: The 14th Amendment

In 1961 Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as Law Day. This was subsequently codified in the United Stated Code. Law Day is celebrated across the country during the month of May and is a day on which we take time to examine and celebrate our commitment to the rule of law. It is the opportunity for legal professionals to take an active role in advancing public understanding about law.

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The Next FLS Breakfast Is Sept. 7. Save the Date!


If you missed the FLS Breakfast on June 1, be sure to join us for the next one on Sept. 7.

The Family Law Section Breakfast is held on the first Thursday of each month, September through June, 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.

Our guest speaker for the next breakfast is TBA. DeKalb Bar members can register on the website closer to the Sept. 7 event date here.

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 calendar and procedural issues.

Ian M. Falcone Talks about Bankruptcy Law


Attorney Ian M. Falcone spoke at the May 4 breakfast meeting of the DeKalb Bar Association’s Family Law Section. Mr. Falcone has practiced law in the courts of Georgia, New York, Connecticut, and federal courts, and his firm, The Falcone Law Firm, P.C., specializes in complex bankruptcies, domestic law and small business matters. His presentation, titled “A Few Things Every Divorce Lawyer Should Know About Bankruptcy Law,” provided supremely helpful practice tips that every attorney should know.

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Judge Harvey Honored by Peers



Senior Magistrate Judge Alan C. Harvey was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgia Council of Magistrate Court Judges.

The award criteria states: “This award marks a distinguished career of consistent excellence and commitment to the magistrate court. This award honors a judge who has made significant contributions to the magistrate court. These contributions can be in the areas of leadership, committee involvement and achievement, or mentorship. Their actions will have a lasting impact on the magistrate court and they have served as a role model and inspiration to others.”

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