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From the DBA President: Celebrating Summer!


crumrineby Rebecca Crumrine Rieder
President, DeKalb Bar Association

Welcome to summer, and celebrating the end of the year! I hope everyone – all members of the bench and the bar – will join us June 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Solarium in Oakhurst Village for our year-end barbecue. This is a wonderful way to gather, acknowledge and thank all our members. And, this event ushers in Scott Bonder as the next president of the DeKalb Bar Association. I am excited about Scott’s upcoming leadership.

A special thanks to Steve Apolinsky, the honorable Courtney Johnson, and Diana Kovach who have fulfilled their terms as members of the board. Elections for the open board positions will be at the June 19 luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the historic Old Courthouse on the square. If you are interested in running for a position, please contact Cindy Harris at no later than June 15.

Congratulations to the DeKalb Bar Association, recipient of the State Bar of Georgia awards for best newsletter and best website. Cindy Harris and newsletter editor Jessica Reece Fagan work tirelessly throughout the year to produce this excellent work. The awards were presented at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Amelia Island where Ms. Fagan accepted the awards on behalf of DBA.

With the end of May also comes the end of my term as president. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as the DeKalb Bar Association president. As Paula Frederick remarked at our September 2013 luncheon, active local bar associations are an anomaly – we set a unique standard due to you and your involvement. Thank you!

I look forward to continued involvement with the DBA and serving as the DeKalb Foundation president in the upcoming year. Cheers to Scott and the 2014-2015 DBA year!

RSVP Now for Our June 19 Luncheon


Be sure to RSVP by Monday, June 16, for our monthly luncheon on Thursday, June 19, 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:

Baked lemon chicken
Pasta primavera
Green beans, corn and mushrooms
Green salad
Fruit salad
Salmon salad wraps
Veggie wraps
Cookies and brownies

Best Newsletter, Best Website – DBA Wins Again!



A highlight of the 2014 annual meeting for the State Bar of Georgia, held recently in Amelia Island, was the awards ceremony. DeKalb Bar News editor Jessica Reece Fagan proudly accepted awards on behalf of the DeKalb Bar Association for best newsletter and best website in the 201-500 member category.

Help us keep the winning streak going! If you are interested in submitting an article or getting more involved in the newsletter or website, please contact Jessica at We are always looking for great content from our outstanding members!

Chambers and Aholt Relocate to Decatur


New offices in One Town Center


Attorneys Doug Aholt and Bo Chambers are proud to announce the relocation of their firm, Chambers and Aholt LLC, to downtown Decatur. Their new offices are in the One Decatur Town Center building at 150 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. near the historic downtown square.

After many years in an office tower on Peachtree St., the partners are excited about the new location that allows them to connect with a vibrant local business district, contribute to the surrounding community, and provide convenient services to their clients, with ample on-site parking and a nearby MARTA station.

“The move represents a homecoming for Bo and me,” says Doug Aholt. “The old DeKalb County Courthouse, which is located on the square across from us, is where Bo honed his trial skills to become one of the preeminent trial lawyers of the State Bar. I have lived in Decatur since 1989. By working closer to where we live and volunteer, we can better serve our community and our clients.”

The firm specializes in personal injury law, representing clients all over metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

Doug currently serves as president of the Trial Lawyers Section of the DeKalb Bar Association and is board chair of the Decatur Arts Alliance, both organizations headquartered in Decatur.

For more information about Chambers & Aholt, visit or call 404-253-7860.

DeKalb Bar Celebrates Law Day at May Luncheon


Law Day award recipients.

Law Day is officially celebrated on May 1 of each year by bar associations, courts, judges, and legal professionals across the country. The DeKalb Bar Association had its special observation at the  May membership luncheon with annual awards for outstanding service in law enforcement, student essays and the Liberty Bell award. Law Day was established in 1958 by the American Bar Association to bring attention to the principles and practice of American law and justice.

The DBA presents an Officer of the Year award to a DeKalb County officer for outstanding achievement that brings credit to the department and involves performance well above that which is required by the officer’s normal assignment. This year Detective Lesa T. Robinson received that award.

Also receiving awards for outstanding service were Officer B.J. Garside, Detective L. Armstrong, Officer Love Porter, and Officer Dana Reese.

Several local schools participated this year in our Law Day essay contest. The theme this year was “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”

Each year the DeKalb Bar honors DeKalb County community members with the Liberty Bell award. Established more than 30 years ago, the recipient is one who encourages other community members to respect the laws and legal system, learn more about them and take an active role in our American justice system. The 2014 Liberty Bell award winners are Jennifer and Curtis Parker, publisher/editor and general manager of Crossroads News.

April FLS Breakfast Meeting Recap



Charlie Bailey, Bobby Burnett, and Amy Waggoner from Just Family Solutions were the featured speakers at the the Family Law Section May breakfast.


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.