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Brief Renewals Go a Long Way


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

Gone are the days when a new year brought with it new teachers, and new classes. Holiday breaks used to be actual breaks and a welcome reset prior to the coming semester. Now, that same client who nagged you in December is likely going to nag you in January. That judge who disagreed with all of your arguments in 2014 is likely to continue disagreeing in 2015. The daily grind can be exhausting, but even briefly focusing on improving your work life can make each nagging client, disagreeable judge, and pesky opposing counsel far more tolerable. Read more

The Practice Corner: The Online “Profile”


by Daniel DeWoskin
Trial Attorney

The issue is settled and has been for quite some time now. There is no way to live completely off the grid. At least, there is no way for a rational person who encounters the day-to-day responsibilities and whatnot to live completely off the grid. You do not have to use Facebook. You do not have to tweet, or use a smartphone. All you have to do is be a consumer.

If you use a bankcard, a debit card, a credit card, purchase items online, use social media, market online, or even engage in the most mundane activities using the internet, there is a profile of you. As I do engage in social media, I get a sense sometimes of what my “profile” must be. I use the quotation marks, because I am not referring to how I hold myself out, what descriptions exist regarding my education or experience, or anything of that sort. I am referring to what information that is bought and sold regarding my behavior as a consumer tells others who wish to market to me.

For instance, my Amazon purchases, my credit card purchases and patterns, and what websites I visit once had my social media abuzz with a notion that I wanted to go back to school. Apparently, I wanted to go to some fairly terrible and expensive schools. Apparently, I did not actually want to go to these schools so much as attend them virtually, paying gobs of money for a degree in some rather silly areas. I have no idea what genius algorithms conspired to compile a profile of me that suggested this zeal for more education, but I am likely finished acquiring degrees for the time being.

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January Luncheon Brings Kimberly Hall as Guest Speaker


Mark your calendar and RSVP now for the January Bar luncheon on Jan. 15 when we welcome Kimberly E. Hall as our guest speaker. Her topic is “Background Investigations — Not Just for Dating Anymore.”

kimberly-hallA native Georgian (and true Georgia Bulldog) Kimberly received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Georgia followed by her juris doctorate degree in 1990. She has had a solo practice for 22 years focusing on creditors’ rights, bankruptcy litigation, landlord rights and real estate litigation. She is admitted to practice in all the courts in Georgia.

To complement her law practice and her love of the facts (more than the law), almost 10 years ago she became a licensed private investigator and opened her own company, Elite Investigative Services, Inc. Along with her team of agents, she has worked on high profile civil and criminal cases including those featured on 48 Hours Mystery, 20/20 and Good Morning America. Her investigative clientele is almost exclusively top tier law firms in Georgia and corporations in the Southeast who utilize her talents not only to try to root our fraudulent acts and claims, defend against frivolous litigation but also to investigate their witnesses, clients’ competitors and adversarial parties


Be sure to RSVP before noon on Tuesday, Jan. 13 to ensure member pricing ($10 for members, $15 non-members) for the  luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the historic Old Courthouse on the square, 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur. RSVP now by clicking here.

What’s for Lunch?

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

Mashed potatoes
Indian vegetables with rice
Green salad
Fruit salad
Turkey wrap
Ham and Swiss sandwich

Holiday Party Closes DBA 2014 on a High Note


The DeKalb Bar Association Holiday Party was held on Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Solarium at historic Scottish Rite, 321 W. Hill St., in Oakhurst. Thanks to our generous sponsors, delicious food and the fellowship of DBA members and friends, a wonderful time was enjoyed by all. Our charity once again for this holiday season was the Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club and the Pajama Program, which delivers warm sleepwear and age-appropriate books to children in need. Thanks to all who attended and so generously contributed to help local children have a great holiday.

Thank You To Our 2014 Holiday Party Sponsors


We owe a hearty round of applause to these generous DBA members who made our holiday party possible.

Childers Schlueter & Smith, LLC

Stephen D. Apolinsky
Apolinsky & Associates, LLC

Dan DeWoskin
Fried & Bonder
Pak & McRae

Chambers & Aholt, LLP

Andy Cohen & Jill Polster
The Cohen Law Firm

Gary Freed
Thompson Hine, LLP

Wm. Dixon James, P.C.

Robert Katz
Katz Stepp Wright & Fleming, LLC

Andrew Lynch

Kessler & Solomiany

Law Offices of Steven Salcedo

FLS Breakfast Highlights from December


The Family Law section welcomed Patty Shewmaker of Shewmaker and Shewmaker as their guest speaker for the December breakfast

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 calendar and procedural issues.