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From the President: First, Do No Harm


What The Hippocratic Oath Has to Teach Lawyers

dan-dewoskin-new-photoby Daniel DeWoskin
President, DeKalb Bar Association

At our October DeKalb Bar meeting, Gov. Roy Barnes suggested that our code as lawyers should begin something like the Hippocratic Oath, “First, do no harm.” Actually, these words do not appear in the oath itself, but instead something to the effect of “Also, I will, according to my ability and judgment, prescribe a regimen for the health of the sick; but I will utterly reject harm and mischief.” Gov. Barnes’ point was not lost on me despite my clarification here. As lawyers, we have an obligation to conduct ourselves in accordance with a code of ethics. We should not allow ourselves to stop there. Read more

RSVP by Dec. 2 for the DBA Holiday Party Dec. 10



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

RSVP By December 2
The DeKalb Bar Association
Admission per person
$30 Members in Advance | $50 Non Members | $50 At the door Read more

Are These Common Mistakes Upsetting Your Social Media Marketing Efforts?


by Kristy Clabaugh
Sr. Accountant
Firm Development Coordinator

After obtaining a license in your field of expertise, you joined all of the relevant trade associations and you are investing heavily in specialized training for yourself and your staff. You even created a company Facebook page to promote your brand; so what gives? Why isn’t the brand reaping the benefits of all your efforts and hard cash spent? Read more

October Luncheon Welcomed Roy Barnes


“Lawyers lawyer” and former governor Roy Barnes was guest speaker to a packed house at the October luncheon.

Who Are the New Faces in DBA Membership?


Please help us welcome these newest members to our organization. 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. Remember, all are always welcome to join, and we make it easy to join (or renew) and pay your dues online at our main DeKalb Bar Association website here.

Newest Members of the
DeKalb Bar Association

Kelly Reese
Stern & Edlin
J. Taylor Hopkins
Charles Talley Wells

DRC Director Larry Harton Addresses DeKalb Bar Family Section



Georgia Lordby Georgia Lord
Georgia Lord Law
DeKalb Bar Family Section Board

Mr. Larry Harton, Director of the DeKalb County Dispute Resolution Center (DRC), spoke at the Oct. 1 breakfast meeting of the DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section. He explained the mediation process and shared ways that counsel can maximize the value they receive from a mediation session.

When a case is referred to DRC, counsel should immediately complete a domestic relations intake form, which can conveniently be done online. Once the form is submitted, DRC promptly assigns a mediation date. The processing is speedy but DRC needs several days to set things up – it is not realistic to expect to arrange a mediation session on a day’s notice. Read more