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Why I Call DeKalb County Home


by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association

I moved to DeKalb County in 2003 after completing law school at the University of Georgia. To be quite honest, I wasn’t overly excited about moving to DeKalb from Athens at the age of twenty-five. Like every other UGA graduate I know who bleeds red and black, I would have preferred to linger in Athens for a bit (or forever) as opposed to moving intown and getting a real job. Despite my personal preferences, my law school debt demanded that I make the move. Thus, after taking the bar, I packed up the few possessions I had and found an apartment in Decatur. Read more

September Luncheon Preview – RSVP by Sept. 26!


Be sure to RSVP by Monday, Sept. 26, for our monthly luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the historic Old Courthouse on the square, 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur. To RSVP now click here.

Our speaker is Alvaro Arauz with the firm 3a. Law Practice Management. He has worked with the country’s top attorneys in nearly every practice area, helping them improve their business efficiency to achieve greater profits with less work. His goal is to enrich the quality of representation and maintain competitive legal fees, resulting in less-stressed and happier attorneys. Read his complete profile here.

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

September Luncheon Menu:
Salad Bar
Mustard Glazed Chicken
Roasted Potatoes
Garlicky Green Beans
Sauteed Squash and Zucchini
Red Velvet Cake

June Meeting of DeKalb Bar Family Section Featured Elections and Sponsor Presentations



Georgia Lordby Georgia Lord
Georgia Lord Law

On June 2, the DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section elected its slate of officers for 2016-17. Alice Limehouse will serve as the section’s chair; Dawn de Klerk as vice-chair; Justin Hayes as secretary; Charlie Bailey as treasurer; and Kyla Lines as past chair. The at-large board members elected were Aisha Blanchard Collins, Amy Daldry, and Georgia Lord. At the June 2 meeting, the section presented outgoing Chair Kyla Lines with a plaque in recognition of her excellent service.

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Sept. Luncheon Speaker Profile: Alvaro A. Arauz


Alvaro-Arauz-headshotWe challenge ourselves with complex assignments of all kinds. It requires us to constantly evolve, which in turn allows us to give better advice. Whether you’re a brave attorney putting up your own shingle, a small firm adding more associates and staff, or a mid-size firm that needs infrastructure re-engineering, we can help. We promote progress through productivity. It’s about results, not effort.” So states Alvaro A. Arauz, founder of 3a. Law Practice Management. Read more

Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Family Law Section Events!


Georgia Lordby Georgia Lord
Georgia Lord Law

After a summer hiatus for the DeKalb Bar Association Family Section’s “first Thursday of the month” breakfast meetings, the section kicks off a new year of programs in September. The first breakfast program was Sept. 1. The section’s very popular CLE program on advanced custody litigation returns on Sept. 8, with a new line-up of topics and speakers. In addition, the section plans to hold a series of gatherings for family lawyers and family therapists that will begin in the fall. Read more

New DBA Officers Sworn in at July Luncheon



The New DeKalb Bar Association officers for 2016-2017 were sworn in by Judge J.P. Boulee at the June luncheon meeting. They are: Read more

Members, Colleagues and Families Celebrate at End of Year Barbecue


New President Arman Deganian (left) congratulates Past-president Dan DeWoskin.

DeKalb Bar Association members, colleagues, and families came out to enjoy the annual end-of-year barbecue, held this year at the Solarium at Historic Scottish Rite in Oakhurst. Among the highlights of this delightful gathering, we honored our outgoing president Dan DeWoskin. Read more

Trial Lawyers Section Gets a Fresh ‘View from the Bench’


Judge Boulee and Judge Jacobs returned to this annual event of the Trial Lawyers Section to present their now “experienced” views from the bench, sharing their thoughts about what they see working and not working in trials.