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Judging Actions Versus Judging People


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

Long ago, when I was a teenager, I met a man who told me that he struggled to resist the urge to judge people, but instead preferred to judge their actions. I did not realize at that time how profound that simple statement was, how much it meant for me, and how long I would remember him saying it. Read more

‘View from the Bench’ Trial Law Section Event Is Feb. 23


Our next View From The Bench event will be on Tuesday, Feb. 23. We are pleased to tell you that Judge Jay Roth from Fulton State Court will be our guest. We will start the social hour at around 5:30 pm. At around 6 pm, Judge Roth will share his thoughts about what he sees working and not working in civil trials. He will also be happy to field any questions we might have about voir dire, evidentiary issues and trial issues generally. As always, we will meet at Bruce Hagen’s office which is across the street from Decatur High School at 119 N. McDonough St. We hope to be done around 7 pm. Please email Doug Aholt with any questions about the TLS event at doug@carllp.com.

You Are Invited to the Bench and Bar Dinner March 17


RSVP for the Bench and Bar Dinner by March 1

The officers and directors of the DeKalb Bar Association and the DeKalb Lawyers Association cordially invite you to attend the annual Bench and Bar Dinner in honor of the members of the DeKalb County Judiciary.

Thursday, March 17, 2016
6 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner

Judge Anne Barnes

Druid Hills Golf Club
740 Clifton Rd. NE  |  MAP
Atlanta GA 30307

R.S.V.P. by 3/1/2016
Tickets: $75 per person
Complimentary admission for full-time DeKalb County judges and senior judges.

Download your RSVP here.
Please fill it out and send, along with your check (if applicable) payable to:
DeKalb Bar Association, P.O. Box 3136, Decatur, GA 30031.


RSVP Now for the FLS Breakfast on March 1


If you attended (or sadly missed) the section’s February 4 program, presented by attorney Lila Bradley speaking on juvenile court, DFCS, and adoption issues, you won’t want to miss the next breakfast. To RSVP click here.

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.

Are ALTA Practices the Best Practices for Your Firm?


Toni Schwahn, WHTCPAby Toni Schwahn, CPA, CFET

Many private industries in the U.S. have a history of self-regulation. One particular example is the film industry and the ratings of their films for the viewing audience. The real estate settlement and title industry have finally joined the many other self-regulated industries and issued the Title Insurance and Settlement Best Practices for use by closing attorneys and title companies. Read more

Say Hello to Our Three Newest Members


Extend a warm welcome to these three new members of our organization. Be sure to 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.

New Members of the DeKalb Bar Association
Jennifer Yoxall
Brooks Mackintosh
Elinor Hitt

Remember, all are always welcome to join, and we have made it easy to join (or renew) and pay your dues online at our main DeKalb Bar Association website.

Probate Judge Jeryl Debra Rosh Addresses DeKalb Bar Family Section



Georgia Lordby Georgia Lord
Georgia Lord Law

DeKalb Probate Court Judge Jeryl Rosh and her staff attorney/chief clerk Julia Freeman, spoke at the January 7 breakfast meeting of the DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section. Board chair Kyla Lines led the program. Judge Rosh, staff attorney Freeman, and a staff that includes more than 20 clerks handle not only estates and guardianships but also an amazing variety of other matters, including gun carry permits, marriage licenses, conservatorships regarding settlements for minors, the authorization of fireworks displays, and even the regulation of cattle branding. Additionally, Georgia Regional’s DeKalb location requires Judge Rosh to adjudicate involuntary commitment proceedings for thirty-four counties. Read more

January Luncheon Recap




DBA welcomed Lester Tate as the guest speaker at the January member luncheon.