NOVEMBER EDITION • 2013
by Rebecca Crumrine
President, DeKalb Bar Association
What are you doing on Nov. 9? I hope you will join me in Oakhurst for the “Run for Justice,” a 5K run and walk to benefit Atlanta Legal Aid Society. This is the 22nd year of the event, and the first year that the DeKalb Bar will specifically reward one of our own. Every DBA team (a team is five people) that registers will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a $250 gift card, so be sure to note on your entry form that your team is a DBA team!
Remember, you do not have to be a runner to participate in the Run for Justice. Walkers, jogging strollers, kids and pets are welcome! You can also be a phantom runner – all you need to do is sign-up for the run and cheer from the sidelines. For more information, please visit rungeorgia.com/runforjustice.html.
Look forward to seeing you the morning of Nov. 9 in Oakhurst!
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
The Solarium at Historic Scottish Rite
321 West Hill St., Decatur GA 30030 MAP
Tickets (ea.): $30 Members in advance, $50 Non-members, $50 at the door
RSVP online by Dec. 5 here
Pay online, or mail check payment to DeKalb Bar Association, P.O. Box 3136, Decatur, GA 30031
Marinated beef tenderloin with horseradish and rolls
Shrimp cocktail with spicy cocktail sauce
Toasted parmesan chicken with lemon dijon sauce
Spinach and artichoke dip with lavosh
Spinach and prosciutto stuffed mushrooms
Seasonal fruit with Chocolate Sauce
Chocolate caramel brittle and miniature sweets
Our Holiday Party Charity
Our charities for this holiday season are the Pajama and a Book Program, a program that delivers warm sleepwear and books to children in need, and the Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club. Please consider bringing an item for donation to the Holiday Party. Gifts should be unwrapped. Thank you for helping the DBA contribute to these charities and helping children have a great holiday!
Pajamas and a Book Program
Infant boys and girls, 12-24 months
Toddler boys and girls, 2-5 years
Boys and girls, 6-14 years
Womens sizes S, M, L, XL
Books for all ages
Teens – Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club
Target Gift Cards: $15
Wal-Mart Gift Cards: $15
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Clerk of Superior Court Debra DeBerry will host the inaugural Mental Health Forum on Nov. 14, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Peachford Conference Center, Peachford Hospital, 2151 Peachford Rd., Atlanta 30338. The forum will address the recent changes in budgeting and access to medication, the impact on communities and the overall current state of mental healthcare in DeKalb County. For more information, please contact Donica Kennon, 404-687-3590, or Dana Patterson 404-687-4076.
November is national adoption month and DeKalb County will host its third annual Adoption Day on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The event will take place in the DeKalb County courthouse at 556 N. McDonough St. in Decatur on the 5th floor in courtrooms 5C and 5D of the judicial tower. The Hon. Judge Gregory A. Adams and the Hon. Judge Tangela Barrie will hear adoptions at 9 a.m. Refreshments will be served at a celebration party following the ceremony. For more information, please contact Fayron Woodley in the adoptions, appeals and passports office of the Clerk of Superior Court at 404-687-3873.
Please join us with a warm welcome for these newest members of the DeKalb Bar Association.
Locke Law Firm
Lawler Green Prinz & Gleklen, LLC
Lawler Green Prinz & Gleklen, LLC
Goldstein Law Group
by Daniel DeWoskin
Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion editorial and does not reflect the opinions of the DeKalb Bar Association. The author, Daniel DeWoskin, was trained and certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) as a law enforcement officer, and maintains this certification today. He also worked for some time in a law enforcement capacity prior to his admission to the Georgia Bar. He is now an attorney practicing in DeKalb County.
Due to the increase of school shootings in recent years, many schools have resorted to bringing on-duty police officers into the school in an effort to increase safety measures. The question remains, however, whether the presence of police officers actually increases safety or even just the perception of safety. There is also a question as to whether the presence of more officers just increases the statistics crime or dangers present in schools.
Based on a recent incident, I tend to think that the increased presence of police officers simply creates more “crime.” Let me explain.
The DeKalb Bar offered a one hour CLE program at the October luncheon, sponsored by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Judge Clarence F. Seeliger gave a presentation called “One Law For All: The Story of Atlanta Legal Aid.”
There is no luncheon in November, so instead, be sure to RSVP for the holiday party by Dec. 5 here. Get more details here. Our next luncheon will be in January 2014. Bar luncheons are held at the historic Old Courthouse on the square, 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur.
The DeKalb Bar Association hosted the fall happy hour at Leon’s Full Service in downtown Decatur. We thank our happy hour sponsors – Gold Investigations, Take Me Out Tickets, and Seth Peabody with DDS Tax and Accounting – for the wonderful time that was had by all.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, the DeKalb Bar Foundation hosted The Great Whiskey Debate at The Old Courthouse on the square in downtown Decatur. Five local restaurants battled it out and, after the votes were tallied, Leons Full Service was the winner of the people’s choice award and the judge’s choice.
Approximately $6,000 was raised to benefit the DeKalb Bar Foundation, a portion of which was donated to Hon. Stacey Hydrick to benefit S.M.I.L.E., a non-profit organization that empowers young high-school women and educates them on all the aspects of the legal community.
by Alice W. Limehouse, Family Law
On October 3, 2013, the Family Law Section met for breakfast catered by Sawicki’s at the Historic DeKalb County Courthouse. Before a record number of attendees, Superior Court Judges Seeliger and Barrie answered questions and pondered hypotheticals related to complex child support scenarios. (Judge Becker was also scheduled to attend, but unfortunately had to be absent at the last moment.) The discussion centered primarily on the application of Schedule E Deviations and how the judges have approached them when such deviations are presented at trial.