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From the DBA President: Spring in DeKalb


crumrineby Rebecca Crumrine Rieder
President, DeKalb Bar Association

I know it doesn’t feel much like Spring, but at least we had a teaser last weekend! We have lots of exciting events planned in the next few months. Mark your calendars for the March 13 CLE at Maloof Auditorium from 1-4. We have three distinguished panels: two panels of judges and one panel of members of the Bar who have previously sat on the Investigative Panel of the State Bar. April 3 is our annual Bench & Bar Dinner at Druid Hills Country Club with our keynote speaker, former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears. We are in need of sponsors to fund this annual event, so please consider sponsoring at any level! Contact Cindy Harris for details! Darren Summerville is putting a panel together for a one hour CLE with Former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears as part of the panel, so please look out for details.

And, don’t miss the April 17 luncheon which is also my birthday!


RSVP by March 21 for the Annual Bench and Bar Dinner


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.

Here are the details:

Thursday, April 3, 2014
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Dinner

Our invited speaker is Justice Leah Ward Sears.

Druid Hills Golf Club
740 Clifton Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30307

R.S.V.P. by 3/21/14
Admission is complimentary for full-time DeKalb County Judges and Senior Judges

Download a printable invitation here.

Welcome to our newest DBA members!


Please join us with a warm welcome for these new (and renewing) members of the DeKalb Bar Association.

Alex Manning
Hughes & Manning LLP

Charles McAleer
McAleer Law

John Coleman


Not yet a DeKalb Bar Association member? Time to renew your membership? Visit our website for membership information and how to join or renew securely online here.

It Takes a Village: A Client’s Circle of Friends Can Impact a Custody Case


ReeceBy: Jessica Reece
HHCM Family Law

Individuals going through a divorce often think of it as a private concern between two adults. But when a court is looking at custody issues, and determining what is best for the children involved, the net may be cast wider than the immediate, nuclear family and many clients are not aware their personal lives could be so evaluated in open court and need to be advised accordingly early-on in the case.

The standard for custody pursuant to Georgia law is what is in the best interest of the child. Pursuant to statute, the judge may “take into consideration all the circumstances of the case . . . to look to and determine solely what is for the best interest of the child and what will best promote the child’s welfare and happiness.” OCGA Sec. 19-9-3. This term “circumstances” is read very broadly and includes more than the bond between parent and child or how many soccer games and parent teacher conferences each parent attends each year. Read more

The Practice Corner: The Importance of Knowing Your Web Identity


by Daniel DeWoskin
Trial Attorney

The internet is forever. Many of us who are parents tell our children about this frequently and others of us plan to tell our children as they grow up. It is a lesson and caution that we know, if ignored, may result in rather unforgivable consequences. That picture that is taken in a spontaneous moment, that unfortunate “selfie,” once uploaded, cannot be taken back. Nothing will change the permanent nature of the internet, but we have the ability to engage in activity that will help take ownership of the information and properly frame it in a light that is more accurate. Read more

Paula J. Frederick Speaks at February FLS Meeting


M. Debra Gold, left, speaks with Paula J. Frederick at the February FLS breakfast.

Family Law Section members gathered for breakfast in February at the Old Courthouse on the square in downtown Decatur. Guest speaker Paula J. Frederick, general counsel for the State Bar of Georgia, gave an ethics update for family law practitioners.


Paula Frederick spoke to a full house at the February FLS breakfast.

The FLS meets every first Tuesday of the month 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 calendaring and procedural issues.