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An Assault on the Independence of the JQC


by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association

As some of you may know, the State Judicial Qualifications Committee has been under fire recently in Georgia. Representative Johnnie Caldwell has spearheaded an attempt to dismantle the judicial watchdog agency. The ballot in the November election will include a proposed constitutional amendment to rid the State of the JQC. If the ballot passes, the independent agency would be removed from the constitution and replaced with one that answers directly to the state legislature. The JQC is a constitutionally mandated agency that polices the judicial branch in Georgia. The JQC has by no means been perfect. In fact, many of us have had qualms with the speed (or lack thereof) that they have addressed serious potential instances of judicial misconduct in the past. However, the motivation behind the November ballot appears to be nothing but political and potentially retributive in nature. Read more

October Luncheon Preview: Dar’shun Kendrick to Speak


Remember to RSVP by Monday, Oct. 17, for our monthly luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the historic Old Courthouse on the square, 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur. You won’t want to miss the fellowship, the food and an engaging program with our speaker this month, Dar’shun Kendrick. To RSVP now click here.

About Our Speaker

darshun-kendrickDar’shun Kendrick has represented House District 93, which includes East DeKalb and South Gwinnett, ever since being elected at the age of 27 in 2011. Born and raised in Atlanta, she attended Towers High School in DeKalb County where she graduated at the top of her class. She then went on to Oglethorpe University where she graduated in 2004 receiving a dual degree in political science and communications. She enrolled in the University of Georgia School of Law and graduated in 2007 with a focus on corporate law. Read more

Key Issues to Consider When Dealing with Financial Issues


By Dan Branch (CPA/ABV, ASA)
IAG Forensics & Valuation

If you have worked with experts, then you know that from day one you and the expert need to be on the same page. So, when dealing with financial issues, you and the financial expert need to determine and agree on many key issues – and failing to do so correctly puts your case at risk. Read more

Save the Date! DBA Holiday Party Is Dec. 1



You Are Cordially Invited To The DeKalb Bar Association Holiday Party
Thursday, December 1, 2016 6-9 p.m.
The Solarium at Historic Scottish Rite
321 W. Hill St., Decatur 30030

More details available soon.

Say Hello to Our Two Newest Members


Extend a warm welcome to these two 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
Eden Fesshazion
Albert Todd Yates

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.

RSVP Now for Next FLS Breakfast Meeting


The Family Law Section Breakfast is held on the first Thursday 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.

Our guest speaker for the the next breakfast is TBA. To RSVP click here.

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.

September Luncheon Recap



arman-and-alvaro-crWe welcomed Alvaro Arauz as our guest speaker at the September membership luncheon. His presentation was entitled “The Key to Growing Your Law Firm Is Knowing Your Weaknesses and How to Delegate Them.” Alvaro outlined the who, what, when, how, and whys of delegation and the practical applications in a modern law firm. He spoke on the importance of analytics and metrics, how to read them, and how to know when you’re ready to take the next step in growing your firm.

Pictured at right: Alvaro Arauz (left) with DBA President Arman Deganian


Judge Peggy Walker Addresses DeKalb Bar Family Section



From left: Dawn de Klerk, Honorable Peggy Walker, Charlie Bailey, Alice Limehouse

Judge Peggy Walker of the Douglas County Juvenile Court, spoke at the September breakfast meeting of the DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section.

Judge Walker is an alumna of Georgia State University, having earned a master’s degree in education and a juris doctorate of law. She has a seemingly boundless supply of energy and participates in a multitude of professional organizations. She is an active member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, having served as its president-elect in 2014. In her capacity with National Council, she is serving on STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) Action Council, a national effort to end youth violence. She is a graduate fellow of Zero To Three class of 2005 and was a senior fellow at Emory University in 2008, where she worked with Lila Bradley and Judge Steve Franzen on a manual for judges and practitioners to promote preservation of families. She helped secure federal grants and monies from the State and county government to fund a family drug treatment program. She is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is active with NAMI’s Family to Family educational program for family, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness. Read more

Family Law Section CLE Program Praised



On Sept. 8, the DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section presented its Second Annual CLE on Advanced Custody Litigation. Held at the State Bar headquarters in downtown Atlanta, the program was well attended and well received. Many attendees praised the selection of topics and the quality of the presentations. Several even said the program was one of the best CLEs they had ever attended. Others noted that the interdisciplinary mix of speakers and attendees made the discussion very rich. Read more