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President’s Letter: Mentoring Starts with 1Ls – if the 1Ls Are Smart


By Darren Summerville
President, DeKalb Bar Association

Last month I attended a late afternoon gathering at Emory Law School – the inaugural Bar Association Networking Fair. As might be deduced by the keen reader, the fair was designed to expose students to the wide spectrum of bar associations out there, and to emphasize early participation in networking opportunities.

Some two dozen organizations sent representatives; those lawyers spent a good couple of hours introducing themselves and their organizations to a crowd of Emory law students. The majority of the attendees were 1Ls – first year students who had started classes that very week. Read more

President’s Letter: Standing on the Soapox for Professionalism


By Darren Summerville
President, DeKalb Bar Association

I had planned to pen my inaugural column – an electronic soapbox of sorts, as the incoming president of the association – about a subject quite dear to me: the need for a renewed emphasis on professionalism within the legal community. Then Charlottesville happened. I suspect that everyone reading this has at least a decent idea what actually occurred, though the warring partisan circles and media filters have not particularly emphasized a fair distillation of events. I’ll see if I can improve upon that showing. Read more

Family Law CLE: ‘Not Your Everyday Custody Case’


Advanced Issues Facing Custody Litigators and Guardians ad Litem

October 6, 2017 │ 7.5 CLE Hours

$150 for members of the DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section
$170 for non-members or on-site registration
$75 for Legal Aid / legal services / court staff / law students (mail-in registration)

Register at dekalbbar.org

Presented by The DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section 
Alice Limehouse and Georgia Lord, Program Co-chairs
State Bar of Georgia Conference Center, 104 Marietta St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Here is the program outline for the day:

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June Luncheon Recap


The DeKalb Bar members luncheon in June closed out an outstanding year. Mike Prieto, president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association was the speaker. Judge J.P. Boulee presided over the swearing-in of the 2017-2018 DeKalb Bar Association board, and new DeKalb Bar President Darren Summerville presented outgoing President Arman Deganian with a plaque commemorating his service to the DBA.

Our next luncheon is scheduled for Sept. 21. Get the registration details here.




RSVP Now for the October Luncheon


Note: Due to a scheduling conflict the luncheon date has been moved to Oct. 19.

Join us for our monthly lunch Thursday, Oct. 19 at 11:30 am when we welcome Judge Ellington as our guest. DeKalb Bar Association membership luncheons are held at the historic Old Courthouse on the square, 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur. 
Lunch will be provided by Oakhurst Market, and here is what they have planned for the menu:
Caprese chicken (sliced chicken breast with basil, mozzarella and tomato garnish)
Penne pasta tossed in olive oil and garlic
Lemon broccolini
Sautéed zucchini, squash and mushrooms
Salad bar
Strawberry cake
Please RSVP before noon on Tuesday, Oct. 17 to receive the member discount here.


FLS Breakfast: RSVP for the October Meeting


The DBA Family Law Section (FLS) welcomed several DeKalb Superior Court Judges to the August breakfast who spoke to the FLS section and shared their observations on mandatory e-filing in DeKalb County.

Be sure to join us for the next FLS Breakfast on Oct. 5. Our guest speaker for the next breakfast is TBA. DeKalb Bar members can register on the website closer to the upcoming event date here.

The Family Law Section Breakfast is held on the first Thursday of each month, September through June, 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.

August End-of-Year Barbecue Welcomes All to the Solarium in Decatur


The DBA again held its end-of-year barbecue get-together in August for members, judges, colleagues and family at the Solarium in Oakhurst Village, south of downtown Decatur. It was an afternoon of family fun, music, and delicious food for all. 

A few more images from the day: