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

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

By Darren Summerville
President, DeKalb Bar Association
summervillefirm.com

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. (more…)

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Have You Heard of Bitcoin? Well, Here Comes BlockChain!

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

By Dan Branch, CPA/ABV, ASA – Partner
IAG Forensics & Valuation
dan@iagforensics.com

Are you like most people, thinking of Bitcoin, the virtual currency first released to the public in 2009, as a currency only for criminals, drug rings, and money launders? Though adoption of the currency has been slow, it is increasing in popularity and use, and by more and more “normal” folks. As proof, the total value of the currency is close to $9 billion, and increasing. Venture capital firms have raised significant money to invest in Bitcoin related enterprises. And there are more virtual currencies taking advantage of the investment interest (e.g., Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero to name a few). (more…)

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RSVP for the Dec. 7 Holiday Party by Dec. 1

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

You Are Cordially Invited To
The DeKalb Bar Association
Holiday Party
Thursday, Dec. 7, 6 to 9 pm
The Solarium At Historic Scottish Rite
321 W. Hill St. Decatur 30030
RSVP By Dec. 1, 2017

Admission per person
$30 Members in advance | $50 Non-members | $50 at the door

Buffet Menu

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
Antipasto display
Seasonal fruit display with chocolate sauce
Assorted sweets
Beer and wine

Holiday Party Charity
Our charity for this holiday season is the Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club
Our goal is to give 75 gift cards. Please consider donating a $15.00 gift card
$15 Target Gift Cards
$15 Walmart Gift Cards

RSVP by Dec. 1, 2017 here.
Pay online, or mail check payment to
DeKalb Bar Association
P.O. Box 3136
Decatur Ga 30031

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TPO Process in DeKalb County Is Topic for Dec. 7 FLS Breakfast

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Guest speakers for the breakfast on December 7 will be the Hon. Berryl A. Anderson, Chief Judge, Magistrate Court of DeKalb County; and Ayonna Johnson, Director of Legal Services, Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Incidents of domestic violence increase significantly each year during the holiday season. Judge Anderson and Ms. Johnson will discuss the TPO process in DeKalb County and what we all can (and should) be doing to end domestic violence!

Be sure to join us for the next FLS Breakfast. 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.

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President’s Letter: Who Hosea Williams Is to Me

Monday, June 12th, 2017

by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association
litnerlaw.com

As I’m sure many of us do, I often find myself driving along Hosea L. Williams Drive paying no mind to the man for whom it is named, but I can’t help but wonder what distinction earns someone a green placard bearing his name on every block of a well-known stretch of road?

Perhaps it starts with humble beginnings, or rather the drive to seek growth despite arid ground. Hosea Lorenzo Williams was born the son of two blind teens on January 5, 1926 in Decatur County. He never met his father, and his mother died when he was only ten years old. An unremarkable childhood (apart from a near lynching in response to an alleged relationship with a white girl) turned a corner when he joined the army to serve in WWII in an all-black unit under General Patton. The war earned him a Purple Heart and a lifelong limp.

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RSVP by June 20 for Luncheon on Thursday, June 22

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Be sure to RSVP by Tuesday, June 20, for our monthly luncheon on Thursday, Jun 22 at 11:30 am, at the historic Old Courthouse on the square, 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur. To RSVP now click here.

We welcome Mike Prieto, president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers, as our guest speaker.

What’s on the menu?

You won’t want to miss this program . . . or the delicious food provided by Oakhurst Market.

Barbecue chicken
Pimiento cheese grits
Corn on the cobb
Sauteed green beans
Salad bar
Banana pudding
Members $15 / Non-members $25

Kindly RSVP before noon on Tuesday, June 20 to receive member pricing. All RSVPs after noon on June 20 will be $25. Members, you will need to log in with your username and password to receive member pricing. RSVP here.

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DeKalb Bar Celebrates Law Day 2017

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Law Day 2017: The 14th Amendment

In 1961 Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as Law Day. This was subsequently codified in the United Stated Code. Law Day is celebrated across the country during the month of May and is a day on which we take time to examine and celebrate our commitment to the rule of law. It is the opportunity for legal professionals to take an active role in advancing public understanding about law.

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