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FROM THE DEKALB BAR PRESIDENT: Securing the Blessings of Liberty in an Adverse Economy

by Denise Warner

DBA President Denise Warner

DBA PresidentDenise Warner

The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States is a powerful testament to the framers’ intent to create a happy, healthy and productive nation.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this CONSTITUTION for the United States of America.”

The recession has hit the legal profession in unprecedented proportions. I bet the framers of the Constitution did not contemplate to “secure the Blessings of Liberty” only if there is enough money in the budget.

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From the DeKalb Bar President: Count Your Blessings and Consider Pro Bono

Denise Warner

Denise Warner

by Denise Warner

Thanksgiving means many different things to many people. First and foremost, it is a time to reflect on the many blessings of life. It is also a time to travel to visit family and friends (remember catching up on laundry when you were a student?). Let’s not forget turkey, cranberry dressing, and football (Go, Patriots!).

Thanksgiving is also a time for lawyers to reflect on their practice. How many times have you complained that a client did not pay for your services – once, twice, 50 times? Regardless of the number, after years of practicing law, you are still practicing law. I bet you the turkey drumstick that you are still practicing law because you love the pride in advocating for your client and upholding the U.S. Constitution. We have a moral and legal responsibility to make sure that people who are less fortunate can benefit from our passion for the practice of law.

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From the DeKalb Bar President: Flood of 2009 – Facing the Consequences

 

Denise Warner

Denise Warner

By Denise Warner

Sept. 21, 2009, was a day that we will not soon forget. As the rain poured, I prayed that my gutters would not fall and that only a little water would seep through my garage door. I never in a million years thought that my basement would flood, water would destroy family heirlooms, and my computer would be ruined.

For years, I’ve lived by this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely.”

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Embracing Change, Holding on to Tradition

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Embracing Change, Holding on to Tradition
September has always symbolized new beginnings for me. Growing up in New England, we started school in September. There is nothing like donning new school clothes, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, and to follow through with your intent to get all A’s throughout the school year! My son’s middle school science teacher has the following quote on his web page: “We all start with a 100 percent, or with a 0 percent; which is it?” My intention is to start with a 100 percent pledge to maintain the legacy of commitment that the past presidents of the DeKalb Bar Association have exemplified over the past 45 years.
I am pleased to live in a country where we can embrace change while holding on to tradition. The DBA Board met this summer to assess what the DBA has to offer its members in terms of education, specific practice services, social activities and community involvement.
We are going to continue the tradition of having lunches in the historic DeKalb County Courthouse. However, we are going to embrace change by substituting the October and February lunches with a continuing legal education seminar followed by an opportunity to socialize and discuss the lessons of the day.
We are going to continue the tradition of providing items to families in need during the holiday season. However, we are going to embrace change by becoming more active in the DeKalb County community. We have a new Community Outreach Committee that will focus on educating and informing the community of how the law affects important issues such as the elderly, veteran affairs, and teens.
Many of you serve the community through your place of worship, coaching sports teams and serving on neighborhood civic associations. I encourage you to continue these activities. Let’s embrace change by giving back to the community the benefit of our vast years of legal training.
Over the past several years, the DBA has created the Trial Lawyers Section, the Young Lawyers Division and the Family Law Section. Let’s look forward to increasing specific practice services with speaker series and panel discussions.
Most of our socializing occurs during our luncheon meetings. However, many members do not have an opportunity to break bread during the day. Our Social Committee has plans to include our North DeKalb County and South DeKalb County members through breakfast meetings, as well as, cultural and sporting events.
As always, we will continue our DBA traditions of celebrating the holidays in December and honoring our DeKalb County judiciary in March. We will also continue our active inter-bar relations with the Multi-Bar Leadership Council.
Our State Bar of Georgia award-winning newsletter and website layout design guru, Marcia Lampe, encouraged the DBA to embrace the 21st century by changing the newsletter format to a blog format, which allows you an opportunity to make comments to articles.
As we embrace change and hold on to our DBA traditions, I encourage you to make honest assessments in a DeKalb Bar survey that will be emailed to you this month. I also encourage you to become actively involved in a committee. The DeKalbBar Association consists of nearly 450 members. To succeed, we will need participation from all of our members, not just the board of sixteen. Visit the DBA website, www.dekalbbar.org, for a list and description of the committees. If you cannot join a committee, please consider sponsoring a panel discussion or social event.
United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall once commented, “What is the quality of your intent? Certain people have a way of saying things that shake us at the core. Even when the words do not seem harsh or offensive, the impact is shattering. What we could be experiencing is the intent behind the words. When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always comes through. We cannot sugarcoat the feelings in our heart of hearts. The emotion is the energy that motivates. We cannot ignore what we really want to create. We should be honest and do it the way we feel it. What we owe to ourselves and everyone around is to examine the reasons of our true intent. My intent will be evident in the results.”
I welcome your comments and suggestions for the coming year. Please feel free to contact me at president@dekalbbar.org.

Denise Warner

Denise Warner

Letter from the DeKalb Bar President

September has always symbolized new beginnings for me. Growing up in New England, we started school in September. There is nothing like donning new school clothes, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, and to follow through with your intent to get all As throughout the school year! My son’s middle school science teacher has the following quote on his web page: “We all start with a 100 percent, or with a 0 percent; which is it?” My intention is to start with a 100 percent pledge to maintain the legacy of commitment that the past presidents of the DeKalb Bar Association have exemplified over the past 45 years.

I am pleased to live in a country where we can embrace change while holding on to tradition. The DBA Board met this summer to assess what the DBA has to offer its members in terms of education, specific practice services, social activities and community involvement.

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