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Please Don’t Do This to Me Again Atlanta Falcons

by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association
litnerlaw.com

It was a tough, contentious year, in 2016, for all us in Georgia and the rest of this great country. How about we start the year with some levity for a change? Let’s talk about the Atlanta Falcons! We are in the playoffs! For a true Falcons fan, this is a time of year which brings renewed hope, and, all too often, is immediately followed by fits of disappointment, resentment, debilitating sadness, confusion, and utter rage. Oh boy, my emotions are off the charts, and I don’t know how to prepare for the rollercoaster that we have all already hopped onto. Whether you like it or not, we are going to the playoffs.

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Attorneys and Public Service in Georgia

by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association
litnerlaw.com

Now that the recent election is behind us, we have all had some time to reflect on the results. To be more accurate, unless you live under a rock, you probably haven’t been able to avoid reflecting on the election, as it has dominated national and local headlines. We’ve all seen those headlines. We know the issues. However, there is one local trend that has not gotten a lot of attention. If you take a close look at the makeup of, for example, the Georgia House of Representatives, you will see that attorney representation has been trending downward dramatically for years.

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Farewell to this Election Cycle

by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association
litnerlaw.com

As important as this general election is, I am ready for it to be over. Not because I am not interested. Not because I do not see the implications of the results. I’m just so exhausted of the vitriol, hatred, accusations, and lack of civility that most of us have witnessed in recent months. This election has been especially unique in those respects. No matter what side of the aisle you fall on, I imagine you are as tired of it all as I am. I need a break. I’m ready for Thanksgiving. I’m ready for Christmas. Heck, I’m ready for anything but all of this mess.

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An Assault on the Independence of the JQC

by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association
litnerlaw.com

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.

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Why I Call DeKalb County Home

by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association
litnerlaw.com

I moved to DeKalb County in 2003 after completing law school at the University of Georgia. To be quite honest, I wasn’t overly excited about moving to DeKalb from Athens at the age of twenty-five. Like every other UGA graduate I know who bleeds red and black, I would have preferred to linger in Athens for a bit (or forever) as opposed to moving intown and getting a real job. Despite my personal preferences, my law school debt demanded that I make the move. Thus, after taking the bar, I packed up the few possessions I had and found an apartment in Decatur.

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A Final Note of Appreciation

dan-dewoskin-new-photoby Daniel DeWoskin
President, DeKalb Bar Association
atlantatrial.com

As my year as president comes to a close, I have several thoughts that I wanted to share with all of you. At times, it has been difficult to come up with ideas for topics for this newsletter. This time, I have had no trouble at all as I think about how grateful I am for the opportunity I was given to lead this past year.

First, let me say that I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as president of the DeKalb Bar Association this past year. I always look forward to our meetings and social events where I get to see so many friends and colleagues. It has truly been an honor to serve the organization in a leadership capacity. Having said that, I am also excited to see someone else take the reigns and bring a renewed enthusiasm to the Bar.

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