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From the President: First, Do No Harm

What The Hippocratic Oath Has to Teach Lawyers

dan-dewoskin-new-photoby Daniel DeWoskin
President, DeKalb Bar Association
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At our October DeKalb Bar meeting, Gov. Roy Barnes suggested that our code as lawyers should begin something like the Hippocratic Oath, “First, do no harm.” Actually, these words do not appear in the oath itself, but instead something to the effect of “Also, I will, according to my ability and judgment, prescribe a regimen for the health of the sick; but I will utterly reject harm and mischief.” Gov. Barnes’ point was not lost on me despite my clarification here. As lawyers, we have an obligation to conduct ourselves in accordance with a code of ethics. We should not allow ourselves to stop there.

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From the President: The Collective Integrity of the Bar

dan-dewoskin-new-photoby Daniel DeWoskin
President, DeKalb Bar Association
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As practicing attorneys, many of us handle litigation that can be contentious and uncomfortable. If this is not true for us, it certainly may be true for our clients. I often say that my clients do not call me on a good day, just to say “hello” and to tell me they have no current need for a trial attorney. Occasionally, I will get calls that allow me to prevent a more serious calamity involving my client from taking place, but usually something fairly significant has taken place and my client requires immediate representation.

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From the President: How the Bar Is a Beacon of Leadership

by Daniel DeWoskin
President, DeKalb Bar Association
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For those of you who were able to attend the last DeKalb Bar Association meeting, you heard me speak about how our organization is in a unique position to stand out as a positive force in DeKalb County at this time. If you have seen anything in the newspaper or on television regarding DeKalb County, the chances are that it has been negative. Our former CEO has been convicted of perjury and criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion. Another former commissioner was sentenced to federal prison for defrauding taxpayers. Our county is mired in concerns about corruption, misuse of taxpayer dollars, uncertainty regarding incorporation of cities, and distrust of our leaders. An anticipated report from an independent investigation into the county makes it clear that the end is not in sight.

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From the President: Brief Renewals Go a Long Way

Scott Bonder, DBA Presidentby Scott Bonder
President, DeKalb Bar Association

Gone are the days when a new year brought with it new teachers, and new classes. Holiday breaks used to be actual breaks and a welcome reset prior to the coming semester. Now, that same client who nagged you in December is likely going to nag you in January. That judge who disagreed with all of your arguments in 2014 is likely to continue disagreeing in 2015. The daily grind can be exhausting, but even briefly focusing on improving your work life can make each nagging client, disagreeable judge, and pesky opposing counsel far more tolerable.

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