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Recaps of the March and April breakfast meetings.
“Hallelujah!” Chief Judge Cynthia J. Becker exclaimed in reference to the formation of the Family Law Section of the DeKalb County Bar Association while recently addressing the section at the monthly breakfast. Her enthusiasm is shared by others on the Bench, including Judge Gregory A. Adams, who also recently spoke to the section. Since its formation less than a year ago, the section has realized its goal of providing a bridge between the Bench and the Bar in DeKalb, thanks in great part to the enthusiasm and support of the chief judge and the other nine superior court judges.
In his breakfast address in March, Judge Adams emphasized the Bench – particularly Division 5 – and the Bar working together to improve the services his division delivers. He welcomed input from the Bar and provided practice tips to assist in more effectively representing clients in Division 5. His main practice point: Be On Time. He starts his calendar on time and expects lawyers to be on time. He observed that he has always been conscious of time allotments, both as a public servant in practice (he was a state prosecutor before joining the Bench) and now as a judge. He emphasized his respect for the time of lawyers, clients and witnesses and his desire for efficient resolution of cases, but that efficiency requires lawyers to be honest about time announcements and prepared by pre-marking exhibits and submitting proposed orders in paper and electronic forms, as examples.
The cocktail social was held at Parker's on Ponce in downtown Decatur The Family Law Sections of the DeKalb and Atlanta Bars gathered on a pleasant April evening for a cocktail social at Parker's on Ponce in downtown Decatur. The event…
The March Family Law Section Breakfast was held at its customary location, the Harrison Room on the second floor of the Old DeKalb County Courthouse. Our guest speaker, the Honorable Gregory Adams from DeKalb Superior Court, was enthusiastically received by…
Judge Michael Hancock’s words of wisdom (or “sermonette” as he called it) at the Family Law Section’s February breakfast provided insight into his courtroom, and not just for family law practitioners. Concentrating on professionalism, Judge Hancock expressed remorse for increasing instances of disrespect among attorneys, especially in the family law arena.
Returning to his first courtroom as a sitting judge for the State Court of DeKalb County, The Honorable Clarence F. Seeliger addressed the December breakfast of the DeKalb Bar Family Law Section in what is now the Harrison Room of the Old Decatur Courthouse. He riveted the attendees with a fascinating history of his road to becoming a 24-year veteran of the DeKalb Superior Court bench.
By M. Debra Gold
Judge Hunter first discussed the county’s caseload and attempts to keep cases moving. She projected that 3,000 divorces will have been filed in DeKalb County in 2009, which does not include modification or contempt actions, or the projected 2,500 Department of Human Resources child support cases. She lamented that efficiently managing these and the other civil and criminal cases assigned to each of the 10 DeKalb County divisions is difficult, in part because the county budget no longer supports the use of senior judges to assist in the workload. Despite the caseload, however, the judge reiterated that she strives to quickly move and close cases in her division.