Veteran Representative Mary Margaret Oliver spoke at the April 6 breakfast meeting of the DeKalb Bar Association’s Family Law Section. She represents the citizens of District 82, serving in the House of Representatives from 1987 to 1992, and 2002 through the present day, and the Senate from 1993 to 1998. She currently serves on the Judiciary, Appropriations, Juvenile Justice, Governmental Affairs, and Science and Technology Committees. Fresh from the 2017 regular session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly, she summarized the bills that passed and the reasons why some worthy bills failed.
As always, Representative Oliver provided keen, and often humorous, insight into the legislative strategies and intrigues. This session did not produce as much as previous years concerning the practice of family law; bills about adoption, antenuptial agreements, and the State Bar did not pass. She noted that Governor Deal’s 40-day veto period had begun, and reminded us about last year’s dramatic vetoes, including veto of the “campus carry” gun bill. The Family Law Section is grateful to her for coming to our breakfast and sharing her inspiring passion and acumen for public service.
Section Chair Alice Limehouse presided over the program. Announcements included a reminder that the annual Custody CLE will be held on Friday, October 6 at the State Bar headquarters. Also, Denise VanLanduyt announced that The Great Whiskey Debate! is the evening of May 4. Details can be found here.
The Sponsor Spotlight featured Lila Bradley of Claiborne Fox Bradley who talked about the firm’s well known expertise in adoptions and assisted reproduction, and also its lesser known expertise in court investigations and DFACS matters.
Look for a recap of the May 4 FLS breakfast featuring speaker Ian Falcone who spoke about bankruptcy and family law. The Family Law Section invites you to our next breakfast on Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 a.m. in the Historic Old DeKalb Courthouse.