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JUNE EDITION • 2017


President’s Letter: Why We Celebrate

 

by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association
litnerlaw.com

As we approach one of our nation’s most solemn holidays, I like to take the time to reflect on the history of Memorial Day, and how we came to recognize it as a national holiday. The name itself seems fairly obvious, but how it came to be is a bit more complicated than I knew.

Memorial Day was initially called Decoration Day. Decoration Day began unofficially soon after the end of the Civil War. It is unclear when the holiday actually came to be, but a traditional day of visiting fallen soldiers’ graves began after the Civil War. Many cities claimed to have originated the holiday, including Macon and Columbus, Georgia, but in 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson officially designated Waterloo, New York as the birthplace of Memorial Day considering that the first official Decoration Day took place in Waterloo on May 5, 1868.

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RSVP by May 9 for Luncheon on Thursday, May 11

 
Buck Rogers speaks at the April luncheon

Buck Rogers speaks at the April luncheon

Please join us for lunch as we celebrate Law Day. This year’s theme is “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy?”

Be sure to RSVP by Tuesday, May 9, for our monthly luncheon on Thursday, May 11, at the historic Old Courthouse on the square, 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur.

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PayPal Fraud – Are Your Funds Safe?

 

By Pat Salem, CPA, CFE
IAG Forensics & Valuation
pat@iagforensics.com

Technology is constantly evolving as industry experts find new and improved ways to do things. They have brought us banking by phone, transfers via texting and mobile payments with Square. Even before these technologies became globally available, we were making on-line payments using service providers such as PayPal, SecurePay and Authorize.net.

As technology evolves the question businesses need to ask is, are the internal controls evolving as well?

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The Next FLS Breakfast is June 1. RSVP Now!

 

If you missed the FLS breakfast on May 4, be sure to join us for the next one on June 1!

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Representative Mary Margaret Oliver speaks at the April breakfast

The Family Law Section Breakfast is held on the first Thursday of each month, 7:30-9 am at the historic Old Courthouse on the Square in downtown Decatur, 101 E. Court Square. Join us for for a delicious buffet breakfast and a changing lineup of guest speakers who provide insights and new information about family law.

Our guest speakers for the next breakfast are Superior Court Judges Tangela M. Barrie, JP Boulee, Daniel Coursey, Mark Anthony Scott and Clarence F. Seeliger. They will be speaking and answering questions about DeKalb County’s new e-filing system. To RSVP click here.

For more information . . .
If you practice family law in DeKalb County we encourage you to visit the Family Law Section page on the DeKalb Bar website where you will find valuable information regarding each DeKalb County judge’s preferences for a variety of calendar and procedural issues.


Family Law Section Welcomes Representative Mary Margaret Oliver

 

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.

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A Look Back at the Civil War in DeKalb County

 

by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association
litnerlaw.com

As a fifteen year resident of DeKalb County, I often pass by historical markers on my way to and from work on DeKalb Avenue and Memorial Drive. I’ve rarely taken the time to stop and read them but, on a recent walk with my dog, I slowed down and took stock of a number of these markers. I’ve always been interested in the Civil War in Georgia, but I never realized how devastating the war was to the communities of DeKalb County, or that the Battle of Atlanta began in DeKalb County, just down the street from my home.

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