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DeKalb Bar Celebrates Law Day 2017

Law Day 2017: The 14th Amendment

In 1961 Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as Law Day. This was subsequently codified in the United Stated Code. Law Day is celebrated across the country during the month of May and is a day on which we take time to examine and celebrate our commitment to the rule of law. It is the opportunity for legal professionals to take an active role in advancing public understanding about law.

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Ian M. Falcone Talks about Bankruptcy Law

Attorney Ian M. Falcone spoke at the May 4 breakfast meeting of the DeKalb Bar Association’s Family Law Section. Mr. Falcone has practiced law in the courts of Georgia, New York, Connecticut, and federal courts, and his firm, The Falcone Law Firm, P.C., specializes in complex bankruptcies, domestic law and small business matters. His presentation, titled “A Few Things Every Divorce Lawyer Should Know About Bankruptcy Law,” provided supremely helpful practice tips that every attorney should know.

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Judge Harvey Honored by Peers


Senior Magistrate Judge Alan C. Harvey was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgia Council of Magistrate Court Judges.

The award criteria states: “This award marks a distinguished career of consistent excellence and commitment to the magistrate court. This award honors a judge who has made significant contributions to the magistrate court. These contributions can be in the areas of leadership, committee involvement and achievement, or mentorship. Their actions will have a lasting impact on the magistrate court and they have served as a role model and inspiration to others.”

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President’s Letter: Why We Celebrate

by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association

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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