The Atlanta Lawyer — March 2014
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125th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration

The atlanta bar association celebrated its 125th anniversary in front of a sold out luncheon of 350 people at the piedmont Driving club on february 25,
2014. William c. hubbard, president-elect of the american bar association was keynote speaker and addressed the attendees with words of praise for the atlanta bar’s history of accomplishments which recognized its pro bono and public service and support of the legal profession. He was introduced by bill ide, past president of the american bar association and partner at McKenna long & aldridge llp. Mr. hubbard, accompanied by his wife Kappy, was welcomed with a reception sponsored by twenty of the atlanta bar association sections which was held the night before at the offices of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP. The reception included special guests from the state bar of Georgia, sister bars, and other community dignitaries.

In his address to the attendees, hubbard stated the critical need to reevaluate how the current justice system operates and the need to change the current way of delivering justice. He challenged atlanta lawyers to transform our justice system by working to “dispel the fear of our legal system; make lawyers, and the law, visible to the american public; and address structural barriers like cost, delay, and complexity that prevent people from accessing justice.” his notes as given can be found here.

A short film documenting the illustrious history of the Atlanta bar association from 1888 to present day provided the crowd with a pictorial history of the bar’s progress and achievements. You can view the film here. At the end of the luncheon, president Wade Watson led a champagne toast to salute the men and women of the atlanta bar and encourage them into the future. Each attendee was given a special edition 125th anniversary celebration etched bottle of wine from the atlanta bar as a commemorative gift.