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Volume 11 , No. 4 LAWYER November 2012 T he A TlAnTA The Atlanta Lawyer CHAIRS Hon. Diane E. Bessen Hon. Sara L. Doyle EDITORIAL BOARD Enjoliqué Aytch Katherine Drolett R.Scott Ferber Michael Goldberg Michael Jablonski Hamida Jackson-Little Jennifer Klos Jeffrey Ray Kuester Hon. Christopher J. McFadden Byung J. Pak Rachel Platt Jacquelyn H. Saylor Eric P. Schroeder Paul Sherman Ian E. Smith Gregory M. Taube ADVISORS Rita A. Sheffey Wade H. Watson III In This Issue: PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Get Out There and Vote! .............................................................................. 4 Atlanta Bar Association FEATURED ARTICLES More Than Voting ...................................................................................... 7 Georgia Taxpayer Protection False Claims Act...................................... 10 The State Bar Advisory Committee on Legislation: ............................. 12 Time to take your Legislator out for Coffee ......................................... 13 President Lynn M. Roberson Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers Vice President/President-Elect Wade H. Watson III Caldwell & Watson Secretary Jacquelyn H. Saylor King & Spalding Treasurer Harold E. Franklin Jr. Caldwell & Watson Immediate Past President Rita A. Sheffey Hunton & Williams LLP ACYL President Nicole G. Iannarone Members at Large Eric W. Anderson Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs, LLP James D. “Jim” Blitch IV Beal & Blitch, LLP Louis R. Cohan Cohan Law Group, LLC Harold E. Franklin King & Spalding Karen D. Fultz Cozen O’Connor Jonathan E. Hawkins Foltz Martin LLC Dawn Michele Jones King & Spalding Robert Milton Lewis Jr. U.S. Department of Labor Gregory T. Presmanes Bovis Kyle & Burch, LLC Michael J. Rust Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske, LLP Margaret H. (Maggie) Vath Vath Law LLC Steven A. Wagner U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Atlanta District Office Ryan K. Walsh Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP ABA Delegate Rita A. Sheffey Hunton & Williams LLP Gate City Bar Association President L. Chris Stewart Morgan & Morgan Legal Counsel Marc A. Rawls Sutherland ATLANTA BAR ASSOCIATION NEWS AND NOTES Members Running for Public Office........................................................ 8 Up on the Rooftop.......................................................................................... 9 Celebrating Service........................................................................................ 14 Rita A. Sheffey Public Interest Award......................................................... 19 Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers........................................................... 20 Estate Planning & Probate Section.............................................................. 21 Public Interest Law Section .......................................................................... 22 Gatherings...................................................................................................... 23 Multi-Bar Leadership Council ........................................................................ 28 Truancy Intervention Project........................................................................ 29 Did You Know?............................................................................................. .. 30 The Atlanta Lawyer (ISSN-04038428/UPS-018068) is published bi-monthly by the Atlanta Bar Association, 400 International Tower, 229 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta GA 30303-1601. The Editorial Board of The Atlanta Lawyer will consider all articles and letters submitted for publication, however it reserves the right to reject articles and letters submitted. Articles are judged on importance of topic, clarity, and timeliness. The Editorial Board gives priority to articles promoting the activities of the Association and its members. The Board reserves the right to edit or rewrite an article as a condition of publication. Articles and letters may be submitted by e-mail to Mariana Pannell at mpannell@ atlantabar.org . The membership is encouraged to submit letters to the editor. The Atlanta Lawyer reserves the right to edit for style, length, and continuity. All letters must include the author’s name. Periodicals postage paid at Atlanta, GA. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Atlanta Lawyer, 400 International Tower, 229 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta GA 30303-1601. Subscription rate: $20 for non-members, $1 of a member’s dues pays for an annual subscription. The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association November 2012 THE ATLANTA LAWYER 3

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