The Atlanta Lawyer December 2013 : Page 5

celebrating 125 years More changes were ahead in the1970s as long-held legal ideas and practices changed: advertising bans were overturned by the United States Supreme Court, the billable hour replaced fees, firms developed new forms of promotion, women entered the legal profession in more substantial numbers, and opportunities broadened for African-American lawyers as large firms began recruiting African-Americans. The Bar dropped the practice of circulating a fee schedule during Byron Attridge’s 1971 presidency. CLE programs expanded to include international sessions. E. Lynne Pou became the first woman on the Atlanta Bar Association's board of directors in 1978. Orinda Evans and F. Ann Estates joined her a year later. The seventies also saw the founding of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers (ACYL), focused on the interests of attorneys through age 36. The founding of ACYL in 1974 stirred considerable debate as advocates wanted to galvanize the energy and enthusiasm of young lawyers, but opponents feared the group would compete with the Bar itself. The ACYL also adopted the Saturday Lawyer Program, started by volunteers of the Atlanta Bar Association in 1969 which, in turn, was instrumental in creating the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation in 1979. Almost 100 years after its inception, the Atlanta Bar Association entered the 1980s as an even stronger leader for support and change. National acclaim came to the Bar for its program to assist Cuban detainees with parole hearings. When federal funds for legal services were cut in 1982 and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society approached the Atlanta Bar Association leadership to mount a fund raising drive to cover the shortfall, the Atlanta Bar did just that. Former Bar president Randolph W. Thrower chaired the first campaign, and Joseph Haas and former Bar president R. Neal Batson were vice chairmen. The Bar’s 1983 president, John A. Chandler, joined a national lobbying effort to hold federal cuts to a minimum. By the end of 1983, Thrower’s committee raised $110,000 of the $130,000 shortfall. The campaign continues to raise a significant part of Atlanta Legal Aid’s annual income to this day. By its centennial celebration, the Atlanta Bar Association passed the 5,000 membership mark under president Paul M. Talmadge, Jr. Nine substantive law sections were operating including the ACYL. The Bar's headquarters moved to the Equitable Building and had a staff of ten, led by executive director Diane O’Steen. Revenues exceeded $1,000,000 annually. The centennial celebration highlighted the vision, action and strength of the Atlanta Bar Association and provided the continued foundation and springboard for its next twenty-five years. While the Bar of 1988 hardly resembled the 100-member Bar created on April 28, 1888, the mission, civic devotion and commitment to justice still continues. The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association December 2013 The aTLanTa Lawyer 5


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