The Atlanta Lawyer January / February 2014 : Page 7

celebrating 125 Years During Deborah Zink's and Gregory Stuart Smith’s presidencies in 1997 and 1998 respectively, the Estate Planning and Probate Section was formed and Insurance Specialists, Inc. became the highest level sponsor until 2012. From 1997 to 1999, the Bar began many of the programs and events members have grown to think of and look forward to as annual events: the Litigation Section organized the “Take Your Adversary to Lunch” program; the 5K Legal Runaround began to raise funds for the Police Scholarship Commission, which provides scholarships to the dependents of City of Atlanta police officers killed or injured in the line of duty; and the first Bard performance, "A Courthouse Line," debuted to a sold out audience at the 14th Street Playhouse. Not only did the Bar office move from the Equitable Building to Peachtree Center, Bar computers moved from MacIntosh to PCs. Former Bar President Jeffrey O. Bramlett’s presidency in 2000 saw the formation of the Elder Law Section and the Lawyer versus Lawyer program to assist members dealing with disputes between lawyers. During Seth Kirschenbaum’s 2001-2002 presidency, he hosted the now-famous retreat at Lake Lanier for leaders of local minority and specialty bar associations that would form Multi-Bar Leadership Council (MBLC). The 115th birthday of the Atlanta Bar brought more recognition for the Bar’s work: SLIP celebrated its 10th anniversary with former Mayor Shirley Franklin as the keynote speaker for the kick-off and TIP won the American Bar Association’s Harrison Tweed Award. Technology advances brought about online CLE, and a new website and database allowed members to pay dues and register for events online. The Enduring Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) was formed to assist military members recently deployed and their families with legal needs. The nearly fifty-year-old Lawyer Referral and Information Service added the modest means and experience panels and applied for American Bar Association and State Gate of Georgia accreditation in order to charge a percentage fee for fees collected by the panel members for cases referred. When the American Bar Association met in Atlanta in August 2004, Merrill Corporation agreed to publish a special issue of The Atlanta Lawyer for every registrant and Atlanta Bar member in full color on slick magazine quality paper. It was @ The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association January/february 2014 THE ATLANTA LAWYER 7

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