The Atlanta Lawyer January / February 2014 : Page 9

celebrating 125 Years n Annual Meeting 1910 were renovated, and the Atlanta Bar worked to develop and pilot the first affordable software specially designed for bar associations. Three-year strategic planning sessions began, which resulted in the creation of the Reputation and Public Trust Committee, the Celebrating Service luncheon, and the new “Lawyers Who Serve” logo. A new mission statement was drafted and approved. Sally Hogsette was hired as the first full-time Executive Director for the Atlanta Bar Foundation, alleviating some work from the Atlanta Bar Association Executive Director, Diane O’Steen. It was during Shayna Steinfeld’s presidency in 2008 that membership was at an all-time high; however, the Atlanta legal community was not immune from next year’s recession, and membership dues dropped $40,000 in 2009. Energized and challenged by this, the next Bar Presidents – David Schaeffer (2009), Michael B. Terry (2010), Rita Sheffey (2011), The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Lynn Roberson (2012), and Wade H. Watson III (2013) -all continued to strengthen the Bar’s commitment to its members, the public, diversity, public interest, and public service. As we look back to the Atlanta Bar Association’s beginnings125 years ago – the 100 lawyers gathered at the Fulton County Courthouse on a balmy Saturday afternoon in an effort to promote the honor and dignity of the legal profession – we are reminded of the adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Atlanta Bar Association, we are again in a city surging with energy and renewal, a legal landscape changing and growing, and the Atlanta Bar at the helm of prominent participation and leadership in creating not only a just practice of law, but a just, safe and hopeful community. January/february 2014 THE ATLANTA LAWYER 9

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