The Atlanta Lawyer June/July 2011 : Page 5

programs; lecturing at a meeting of the Istanbul Bar Association on indigent defense issues; and lecturing at a Transnational Law Seminar on the American Appellate System. In April, for the first time the Atlanta Bar Association participated in the annual ABA Day in Washington DC, where bar representatives meet with senators and representatives to lobby for the American Bar Association’s legislative agenda, which this year included advocating for funding for Legal Services Corp. and speeding up the process of filling vacant federal judgeships. I see Frank Strickland in the audience. Frank, thank you for all that you do for Legal Services Corp. I think we accomplished something with our lobbying on that issue. On Law Day, we had members making Law Day speeches at local schools. I had the opportunity speak to a group including the JAG Corps attorneys from Fort Benning on “The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo.” They were a great audience. And we had our a law day proclamation signed by Governor Nathan Deal . Two weeks ago Atlanta Bar Foundation President Bill Ragland and I spoke at the Police Memorial Service. The Police Memorial statue in Atlanta was contributed by The Atlanta Bar Association, and each year the Atlanta Bar Association places a wreath on the memorial during the police memorial service. in the audience today, including Teresa Bonder , Erica Ghali , David Schaeffer and Michael Caldwell . LawJam 2011 will be held June 18, 2011 at the Variety Playhouse. It is a great show and a fun evening and I hope you will all be there. Finally, as to programming, I want to mention something that is both old and new. The Layman’s Lawyer radio programs are back after a long hiatus. This time, the programs were produced by the Atlanta Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service. David Bryman produced 17 one-hour programs on radio station 790 the Zone on Saturday mornings on Topics such as Landlord/ Tenant law, Estate Planning and Traffic and DUI issues. Atlanta Bar Association members participated as the speakers. As in all previous years, the Sections of the bar are where the real action is. Just let me share with you some numbers of which you may not be aware. The Sections this year held 103 board meetings; 84 breakfast meetings and programs with 57 offering C L E c r e d it s; 33 lu n ch meetings and programs with eight offering CLE credits, and a lot more. One really important number is that the sections collectively made 52 financial contributions to various pro bono programs and the Atlanta Bar Association’s Summer Law Intern Program. The Atlanta Bar Association also playe d host t o t he shown in front of the police Memorial statue at the law enforcement At the section level, and bar-American Bar Association appreciation and Memorial service on May 13, 2011 in woodruff wide, we have had a great during the ABA’s Midyear park is (left to right) city of atlanta assistant chief of police Peter N. year, and it has been my Andresen , atlanta bar foundation president William M. Ragland M e e t i n g i n A t l a n t a i n Jr. , city of atlanta chief of police George N. Turner , and atlanta bar honor to serve as President. February. The Atlanta Bar association president Michael B. Terry . I first ran for bar office 10 sponsored, planned or staffed years ago, when I ran for a several events. We also provided speakers for several programs, member-at-large seat in the Litigation Section. I never thought and offered office space and resources to visiting bar leaders. that would lead me to this podium. This year, the Atlanta Bar Foundation began a Twenty-Fifth Anniversary fundraising drive, which to date has raised $ 156,000 for the charitable efforts of the Bar. The two key components of this were the Bar Leader Campaign and the Law Firm Campaign. Our lead Law Firm contributors are King & Spalding and Alston + Bird , and I want to thank both of those firms and all others who have contributed. The other two key fundraising efforts of the Foundation are the Bard show and LawJam, Battle of the Lawyer Bands. The Bard Show (A Courthouse Line IX: Law School Musical) was held at the 14 th Street Playhouse this past weekend. Director Cathy O’Neil and the cast and crew put on three great shows and raised a lot of money for the Foundation. I see a number of our talented stars the official news publication of the atlanta bar association I have many people to thank, and not the least of which is my Board of Directors. Can I ask the entire Board of Directors to please stand and be recognized, please. This year could not have been the success that it was without the hard work of this group. I get to stand up here and describe all of the successes, but this is the group that really does the work. And I hate to single anyone out, but I will anyway. Rita Sheffey , your next President of the Atlanta Bar Association has kept me on task and made sure the work got done. I was fortunate enough also to have Rita follow me as chair of the Litigation Section a few years ago, and what I said then was just as true this year. Whatever successes I have had depended heavily upon her contributions, and whatever failures I have had were despite her best efforts to June/July 2011 THE ATLANTA LAWYER 5

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