The Atlanta Lawyer December 2014 | Page 5

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE under then President Wade Watson III. William Hubbard, President- Elect of the American Bar Association, spoke at a sold out festive luncheon, following a welcome reception the night before sponsored by the Bar Sections. As Chair of the Therrell High School Task Force, I worked with Melody Richardson, Chair of the Law Day Committee and Nekia Hackworth Jones to celebrate the first Law Week at Therrell High School. In May 2014 we held a legal jobs related symposium and a mock trial by the Therrell high school students. Additionally, a record number of attorneyteachers creatively taught the students about the Civil Rights Act; Therrell students earlier participated in the Dream Team program at the State Bar of Georgia. On May 20, 2014, I began my term as the 107th President of the Association and the Honorable Anne Elizabeth Barnes of the Georgia Court of Appeals administered the oaths of office to me and other Association officers. A variety of other deserving Bar members were honored for their service to the Association and the community. In June 2014, the Atlanta Bar Foundation (ABF) held the largest (1,000 attendees) and most monetarily successful ($53,000) Law Jam: Battle of the Bands, under the leadership of David Schaeffer, Brenton Hund, and Executive Director Sally Hogsette, who has since retired. June and July also saw a record number of 44 Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP) participants; high school students received a stipend for their work in law firms, courts and government agencies. The revitalized Minority and Diversity Clerkship Program (MDCP) also provided 20 paid clerkships to first year law students. We’re Social The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Fall 2014 started with the Atlanta Bar Association’s Legal Runaround 5K race, which benefits the Police Scholarship Fund for children of disabled or slain police officers. Executive Director, Terri Beck encouraged running teams to be formed for the first time; accordingly, we had the largest number of runners in decades which included teams from firms, law schools and other bars. The annual Celebrating Service Luncheon and Pro Bono Fair was held in October. McArthur Genius Award winner, Jonathan Rapping, founder of Gideon’s Promise and Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, was the keynote speaker. He spoke about the work of public defenders and encouraged all attorneys to get more involved to make that system work. In November, the Labor and Employment Section was part of a multi-bar reception at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This month the Atlanta Bar Foundation and Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) distributed more than $111,000 to programs of the Atlanta Bar and other worthy community organizations. We have a lot to look forward to in 2015. LRIS will celebrate 60 years of service. On February 24, Linda Klein, the President-elect nominee of the American Bar Association will be the keynote speaker at our winter bar-wide event. On May 1 and 2, A Courthouse Line XI: North Side Story will entertain audiences. The Annual Meeting will be held in May, and LawJam will follow in June. Watch for more as yet unannounced events that you may find of interest to you. Join Us! December 2014 TH