The Atlanta Lawyer February / March 2019 - Page 31

SECTION UPDATE SOLE PRACTITIONER/SMALL FIRM The Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section – “At- lanta’s largest law firm” – continues to provide its members with timely and interesting presentations designed to benefit practitioners of all stripes and levels of experience. Our January breakfast speaker guided us in identify- ing our own skills and personality traits and those of potential partners, associates, and support staff, to make sure that our skills and personality traits will align with our prospective colleagues to maximize the potential to achieve business goals. Our January lunch meeting focused on building our professional brands to enhance our efforts to attract clients. For February, our breakfast speaker offered tips to increase our productivity by organizing our email and our paper files. Our lunch meeting was held at a sponsor’s offices, with a presentation on cyber- security. During the Spring, we plan to continue to offer speakers who will provide concrete practice guid- ance that will benefit all of us without regard to our respective practice focuses. We hope that you will consider joining us for breakfast at the Buckhead Club the third Thursday of the month, and/or for lunch at Ri Ra the fourth Thursday of the month. We will also be holding a social on March 14. With an eye towards giving back to those who are less fortunate, during the past year our Section has offered several presentations on various pro bono and community service programs that are in need of volunteer attorneys. If you missed those presentations and would like to learn more about becoming involved in pro bono or other commu- nity service, please let me know. I would like to thank each of our Board members, without whom we could not offer our twice-month- ly programs: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect William F. Smith III; Secretary Matthew C. Jordan; Treasurer Chris Brannon; Immediate Past Chair Rachel Platt; Members at Large Gene Chapman, Laurie Dugo- niths Busbee, Michael R. Dunham, John Hadden, Marcus Keegan, Michael T. Rafi, James M. Sher- man, Mark W. Thomas, and Jason Wiggam; and Founders/Life Members Hon. T. Jackson Bedford and Robert Wellon. By Mari Myer The Myer Law Firm Pictured is Wendy Ellin, Workplace Productivity Strategist The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association THE ATLANTA LAWYER 31