Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Section Newsletter 

In This Issue
Message from Section President
Upcoming Section Events
Who Wants to Try a Case
Moving Out and Moving On
Associates Campaign
Atlanta Hawks Game
ACYL Board
Quick Links
Spring 2009
The ACYL Ends a Spectacular Year on
a "FAB"ulous Note
by Holly Hempel, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP 

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 As the 2008/2009 Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers ("ACYL") term comes to a close, the ACYL plans a year end appreciation party at FAB (French American Brasserie).  On May 14, 2009, the ACYL will host a year-end social event to show appreciation and celebrate an amazing year with its members, sponsors, and benefactors.
This year, the ACYL provided varied opportunities to its members to engage in pro bono legal services, community service, CLE, as well as abundant social and networking events.  The Board strived to accommodate the ambitions of all members and encourage active participation in ACYL and Atlanta Bar events.
For those interested in pro bono work, the ACYL adopted two Saturday Lawyer Programs, an Atlanta Legal Aid and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation ("AVLF") project that pairs low income residents of Fulton County with volunteer attorneys to help resolve legal problems.  The ACYL also worked with other sections of the Bar while partnering with AVLF and Atlanta Legal Aid to provide legal training on drafting and executing wills and healthcare advanced directives and other documents.  Immediately following the training, participants assisted cancer survivors and seniors, putting their training to immediate and good use.  Finally, the ACYL conducted the 9th Annual Associates' Campaign for legal services, raising over $40,000 benefiting numerous pro bono legal service organizations.

Upcoming Section Events
End of Year Appreciation Social 
May 14, 2009
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

French American Brasserie 
(roof top deck)
The Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Section of the Atlanta Bar Association invites you to attend an end of year social thanking ACYL Members, Sponsors, Supporters of the Associates' Campaign and honoring the 2009 recipient of the Kerry Harike Joedecke Atlanta Young Lawyer of the Year Award.
Thank you to our event sponsor:
Esquire Deposition Solutions,
an Alexander Gallo Company

There is no cost to attend this event.

Live music and open bar!!!
please register online or return the registration form

Who Wants to Try a Case?
bronze lady justice
The ACYL has what could be a great learning tool and experience for young lawyers looking to get into the courtroom
The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) is looking to put together a pool of lawyers that they can call days or a week before a hearing or trial to pick up a file and go into court and do it.  There are young lawyers who keep saying they want to go to court. This is the chance! No strings attached.  The cases are civil cases ranging from dispossesories to magistrate court suits to child support issues. There will be a mentor who will help you on the law and the procedure so you are not thrown to the wolves. This is pro bono work and it makes a difference in your community and will help you grow as a lawyer.  Michael Goldberg with Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC is spearheading this effort and wants to get a pool of lawyers who are willing to do this on a rotating basis.  If you want to be on the list, e-mail your information to Michael Goldberg at
Moving Out and Moving On
by Nicole Andres, Hughes Consultants, LLC 
As law firms continue to lay off associates at an unprecedented rate, it is often difficult to think of what to say to those colleagues and friends who have been let go. Employment relationships are like any other life relationships.  Breaking up is hard to do.  "It's not you, it's them" does not really make anyone feel better.  Displaced attorneys need a plan; some concrete ideas of what to do next.  With lateral moves between large law firms at an almost complete standstill for all but those with sizable books of business, the prospect of securing similar employment is not likely for the next several months.   Importantly, though, that does not mean there are absolutely no jobs available.  Having recently sat down with several very good attorneys currently out of work, some barely into their first year of practice, I generally offer the following advice. 
2008 ACYL Associates' Campaign Raises Over $40,000 for Legal Services - 2009 ACYL Associates' Campaign Kicks Off this Summer
by Nicole Iannarone, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore
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The Atlanta Council for Younger Lawyers' 2008 Associates' Campaign for Legal Services raised over $40,000 for eleven legal services organizations serving the needs of low-income Georgians.  The annual Campaign aims both to increase younger lawyers' awareness of the need for pro bono legal representation and to raise needed funds for legal services.  The Campaign, which is the ACYL's largest fundraising project, reaches out to associates in law firms throughout the Atlanta area. 

The 2008 Associates' Campaign was headed by Nicole Iannarone, of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, and Eugenia Iredale, of Fellows LaBriola.  In addition, associates from twenty-four law firms donated funds to the 2008 Campaign.  Five of those firms generously agreed to provide some form of matching funds for their associates' contributions: Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore; Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer; Fellows LaBriola; King & Spalding; and Kutak Rock
Among firms with over 100 associates, the campaign coordinators at King & Spalding, Jen Fease and Emily Sweitzer, raised the most total dollars.  Among firms with 25 to 99 lawyers, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, led by coordinators Jason Carter and Chris Giovinazzo, raised the most total dollars.  Kutak Rock coordinator Erin Elliott raised the most money among smaller firms. 
ACYL Section Attends an Atlanta Hawks Game
by Ryan Grelecki, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
basketballOn Tuesday, April 14th, the ACYL hosted an event at the Philips Arena during the Hawks' final regular season home game against the Miami Heat.  In a preview of the playoff games that would follow, the Hawks defeated the Heat 81-79, while several of Atlanta's best and brightest young attorneys, with friends and family, enjoyed food and drink provided in the exclusive Nuvox Business Zone.  The event was a huge success and enjoyed by all who attended.

Get to Know the Board Members of the ACYL
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The Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers is a section of the Atlanta Bar Association whose purpose is to further the goals of the Atlanta Bar Association, encourage the participation of younger lawyers in the activities of the Atlanta Bar Association, to promote the profession, and to serve the community of Atlanta.
The Board of the ACYL is made up of a five-member executive board and sixteen members at large.  To get to know some of the members, we profiled some of the board members in our newsletter last fall.  Here are the rest of the board members and a brief glimpse at who they are and what they do.