Women in the Profession Section

A Women in the Profession Section Publication
Summer 2010
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Message from the Chair
WIP's Partnership with Atlanta Legal Aid
Wine Enthusiast Needed
Outstanding Woman of the Year
Sponsor Spotlights
DirectWomen Board Institute
Quick Links
Newsletter Editor
Jacquelyn H. Saylor
2010-2011 Women in the Profession
Section Board of Directors

Amy J. Kolczak
Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Laura C. Zschach

Adriana R. Midence

Melissa Reading

Immediate Past Chair
Joan C. Grafstein

Members at Large
Hon. Susan E. Edlein
Nicole Iannarone
Asha Jackson
Sommer L. Matheny
Rachel Platt
Jacquelyn H. Saylor 
Upcoming Events
2010 calendar blueMark your calendars for these upcoming Section events
Section Participation Party
Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 5:30 pm

Location: Loca Luna
550 Amsterdam Avenue

Come network and find ways to get involved in your Women in the Profession Section! Free drink and hors d'oeuvres and a chance to win a Shoe Gallery gift card!

Please register online or return the registration form 

Section Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Proposed Changes to the Georgia Rules of
Professional Conduct"

Speaker: Paula J. Frederick,General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel for the State Bar of Georgia

Location: Maggianos Buckhead
3368 Peachtree Rd NE
1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics hour available
Please register online or return the registration form 

Mark Your Calendars Now! 
View our 2010-2011 Section calendar and save the
dates for other Social, CLE, Pro Bono and Community Service events!

Message from the Chair:
Have It All?  Maybe.  Do It All?  Impossible.
by Amy Kolczak, Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones
& Sweeney, LLP
I like to think that attorneys can have it all. In fact, I like to think that I already have it all: love, friendship, and enough heartbreak to appreciate both - laughter, fulfillment, and enough challenges to keep things interesting. Doing it all, however, is impossible, and to think otherwise is to set oneself up for failure.
People will ask me from time to time, "How do you do it all?" I used to just laugh and insist that I didn't really do very much. However, I've come to realize that I'm doing a disservice to the inquirer when I respond in such a way - particularly when the question comes from a young attorney just starting out and trying to find her way in this maze that is the legal world. The real answer to the question of how I do it all: (1) I am a born multi-tasker who bores easily, (2) I have amazing people who support and assist me, (3) I outsource as much as possible, and (4)  For everything I do, there's something that I don't do. In other words, I don't do it all, but I have lots of help and a natural desire to do a lot of different things.
WIP's Partnership with Atlanta Legal Aid
by Amy Kolczak,
Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones
& Sweeney, LLP

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The Women in the Profession Section first partnered with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society's Women's Cancer Project (f/k/a Breast Cancer Legal Project) in 2008. The project provides WIP members with the opportunity to assist low-income patients with breast, cervical, or ovarian cancer by providing advice on the legal issues that otherwise distract these patients from focusing on treatment and wellness. Dozens of WIP members have been trained to assist Atlanta Legal Aid with the screening and interviewing of potential clients at outreach sessions at the cancer centers of Grady Hospital and DeKalb Medical Center. Three times per month, WIP volunteers accompany an Atlanta Legal Aid attorney to the outreach locations to meet with cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers to discuss various civil legal issues that they are encountering. Additionally, WIP volunteers take on pro bono cases on behalf of the Cancer Project's clients as well as serve as consultants to Atlanta Legal Aid attorneys. This partnership between WIP and Atlanta Legal Aid has allowed for screening of more clients for legal services, increase in outreach at the target facilities, and additional expertise in specialized legal matters.
Have a Nose for Wine?
In January 2011, our Section will hold a wine tasting with the Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section.  We need a couple of volunteer wine enthusiasts to lend their expertise to the event.  So, if a few glasses doesn't impair your ability to detect hints of currant or notes of plum, please let us know.
Contact Clark Wilson or Rachel Platt  for details.  
Anita Wallace Thomas Receives
Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award
by Joan Grafstein, JAMS
Pictured from left to right are Section Immediate Past Chair Joan C. Grafstein, JAMS, Anita Wallace Thomas, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Mary C. Gill, Alston & Bird and Section Chair Amy J. Kolczak, Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney, LLP.
On June 8th at a festive luncheon at the Capital City Club, the Women in the Profession Section of the Atlanta Bar Association presented its annual Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award to Anita Wallace Thomas, a litigation partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Atlanta and a leader in the legal and civic communities. 
This award is given to a lawyer who contributes significantly to further the interests of women in the legal profession, is involved in activities that assist women in metro Atlanta, is active in professional organizations that promote and empower women in the legal profession, and has significant professional achievements.  Ms. Wallace Thomas serves as chair of her firm's diversity committee, and is a leader in numerous civic and legal organizations including the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys where she has served as President, the National Association of Women Lawyers where she was on the Board, the Georgia Bar Association's Minority Diversity Program, the Board of Bar Examiners, Atlanta Youth Academy Board of Trustees, and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society Advisory Board, and many, many more.
Sponsor Spotlights: Ballard Spahr and JAMS
Ballard Spahr   Ballard Spahr, an
   Am Law 100 firm with
   more than 475 lawyers in 12 offices in the United States, provides a range of services in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property, and public finance. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, life sciences and technology companies, health systems, investors and developers, government agencies and sponsored enterprises, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations.  Our goal at Ballard Spahr is to advance diversity in our firm and in the legal profession.  View more information at www.ballardspahr.com.
JAMSJAMS is the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services in the world.  With its prestigious panel of neutrals, JAMS specializes in mediating and arbitrating complex, multi-party, business/ commercial cases-those in which the choice of neutral is crucial.  For information and answers to any questions you may have about mediating or arbitrating at JAMS, please contact Ms. Veda Jablan, the Atlanta Business Manager, at 404-588-0900 or by email at
vjablan@jamsadr.com or visit the JAMS website at www.jamsadr.com for biographies of the JAMS mediators and arbitrators and more information.
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The Women in the Profession Section congratulates these members for their recent accomplishments
C. Murray Saylor, Jr. was elected to Georgia Trend in the Tax, Estate and Trust Category.
Asha F. Jackson has been elected as a Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star and was also appointed as a Pro Hac Judge in Recorder's Court, DeKalb County

Sponsor Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney, LLP moved into new office space at 1180 Peachtree Street, Suite 3000.
WIP thanks the following volunteers who have consulted on cases for or represented pro bono clients through our Cancer Legal Project:
     Katie Kiihnl
     Cheryl Legare
     Anisa Abdullahi
     Luanne Bonnie
     Heather Karrh
     Cynthia Welsh
     Sommer Matheny
Cecilia M. Andrews (Board Member 2009-2010) had a baby boy, Nicholas, on July 30th.

Congratulations to the WIP Section for winning the Small Section of the Year award for the second consecutive year.
The award is based on the following criteria: number of Board meetings, breakfast meetings, luncheon meetings, evening meetings, CLE seminars, Social events, Pro Bono Activities, Community Service projects, Financial Contributions, printed and electronic newsletters, participation at Bar-wide events, Joint Activities with other Sections, membership growth, Articles published in The Atlanta Lawyer, Board Participation and Bar-wide meetings and retreats.
Pictured above from left to right are Real Estate Section Chair Ricky B. Novak, Strategic 1031 Exchange Advisors, Women in the Profession Section Chair Amy J. Kolzcak, Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney, LLP and Estate Planning & Probate Section Immediate Past Chair J. Olen Earl, The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.
Your Women in the Profession Section wants to congratulate its members for their recent accomplishments! Please send your news and kudos to Jackie Saylor.
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