Women in the Profession Section

A Women in the Profession Section Publication
Spring 2011
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Message from the Chair
Heart Disease Still Leading Cause of Death in Women
Jeans Day: Benefiting the Women In the Profession Section's Women's Cancer Legal Project
WIP and SP/SF Section Members Learn About Wines
WIP Section Breakfast "Defending Yourself Against E-mail Overload"
WIP Section Holiday Party Raises Money for Cancer Project
Section Pro Bono Update
Section Members in Atlanta Bar Elections
Section Members Named to Georgia Trend
Quick Links
Newsletter Editor
Jacquelyn H. Saylor
2010-2011 Women in the Profession
Section Board of Directors

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 
Thank You to Our Section Sponsors
Gold Sponsors  
Elarbee Thompson
Silver Sponsors
Ballard Spahr LLP
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for these upcoming Section events
The Leader Within:
Redefining Leadership
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 9:00 am to 12:15 pm

Location: The State Bar of Georgia 
104 Marietta Street

PLUS a bonus seminar: Representing Immigrant Victims of Violence and Human Trafficking. Presented by the Atlanta Bar Association Women In The Profession Section and the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.

Please register online or return the registration form
Section CLE and Social
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Location: Manual's Tavern
602 N Highland Avenue Northeast

"Get the Judges Verdict on Everything You Really Want to Know But Were Afraid to Ask"
This social and CLE will provide a panel of judges that will respond to questions that you've always wanted to ask.
Judges and panelists to be announced.
Check your emails and www.atlantabar.org for updates.
Message From the Chair
By Laura Zschach,
Bodker Ramsey Andrews Winograd Wildstein, PC
The past ten months have been a whirlwind of change. We started the WIP year under the incredible leadership of Amy Kolczak as the Chair of Women in the Profession Section.  Those who know Amy, understand what I mean when I say "incredible leadership."  Amy is one of those women that challenge you to be a better person. She always has a friendly smile, is genuine, is a successful attorney, is actively involved in numerous boards, associations and community service activities, and maintains a good balance of being a loving mom and wife.  In December, Amy moved to Colorado, and I found myself standing in shoes that were very difficult to fill as the new Chair of Women in the Profession Section.
One of the things that I have learned from Amy and other women like her is that "incredible leadership" can take on many forms. To me, leadership includes involvement, good character and humbleness.
Heart Disease Still Leading Cause of Death
in Women
One woman dies every minute from cardiovascular disease (CVD), citing a total of 432,709 female deaths in 2006 - more than the combined deaths from all cancers, chronic lower respiratory disease, Alzheimer's disease, and accidents. Of clear concern are the rates of overweight, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, all key contributors to heart disease. 
"WomenHeart encourages all women to take charge of their heart health. It is important for women to learn their risk for heart disease, know how to live a heart healthy lifestyle, and recognize the signs and symptoms of heart disease in the event she needs evaluation and treatment," said Lisa M. Tate, Chief Executive Officer of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women, killing more than a third of them.
Jeans Day: Benefiting the Women In the Profession Section's Women's Cancer
Legal Project

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Those that have limited resources and systems of support need an advocate to deal with the legal aspects of the medical, economic, and personal issues that arise when facing a cancer diagnosis.  Since 2008, WIP has partnered with Atlanta Legal Aid through the Women's Cancer Legal Project to help address this need and to provide opportunities for WIP members to assist low-income patients and survivors of breast, cervical, or ovarian cancer with the legal issues they face that distract them from focusing on treatment and wellness. 
The funds raised through the Jeans Day drive go directly to the Women's Cancer Legal project to help fund our annual intake training sessions, and to provide snacks, grocery gift cards, and toiletries to cancer patients who seek assistance through the project. 
Tax deductable donation can be made payable to the Atlanta Bar Foundation with "WIP Cancer Legal Project" marked in the memo.  Donations should be sent to the following address:
Atlanta Bar Association
Attention: Tanya Windham
400 International Tower
229 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Please contact Emily Nally at enally50@gmail.com with any questions about the Jeans Day drive.
WIP and SP/SF Section Members Learn About Wines
By Rachel Platt, The Platt Law Firm
On January 26, 2011, the Women in Profession Section co-hosted a wine tasting event with the Sole Practitioner/sole Firm Section.  The accounting firm of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne sponsored and hosted the event.  Attendees at the event had the option of tasting three white wines and three red wines, and everyone who attended had a fantastic tasting experience. Heavy hors d'oeuvres were also served.
George Sewell
, a member of the Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section, chose the white wines and was at the event to educate the attorneys about his choices. George prepared written information about the white wines, which was used as a basis for the next three paragraphs. 
WIP Section Breakfast "Defending Yourself Against E-mail Overload"
By Adriana R. Midence,
Elarbee Thompson Sapp & Wilson, LLP
On February 23, 2011, the Women in the Profession Section hosted a breakfast CLE on "Defending Yourself Against E-mail Overload."  Leslie Walden and Barbara Skutch Mays, from It's Time to Get Organized, LLC, were the featured speakers and provided the attendees with several tips to help manage overwhelming e-mails. 
Did you know that, on average, a lawyer will spend 55 minutes per day looking for e-mails she has misplaced?!  E-mails must be managed on a daily basis.  Leslie and Barbara recommend setting aside an hour each day when you review and process e-mails uninterrupted.  You should also adopt a methodical approach to processing e-mails.  Try not to stop and start; rather, sit down when you have some time to review all new e-mails in your Inbox.
Women in the Profession Section Holiday Party Raises Money for Cancer Project
By Laura Zschach,
Bodker Ramsey Andrews Winograd Wildstein, PC
The Honorable Susan Edlein and her husband, Scott Edlein, again welcomed Women in the Profession members to their home on December 21, 2010 for WIP's annual Holiday Reception.  Everyone enjoyed the drinks and delicious hors d'oeuvres served by Scott Edlein's company, "You Should Eat."  It was a wonderful time for socializing and meeting new people. 
As part of the reception, WIP requested that in lieu of a registration fee, all attendees bring a grocery store gift card or donate money towards the purchase of gift cards for patients assisted by the Cancer Project of Atlanta Legal Aid.  This project has been a continual service outreach for Women in the Profession.  Our members volunteer at Grady Hospital and DeKalb Medical Hospital throughout the year and perform intake sessions for cancer patients in order to assess their legal needs and determine ways that Atlanta Legal Aid can help these patients.  At our holiday party, WIP attendees contributed $310.00 of grocery store gift cards to be used by such cancer patients. 
WIP is so appreciative of the generosity of the attendees.  We endeavor to continually grow the Women's Cancer Legal Project, and we have been able to do this through the gifts of time and money that our members have so graciously provided. 
Section Pro Bono Update
By Sommer Matheny,
The Law Office of Sommer L. Matheny, P.C.
The WIP Pro Bono Committee would like to remind our members of its on-going pro bono initiative, the Women's Cancer Legal Project.  The Project is a working partnership between WIP and Atlanta Legal Aid's Cancer Legal Initiative.  Participating WIP members assist low-income patients fighting various forms of cancer with the legal issues that may prevent them from focusing on treatment and wellness.  
WIP has sponsored three training sessions over the past three years to educate and prepare volunteers for the intake sessions at cancer clinics held at Grady Hospital and Dekalb Medical throughout the year.  The intake sessions are the primary form of outreach for the project and are used to identify any legal issues that the cancer patients may be facing.  WIP would like to specially thank our most recent volunteers Cecilia Perez-Matos, Jessica Harper, Soo Hong, and Susanne Tarter who assisted with intake sessions in January and February of this year.
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The Women in the Profession Section congratulates these members for their recent accomplishments
Haley Schwartz of Atlanta Legal Aid received the Stuart Eizenstat Young Lawyer Award from the Anti-Defamation League for her work with the ALAS Women's Cancer Project at its luncheon in February. WIP provides money and volunteers for the project.
US Magistrate Judge Linda Thompson Walker was nominated by President Obama and ratified by the Senate to fill a US District Court seat for the Northern District of Georgia.  The Honorable Beverly Martin vacated her US District Court seat to sit on the US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit after being nominated by President Obama and ratified by the Senate.
Melissa Reading, WIP Treasurer, welcomed her new baby girl, Brynn Rhea Reading, born on 1/4/11.
Jessica Harper, former WIP board member, was voted as one of Georgia's Top 50 Women Attorneys in Georgia Super Lawyers.
Adriana Midence, WIP Secretary, recently became engaged.
Asha Jackson, WIP Member at Large, is a Super Lawyer Rising Star and has been nominated for the State Court of DeKalb County.
Jackie Saylor, WIP Member at Large, was a panelist at the NAWBO March luncheon featuring Successful Women Entrepreneurs who had been winners of the NAWBO WE Awards; Jackie won the Community Service Award.
Shannon Shipley and Ana Maria Florez of Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney both won defense verdicts in January.
Bodker Ramsey Andrews Winograd and Wildstein, P.C. contributed $175 towards the Women In the Profession attorney training session for the Atlanta Legal Aid Cancer Project. This money was raised through two firm Jeans Days in October 2010.  
Please also see a list of WIP members who are either running or have been elected or appointed to The Atlanta Bar Association Board or to a sectionWIP members selected for 2010 Legal Elite Georgia Trend are also listed in this newsletter.
Our apologies to any members who sent in Kudos to the editor that were not listed in Kudos. Most of the Kudos listed were provided to the Editor from others. For future newsletters, please send Kudos to Jackie Saylor at jsaylor@saylorlaw.com.
Women in the Profession Section Members in Atlanta Bar Association Elections 
The following Women in the Profession Section Members have been appointed or are running for Atlanta Bar Association offices in contested and uncontested races
megaphoneContested Races
Cindy S. Manning 
Member-At-Large, Litigation
Jacquelyn "Jackie" Saylor
Treasurer, Atlanta Bar Board  
Uncontested Races/ Appointed Positions  
Cecilia Andrews 
Member-At-Large, WIP
Millie Baumbusch 
Past Chair, Elder Law
Elizabeth Eager 
Member-At-Large, ACYL
Marcia Ganz 
Member-At-Large, Labor & Employment
Nicole Iannarone 
President Elect, ACYL
Member-At-Large, WIP
Eugenia Iredale 
Treasurer, ACYL
Ronne Kaplan 
Member-At-Large, Sole Practitioner/Small Firm
Amy Kolczak 
Past Chair, WIP
Elaine Levine 
Member-At-Large, Elder Law
Cindy S. Manning
Member-At-Large, ACYL
Jennifer M. Meyerowitz 
Chair Elect, Bankruptcy Law
Adriana Midence 
Member-At-Large, Labor & Employment 
Secretary, WIP
Heather Miller 
Member-At-Large, WIP
Rachel Platt 
Member-At-Large, Sole Practitioner/Small Firm 
Member-At-Large, WIP
Patti Richards 
Member-At-Large,Tax Law
Lynn M. Roberson
President Elect, Atlanta Bar Board
C. Murray Saylor 
Vice Chair/ Chair Elect, Tax Law
Jacquelyn "Jackie" Saylor 
Treasurer, WIP
Rita Sheffey 
President, Atlanta Bar Board
Liz Skola 
Member-At-Large, WIP - Appointed
Melissa Reading 
Vice Chair/Chair Elect, WIP
Anita Watson Thomas 
Member-At-Large, WIP - Appointed
Nancy J. Whaley
Treasurer, Bankruptcy Law
Laura Zschach 
Chair, WIP
Women in the Profession Section Members Named to Georgia Trend
Congratulations to the following Women in the Profession Section Members who were named to Georgia Trend!
Jessica J. Harper
Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wilson PC
Business Law Division
Rebecca Hoelting
McCurdy & Candler LLC
Family Law Division
Charles T. Huddleston
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Labor & Employment Law Division
Rachel A. Humphrey
Stokes Lazarus & Carmichael LLP
General Practice/Trial Law Division
Amy J. Kolczak
Formerly: Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & McSweeney, LLP Labor & Employment & Personal Injury & Litigation Division
Presently: Poudre Valley Health System
Alyson F. Lembeck
Pachman Richardson LLC
Family Law Division
Jill A. Pryor
Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP
General Practice/Trial Law Division

Amy A. Quackenboss
American Bankruptcy Institute
Bankruptcy/Creditor's Rights Division

Melody Z. Richardson
Pachman Richardson LLC
Family Law Division

Lynn M. Roberson
Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers LLP
Personal Injury & Litigation Division

C. Murray Saylor
The Saylor Law Firm LLP
Taxes/Estates/Trusts Division

Shayna M. Steinfeld
Steinfeld & Steinfeld, PC
Bankruptcy/Creditor's Rights Division

Christian F. Torgrimson
Pursley Lowery & Meeks, LLP
Governmental Affairs Division

Laura Zschach
Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wilson PC
Business Law Division