Clark A.D. Wilson
Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section Board of Directors
Chair: David M. Lilenfeld
Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: L. Katherine Adams-Carter
Secretary: James A. Attwood
Treasurer: David G. Richards
Immediate Past Chair: Scott E. Atwood
The Hon. T. Jackson Bedford, Jr.
Timothy M. Curtin
Monroe J. Feldman
Frank G. Goldman
Ronne G. Kaplan
William J. Piercy
Beth E. Rogers
Thomas L. Walker
Robert G. Wellon
Clark A.D. Wilson
Mark your calendars for these upcoming Section events
------------------------------------------------- Please check your emails and www.atlantabar.org for updates.
Details are subject to change.
Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 7:30 am
Location: Buckhead Club
"NetWeaving - Building Your Practice While Helping Others Build Their Careers and Businesses"
Bob Littell Chief NetWeaver and Principal,
Littell Consulting Services
Cloud Computing 101: Considerations for the Small Firm Lawyer
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 12:00 pm
It's a webinar! It's convenient! Attend from your office, home or wherever you have a computer and Internet connection.
CLE credit: 1.5 CLE/0 E/0 TP/0 P
Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 12:00 pm
"Calendaring as a Risk Management Strategy"
Speaker: Joseph C. Scott, J.D.
Vice President and General Manager,
A Message From the Chair
As we close the first quarter of
the Bar year, I hope you feel
that the Section is serving you
well. If not, let me know what
else we can do.
In May 2011, the Board chose to
resume the Section's traditional
schedule of a breakfast and
lunch meeting each month.
Since June, our Section has
hosted 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches
and co-hosted an event with IMCUSA.org
on August 24, 2011.
In addition to regular breakfast and lunch meetings, the Section has planned a Wine Tasting event planned with the Women in the Profession Section. This is scheduled for January 19th. We are also planning a comedy club event, which we did last year as well. A few other special events are in the works too.
The Board is striving to provide you with program content that will have a meaningful impact on your practice. If there are topics you would like to see covered in future events, please email suggestions to me at: David@LilenfeldPC.com
Best wishes for a fantastic Fall!
All the best,
|Douglas Ashworth Discusses the Transition into Law Program at the
The speaker at the section's August 25th lunch was Douglas Ashworth, the Director of the Transition into Law Practice program for the State Bar of Georgia. Mr. Ashworth discussed how and why the Transition into Law program started and why it is important for experienced attorneys to become involved. This program has been very successful, as evidenced by the significant reduction of bar complaints against new attorneys since its inception.
In operation, the Transition into Law program provides mentors to new attorneys. Some mentors can be assigned from a new attorney's firm. By contrast, more and more new attorneys are choosing to hang a shingle very early in their career. It is with these new attorneys that our section can become influential. Our role as mentors will not require too much time and the State Bar will assist with any questions you may have. We encourage you to volunteer your time and wisdom to help guide the next generation of lawyers. If you wish to participate in this program, please contact Doug Ashworth at DOUGA@GABAR.ORG.
Dr. Roger Tutterow Speaks at Joint Meeting with IMCUSA
The section was invited to
attend a meeting with the
Institute of Management
Consultants (IMCUSA) on August
24th. In attendance from our
section were Jeffrey Evans,
Price Williams and Clark Wilson.
The IMCUSA is an organization
of small firm or solo practice
management consultants. Each
of their members offer
management and business
experience in a variety of competencies. As such, our two organizations mesh well with each other and we are invited to participate in their future activities. Similarly, one of the IMCUSA members accepted my invitation and attended our section lunch meeting the next day.
The IMCUSA meeting speaker was Dr. Roger Tutterow, who is a Professor of Economics at Mercer University. Dr. Tutterow's presentation was entitled "State of the Economy: Is there Good News?" This presentation provided a keen insight into which indicators are followed by economists to gauge economic health. The takeaway for those in attendance was that while the economy is improving, it is doing so slowly. Specifically, a full, or near-full, recovery is probably going to take until 2014. Besides this news, the presentation produced some interesting discussion and some new contacts for our members. If you would like to attend one of the IMCUSA's future meetings, please let us know.
Vivian D. Hoard Discusses Tax Tips at the August Breakfast
Vivian D. Hoard of Taylor English Duma LLP and Pauline D. Reynolds, CPA, of HLB Gross Collins, were the speakers at the August 18 SP/SF Section Breakfast. The topic ("Tax Tips for Your Law Practice") was anything but dull. The attendees were full of questions and they got plenty of answers-all properly couched in lawyerese or CPA speak, as the case may be.
They began by discussing the various organizational forms a sole practitioner or small firm can take and the tax implications, benefits and downsides attendant to each. Limited Liability Corporations, Professional Corporations, Partnerships and S Corporations have somewhat varied tax treatments but each have other attributes that should be taken into consideration when a lawyer or lawyers are deciding what form their venture should become.
|Katherine Adams-Carter Speaks on the Attorney Lien Statute at the July Luncheon|
The July luncheon was held on July 28, 2011 at Gordon Biersch with a record crowd in attendance. SPSF Board Member L. Katherine Adams-Carter spoke on the attorney lien statute, O.C.G.A. §15-19-14 and lead a lively discussion of the statute's application and its uses. The statute is a useful tool for an attorney in obtaining payment for the work an attorney performs for a client which yields money or property. The statute is strictly construed and will not be interpreted so as to apply to any factual situation not strictly within its wording. Therefore, it is necessary to know and understand the statute's interpretation, as some of the nuances of its application may not be as clear as they appear at first glance.
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