Summer 2012 Section Newsletter
An Official Publication of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Section
In This Issue
President's Message
Associate's Campaign for Legal Services
A Little Goes A Long Way
Donate to the Associates Campaign for Legal Services
Next Section Happy Hour
ACYL Offers CLE for a Cause
Section Mentoring Breakfast Meetings
ACYL Supports Service Juris and LawJam 2012
Get Involved
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Summer 2012
Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Section
2012-2013 Board of Directors


President   Nicole Iannarone 
Vice President   Kristin Zielmanski 
Secretary   Eugenia Wooten Iredale
Treasurer   Jonathan Smith
Immediate Past President   Jonathan Hawkins
Members at Large
Ashten Bailey
Laura Benz
Frederic Bold
William E. Cannon III
Eric Coleman
Elizabeth Gould Eager
Brianne Hart Erwin
Clinton F. Fletcher
C. Joseph Hoffman
Rhani Lott
Cindy Spidler Manning
Douglas J. Miller
Jamie Perez
Matthew Pociask
Matthew Simmons
James Yeargan


President's Message
by Nicole Iannarone, Visiting Assistant Professor,
Mercer Law School
The legal market has changed dramatically in the past several years, with younger lawyers facing the brunt of the challenges presented.  Despite the bleak statistics, the ACYL believes that these challenges can be turned into unique opportunities, and our board has planned an exciting year to help our members navigate a very different environment than that faced by our predecessors. 

Training Opportunities

The ACYL will sponsor numerous CLEs and training opportunities throughout the year for lawyers in every area in practice.  Our popular Life of a Trial seminar, chaired by Rhani Lott and Matt Pociask, will continue at Manual's Tavern this Fall and will offer younger lawyers everything they needed to know to prepare for their first trial from panels of judges, experienced litigators and younger lawyers who are in the trenches.  This spring will bring an expanded Life of a Deal seminar, chaired by Elizabeth Eager, to introduce transactional (and litigation) attorneys to everything they need to know about overseeing their first negotiation.  Register early for these popular events, which often sell out.  Where else can you learn from some of the most well-respected lawyers in their fields in the casual Beer & CLE atmosphere?


2012 Associates' Campaign for Legal Services
dbThe 2012 ACYL Associates' Campaign for Legal Services begins this week, and will run through October 31, 2012.  The Associates' Campaign is an annual grass-roots campaign comprised of associates at Atlanta-area law firms that aims to raise both awareness of the critical need for pro bono legal services in our community and much-needed funds for those organizations.

The ACYL Section will celebrate the Campaign kick-off at a joint happy hour with the Public Interest Section of the Atlanta Bar on Thursday, July 26, from 5:30-7:30 pm at Ri Ra Irish Pub, 1080 Peachtree Street.  The happy hour is free to all ACYL members ($10 for non-members) and includes free appetizers and two drink tickets.  Representatives of the Campaign's beneficiary organizations will be on hand to discuss their work and answer any questions regarding how to contribute and get involved. 

Contribute to the 2012 Associates' Campaign and
view more information.


A Little Goes A Long Way
The Associates' Campaign for Legal Services asks each associate in Atlanta to donate the value of one billable hour to one or more legal services organizations.  The average billable rate for an associate in Atlanta far exceeds $100, a rate that most of us could not afford if we needed legal help.  While one hour's worth of work may not get a client very far, a legal aid attorney can stretch $100 to provide meaningful assistance to a client in need.  We asked the Associates' Campaign beneficiaries to tell us what $100 means to their clients and what amazing things it can do.  Even if you are not able to donate the value of your billable hour, just $100 will make a real impact. 

Calling all Lawyers: Donate to the Associates' Campaign for Legal Services
megaphoneThe Associates' Campaign for Legal Services will run through October 31, 2011.  As an associate at one of our participating firms, you will receive information from your firm's campaign coordinator.  That doesn't mean you can't contribute if you aren't an associate (that means you, partners) or if your firm is not officially participating.

The Associates' Campaign serves as a clearing house for donations to local organizations that provide direct pro bono legal assistance to individuals or for the benefit of causes that are not otherwise being met.  The Campaign contains at least one organization (if not several organizations) that will appeal to any donor.  We urge you to support more than one beneficiary - the need is great.

Donations may be made online.  We can only accept one donation at a time via the online form, so we encourage you to visit the site more than once to donate to all of the organizations that speak to you.
Next Section Happy Hour
guiness smallerJoint Section Happy Hour & Associates Campaign Kick-Off
with the Public Interest Section

Thursday, July 26, 2012
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Ri Ra Irish Pub
1080 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
FREE for Section Members
Thank you to our event sponsor
Mark your calendars for these other upcoming Section socials!
- Thursday, August 30, 2012
- Thursday, September 27, 2012
- Thursday, October 25, 2012
- Thursday, January 31, 2013
- Thursday, February 28, 2013
- Thursday, March 28, 2013
- Thursday, April 25, 2013
- Thursday, May 30, 2013

ACYL Section Offers CLE for a Cause
Every Monday during the ACYL's Associates' Campaign for Legal Services, our beneficiary organizations will offer CLE sessions so you can learn more about them and even gain skills to volunteer.  Each CLE will be in a low-cost brown bag lunch format - bring your own lunch and the reporting fees ($5 per CLE hour, plus $15 per hour if Professionalism credit is offered). Attendance is limited to 20 attendees, so please register in advance. And, of course, contributions to the Associates' Campaign will be accepted at each CLE.

Our August CLE presentations follow.  Please be sure to check your emails for information on our September and October installments of CLE for a Cause, and visit the Atlanta Bar website for information on how to register.
August 6, 2012 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Pro Bono for Non Profit Organizations

*August 13, 2012 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm


*August 20, 2012 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm

*August 27, 2012 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm 

*Offers 1 hour of Professionalims credit


NEW Section Mentoring Breakfast Meetings
The ACYL's newly-formed Mentoring Committee was created for the purpose of providing a forum for younger lawyers to meet in groups of 6-12 to discuss and seek advice from one another and potentially some experts about various issues commonly faced by younger lawyers in the beginning of their legal careers. 
Co-chaired by Kristin Zielmanski, of Berman Fink Van Horn, P.C.; Ashten Bailey, of GreenLaw; and Jamie Perez of Holland Roddenbery LLC, the Committee is planning periodic roundtable breakfasts throughout the year for those younger lawyers interested in joining the discussion on topics pertaining to them.  It is also a great opportunity for younger lawyers from different practice areas to network in an informal setting. 

The schedule of mentoring breakfasts for Fall 2012 is
as follows:
September 5, 2012 - 7:30 to 8:45 am
Location: J. Christopher's Midtown
Achieving Work/Life Balance (whether parenting or
avoiding burnout)
October 3, 2012 - 7:30 am to 8:45 am 
Location: North Highland Bakery in Buckhead
How to Market and Network as a Young Lawyer
November 14, 2012 - 7:30am to 8:45 am
Location: J. Christopher's in Midtown
Making Big Career Transitions: Tips and Pitfalls (whether from large firm to small firm, going solo, from firm to in-house or government, changing practice areas, etc.)
Please RSVP to Kristin Zielmanski if you plan to attend any of the meetings.

The Mentoring Committed invites feedback on recommended topics and other ideas to assist younger lawyers in 2013. 
Feel free to contact the Mentoring Committee (Kristin Zielmanski, Ashten Bailey or Jamie Perez) with any questions.


ACYL Supports Service Juris and LawJam 2012

by Kristin Zielmanski, Berman, Fink & Van Horn

On Saturday, June 9, 2012, the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers hosted a happy hour at Front Page News in Little Five Points.  The happy hour helped kick off the new bar year and served as a great meeting place prior to LawJam.  After the happy hour, ACYL members headed to the Variety Playhouse for another exciting LawJam.

All proceeds from the happy hour, including donations from attendees, were for the benefit of Atlanta Bar Association partner ServiceJuris.  ServiceJuris Day, coordinated by Hands On Atlanta, is an annual half-day of service in which more than 300 members of Atlanta's legal community contributed their time and money to the Atlanta metro area.  This year ServiceJuris Day was held on June 16, 2012.  (See website for more information).

We hope you will be able to join us at an upcoming happy hour.  Mark your calendar for the last Thursday of every month except November and December and be on the lookout for additional details.


Get Involved!
Are you interested in getting more involved with the Section?

There are multiple ways you can participate!  Join one of our Section committees by filling
out the online form.