Winter 2013 Section Newsletter
An Official Publication of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Section
In This Issue
Volunteering with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers' Foundation
Ethics in Social Media CLE
Beer & CLE: Life of a Trial
Atlanta Associates Double Fundraising for Local Pro Bono Organizations
ACYL Helps Families in Need over the Holidays
Section Membership Committee
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events
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Winter 2013
Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Section
2012-2013 Board of Directors


President   Nicole G. Iannarone 
Vice President   Kristin Zielmanski 
Secretary   Eugenia W. Iredale
Treasurer   Jonathan E. 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
Thank you to our Annual Section Sponsors
Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Volunteering with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
by Michael Lucas, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Editor's Note:  The ACYL will be sponsoring the AVLF's Saturday Morning Lawyer on April 27.  We asked Michael Lucas to share why lawyers should serve as an AVLF volunteer, either with the ACYL or on another Saturday.  Michael's discussion of the need and tremendous support available at AVLF convinced us to participate, and we hope it convinces you as well.

This month is the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Gideon v. Wainright, which held that states must provide counsel for criminal defendants who cannot afford an attorney.   While there is still a very long way to go to fully realize the promise of Gideon, the case was groundbreaking and much progress has been made in making that right a reality in the criminal context.  

Fifty years later, however, "Civil Gideon" - the idea that there should be a right to counsel for those who cannot afford an attorney in a civil context, at least in the more critical areas of rights and relationships - has never really gotten off the ground, much less become a reality. While discussed at conferences or by various commissions over the last few decades, there is still no such right to counsel except in the narrowest of civil contexts, namely with the deprivation of parental rights.  

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Ethics in Social Media CLE

What do legal ethics and underwear have in common?  We all know that we aren't supposed to air our clients' dirty laundry, but the proliferation of social media presents a host of ethical and professional concerns that aren't always obvious, especially with the ease of sharing information through new technology.  

On March 7 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm at the State Bar, the ACYL Section, along with the Atlanta Bar's Reputation and Public Trust Committee, the State Bar Young Lawyers Division's Ethics and Professionalism Committee and the Savannah Young Lawyers Division, will sponsor an innovative seminar to help lawyers navigate ethics and social media.

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Beer & CLE: Life of a Trial
by Matthew J. Pociask, Foltz Martin, LLC
The ACYL Section's Life of a Trial program wrapped up the 2012 calendar year with a bang.  Every year, the Beer & CLE program offers practitioners the chance to get practical advice from well respected litigators and judges.  This year continued that proud tradition.  In October, participants gathered at Manuel's Tavern to hear from panelists Brenda Bernstein (The Bernstein Firm), Cindy Manning (Manning Levin & Marlow), and Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams.  A lively discussion of the do's and don't of direct and cross examination took place.  The final program of the year in November, "After the Closing Argument," gave participants a chance to learn of recent developments from panelists Carlos Rodriguez (Kilgore & Rodriguez), Donald Samuel (Garland, Samuel, and Loeb) and Georgia Court of Appeals Judge William Ray.  Both events gave attendees the chance to ask questions in a relaxed setting.  Thanks to everyone who participated this year, and we look forward to an even better program in 2013!
Atlanta Associates Double Fundraising for Local Pro Bono Organizations
by Frederic J. Bold, Jr., Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP and Jonathan E. Smith, Scoggins & Goodman, PC
blue newsThe Atlanta Bar Association's Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Section closed the books on its 2012 Associates' Campaign in November and concluded one of its most successful campaigns in recent history.  This grass-roots effort comprised of associates at Atlanta-area law firms is the ACYL Section's signature annual event and aims to raise both awareness of the critical need for pro bono legal services in our community and much-needed funds for those organizations.  Given the funding challenges faced by charitable organizations of all stripes during the recent years of economic downturn, all lawyers should take pride in how the youngest members of our profession stepped up to answer this substantial need with overwhelming generosity.

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ACYL Section Helps Families in Need over
the Holidays
Over the Holiday season, the ACYL Section engaged in several community service projects to help families in need.  In November, ACYL Section members supported Georgia Justice Project clients in need by donating food staples to create Thanksgiving food baskets.

In December, ACYL Section members helped make the holidays a little brighter for a client of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society's Family Law Unit.  The Family Law Unit of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society provides legal services for grandparent/relative caregivers seeking to adopt the children in their care.  It also provides legal services for survivors of domestic violence starting a new life without their abuser.  All of these clients live at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.  We helped provide essentials to a family who had lost virtually everything as a result of domestic abuse.  Clothes that had been bleached and destroyed were replaced.  A child received new toys to replace those that had been taken.  Thank you to all who contributed to help make a happy holiday for a family in need.
Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Section Membership Committee
by Matthew Simmons, Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers, LLP
Over the past few months, the ACYL Section has been working concurrently with the Atlanta Bar Association (or, as we like to call it, the "Big Bar") in making a renewed effort to increase our outreach to local attorneys and, by way of this effort, increase our respective membership ranks.  While the ACYL has utilized several strategies to achieve this goal, one of the more successful programs has been the ACYL's adoption of the Big Bar's 100% Club.

As many of you may already know, the "Big Bar's" 100%
Club recognizes those law firms and organizations that demonstrate a special commitment to the advancement
of the legal profession and the betterment of our community.  To be a member of this select group, a firm or legal organization must agree to have each of its attorneys be registered as members of the Atlanta Bar Association.  Similarly, to be a member of the ACYL's 100% Club, a firm or legal organization must agree to have each of its attorneys who qualify for membership in the ACYL register to join the section.

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Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events

Be sure to join the ACYL Section at
one of our many upcoming events! 
From CLEs to mentoring breakfasts to networking happy hours, we have an event for everyone!


March 7, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Ethical Concerns in Social Media CLE, State Bar of Georgia


March 12, 2013 - 7:30 am

Mentoring Breakfast, Prominence Building 

March 22, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Meet the Judges Luncheon, Capital City Club


April 4, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Happy Hour, location TBA


April 10, 2013 - 7:30 am

Mentoring Breakfast, J. Christopher's Midtown


April 17, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Life of a Deal: Real Estate Transactions, Manual's Tavern


April 25, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Happy Hour, location TBA


April 27, 2013

AVLF Saturday Morning Lawyer, Atlanta Legal Aid Society

May 8, 2013 - 7:30 am 

Mentoring Breakfast, J. Christopher's Midtown

May 30, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Happy Hour, location TBA

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