Spring 2013
Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Women in the Profession Section
Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award

The Women in the Profession Section of the Atlanta Bar Association is pleased to announce that this year's recipient of the Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award is Jamala McFadden, Esq. Ms. McFadden will be honored on June 7, 2013 at the Capital City Club located in downtown Atlanta.

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Section Cancer Legal Initiative Spring Update
by Heather H. Miller, Carlock Copeland & Stair
smaller pink ribbon WIP's partnership with Atlanta Legal Aid's Cancer Legal Initiative continues to see success.  In the Fall, Legal Aid trained additional volunteers to assist in conducting intake at Grady Memorial Hospital and DeKalb Medical Center.  During these intake sessions, low-income cancer patients can obtain free legal assistance in areas such as Medicare/Medicaid issues, Insurance benefit issues, Wills, Power of Attorney and Family Law issues, to name a few.  After the Fall training, an additional six volunteers began assisting Legal Aid with monthly intake sessions at both medical facilities. We are excited to report that volunteers have signed up for all intake sessions for the second quarter of the year!

Atlanta Legal Aid reports that having trained and experienced volunteers to attend intake sessions has freed up ALA staff and attorneys immeasurably.  WIP is proud to be a part of such an important program.  If you have questions about the Cancer Legal Initiative or how to volunteer, please contact:  Lisa Liang 404-614-3969.
Community Mentorship and Contributions: Foreverfamily, Inc.

WIP has continued to become more and more involved with Foreverfamily, Inc. this year.  After initially identifying that this organization serving children and families with an incarcerated mother or father furthers WIP's mission statement, our members have creatively contributed their time and money in ways that truly matter.  In addition to our monthly community service project - making, serving, and eating "family dinner" with the young people in the after-school-program - our members have had the opportunity to get even more involved.

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View Thank You to Volunteers for Foreverfamily from Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams
Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Section Board of Directors

Chair  Adriana Midence Scott
Vice Chair/Chair-Elect  Heather H. Miller
Secretary  Taylor Tribble
Treasurer  Jessica K. Stern
Immediate Past Chair  Melissa Reading

Members at Large
Hon. Kimberly Esmond Adams
Nora H. Budman
Sarah Cipperly
Kimberly Charles
Shukura Ingram Millender
Elizabeth (Liz) Skola
Survey: Workplace Must-Haves
Women in the Profession Members share their "must-have" items for the workplace

by Megan Hodgkiss, Doctoral Student,

GSU Communication Dept.

Alexa Kwartin
Kwartin Family Law

I always carry my iphone with me.  I would be totally lost without it!  I use it for e-mails, To Do lists, taking notes, and for my calendar.  It is a fantastic tool!

Laura C. Zschach
Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, P.C.

My essential item is my phone because it has a ton of pictures of my kids on it so that when I am having "one of those days" or "one of those moments," I can look at their smiling faces and it makes everything better!

Rebecca C.E. McFadyen Ballard Spahr LLP

I have to have a little notebook so that I can jot down random great ideas or things to do. Otherwise, I might lose those great ideas and forget those things to do!

Jacquelyn Saylor
The Saylor Law Firm LLP

Things I can't live without when leaving the house during the week: purse, iPhone, small pad for thoughts or notes when on the phone, some bar projects (like minutes) I need to work on if there's a break while out of the office.

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Section Kudos

Thumbs UpJudge Kimberly Esmond Adams for receiving the Justice Benham Community Service Award

Judge Asha Jackson for receiving the Justice Benham Community Service Award

Melissa Reading for making Partner at Owen Gleaton, Egan, Jones
& Sweeney, LLP

Some of our Board members were selected as Rising Stars in the Georgia Super Lawyers publication for 2013, including Melissa Reading, Adriana Scott, Heather Miller and Taylor Tribble.  

The Women in the Profession Section wants to publish your announcement in the Kudos Section of the next Edition of WIP LASH!  Please send accolades, awards, hiring of new associates, etc. to Laura Zschach.
Deal or No Deal:
Practitioners Discuss Resolution of Problematic Negotiations

On Wednesday,  November 14, 2012, the Women in the Profession Committee and the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers co-sponsored the second part of a two-part series about negotiations. Titled Deal or No Deal: Practitioners Discuss Resolution of Problematic Negotiations, the luncheon brought out an engaged and enthusiastic crowd.

WIP is grateful to the moderator, Joan Grafstein, Esq., JAMS who lead the panel discussion. Guests heard from three panelists from different practice areas. The discussion was based on real life case scenarios presented by each panelist showcasing a problematic negotiation. The scanerio based format not only provided guests with insight and knowledge from each specific area, it also allowed for a robust question and answer session. The panelists included Claudia Saari, Esq., Director Dekalb County Public Defender's Office, and Robert Wellon, Esq., a family law and civil litigator. Robert G. Wellon also serves as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of  Law. The third panelist was  Heather C. Wright, Esq., The Wright Firm, LLC, who specializes in business law. Heather C Wright, Esq. is also a mediator.
Celebrating WIP
by Melissa P. Reading, Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney, LLP
Our Holiday Party is a lot of fun, and gets to the heart of what WIP is all about:  getting to know and support other women in the legal profession and supporting organizations that support women and families. On December 6, 2012, approximately 50 WIP members gathered in the home of Judge Susan Edlein to celebrate the holiday season together with delicious food, good company, and wonderful causes.  Members gathered around the open kitchen where Chef Scott Edlein prepared hors d'oeuvres, sipping wine or soft drinks, or reclined in the comfortable living room admiring the strings of past years' holiday cards decorating the walls.  Or at least, I heard they did.  

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The Leader Within
by Megan Hodgkiss, Doctoral Student,
GSU Communication Dept.

"If you want to go somewhere fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together."  These words, from Georgia Association of Black Women Attorney's President-Elect Tracee Benzo, helped jump-start this year's The Leader Within event.  GABWA, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, and the Atlanta Bar Association's Women in the Profession section all co-organized the training seminar and CLE, held at the State Bar of Georgia.  The event challenges attendees to discover their inner leader through a series of intensive informational sessions.

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Joint Section Social with the ACYL Section a Success

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, WIP joined forces with Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers (ACYL) section of the Atlanta Bar to host a happy hour at Tin Lizzy's Cantina in Midtown.  The happy hour took place on the patio and attendees enjoyed cocktails and Tex-Mex fare.  The chilly evening did not keep people from enjoying post-work margaritas and conversation.  We had 45 attendees, many of whom are current WIP members.  Overall, the event was a success and we look forward to partnering with ACYL in the future. 
CLE Materials From the March Breakfast Program: Finding Your Work-Life Rhythm

Alternative work arrangements and achieving a work-life rhythm has been a long-standing topic of discussion among women professionals. According to 2012 statistics from DiversityInc., there are just twenty-one (21) female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies - that equates to four percent (4%).

Since 2006, the National Association of Women Lawyers ("NAWL") and the NAWL Foundation have conducted an Annual National Survey of Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms, focusing on the nation's largest 200 law firms. Each year, the statistics have remained steady showing that through 2012, about 45% of associates in firms are women, and about 15% of equity partners are women in the typical large firm.

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Bodker Ramsey Andrews Winograd & Wildstein, PC Hosts Section Networking Social

Bodker Ramsey Andrews Winograd & Wildstein, PC graciously hosted WIP's networking social on April 11th.  The evening started with Jessica Wood (Partner at Bodker Ramsey Andrews Winograd & Wildstein, PC) sharing her stimulating (and thought-provoking) networking tips.  Each of the attendees were then encouraged to meet new faces, enjoy a cocktail and have fun - while networking!  It was a great time for everyone!  We even had a few special members walk away with door prizes!
Susan G. Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure Event
by Megan Hodgkiss, Doctoral Student,
GSU Communication Dept.

When it comes to breast cancer awareness and research, the Susan G. Komen Foundation's motto is together, we can make an impact.  In the spirit of those sentiments, thousands of people gathered in Atlantic Station over Mother's Day weekend for the 23rd Annual Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure.  Members of the Women in the Profession Section (WIP) participated in the 5K event, along with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.  The two groups are partnered in the Breast Cancer Legal Project, a program providing pro bono legal services to low-income cancer patients through Grady Health System and DeKalb Medical Center.

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In This Issue
2012-2013 Section Board of Directors

Newsletter Editor
Laura C. Zschach

Melissa Reading

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Adriana Midence Scott

Elizabeth (Liz) Skola

Taylor Tribble

Immediate Past Chair
Laura C. Zschach

Members at Large
Hon. Kimberly Esmond Adams
Lisa Liang
Heather  H. Miller
Jacquelyn H. Saylor
Rebecca Christian Smith
Jessica K. Stern
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