December 2013
The Information Exchange
Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section
Save the Date!
Mark your calendars for the following SPSF Section Events

Details are subject to change. Check your emails and the Atlanta Bar Association website for updates.

SPSF Section Breakfast
January 16, 2014 (7:30 AM - 9:00 AM)
Topic: "Procedural Pitfalls and Winning Appeals: Strategies for Success in the Appellate Courts"
Speaker: John L. Bunyan, Carlock Copeland & Stair
Section Member: $18 in advance, $21 at the door
Non-Member: $23 in advance, $26 at the door
Add $5 for 1 CLE hour

SPSF Section Wine Tasting Social
January 23, 2014 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
$20 for Section Members
$30 for Non-Section Members
About Rex D. Smith

Rex Smith is a full time mediator with Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service. He has mediated over 2000 cases. Rex joined Mabry & McClelland in September of 1976. His areas of emphasis were traumatic brain injury, aviation, insurance law and mediation. He represented a number of national companies including Delta Air Lines, Inc., Sonoco Products Company and Suntory Water Group.

Rex graduated from Georgia State University, having earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics. Rex graduated with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1976 where he was on the Moot Court and a member of the Order of Barristers.

Rex has spoken extensively on mediation and other areas of the law throughout the country. He has been selected annually beginning in 2007 through today as one of the "Best Lawyers in the United States" in the field of ADR and was selected a "Super Lawyer" for Georgia in 2004 - 2013, which represents being selected as one of the top 5% of attorneys in his field by his peers. Rex is also a member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.

In 2013 Rex also received an "AV" Preeminent rating which is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous peer review rating process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal source, Martindale Hubbell. This is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.



Transition Into Law Practice Program
Mentor Volunteers Needed

Every year we have Beginning Lawyers who take the bold step of hanging out a shingle as a solo practitioner. All Beginning Lawyers in Georgia are required to comply with the Transition Into Law Practice Program ("TILPP"). TILPP replaced "Bridge the Gap" and is the mandatory CLE requirement for Beginning Lawyers during their year of admission and the next calendar year.

The goal of TILPP is to provide professional guidance and counsel to assist Beginning Lawyers in acquiring the practical skills, judgment, and professional values necessary to practice law in a highly competent manner. TILPP consists of two (2) components: (1) a continuing legal education component and (2) a mentoring component. Beginning Lawyers must complete both components.


In This Issue
2013-2014 Section Board of Directors

Newsletter Editor
James L. Yeargan Jr.

James A. Attwood

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Beth E. Rogers

Rob Huestis

Clark A.D. Wilson

Immediate Past Chair
Katherine Adams-Carter

Members at Large
Christopher N. Armor
Christopher S. Badeaux
The Hon. T. Jackson Bedford, Jr.
Louis Cohan
Timothy M. Curtin
Frank G. Goldman
Joseph Gottlieb
Elaine Levine
Rachel Platt
James L. Yeargan Jr.
Robert G. Wellon 
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