Bench & Bar, 0417 GABJ, GSB Vol. 22, No. 6, Pg. 74


Bench & Bar

Vol. 22 No. 6 Pg. 74

Georgia Bar Journal

April, 2017


Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced that partner Susan Cahoon was recently appointed to three leadership positions on the Emory University Board of Trustees. Cahoon will be a member of the executive committee and secretary and chair of the board’s Real Estate, Building and Grounds Committee. She was also selected to serve as one of the Emory-nominated directors of the Carter Center effective January 2018. Partner Michael Turton was elected to the board of directors of the Orange Duffel Bag Initiative (ODBI). ODBI, a 501(c)(3) public charity, serves academically and economically at-risk high school and college students, providing them evidence and trauma-informed programs and proven methodology of certified executive-level coaching.

Attorney Lindsey Simon was recently named to two leadership positions. Simon was named to the Board of Culture Connect and also named community service co-chair of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation Georgia Network.

Rockdale County Chief Magistrate Judge Phinia Aten served as judge for the final and semi-finals of the Inaugural Morehouse College Social Justice Debates. This debate competition was developed by Kenneth Newby, the director of Morehouse College Forensics Program, and afforded students the chance to grapple with the topic question of whether the criminal justice reform movement would benefit from a liberal application of critical race theorist Prof. Derrick Bell’s minority and majority groups’ interest convergence strategy model.

Levine Smith Snider & Wilson, LLC, announced that partner Rachel A. Snider successfully achieved board certification as a family law trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Snider specializes in complex, high-income and large-asset divorces, providing guidance, sound legal advice and support to her clients.

Andersen Tate & Carr, P.C., managing partner Donald L. Swift III has been named co-chair of the 3.0 Initiative with Partnership Gwinnett. Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County. Since 2006, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett.

Hull Barrett announced Hon. Neal W. Dickert received The Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest recognition given by the State Bar of Georgia and the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, co-sponsors of the Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service. This award is reserved for a lawyer or judge who, in addition to meeting the criteria for receiving the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service, has demonstrated an extraordinarily long and distinguished commitment to volunteer participation in the community throughout his or her legal career.

The firm also announced George R. Hall became a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Hall has an active trial practice with a concentration in personal injury defense and commercial matters and has also has served as a mediator and arbitrator in more than 250 cases since 1997.

Katelyn Fredericks, an associate in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Atlanta office, was selected as a board member for 21st Century Leaders. The group, a collaboration of business and professional leaders, encourages high school students to take on leadership positions, explore career opportunities and give back to their communities. She also will serve on the executive committee and as secretary for the organization.

On the Move


Baker Donelson announced the addition of Hannah E. Jarrells to their Atlanta office. Jarrells joins as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment group, focusing her litigation practice on employment matters, working with companies in the manufacturing, housing, health care, automotive, testing and hospitality industries.

The firm also announced its merger with Ober Kaler. The combined firm, which maintains the name of Baker Donelson, boasts more than 800 attorneys and advisors across 25 offices in 10 MITCHELL LASHLEY states as well as...

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