Bench & Bar, 1017 GABJ, GSB Vol. 23, No. 2, Pg. 36


Bench & Bar

Vol. 23 No. 2 Pg. 36

Georgia Bar Journal

October, 2017


Henning Mediation and Arbitration Service, Inc., announced that Joseph W. Watkins, partner, Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC, joined their panel of neutrals. Watkins has practiced as a civil trial lawyer for more than 40 years. He has tried numerous cases for plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, and has argued cases before the Supreme Court of Georgia and Court of Appeals of Georgia, as well as before the 5th Circuit and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Attorney Christopher Adams, The Law Office of Christopher W. Adams, P.C., was sworn in as second vice president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at the association's annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif, in July. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the pre-eminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing.

Baker Donelson announced that shareholder Jodi D. Taylor received the firm's 2017 Work-Life Warrior Award. Baker Donelson established the Work-Life Warrior Award to honor an attorney in the firm who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to excellence in maintaining a healthy work-life balance or has advocated on behalf of work-life balance issues for the benefit of others.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced that Counsel Kathleen "Katie" Barton was appointed to the Partnership Against Domestic Violence's (PADV) Board of Directors. For 40 years, PADV, the largest nonprofit domestic violence organization in Georgia, has provided professional, compassionate and empowering support to battered women and their children in metro-Atlanta.

Swift, Currie, McGhee and Hiers LLP announced the firm was selected to join the Network of Trial Law Firms, a not-for-profit corporation whose membership is comprised of independent U.S. firms with reputations for excellence in trial and litigation practice. The network helps to provide a framework for defense law firms to work together by sharing trial and litigation expertise and resources for corporate and insurance company clients.

Taylor English Duma LLP announced that Eric S. Fisher was elected to the board of directors for the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. The Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest law center with the mission to increase justice in Georgia through law and policy reform. Georgia Appleseed addresses serious issues of public concern by enlisting the volunteer services of lawyers and other professionals from around the state.

The firm also announced that attorney Randi M. Warren graduated from the State Bar of Georgia's 2017 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy. The YLD Leadership Academy is a program for young lawyers to further develop their leadership skills while engaging with others in their profession, communities and state. Warren was also elected to a one-year term on the YLD Representative Council.

The American Red Cross of Atlanta awarded Miles Alexander with its LifeBoard Chairman's Award in recognition of his dedication and commitment as a lifelong blood donor. The Life-Board Chairman's Award is given to an individual who exemplifies the highest level of commitment to their organization's blood program. Alexander's donation of more than 20 gallons since 1948 has potentially saved the lives of more than 500 individuals.

Berman Fink Van Horn P.C. announced it achieved Partner in Prevention status as awarded by Darkness to Light, an international nonprofit organization committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. This designation is bestowed upon organizations which take extra steps to protect children by training staff to understand the issue of child sexual abuse, identify unsafe situations and practices, and react responsibly in the best interest of children. The firm provided Stewards of Children® training to more than 90 percent of its management and staff.

The Saylor Law Firm LLP announced that founding partner Jacquelyn "Jackie" Saylor was elected vice chair/chair-elect of the Atlanta Bar Association's Estate Planning &amp...

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