Bench & Bar, 0218 GABJ, GSB Vol. 23, No. 5, Pg. 38

PositionVol. 23 5 Pg. 38

Bench & Bar

Vol. 23 No. 5 Pg. 38

Georgia Bar Journal

February, 2018


Butler Wooten & Peak LLP announced that Brandon L. Peak, partner, was appointed to Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law Board of Visitors. The Board serves as an advisory group to Mercer Law Dean Cathy Cox.

Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer announced attorney Dale Hetzler was named the foundation’s executive director. Hetzler has served on the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2013. Previously, he was senior vice president and chief legal officer for Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga.

Thompson, Meier & King, PC, announced that attorney Patricia A. King was honored at the Georgia Conference on Children & Families (GCCF) as the Georgia Juvenile Court Attorney of the Year. GCCF is the largest annual interdisciplinary event in Georgia designed to bring together communities across the state serving children and families.

Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper, a bilingual prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Labor and current member of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors, was the recipient of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2017 Wm. Reece Smith Jr. National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (NOYLA). The Wm. Reece Smith Jr. NOYLA recognizes an ABA young lawyer in good standing who exhibits: professional excellence; service to the profession and the bar; service to the community; and/or a reputation for the advancement of legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP announced that Rupert Barkoff was recognized by the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) with its Outstanding Contribution to Franchising Award. The FCA is the peak body for the $146 billion franchise sector in Australia, representing franchisees, franchisors and service providers to the sector. It was formed in 1983 as a not-for-profit trade association, with the following objectives: to establish standards of international best practice in business format franchising for Australian franchise systems; to provide information and education about franchising to existing and potential franchisees and franchisors; and to educate state and federal governments on issues relevant to the sector.

Jason Fowler, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Covington & Burling LLP, has co-authored a book titled “Demonstratives: Definitive Treatise on Visual Persuasion.” The book provides the thought behind persuasive and effective demonstratives, practical and best uses of demonstratives throughout a case, and a visual encyclopedia of terms and examples. “Demonstratives” was published by the American Bar Association in November and co-authored with Dan Bender and Pierre Kressmann from Digital Evidence Group.

Moore & Reese, LLC, announced that partner Mindy Waitsman was elected president of the Community Associations Institute (CAI)—Georgia Chapter, Board of Directors for 2018. The Georgia Chapter of CAI is dedicated to enhancing the quality of community association living, through education, legislative advocacy and professional development.

Scroggin and Company, P.C., announced that partner John J. Scroggin was inducted into the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils Estate Planning (NAEPC) Hall of Fame, becoming the 105th inductee. The NAEPC promotes excellence in estate planning by serving estate planning councils and their credentialed members, delivering exceptional resources and unsurpassed education and recognizing those members within who hold the Accredited Estate Planner® designation and Estate Planning Law Specialist certification.

NowackHoward, LLC, announced that Julie Mc-Ghee Howard was elected president of the Community Associations Institute’s (CAI) College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). Established in 1993 by the CAI Board of Trustees, CCAL provides a forum for the exchange of information among experienced legal professionals working in the community association field. Its goals include promoting high standards of professional and ethical responsibility, improving and advancing community association law practice and facilitating the development of educational materials and programming pertaining to legal issues.

The Office of the Fulton County Solicitor General announced that Kenya Johnson, chief deputy solicitor general, was elected as the southeast regional director for the National Black Prosecutors Association. In this capacity, Johnson is charged with overseeing five states with program development and membership enhancement.

Long & Holder, LLP, announced that Tom Holder was elected president-elect of the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group® (WILG). WILG is the national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to representing the interests of millions of workers and their families who, each year, suffer the consequences of workplace injuries and illnesses. The group acts principally to assist attorneys and nonprofit groups in advocating the rights of injured workers through education, communication, research and information gathering.

Jill U. Edmondson, manager, corporate compliance and ethics at The Home Depot, was named to the Alumni Association Board of Directors for the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University for a three-year term. Mercer has more than 77,000 alumni who live throughout the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world.

Georgia State University announced that Interim Dean Wendy Fritzen Hensel was named dean of the College of Law. In addition to her teaching and research duties, she was associate dean for research and faculty development from spring 2012 through summer 2017. Prior to her academic career, she was an associate at Alston & Bird LLP, clerked for Hon. Orinda Evans in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and worked as an intern with the administrative unit at the U.S. Supreme Court.

On the Move


Miller & Martin PLLC added Shelby Grubbs as a managing member. Grubbs will lead the firm’s international commercial dispute resolution practice. His practice focuses in the area of civil litigation and dispute resolution. Grubbs most recently served as executive director of the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation at Georgia State University College of Law. The firm is located at Regions Plaza, Suite 2100, 1180 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA...

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