Bench & Bar, 1218 GABJ, GSB Vol. 24, No. 3, Pg. 52

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Bench & Bar

Vol. 24 No. 3 Pg. 52

Georgia Bar Journal

December, 2018


The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO), announced that Vernon E. Jordan received the inaugural CLEO EDGE Heritage Award in November. Hereinafter, the award will be named the CLEO EDGE Vernon E. Jordan Jr. Heritage Award to commemorate his lifetime achievements. CLEO is a nonprofit organization that helps to increase the number of lawyers from diverse backgrounds who are actively contributing to the legal profession.

Taylor English Duma LLP announced that Vice Chair and Partner Ilene Berman received a 2018 National Law Award in the Collaborative Leadership category from Corporate Counsel in October. This award honors top women attorneys who are dedicated to improving the legal profession.

Partner Glianny Fagundo was selected by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as one of the “Fifty Most Influential Latinos in Georgia” for 2018. This inaugural award recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact in the community through leadership in categories such as government, media, business, nonprofits and more.

Partner Eric S. Fisher was elected as a fellow of the American Bar Association. Selection of a fellow is recognition of a lawyer whose career has demonstrated outstanding dedication and to the highest principles of the legal profession and the welfare of society.

Attorney Harry D. Dixon III was appointed chair of the American Bar Association’s International Anti-Money Laundering Committee in August.

Additionally, the firm received the Catherine Vandenberg Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence Award from the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs announced that LaKeisha R. Randall was presented with the Progress Award in July at the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Randall received the award for outstanding contributions and sustained commitment to maintain the integrity of the legal profession and to enhance the quality of life for lawyers.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP announced that partner Erika C. Birg was elected president of the Federal Bar Association—Atlanta Chapter in October. The Federal Bar Association is dedicated to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and to promoting the welfare, interests, education and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law.

Stites & Harbison, PLLC, announced that it received the 2018 CLSA Law Firm Award from the Construction Lawyers Society of America at their International Conference in September in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The award recognizes North American law firms for excellence in construction law.

Steven Ginsburg, a partner at Litchfield Cavo LLP in Atlanta, presented a litigation forum on “State Litigation Trends,” to the Mortgage Bankers Association Regulatory Compliance Conference, Washington, D.C., in September.

Savannah Potter-Miller was elected as a delegate-at-large to the ABA House of Delegates during the ABA’s Annual Meeting in Chicago. Potter-Miller has held leadership positions with the ABA Criminal Justice Section and with the National Conference of Bar Presidents.

David J. Burge, partner at Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP, was appointed to the Board of Visitors of Emory University. The Board of Visitors is an advisory board of business and civic leaders who assist Emory University in integrating its intellectual assets with the Atlanta community, in increasing the awareness of Emory in the Atlanta area and in improving Emory’s level of service to society.

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