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The Atlanta Lawyer ACYL Update: December/January 2019

Posted By Jordan Coleman, Wednesday, May 22, 2019


By Nora Robb

Cox Automotive, Inc.,

Senior Corporate Counsel


ACYL had a fantastic 2018. In addition to vibrant social events (including a joint mixer with the Young Certified Public Accountants of Atlanta Group) AYCL has an extremely successful Associate’s campaign. This year’s Associate’s Campaign brought participation from new firms as well as a record number of funds raised. Associate Campaign Co-Chairs Matt Gass and Laura Sclafani were instrumental in this success, motivating the section to raise $32,308.49 – the highest number achieved in ACYL history.


The Associates from King and Spalding were the largest donors, in addition to donations from the following other contributing firms:

  • Bondurant Mixon
  • Hunton
  • Carlock, Copeland & Stair
  • Parker Hudson
  • Smith & Lake
  • Cox Automotive
  • Broughton Law
  • Drew Eckl
  • Krevolin Horst
  • Cohan Law Group
  • Burr Forman

We appreciate the support of the legal community in this vital campaign. ACYL is looking forward to a great 2019 which will include both social events, CLE and additional philanthropic opportunities.


Please join us!

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2017 Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Section Associates' Campaign for Legal Services

Posted By Christian Mims, Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Founded in 2000 as a grass-roots effort by local attorneys to promote pro bono awareness and participation, our Campaign has raised over $500,000 for Atlanta pro bono legal services organizations.


Thanks to the help of associates across the city last year, $30,000 was raised. Our goal this year is to collect $35,000 or more! Please consider giving a donation of $100 or more, or the cost of at least one billable hour to one of our worthy beneficiary organizations. A contribution of any amount is tax deductible. In addition, many participating law firms will match your donation which makes your contribution even more meaningful.




This year, many of our participating organizations are offering online donation options in addition to our regular donation form. To donate online, click on the relevant participating organization below and then choose the “contribute online” option. When you donate online, please include a comment (where possible) that the donation is made in connection with the Associates’ Campaign. 


The Campaign’s beneficiary organizations need your support! Please fill out one contribution formfor each beneficiary organization to which you plan to contribute. If you have issues downloading, please contact or call (404) 537-4931. Return your completed form(s) with your payment via email, fax (404) 522-0269 or mail to:

Atlanta Bar Association

ATTN: Karen English
229 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303


If you are paying with a check, please provide one check per donation made payable to the beneficiary organization. This information will be forwarded to the beneficiary organization for processing. The deadline to submit payment is Thursday, November 30, 2017. Questions? Contact us at


Please consider making a donation to any of the following legal services organizations: Click on link for online donation


For more information, contact your firm coordinators (if your firm is not listed below, contact Nina Maja Bergmar to join):


Alston & Bird -  Mike Barry

Arnall Golden Gregory - Nick Passarello

Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, P.C. - Nora Robb

Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP - Michael R. Baumrind, Chad Lennon, and Ben Thorpe 

Carlock Copeland & Stair - Matt Gass

Chamberlain Hrdlicka - Drew Greene

Drew Eckl & Farnham - Emily Shuman

Fellows LaBriola - Michael Gretchen 

 Freeman, Mathis & Gary - Tim Holdsworth

Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva, PC – Lauren Brennan 

Jones Day - Laura Gura 

King & Spalding - Madison Kitchens and Talmadge Infinger

Kitchens Kelley Gaynes - Joe Hoffman

Stites & Harbison PLLC - Nina Maja Bergmar

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP - Ellis Liu 

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You are invited to ACYL Sponsor Veritext’s LawStudio Celebration & Showcase!

Posted By Kristyn Girardeau, Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Please join us at a Veritext hosted event featuring their newest technology – LawStudio.
Develop your case strategy using a secure, cloud-based litigation tool.

Select your date & drop by anytime during the event:
Tuesday Cocktail Party: August 16, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday Luncheon: August 17, 2016, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Veritext Legal Solutions
1075 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3625
Atlanta, Georgia

(Be sure to mention which event you will attend.)

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2014 ACYL Associates' Campaign for Legal Services

Posted By Matthew J. Simmons, Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, September 16, 2014


The 2014 ACYL Associates’ Campaign for Legal Services will run throughout the entire month of October 2014.  The Associates Campaign is an annual grass-roots campaign comprised of associates at Atlanta-area law firms that aims to raise both awareness of the critical need for pro bono legal services in our community and much-needed funds for those organizations.

The ACYL celebrated the Campaign kick-off at a happy hour on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Ri Ra Irish Pub.  Representatives of the Campaign’s beneficiary organizations were on hand to discuss their work and answered questions regarding how to contribute and get involved.  

The beneficiaries of the 2014 Campaign are:

  • Georgia Innocence Project;
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc.;
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society;
  • Georgia Legal Services Program;
  • Georgia Resource Center;
  • Georgia Appleseed;
  • Georgia Justice Project;
  • GreenLaw;
  • Truancy Intervention Project Georgia;
  • Southern Center for Human Rights;
  • Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta; and
  • Investor Advocacy Clinic.

Since its inception in 2000, the Associates’ Campaign has raised over $500,000- for Atlanta-area legal services organizations.  Last year alone, the Associates’ Campaign raised $22,788 from associates in law firms across Atlanta for sixteen legal services organizations.  The leaders from last year in terms of raising total dollars are as follows:

  1. Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP ($9,270) 
  2. Taylor English Duma, LLP ($2,501) 
  3. Alston & Bird LLP ($1,380)

The Campaign, which is organized by the ACYL Board, is carried out through campaign coordinators at each local firm who provide information and seek contributions from their fellow associates.  Last year, the Associates’ Campaign relied on the following dedicated group of associates who volunteered many hours and who served as their law firm’s firm coordinators:

  • Arnall Golden Gregory – Tyler Arnold and Jason Sosnovsky
  • Alston & Bird – Elizabeth Jordan and Andy Tuck 
  • Berman Fink Van Horn – Kristin Zielmanski 
  • Bondurant Mixson & Elmore – Rick Bold 
  • Bryan Cave – James Gibson and Leah Fiorenza
  • Carlock Copeland – Joe Hoffman
  • Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry – Susan Grace 
  • Cozen O’Connor – Victoria Carroll
  • Drew Eckl & Farnham – Sarah Smith
  • Duane Morris – Jennifer Forte 
  • Elarbee Thompson – Doug Miller
  • Fellows LaBriola – Genie Iredale 
  • Fisher & Phillips – Terri Stewart and Joseph Wilson
  • Fish & Richardson – Aamir Kazi
  • Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young – Danny Mills
  • Hunton & Williams – Bob Dumbacher and James Humphries 
  • Kilpatrick Townsend – Katie Sullivan 
  • King & Spalding – Tully Blalock and Andy Lyness
  • Manning, Levine & Marlow – Cindy Manning
  • McKenna Long & Aldridge – Jason Esteves
  • Morris Manning & Martin – W. Marion Wilson
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough - Lucas Westby, Katelyn Fredericks and Matt McGrath
  • Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney – Adam Ford, David Hayes, and Maggie McClatchy

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Ethics in Social Media CLE

Posted By Ericka M. Henderson, Thursday, March 20, 2014
What do legal ethics and underwear have in common?  We all know that we aren't supposed to air our clients' dirty laundry, but the proliferation of social media presents a host of ethical and professional concerns that aren't always obvious, especially with the ease of sharing information through new technology.   

On March 7 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm at the State Bar, the ACYL Section, along with the Atlanta Bar's Reputation and Public Trust Committee, the State Bar Young Lawyers Division's Ethics and Professionalism Committee and the Savannah Young Lawyers Division, will sponsor an innovative seminar to help lawyers navigate ethics and social media.

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Volunteering with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

Posted By by Michael Lucas, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Thursday, March 20, 2014
Editor's Note:  The ACYL will be sponsoring the AVLF's Saturday Morning Lawyer on April 27.  We asked Michael Lucas to share why lawyers should serve as an AVLF volunteer, either with the ACYL or on another Saturday.  Michael's discussion of the need and tremendous support available at AVLF convinced us to participate, and we hope it convinces you as well.

This month is the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Gideon v. Wainright, which held that states must provide counsel for criminal defendants who cannot afford an attorney.   While there is still a very long way to go to fully realize the promise of Gideon, the case was groundbreaking and much progress has been made in making that right a reality in the criminal context.   

Fifty years later, however, "Civil Gideon" - the idea that there should be a right to counsel for those who cannot afford an attorney in a civil context, at least in the more critical areas of rights and relationships - has never really gotten off the ground, much less become a reality. While discussed at conferences or by various commissions over the last few decades, there is still no such right to counsel except in the narrowest of civil contexts, namely with the deprivation of parental rights.  

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