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The Developing Lawyers Series: Toolkit Essentials for Success, Part I
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When: 02/27/2018
8:00 am to 4:45 pm
Where: Georgia State University College of Law
85 Park Place NE
Atlanta, Georgia  30309
United States
Contact: Kristyn Girardeau

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7 CLE hours, including 1 Professionalism hour, 2 Trial Practice hours, and 1 Ethics hour


The Atlanta Bar Association's Developing Lawyer Series is a 2-part CLE program designed to provide attorneys with practical information and strategies needed to cultivate a successful law practice and career. Attendees will gain insight and knowledge from seasoned professionals on topics such as drafting motions and orders, local rules and resources, building your personal brand and network, working with existing and potential clients, and much more. The second session will take place on April 12, 2018.


Register for both sessions and receive a $25 discount! (not applicable to student registrations)

Session Dates: February 27 & April 12 
Atlanta Bar Member: $125   (Both sessions - $225)
Non-Member: $150  (Both sessions - $275)
Paralegals: $100 (Both sessions - $175)
Law students: Members $25/Non-Members $50


Non-members must fill out THIS registration form.




This event is available in-person or via live webcast. **Webcast does not qualify for in-person CLE credit or the session discount.  

Atlanta Bar Member: $125 
Non-Member: $150 
Paralegals: $100
Law students: Members $25/Non-Members $50






Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Location: GSU College of Law

Rachel King, Georgia Department of Community Health

Nancy J. Whaley, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee


8:00 am – 8:30 am: Registration and Check-in

8:30 am – 9:30 am: Drafting Motions & Orders (Trial Practice)
Moderator: Kent E. Altom, The Gilroy Firm

Nicole C. Leet, Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske, LLP

Tracey Ledbetter, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP


A motion can move a court case forward. An Order should encapsulate what action has occurred during the case. It is imperative that your motions and proposed Orders are characterized by accuracy, brevity, and clarity. Generally speaking, in life, you often “have not because you ask not.”  Before filing a motion, you must have a clear understanding of what you are asking the court to do for your client. Then, you must ask the court to do it, providing the court with justification for doing what you have asked. In proposing an Order, you must strike the balance between “too little” and “too much.”  You need it to say everything you need even if it does not say everything you want.  In this session, you will learn how to draft motions that will be granted and proposed Orders that will be entered. 

9:35 am – 10:35 am: Clear the Clutter: How to Get and Stay Organized

Brooke French, Kessler & Solomiany LLC


As an attorney, your time is money. In this session, you will learn how to maximize your efficiency and your hours by creating systems to help you stay organized. Attendees will discover best practices for managing communications, calendaring deadlines and events, following client leads, and tracking billable hours.

10:35 am – 10:45 am: Break

10:45 am – 11:45 am:
Attorney Well-being: Learning to Honor Yourself in an Honorable Profession (Professionalism)

Paul E. Knowlton, J.D., M.Div., Founding Director, Institute for Spirituality in the Professions, Mercer University – McAfee School of Theology /

Member of the State Bar Attorney Wellness Committee  


Law is considered one of the three great professions, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Based on emerging research and the presenter's law firm management experience, this session introduces a basic framework comprising attorney physical wellness, attorney mental wellness, and law firm well-being. This framework and its details provide a basis for thinking about and implementing individual change(s) to move away from a position of just surviving (or even abandoning) to thriving in your legal practice.


11:50 am – 12:50 pm: Building Your Brand: Legal Marketing for 2018

Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert, Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group


In this session, attendees will learn how to develop effective, comprehensive personal and law firm brand identities, how to identify and target your ideal clients, and how to boost your online present to build brand awareness for you and your firm. 


12:50 – 1:20 Lunch


1:20 pm – 2:20 pm: Avoiding Pitfalls in Attorney/Client Relationships (Ethics)

Ken Crosson, Crosson Law Group


Knowing how to navigate attorney-client relationships ethically and professionally is key to a successful career. In this session, attendees will learn how to identify and avoid common pitfalls attorneys face when working with clients, and discover best practices for engaging, disengaging, and maintaining client relationships.


2:25 pm – 3:35 pm: Building Sustainable Professional Relationships

Lisa Lemke, National Director of Talent, Counsel on Call

Ellen Taylor, Talent Manager, Counsel on Call


In court and in life, much of what happens depends on how others perceive you. It all starts with trust. You cannot have success without it. We will dissect the four key components of credibility, and how to cultivate credibility to build both a positive professional brand and lasting professional relationships.  


3:35 pm 3:45 pm: Break


3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: Devil is in the Details – Knowing Your Local Rules Makes a Difference (Trial Practice)

Jake Evans, Thompson Hine LLP

Lisa Liang, State Court of Fulton County


This CLE hour provides an overview of differences in practicing in Georgia state courts and federal courts, including a discussion of the local rules in both Georgia state and federal courts. Comprehensive knowledge of the procedural rules of the court in which a litigator practices has profound direct and indirect benefits. This CLE will try to enhance all attendees awareness of these rules, giving them an advantage in litigating in Georgia courts.




Bring a non-member to this event at the Section Member price and get entered into a drawing for multiple prizes, including free membership, discounts to area attractions and restaurants, and more! Visit the Atlanta Bar 2 for 2 webpage for rules and more information. Use #ATLBar2for2

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