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The Developing Lawyers Series: Toolkit Essentials for Success, Part 2
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When: 04/12/2018
8:00 am to 4:45 pm
Where: Georgia State University College of Law
85 Park Place NE
Room 139 on the Ground Floor
Atlanta, Georgia  30309
United States
Contact: Kristyn Girardeau

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7 CLE hours, including 2 Professionalism hours


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 judges and seasoned professionals on topics such as networking and increasing your visibility, emerging technologies, advice from the bench, professional development, and more. 


Registration Fees 
Atlanta Bar Member: $125   
Non-Member: $150 
Paralegals: $100
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.  

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






Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Location: GSU College of Law

Brooke French, Kessler & Solomiany LLC


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

8:30 am – 9:30 am: Emerging Technologies in the Legal Industry

Jennifer Downs, Aggregate Law


9:30 am – 10:30 am: Know Your Resources: Tips for the State Bar of Georgia
Natalie Kelly, Director, Law Practice Management Program – State Bar of Georgia
Andreea Morrison, Assistant General Counsel – State Bar of Georgia
Michelle West, ‎Director, Transition into Law Practice Program - ‎State Bar of Georgia


Join key staff of your State Bar as they walk you through the many benefits and service programs of the Bar. You will learn who to call and where to go for assistance when interacting with the Bar, and get the help you need on your journey as a developing Georgia legal professional.

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break

10:45 am – 11:45 am: 
Reaching the Top While Keeping Your Friends and Your Sanity:  Is It Possible? (Professionalism)

Kent E. Altom, The Gilroy Firm


Leaders lead regardless of the circumstance. They are often self-assured, goal-oriented, and innovative, and they inspire those around them to discover their own inner confidence, explore their own creative ideas, and offer their own original contributions.  In a word, leaders are “driven” people. Even if a leader has learned to appreciate the rewards that come with “shared success,” there are still certain personal accolades he or she would like to achieve. Could it be possible for you to become a leader among your colleagues, and even attain your personal goals, without stepping on those around you or losing your  mind in the process? In this session, you will learn that it IS possible and JUST HOW to do it.


11:45 am – 12:45 pm: Networking 101: How to Grow from Networking Newbie to Intentional Connector

Moderator: Megan Hodgkiss, Hodgkiss Consulting LLC

Ana Maria Martinez, President, Georgia Latino Law Foundation  

Max Ruthenberg-Marshall, The Ruthenberg-Marshall Law Firm, LLC

Jessica Wood, Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, PC

Abbey Morrow, Counsel On Call


Networking is essential to professional growth for lawyers in every field--but many lawyers are nervous to start, don't know what to do at a networking event, or present as over eager. The discussion will focus on practical strategies to grow your network in a meaningful way.


12:45 – 1:30 Lunch


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: You Say You Want an Evolution?  The Future of Law Firm Marketing Is Here. 

Alvaro A. Arauz, 3a Law Practice Management


It’s not just about getting clients but rather the type of clients you want. Learn how to build your practice by using technology to create marketing workflows & procedures. Find out which marketing reports every law firm should monitor, how to read them, & how to know when you’re ready to take the next step in growing your firm. 

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Increase Your Skills and Visibility: The Professional Case for Pro Bono

Sarah Babcock, Executive DirectorLawyers for Equal Justice


There are many compelling reasons to commit to making pro bono service an integral part of your practice. Much has been made, for example, of the skill development that one can gain from taking on pro bono litigation matters. The value of integrating pro bono into your practice from day one, however, goes far beyond basic skill development.  Learn about how pro bono and community engagement can help you grow your practice and a successful career.


3:30 pm 3:45 pm: Break


3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: View from the Bench: Judges Panel (Professionalism)

Honorable Paige Whitaker, Fulton County Superior Court

Honorable Lisa Ritchey Craig, Unites States Bankruptcy Court, NDGA 

Honorable Anne Barnes, Georgia Court of Appeals

Honorable Chris Ward, Atlanta Municipal Court 

Honorable Todd Markle, Fulton County Superior Court




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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