Monthly Archives: October 2011

Do you Have a Support Group?

Lawyering is hard work. It takes it toll on us physically and emotionally. It helps to have a supportive group of friends you can lean on in the tough times. If you are lucky enough to have such a group, now is the perfect time to plan a “de-stress dinner.”

Farm to table is all the rage in the restaurant industry. Now that it is harvest season, the delectable, just picked selections are even more numerous.  Why not schedule dinner with your support group today? Anybody got any great restaurant suggestions?

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Today We Celebrate A Drum Major For Justice

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Today we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His memorial is being dedicated today.

As a child in the segregated south, I experienced first hand the injustices Dr. King spent his life trying to correct. As an adult, I share in the fruits of his labor as a graduate of great schools and as a member of the middle class who has friends and co-workers of every hue. I have a daughter who only knows about segregation because it is in her history book.

Being able to witness first hand the arc of history from Brown v. Board of Education to President Barack Obama in the White House is truly amazing. On a smaller scale, being able to witness the accomplishments of the people I write about on this web site who are direct beneficiaries of Dr. King’s work,  is a daily joy.

Today is a good, good day. Celebrate!

An Evening with NOBLE

APD Chief George Turner

There is nothing like being in the room with law enforcement officers to remind you what service is all about. Friday, the Georgia Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) held its annual awards banquet. I was the guest of Attorney Rory Starkey.

Having been a police lawyer for many years, it was somewhat like a reunion for me. Former Mayors Andrew Young and Shirley Franklin, both of whom I served while in the Atlanta Law Department (Mayor Young while Mayor and Mayor Franklin while CEO), inspired the crowd with their words about public service. Atlanta Police Department Chief George Turner was on hand to welcome his colleagues from around the state.

As lawyers and citizens, we tend to focus on the small number of encounters with law enforcement officers that go wrong. We forget to be grateful for public servants who are willing to stand between us and chaos for very little money. I know first hand how hard law enforcement can be.  I was honored to be in that room.

Teresa Roseborough Named Home Depot General Counsel

Teresa Wynn Roseborough

Home Depot has named Teresa Wynn Roseborough as its new General Counsel. Teresa was most recently Deputy General Counsel at Metlife. Before that she was a partner for many years at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Teresa will start her new duties November 7, 2011.

Home Depot is the world’s largest retailer. Having worked with Teresa on several matters during my tenure as the Fulton County Attorney, I know that she is more than up to the task.

Congrats, Teresa!

First Monday in October

Subtle Struggle Toward the Dream #1, 45 x 45 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. For sale at http://www.ovbrant.etsy.com

Today is the first Monday in October, one of the most important days of the year. Why? Because the United States Supreme Court convenes on the first Monday in October.

The cases that reach the Supreme Court impact all of us for many years. What do you think is the most important issue of the day? Health care? Immigration? Campaign contributions? Privacy?

Whatever the issue, I hope that wisdom prevails. My quilt Subtle Struggle Toward the Dream #1 reminds that there remains much work to be done to make the United States a more perfect union.

 

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