Monthly Archives: January 2012

Do Litigators Make Great Mediators?

Do litigators make great mediators? Sometimes, but not always.

If a certain type of case is involved, and the mediator has tried many cases involving that subject matter, then litigation experience can inform the mediation. However, in the vast majority of cases litigation experience is not necessary. Sometimes it can even be harmful if the mediator cannot put aside her normal adversarial nature that is cultivated when one is a litigator.

The most important trait in a mediator is the ability to gain the trust of the participants. Once there is trust, there can be resolution.

GAWL Sponsors Happy Hours

The Georgia Association of Women Attorneys is sponsoring several happy hours to encourage women lawyers to renew their memberships or to join for the first time. Get to Know GAWL Happy Hours  started January 18th around metro Atlanta. Other dates include January 19, 23, 24, 25, and 31. Tonight’s happy hour is at Wine Styles on Cascade Road.

All events are from 5:30 to about 7:30.  The cost is $10 which includes one drink and appetizers.  Non-members who join GAWL at the event and members who bring a non-member will be eligible to win one of the exciting door prizes.  Visit the website for more information and to register.

Nina Hickson Named East Point Interim City Manager

Nina Hickson

East Point City Attorney Nina Hickson was recently named Interim City Manager for the City of East Point. Crandall Jones, the foremer City Manage, left at the end of the year. Nina will serve as the Interim City Manager until the Mayor and City Council choose a permanent City Manager.

Susan Garrett,  who is Nina’s assistant in the City Attorney’s Office, will perform the duties of the City Attorney during this period of transition. I will assist the City Attorney’s Office during the transition.

Congratulations to Nina! Earning the confidence of elected officials speaks volumes about her legal and interpersonal skills.

Former U.S. Attorney Donates Art To University of Georgia

Brenda and Larry Thompson

Former United States Attorney for the Northern  District  of Georgia  Larry Thompson and his wife Brenda recently donated several pieces of African American art  to the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. They have been avid collectors for many years.

The donation includes works from internationally renowned African-American artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Romare Bearden, David C. Driskell, as well as contemporary artworks from Georgia-based artists Radcliffe Bailey and Wadsworth Jarrell.

They have also made it possible for the collection to have a full-time curator. The new Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of the African Diaspora will be in charge of overseeing the museum’s collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and archives by African and African American artists, as well as conducting research and developing special programming for university.

Patrise Perkins-Hooker Announces Candidacy for State Bar Treasurer

Patrice Perkins-Hooker

Patrise Perkins-Hooker has announced that she will seek the office of  Treasurer of the State Bar of Georgia. She is currently the Secretary of the State Bar.

I have known Patrise for many years, and I know she will do a great job as State Bar Treasurer. Make sure to cast your vote for Patrise when balloting begins.

Make 2012 Your Best Year Ever!

Although we should always keep a close eye on our life plan, the beginning of a new year is a normal time to reassess and to plan. If you are happy with your career, say a prayer of gratitude and keep doing what you are doing.

If you are not happy (hating to go to work everyday, waiting for the 5 p.m. bell to ring, etc.), resolve to make a change. Being happy with one’s work is a key ingredient to a happy life.

Try to visualize what a wonderful life looks like to you. Then make an action plan to make it happen (small steps and big steps).

Make this your best year ever!

A Special Note to Law Moms

My daughter India is 20 years old today and a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a happy, well adjusted young woman. That is the end of the story.

When I was appointed Fulton County Attorney, she was in the second grade. When she tells her life story, she  says without fail, “I was always the last one to be picked up from after school” seemingly trying to convey that she was scarred for life.

It is true. She often was the last one picked up from after school, and sometimes she was picked up by strangers. (Not really, but I had a lot of people on the authorized pick up list). We were fortunate that the after school teacher was very understanding, and she never penalized me for being on “working Mom” time when I was late.

I can’t lie. There were many days I worried that India would be scarred for life as I struggled with career and motherhood. I am sure you worry too.

Well, stop worrying! Kids are stronger than you think. Your kids will be fine, and deep down, they will be proud of your accomplishments!

Happy Birthday, India!

Did You Remember To Say Thank You?

Before we close the books on 2011, I must ask, “Did you remember to say thank you?’  Even the most gifted of  us cannot claim success based solely on our own efforts. There is always someone who helps.

Hopefully, during the holidays, you sent a note, a basket or an email to those who helped make you successful in 2011. While I am sure those who helped you did not expect any special thanks, taking the time to say thank you shows the type of grace and humility that others enjoy working with.

If the holidays got too hectic, and you did not get around to your thank you’s, it is not too late. Resolve today to send a note to clients, staff, mentors, family members and anyone else who helped you move forward in 2011. A simple thank you is powerful.

Always one to follow my advice, “thank you for reading my blog!”

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