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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas, 36 x 36 inch quilt by O.V. Branltey,  2002.

Merry Christmas, 36 x 36 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2002.

May the holiday season bring you

an abundance of joy and contentment!

Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers.2013Thank you to all who voted for me as one of Georgia’s Best Lawyers in the field of Municipal Law for 2013. Public service is a high calling, and I try each day to do it well. The people I serve deserves  no less.

I look forward to  working with you in the future.

March Madness — Are You on the Team?

March MadnessWe are in the throes of March Madness, and I love every minute of it. It’s exciting, unpredictable and fun! More importantly, the lessons on the court are  applicable to our work lives.

Are you part of the team, or are you a ball hog? Are you part of the team, or do you throw your co-workers under the bus? Are you part of the team, or do you seek all the glory?

As you enjoy March Madness, commit to being part of the team.

Get Out of the Office! Network! Celebrate!

Complicated Christmas Star by O.V. Brantley, 2011.

Complicated Christmas Star by O.V. Brantley, 2011.

The holiday season is one of the best times to be a lawyer. Why? There are so many parties!

Try not to miss any. (For you workaholics, it’s a great way to  network).

 

Let’s Pull Together

Let’s Pull Together, quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2009

Many national polls show that most Americans just want our elected officials to get in a room and work something out! I certainly agree with that sentiment. That is why I love mediation.

As you interact with your elected officials, make them understand that you expect solutions — not notches on their belt for petty style points, not ego filled posturing, not long awaited revenge and not self-promotion. Solutions move us forward.

Treating our collective problems like a sporting event is crazy. There are no winners and losers. There is only us.

City/County Attorneys Meet September 13

The annual City/County Attorney Institute is not quite as much fun as getting continuing legal education credits while cruising, but it is its own kind of fun. It is like a family reunion because many local government lawyers have been dedicated public servants for many years.

This year the annual get together will be held September 13th and 14th at the Georgia Continuing Education Center in Athens, Georgia. I hope to see you there.

Urgent Legal Matters At Sea

India Brantley and O.V. Brantley cruising through the Tracey Arm Fjord.

One of the most pleasurable ways to get your continuing legal education hours is to take one of the State Bar cruises. My daughter India and  I  took the State Bar cruise to Alaska on the Celebrity Infinity in June. The CLE schedule was arranged so that there was plenty of time for sightseeing and other activities. There was time for interaction with other lawyers, so I met people from around the state who I probably would have never met.

I understand there is a cruise to the Caribbean in the fall. You may want to check it out. If you must get CLE credits, you might as well have fun while doing it. As an added bonus, it is probably tax deductible.

For the workaholics who read my blog, a CLE cruise is a great way for you to take a break and still be working!

Do You Have Integrity?

For me, the highlight of attending the State Bar Annual Meeting, which was held recently in Savannah, is listening to the judges talk about the lawyers. The State Bar Annual Meeting is one of the few places where judges turn into people too, and they have very strong opinions about lawyers.

My takeaway this year was that judges place lawyers in two boxes: With Integrity or Without  Integrity. In determining which box to put a lawyer in, judges evaluate such things as whether you tell the truth about the holding in a case even if it goes against you, whether you lie about needing a continuance because of illness and whether you treat your colleagues with professionalism.

Being labeled as a lawyer without integrity makes it twice as hard to win for your client. To be a truly great lawyer, you must always strive to have integrity.

Do You Like Your Co-Workers?

Forever Young by O.V. Brantley

Being back at work has reminded me how important it is to like your co-workers. Liking your co-workers makes all the difference between a job that is tolerable and a job that is wonderful.

When you work with positive people who you like, even the most stressful day can be fun. When you work with whiny, negative people, they seem to be able to turn a wonderful day sour.

Are you a likeable co-worker? If not, turn yourself into one. Smile, be positive and go the second mile for the team.

Brantley Appointed Interim City Attorney of East Point

The Mayor and Council of the City of East Point appointed me to served as Interim City Attorney. Nina Hickson, the former City Attorney, was appointed Interim City Manager in January.

This appointment is temporary, and I expect it to last no longer than July 1, 2012. The City will not need my services full-time, so I will maintain my local government practice.

I am deeply humbled by the confidence the Mayor and City Council have placed in me. I am looking forward to my next adventure in public service.

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