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* Law Day Updates * Family Law Job Posting * Section Updates *
* New Magistrate Court Procedures *  2018 Judicial Candidate Forum *
* Changes in Veteran Disability Appeals * Past President Interview: Chuck Ross * Legal Food Frenzy *
March 2018 News and Updates

S. Carlton Rouse
GCBA President 2017-18
President's Corner : ME 2 WE; CLE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES

Thank you to all the members who volunteered and/or attended the "Sip & Swine" festival that benefits the Gwinnett Children's Shelter. The music, barbecue and beer were exceptional. As we continue to gear up for our Law Day festivities, we also want to ensure that you have access to local CLE opportunities that will assist you in satisfying your annual requirements to the Georgia Bar. 

To that end, (1) there is a two-day CLE hosted by the Criminal Section of the Bar on March 15-16th at GJAC on the 2nd floor in conference room C. Registration begins at 8:30. For additional information email Attorney Constancia Carter (as it stands, there are 10 hours pending for this CLE, i.e., 1 ethics, 1 professionalism, 3 trial, 5 general); (2) a full day CLE entitled "How to Get Paid" on March 23, 2018. This CLE will be held at GJAC in the auditorium; and (3) a CLE on "Using Technology in the Courtroom" on April 11, 2018 at GJAC.

Once again, due to the CLEs offered during the month of March, the CLE on March 23rd will take the place of our monthly meeting. Thank you, in advance, for your commitment to this organization, your input and your support. Should you wish to contact me directly, you can email me at: s.carlton@rousecolaw.com.
Best regards,
#GCBASOCIAL: Me 2 We
GCBA CLE: GETTING PAID

In lieu of our March monthly luncheon, GCBA will be hosting a CLE on March 23, 2018, entitled Getting Paid. See the CLE agenda below. More details to follow as the date approaches.

FEBRUARY LUNCHEON RECAP

THANK YOU TO GUEST SPEAKER MIKE GLENN, WHO EDUCATED GCBA MEMBERS ON THE EPIC LIFE OF  FREDERICK DOUGLASS DURING OUR FEBRUARY 2018 LUNCHEON



#GCBAGIVES: Me 2 We
From Left to Right: Traci Zierk, Marcy West, and Carlton Rouse serving at the annual
Sip N Swine Barbecue Festive benefiting the Gwinnett Children's Shelter Home of Hope

THANK YOU SIP N SWINE VOLUNTEERS!

Gwinnett Legal Food Frenzy April 16-27

Approximately  47,350  children  in Gwinnett County are food insecure. Food insecurity is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate food and/or lack of consistent, dependable access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.  60%  of children qualify for free/reduced school meals but  only 15%  have access to meals when school is out in the summer
YOU CAN HELP!! Do it for the kids!!


Click HERE for more details!
LAW DAY 2018

Click HERE for more detailed Law Day Information
GCBA NEWS AND SECTION UPDATES
Membership Queries

GCBA is works to ensure all of its member lists and referral lists are kept as up to date as possible.

Please feel free to contact Jon Setzer for any membership queries or to update your contact information.

Please contact Danielle Britt Mays for any questions regarding the attorney referral lists.
EPPS UPDATE: March 13 Guest Speaker Tedra L. Cannella


The Gwinnett Estate Planning and Probate Section (EPPS) is pleased to host attorney Tedra L. Cannella for our March meeting.  The March meeting will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 12:00 noon at The 1818 Club at 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097.  The cost of lunch will be covered by  Civil Action Group .  Please email  Melody Glouton  if you plan to attend. Click here for to learn more about our guest speaker.

Thank you to our February 2018 Volunteers!
Pro Bono Representation

Adriana de la Torriente
Clarissa Farrier Burnett
Casey R. Gibson
Holly N. Stewart
Kathlyn Khashan-Womack
Gloria Smith-Grimes
Probate Clinic

Walter J. Clarke
Patricia O'Kelley
John O. Moore
Lauren M. Pendley
Ashley Scarpetta
Consumer Law Clinic

Chung Hun Lee

CLE: TECHNOLOGY IN THE COURTROOM (APRIL 11)

April 11, 2018 from 12 - 1:30 there will be a CLE on Technology in the Courtroom in Courtroom 2C.  The Court's IT department will be presenting on how to use the Courtroom technology, and Rachel Lazarus will present on Using Technology in the Courtroom.  The CLE is Co-sponsored by GCBA and Gwinnett Pro Bono Project. 
 
Lunch and CLE credit will be provided - free to Pro Bono Volunteers and discounted to everyone else.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE SECTION UPDATE

Click HERE for more information on the podcast "CRIMINAL"
Magistrate Court Happenings: Magistrate Court's New Child Abandonment  Criminal Warrant Application Calendar       
Chief Magistrate
Gwinnett County Magistrate Court

The Gwinnett County Magistrate Court is excited to announce some significant enhancements to the process of child abandonment warrant applications and prosecutions. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 17-4-40(b)(1), a private citizen can apply for a criminal arrest warrant against another person. To determine whether a warrant should issue, the Court schedules a warrant application hearing. These hearings are held at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Jail Court Annex.   Last year, Magistrate Court handled 1,449 citizen criminal warrant applications; approximately one-quarter (1/4) of these were applications for the crime of child abandonment.

Past President's Interview:
CHUCK ROSS


This article is part of a series of interviews with past presidents of the Gwinnett County Bar Association. I sent out the same questions to all the GCBA Past Presidents to gain some insight not only into the history of the GCBA but also into the motivation of the Past Presidents themselves. If you would like to participate, please let me know. I would be happy to send you the interview questions.

Read Full Interview

LAWYER JOKES








FAMILY LAW ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY NEEDED

The firm of Banks, Stubbs & McFarland, 309 Pirkle Ferry Road, Bldg. F, Cumming, GA  30040 is seeking a full time associate attorney to specialize in the area of family law.  Ideally candidates should have 1-3 years of experience.  

Resumes can be sent electronically to Valerie Stone at  vstone@banksstubbs.com

LEGAL UPDATES
Co-Parenting Tip of the Month: When a 14 year old does not want to visit with the other parent


In Georgia, the law is written so that if a 14-year-old child desires to live primarily with one parent in a divorce case, that desire is honored unless a judge can find a reason why that choice is not in his/her best interests. It's a little stickier if a 14-year-old declares he or she does not want to spend time with one of the parents - in essence, cutting their relationship off. I've heard that judges will honor that child's desire to not visit in some cases. This, of course, is the legal perspective.

Read Full Article
Changes in the Appeals Process for
Veteran's Disability Claims
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Several of our veteran's disability clients have recently received correspondence from the VA advising them of the creation of a new appeals modernization process known as the Rapid Appeals Modernization Process (RAMP). Read the full article for details on the changes in the appeals process for Veteran's Disability Claims.
2017 Child Support Guidelines Training and CLE

The Georgia Commission on Child Support is offering training sessions to judges, judicial staff, attorneys and legal staff, and Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) agents and attorneys at various locations throughout the state.  The training events are offered between November 2017 and May 2018.  Generally, three topics are covered at these events: the Online Child Support Calculator, the Child Support Guidelines, and the Income Deduction process.  The training has been approved for three CLE hours for attorneys.  

The guidelines training will focus on legislative changes to the statute (O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15) that took effect on July 1, 2017.  The calculator training is offered on the Online Child Support Calculator only.  The Income Deduction Order (IDO) training will focus on the process in private cases.  There is no cost to attend the training.  Attorneys will be responsible for payment of their own CLE credits directly to the Georgia Bar Association.  You must register to attend and ensure available seating.
 
Click here to register and select the date and location that works for your schedule.

Elaine Johnson, Executive Program Manager, Child Support Commission
Communications, Children, Families and the Courts Division
Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts
404-463-6383 (office)
404-210-5896 (work cell)
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