The Atlanta Lawyer December 2014 - Page 4

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE A look back at 2014 “ Atlanta Bar Association Year in Review By Jacquelyn H. Saylor The Saylor Law Firm LLP “It is good to have a reminder of the numerous activities of the Atlanta Bar Association to see all that is available and to remind us of the value of our membership.” W Weeks became the first female President. Others have followed: Deborah Zink, Paula Frederick, Elizabeth Price, Shayna Steinfeld, Rita Sheffey and Lynn Roberson. I have the honor of following in their footsteps. Please be sure to study the timeline of the Atlanta Bar Association’s history on pages 32-37. You will find more information about this year’s civil rights theme which was chosen because of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which expanded rights for African Americans, women and others. Women were first permitted to join the Atlanta Bar in 1917, three years before women gained the right to vote. Six years before women were permitted membership, the President of the Bar debated another Bar member as to whether women should be admitted. In 1990, 73 years after the first female was allowed to join, Carolyn In 1963, a year before the Civil Rights Act was passed, three African Americans joined the Atlanta Bar, as previously they had not been welcome. One new member was J. C. Daughtery, who became an urban Georgia legislator when the county unit system, which favored rural legislators, was declared illegal. I had the privilege of serving under his leadership when I was Legal Counsel to the Special Judiciary Committee in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 1999, 36 years after the first African Americans became members, Paula Frederick became the first African American President. Ray Persons was the 100th President of the Bar, and in May 2015, Harold Franklin will be sworn in as the Association’s next President. The 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Atlanta Bar Association was celebrated earlier this year, e hope you will enjoy The Atlanta Lawyer’s first Year in Review edition. It is good to have a reminder of the numerous activities of the Atlanta Bar Association that are available and to remind us of the value of our membership. If the Section and Committee activities were included, this column would be as long as the whole newsletter. 4 THE ATLANTA LAWYER December 2014 The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association