justice that inspired him to become a lawyer . His remarks finished with a quiet call to action that led to a standing ovation .
Cathy O ’ Neil was introduced by her husband Justice David Nahmias who shared the history of her efforts to start the Bard Show back in 1998 . O ’ Neil has since written , choreographed , and directed eight of the twelve all-lawyer musical theatre productions which have served as the Atlanta Bar Foundation ’ s biggest fundraiser . The luncheon included a rousing performance of “ Somebody to Blame ,” featuring soloists Courtney McBurney and Rick McMurtry , that was a crowd-pleasing number from A Courthouse Line XII : Mock the Vote , this year ’ s Bard Show . In her remarks , which also drew a standing ovation , O ’ Neil talked about the importance of professional associations and friendships that the Bard Show cultivates .
The event was well attended by members of the Atlanta Bar and the judiciary . Also in attendance was the former Acting Attorney General of the United States , Sally Yates , a past recipient of a Leadership Award .
1 L-R : Honorable John J . Ellington ( Presiding Judge , Court of Appeals of Georgia ), Honorable Herbert E . Phipps ( Retired Chief Judge , Court of Appeals of Georgia ), and James D . Blitch IV ( Atlanta Bar Association President ).
2 L-R : Connie Phipps , Honorable Herbert E . Phipps ( Retired Chief Judge , Court of Appeals of Georgia ), and Charles Phipps .
3 L-R : Stephen Nahmias , Catherine M . O ' Neil ( King & Spalding ), Honorable David E . Nahmias ( Justice , Supreme Court of Georgia ), and Michael Nahmias .
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