The Atlanta Lawyer June/July 2017 - Page 19

Attorney's Office Bill Morrison Brian Pearce US Attorney's Office Dispute Resolution Section Chair Gregory T. Presmanes Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin, LLC From the Board We asked the Atlanta Bar Association Board of Directors "What book is on your nightstand?" Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Erika Birg Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Jim Blitch, Blitch Law PC The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds, by Michael Lewis Secretary/Treasurer Eileen Thomas Eileen Thomas, LLC Craig Cleland, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie. A novel about India's transition from British colonialism to independence and the partition of India as seen through eyes of the protagonist Saleem Sinai. Postcolonial, magical realism, historical fact, fiction, beautifully blended. Voted the “Booker of Bookers.” Brilliant. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Sanders. This novel starts with the death of Abraham Lincoln’s beloved 11-year-old son, Willie, who died in Feb. 1862, and the grief-stricken president’s visits to the crypt in Georgetown where Willie was interred. The Bardo is the Tibetan Buddhist word for the transition between death and rebirth. Lincoln’s grief over Willie and over the losses of the Civil War. Characters living and dead. Heartbreak as the human condition. Beautiful. Thunder in the Mountains, Daniel Sharfstein. A history of two lives and two nations clashing in the Nez Perce War in the 1870s in post- Reconstruction Oregon—Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, for whom Howard Univ. is named, and Chief Joseph, the remarkable leader of the Nez Perce tribe. Tragic, poignant, compelling. A painful reminder that we live on and own lands taken by violence. Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal). Awe inspiring since 1549. Immediate Past Chair Halsey G. Knapp Jr. Krevolin Horst LLC Members-At-Large John Allgood Ford & Harrison, LLP Terrence Lee Croft Croft ADR Taylor T. Daly Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Dean R. Fuchs Schulten Ward Turner & Weiss, LLP Joyce F. Glucksman Joyce F. Glucksman, P.C. Jennifer Grippa Miles Mediation & Arbitration Services, LLC Joyce B. Klemmer Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP Frank A. Lightmas Jr. The Law Offices of Frank A. Lightmas Jr., LLC Kenneth G. Menendez Ellis Funk, P.C. Elder Law Section Chair Linda S. Pacer Pacer Law LLC Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Sarah Siedentopf The Law Offices of Sarah Siedentopf, LLC Caren Cloud, Truancy Intervention Project Georgia Stay Up With Me, Tom Barbash Steve LaBriola, Fellows LaBriola, LLP Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man’s Fight for Justice, by Bill Browder. It’s a good read written largely in real time as if made through diary entries. Browder was a hedge fund manager traveling between London and Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. He grew the largest portfolio of foreign investors in Russia.  The book chronicles Browder’s foray into the Russian market, post-Soviet Union, and the cor- ruption uncovered during Putin’s rise to power. Browder’s model evolved into purchasing undervalued companies believed to be the victim of internal corruption. He then became a whistleblower to the Russian government. When the stockholders, officers and directors of the Russian company held power outside of Putin’s sphere of influence, the corruption Secretary/Treasurer Kevin O’Sullivan The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association THE ATLANTA LAWYER 19