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WOMEN IN THE PROFESSION Members of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Section (WIP) are excited and honored to bestow this year’s “Outstanding Woman in the Profession” award to Michelle Jordan of Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. on June 6th at the Capital City Club in Atlanta. “Each year, the Women in the Profession Section honors a woman lawyer who has made significant contributions in SECTION UPDATES Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, and the Georgia Bar Association’s Family Law section; Jordan manages attorney consultations for the Fulton County Family Law Information Center, contributes to the family law bar magazine on substantive issues, and regularly speaks at continuing education seminars. “The thing that sets Michelle apart,” mentioned Vandenberg, “is her innate ability to encourage those up around her in need of help, including her clients (women dealing with intimate partner violence and child abuse), her colleagues, her fellow Atlanta Bar members, or her community. Through her actions and dedication, Michelle makes in front of their children. Nevertheless, they sit across from their abuser in court or in mediation, they speak up for themselves, and they get justice. This award is dedicated to all of those who say ‘Enough!’ and have the courage to seek justice. This award is also dedicated to all of us, who fight for it on their behalf.” The award luncheon concluded with closing remarks from current WIP Chair, Emily Ward: “The Outstanding Woman in the Profession Award speaks to the impact WIP havs across the Atlanta Bar Association and to our Section’s leadership. This award has been given to some legal legends and adding Jordan and her accomplishments to this list makes the award all the more prestigious.” Past Outstanding Woman in the Profession Award Recipients Left to right: Michelle Jordan and Cathy Vandenberg (Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.) furthering the interests of women in the legal profession,” commented Megan Hodgkiss, 2018-2019 Chair of the WIP Section. “This award goes to a woman who empowers others and is involved in activities which assist women in the Atlanta community. We are thrilled to recognize the efforts of this year’s wonderful recipient, Michelle Jordan.” Cathy Vandenberg, Deputy Director of Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc., spoke to the audience about Jordan’s vast list of accomplishments and personal attributes. In addition to being the Managing Attorney at Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Health Law Unit, Jordan is an active member of the Atlanta us Joyce Gist Lewis Hon. Mary Grace Diehl Jacquelyn Saylor Sara Turnipseed Paula J. Frederick Jamala S. McFadden Hon. Carol W. Hunstein Jessica J. Wood Anita Wallace Thomas feel that she has our back, not because it will further her career or gain recognition, but because that’s just who she is – the epitome of professionalism – positive, poised, and balanced.” Upon acceptance of the Woman of Achievement Award, Michelle thanked her colleagues, mentors, and family and dedicated the award to her many inspiring clients. Jordan explained in her acceptance, “My clients have always amazed me with their determination. Over the years, I have worked with clients who have been chocked, who have been suffocated, and who have been dragged across the floor by their hair Nancy J. Whaley Hon. Anne Elizabeth Barnes Elizabeth A. Price Jill A. Pryor Rita A. Sheffey Elizabeth Appley Aasia Mustakeem Shayna M. Steinfeld Linda A. Klein The Women in the Profession Section is dedicated to furthering the practice and perception of law, with a focus on issues unique to women in the practice. For more information about our organization, please visit the Women in the Profession Section page at or follow our Facebook page @AtlantaBarWIP. DR. MEGAN HODGKISS Hodgkiss Consulting, LLC The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association THE ATLANTA LAWYER 39