The Atlanta Lawyer May 2017 - Page 28

SECTION UPDATE REAL ESTATE Nobody wants to read about the honest lawyer down the street who does real estate loans and wills. If you want to sell books, you have to write about the interesting lawyers–the guys who steal all the money and take off. That's the fun stuff. ~John Grisham Real Estate Bocce Ball Team “Dirt.” That’s what someone called the Atlanta Bar Association Real Estate Bocce Ball team. I liked it—it was better than “Real Estate,” our official name. It also takes into account the dirt bocce ball court at Empire State South. If you know the dirt court, you have a better chance of winning. Margaret Atwood probably did not have bocce ball in mind when she said, “In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” But bocce ball is such fun and embodies what the section is trying to accomplish: find a place to get away from the cares of law, get dirty, and get to know some other attorneys in a fun venue. Good call Kevin Rys, Section Chair! March 2 Breakfast Meeting Apart from his immediate decision to embrace bocce ball, Real Estate Section Chair, Kevin Rys, hit another home run when he invited Bill Dodson, Amanda Callaway, and Leonard Gray to speak at the breakfast meeting for the Dirt Section on March 2, 2017. The title of the talk, New Title Problems Arising with Inner City Redevelopment, does no justice to how exciting Bill, Amanda, and Leon- ard made the talk. If you have ever seen a masterful teacher read a good book to INVOICE PAID young children, you have an idea about what it is like to hear Bill Dodson speak. Bill regaled his listeners with stories and factoids from his vast experience, and the audience listened with mouths agape, ut- terly quiet except for the loud explosions of laughter when Bill told a joke. Amanda Callaway from Callaway Title and Escrow kept pace with Bill, telling, for example, a story about how the basement of one famous downtown building goes beyond the surface boundaries and what kind of title problems that can create. Leonard TRUSTED SECURE Gray of First American Title moderated RECOMMENDED BY A SAFE, COMPLIANT 46 STATE BARS ONLINE PAYMENT SOLUTION this fascinating talk. | PROUD MEMBER BENEFIT PROVEN IMPROVES CASH FLOW FOR OVER 35,000 FIRMS PAYMENT TECHNOLOGY DESIGNED FOR YOUR PRACTICE. Why wait 30, 60, or even 90 days or more to collect fees youʼve already earned? Trust your payments to LawPay— the easiest way to get paid. GET STARTED SIGN UP TODAY AND RECEIVE 3 MONTHS FREE 28 May 2017 Upcoming May Breakfast Meeting As the year winds down, Jonathan Nev- ille—Mr. Energy—will present a breakfast presentation on commercial leases in May. Jonathan has also given presentations at the ICLE presentation for the state bar real estate section and will do so again this year at the meeting in Sandestin, Florida next month (Don’t Let the Tail Wag the