The Atlanta Lawyer May 2018 - Page 12

3 its Chief Judge for six years. Judge Downs has also been a pioneer in the concept of accountability courts. Accountability courts are used to rehabilitate non-violent offenders outside of the already overcrowded prison system. After first warning the audience that she was not “funny,” Judge Downs proceeded to entertain the crowd with some delightful, and quite funny war stories. Judge Downs spoke with great affection for her time on the Bench. No one in the room doubted that Judge Downs earned and deserved the Award. The annual Bench and Bar marks the symbolic, if not the official, 12 May 2018 transition from the past year’s Litigation Section Board to its new Board. The Section had an outstanding year. The monthly breakfast events presented a year- long Life of a Trial series with different all-star speakers each month educating the member- ship on different parts of a trial. The Section supported many Bar programs with significant contri- butions, including its annual signa- ture ½¹ÑÉ¥‰ÕÑ¥½¸Ñ¼Ñ¡”MÕµµ•È)1…܁%¹Ñ•É¹Í¡¥ÀÁɽÉ…´¸)-½¹¥•é¹ä±•Ñ¡”M•Ñ¥½¸)ѡɽ՝ Ñ¡¥ÌÁ…ÍЁ啅ȸU¹‘•È“ŠeÌ)±•…‘•ÉÍ¡¥À°Ñ¡”M•Ñ¥½¸ÍхÉѕ¥ÑÌ)¹•ÜMÕÁ•ÈÁ…Í́ÁɽÉ…´Ý¥Ñ „)½¹”µÑ¥µ”‘¥Í½Õ¹Ñ•…¹¹Õ…°™•”)½Ù•É¥¹œ…±°½˜Ñ¡”M•Ñ¥½¸•Ù•¹ÑÌ)™½ÈÑ¡”å•…ȸQ¡¥ÌÁɽÉ…´Ý…́„)É•…ЁÍՍ•Í̸Q¡”M•Ñ¥½¸±½½­Ì)™½É݅ɐÑ¼Ñ¡”½µ¥¹œå•…ȁݥѠ)É•…Ё•¹Ñ¡ÕÍ¥…Í´¸Q¡•É”¥Ì¹¼)‘½Õ‰ÐÑ¡…Ё¥¹½µ¥¹œAɕͥ‘•¹Ð°)I½ˆ!ՕÍѥ̰Ý¥±°½¹Ñ¥¹Õ”Ñ¡”M•Œ´)Ñ¥½»ŠéÉ½ÝÑ ÑɅ©•Ñ½Éä¸)±Í¼•Í͕¹Ñ¥…°Ñ¼Ñ¡”ÍՍ•Í́½˜)Ñ¡¥ÌÁ…ÍЁ啅ȁݕɔÑ¡”M•Ñ¥½¸)ÍÁ½¹Í½ÉÌ°ÁÁ±¥•Q•¡¹¥…°)M•ÉÙ¥•Ì°ÕÁ±¥…Ñ¥¹œAɽ‘ՍÑÌ°)ÁÉ¥¼° ½Õ¹Í•°½¸ …±°°ÍÅեɔ)M½±ÕÑ¥½¹Ì°…¹)5L¸Q¡”M•Ñ¥½¸)Ñ¡…¹­Ì¥Ñ́ÍÁ½¹Í½É̸)¹©½äÑ¡”MÕµµ•È…¹Ý”±½½¬)™½É݅ɐÑ¼Í••¥¹œå½Ô…±°…Ё‰É•…¬´)™…ÍЁ¥¸Ñ¡”…±°¸+ŠZ¨