The Atlanta Lawyer May 2018 - Page 27

SECTION UPDATE CRIMINAL LAW MAY LUNCHEON On Wednesday, May 9, the Criminal Law Section held its May Luncheon at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Midtown. That afternoon, we were regaled with a fantastic presentation on the Tex McIver trial from two lawyers who were intimately involved: Amanda Clarke Palmer (left) and Cara Convery (right). Jake Waldrop Truth and Justice Award Ceremony presented by the Criminal Law Section. This year’s award winner was Carl Lietz .The award is presented annually to an attorney practicing criminal law in Atlanta who embodies and exemplifies a passion and dedication for true justice. This award was created in honor and memory of our friend and colleague Jake Waldrop, a career attorney for the Federal Defender Program. Jake was a warrior for justice. His focus was never about winning or losing. It was about getting it right. He lived this out in his professional career as well as in his service to the community. The Truth and Justice Award acknowledges the achieve- ments and contributions of attorneys who have dem- onstrated excellence and professionalism in their legal practice as well as an uncommon commitment to protecting and promoting a fair justice system. Ms. Palmer was part of the McIver defense team, and ADA Convery was one of the prosecutors. They provided fantastic insight into the case, and gave us a behind-the-scenes look at their preparation, and what it was like to have your every move scrutinized by a television audience eager to comment on social media. JAKE WALDROP TRUTH AND JUSTICE AWARD CEREMONY On Wednesday, May 16, Jones Day hosted the Annual L-R: Jane McMillan, Mitchell Lietz, Forrest Lietz, Carl Lietz, Elizabeth Lietz, Vivian Waldrop, Graham Waldrop, and Tom McMillan. C. Brock Brockington United States Attorney's Office The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association THE ATLANTA LAWYER 27