The Atlanta Lawyer May 2018 - Page 6

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Thank You for the Opportunity to Serve Margaret Hughes Vath Georgia State University School of Law It has been my great honor to spend this past year as the 110th President of the Atlanta Bar Association. One year ago, I wrote and spoke about my theme for the year: gratitude and re- sponsibility. And I shared with you the wisdom that had been shared with me: “To whom much is given, much is required.” And much was given to me this year. One year later, I leave this position enriched and enlight- ened. The opportunities afforded me as your President were substantial. On a professional level, I developed as a leader. On a personal level, I’ve made connections and strengthened friendships. I am so gratified by the Atlanta Bar Association’s accomplishments this year. In addition to serving as your President, I was proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Bar Founda- tion, the CLE Board, and the LRIS Board. I saw first-hand the inner workings of our marvel- ous association and was awed by the amount of labor and love that goes into each facet of the Atlanta Bar. 6 May 2018 This year, to name only a smattering of the At- lanta Bar’s successes: we honored law enforce- ment officers at the Legal Run Around and the InterAgency Law Enforcement Appreciation and Memorial Service Program. We danced along to Yacht Rock at the End of Summer Band Party. And we ate peach-flavored everything at the Multi-Bar Leadership Council Cook-off. We had the first ever Membership Appreciation Month where every day in April was filled with some- thing new: free headshots, social media training, a wellness session, and trivia giveaways—includ- ing tickets to the Braves and Atlanta United. The month culminated with the Reception about Nothing. “No speeches, no program, just friends and fun.” On behalf of the Bar, I made great progress in my quest to reach out and connect the talents of our Atlanta legal communities by fortify- ing the relationships with our sister bars. I was honored to serve on the Atlanta Volunteer Law- yers Foundation board; to witness the swearing in of the talented, powerful African American women presidents of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Georgia Association for