September 2014 Meeting Minutes

Update from the Bench:

Time Capsule Competition:
Judge Bagley has proposed a time capsule to be placed at the New Court house.  Local schools are being solicited for ideas and articles to be placed in the time capsule.  The Forsyth County Bar Association has agreed to donate funds  as scholarships to the winners of the time capsule competition.  The local Newspapers editors will be judging the entries.  The time capsule will be a part of the Opening Ceremony of the New Court House.

Court House Update:
The New Court House is still projected to open February of 2015.  The Real Estate Records and Clerk's office will be on the first floor of the new Court House.

The Old Court House building:
The Old Court House building will be used for the Sheriff's office.  The Sheriff's office is losing their current facility and need new head quarters.  Probate Court will be located on the ground floor of the Old Court House building.

Magistrate Court:
Magistrate Court will stay in its current location until the Sheriff's office finds a permanent facility.

Arts Committee for the New Court House:
There is an Arts Committee to determine art for the New Court House.  The Community may make any suggestions to the Committee.

State Court:
State Court is making changes to their hearing calendar system to hopefully improve wait times for attorneys and parties.  There will be a first Motions day where parties may announce if they are ready or if evidentiary hearing is necessary.  If an evidentiary hearing is necessary then a hearing will be scheduled at the First Motions day.  There will be an electronic process to get removed from the calendar call, to provide case status to the Court, and to provide any notices to the Judge.

Mock Trial Dates:
Mock Trial competition to be held January 3rd- January 31st, 2015.  There will be two rounds of competition.  We are hosting the Semi Finals this year on Saturday February 28th, 2015.  Contact Melissa Banker and Laura Terry to volunteer.

Guest Speaker
Rebecca Salmon

Rebecca runs a private practice and nonprofit practice primarily with children and victims of violence.  She also practices immigration law.  She is looking for volunteers to help with her nonprofit business.  She is willing to train attorneys in immigration law for their pro bono services.  Please contact Rebecca Salmon at Access to Law 770-685-1499 for more information.

Bald Ridge Lodge Donations

We will be collecting needed items for the Bald Ridge Lodge at both our October Happy Hour and our November Bar Luncheon meeting.  Please see below the items that are most needed.  We will appreciate if members will donate items as our effort to give back to the community for this upcoming holiday season.  Any questions, please contact Sarah Low.

Wish List:





Body Wash

Bars of Soap

Paper  Towels

Tissue Paper

Toilet Paper

Chap Stick


Small Dixie Cups (Smallest size)

Sports equipment replaced, i.e. soccer balls, basketballs, skateboards, knee pads, etc.

'Fun Stuff' for kids

Gently used clothes, if anyone would like to donate clothing.

September Meeting-- Friday, September 12, 2014

Our next Bar Meeting will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at Tam's Backstage in Cumming, GA.

Lunch is $14.00 per person.

We will be announcing our plans for a great community service project.  We are also happy to announce our speaker will be Ms. Rebecca Salmon, a local attorney who will speak at our luncheon regarding immigration and her 'Access to Law Foundation', and will give us insight into the unaccompanied minors situation currently in the national news.

I hope you will all attend, and we look forward to a great year ahead. 

Summer Bar Party-- August 14, 2014

Our annual Summer Party will be held on August 14, 2014 at Coocoo's Nest in Cumming, Georgia from 5:30-7:30pm.  All members and their guests are invited to come.

Drinks and food will be provided. 

Address: 1920 Freedom Pkwy
Cumming, GA 30041     

Alternative Dispute Resolution program fee will increase to $10.00 beginning July 10, 2014

Alternative Dispute Resolution program fee will increase to $10.00 beginning July 10, 2014

Please follow the link to the Forsyth County Clerk's office to read the Administrative Order.

July Bar Meeting-- Friday, July 11, 2014

Our next Bar Luncheon Meeting will be held on July 11, 2014 at Tam's Backstage from 12:00pm-1:30pm.

We are happy to have Max Zygmont of Kazmarek, Mowrey, Cloud, Laseter LLP as our guest speaker to discuss environmental law and its influence on other areas of law that our members practice.

We will also be welcoming the new 2014-2015 Bar officers.

Lunch is $14.00 per person and can be paid in cash or check payable to "Forsyth County Bar Association".

Happy Hour June 12, 2014 at 5:30

Join us at The Ridge in Cumming, GA for a happy hour from 5:30-7:30pm to mingle with other members.

We will also be collecting donations for the Deputy Rush fund to be donated on behalf of the Forsyth County Bar Association.

Drinks and Appetizers will be provided.

June 2014 Happy Hour and July Bar Meeting

Thanks to everyone who participated in Law Day 2014, it was a great success.  Our next event will be an evening Happy Hour in June 2014... details to come.

Our next bar meeting will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Tam's Backstage at 12:00pm.

March 2014 Meeting Minutes

Our March 2014 Bar Meeting was held at Tam's Backstage on March 14, 2014.

We welcomed the following guests:

Isaac Howard is a new member of the Forsyth County District Attorney's office practicing in Judge Bagley's Courtroom;

Kathy Wheat is a new associate at Meriwether and Tharp; and

Joseph Leonard is a new member working at the capital.

Reports from the bench:

Superior Court- the courthouse construction is on schedule, the jail construction is behind schedule and slated to be completed in December of this year.

Juvenile Court- the court is operating under the new juvenile code that went into effect this year.

Probate Court- the testamentary guardianship bill is now in the Rules Committee of the GA Legislature.

Magistrate Court- First appearance hearings are now Monday through Friday.

Liberty Bell Award

- The Liberty Bell is awarded to a non-lawyer who has served the past year for the betterment of the legal community and contributed to the cause of justice.  Members made nominations which will be considered by a committee for the award.

Forsyth County Bar Association Officer Nominations and Election

- For the 2014-2015 year-

-The president will be Sarah Low and Vice-President Alan Meincke.  Open positions are secretary and treasurer.

-Rusty Hodges has been elected as treasurer and Charlotte Ruble has been elected as secretary.

New Website

- The new website features a member page, news page, a public or private email, and will allow members to pay their yearly dues online.


Ashley Anderson with SAAFT

- Provides supervised visitation for $25.00/hr, no charge if domestic violence;

- Also provide custody safe custody exchanges;

- Now located on Castleberry Road near the fairgrounds;

- Opening a new second location in Dawsonville on Highway 53; and

- Have a current funding project asking 200 people to provide $25.00/mth for one year.

Law Day 2014

Thumb lawday logo carouselJoin the Forsyth County Bar Association as we celebrate Law Day on April 30, 2014.  Our Law Day celebration will begin at 12:00 PM at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech (3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Cumming, GA 30041) where we will recognize achievements in the legal field over the past year, award scholarships, award the coveted Liberty Bell Prize, recognize mock trial winners, and celebrate the rule of law in our community.  Our keynote speaker this year will be Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State and current senatorial candidate, who will discuss this year's Law Day theme: "Why Every Vote Matters."  Registration is available through the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce via this link: .  Registration is $25.00 in advance or $35.00 at the door.  Lunch is provided by Tam's Backstage Restaurant.