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Promoting Safety . . . Preserving Justice

Did you ever consider why public facilities are required to provide access to handicapped persons, or why the manufacturers of automobiles are now required to provide seatbelts and other life-saving safety features to consumers? Why are schools, restrooms, and other public places no longer racially segregated? Why are toys used by our children safer and why are nursing homes providing better care to the old and the sick among us? Why are manufacturers no longer producing asbestos for use in our buildings? Why have tobacco companies been ordered to stop denying that their products kill people?

The answer is that the citizens of our great country, with the help of trial lawyers, judges, court staff, jurors and other persons who work in the American judicial system, have forced these changes to occur, often despite the great personal sacrifice involved. We are committed to promoting safety for our clients and community.

At each step, individuals and their lawyers were challenged by various insurance companies, government officials, industry lawyers and manufacturers who worked at great cost to prevent these wrongs from being corrected. Millions, if not billions of dollars have been spent by various interest groups to limit or prevent ordinary citizens from seeking accountability for unsafe conduct or products. Only in a courtroom do the rules of law say that all of us stand as equals.

For every so-called "frivolous" lawsuit reported in the news, there are thousands of individuals who took on difficult but meritorious causes to seek a safer society. Trial lawyers are committed to promoting changes in the way companies do business so that profits are not elevated over safety. As part of our community, we are committed to preserving justice for all, regardless of wealth, age, or class.

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The Young Lawyers Division of the DeKalb Bar Association comprises attorneys age forty and younger who live and/or work in DeKalb County. The Young Lawyers Division was developed in 2006 as a way for DeKalb attorneys who are new to the practice of law to give back to the community, while getting to know each other.

The DeKalb YLD participates in at least one charitable event each year, in addition to assisting with Law Day. In addition to helping the community, DeKalb YLD offers its members opportunities to gather in social settings at least four times a year. As it is important for members to have an opportunity to meet other new attorneys in the metro area, we are associating with other metro YLD’s in order to offer a more diverse social arena. Furthermore, the DeKalb Bar Association is extremely supportive of the YLD and several of the more seasoned members, along with several of the sitting judges, attend the social events. This makes for a very open and social atmosphere among DeKalb lawyers, an environment that is not easy to find.

The Young Lawyers Division of the DeKalb Bar Association is actively looking for new members in order to better serve our community and to establish the strong roots at the local level. Getting involved with the DeKalb YLD is very rewarding and can be used as a stepping stone to leadership positions locally and statewide. Please contact us today if you are interested in joining.

Student Mentorship Program

Students will be paired up with a mentor in their designated practice area.The mentor will attend one luncheon and one social with the student in order to introduce them to other members.There will be a special social in November honoring our mentors and introducing our student members to the bar.

Intern Referral System

Students will also be featured on an intern referral system available to all members of the bar.Members can now request a paid or unpaid law student intern for a few hours of research, the summer or even the school year.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor or you would like to request an intern, please email our student board members at dekalbbarstudent@gmail.com

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