Abraham Lincoln once said, “As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man [person]. There will still be business enough.”
Lincoln on Professionalism was created by the Atlanta Bar Association in partnership with the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism in Georgia in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. The CLE program presents the writings of Abraham Lincoln to create an engaging documentary-style program on professionalism. The exemplary qualities of legal and personal professionalism Lincoln demonstrated day in and day out in his law practice come to life in the slides, readings and contemporary commentary that comprise the program.
The “documentary” contains 10 vignettes and is coupled with a panel discussion produced by Periaktos Productions. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for attendees to explore the model of professionalism offered by Abraham Lincoln’s life and practice and discuss how it provides guidance for contemporary legal practice. The discussion focuses on the issues presented as they might relate to the Preamble and any other relevant portions of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The program is timed below in minutes from the beginning of the movie.
The mission of the ATLANTA BAR ASSOCIATION (Producer of Lincoln Vignettes) is to promote professionalism and the fair administration of justice in its community and to provide programs and benefits which serve its diverse membership. THE CHIEF JUSTICE'S COMMISSION ON PROFESSIONALISM (Co-Producer), the first body of its kind in the nation, was created in 1989 by the Georgia Supreme Court with the primary charge to enhance professionalism among Georgia's lawyers. In carrying out its charge, the Commission provides ongoing attention and assistance to the task of assuring that the practice of law remains a high calling, enlisted in the service of client and public good. Composed of representatives of the organized bar, practicing bar, judiciary, law schools and the public, the Commission serves as the institutional framework for sustaining an environment that fosters professionalism in the legal community. The Commission's work centers around (1) educational programming; (2) periodic recommendations to the State Bar, the judiciary, and the law schools in Georgia; and (3) coordination of professionalism activities of the organized bar, courts, law schools, and law firms. Members of the Atlanta Bar Association Lincoln
Project Committee the time the Lincoln vignettes were created include:
• Bryan Baer, Attorney at Law, Foltz Martin, LLC, Atlanta GA
• James D. Blitch IV, Attorney at Law, Kidd & Vaughan, Atlanta GA
• John C. Bonnie, Attorney at Law, Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, LLC, Atlanta GA
• Edward D. Buckley III, Attorney at Law, Buckley & Klein, LLP, Atlanta GA
• David Butler, Attorney at Law, Shapiro Fussell, Atlanta GA
• Timothy W. Floyd, Mercer University School of Law, Macon GA
• Dawn M. Jones, Attorney at Law, King & Spalding, Atlanta GA
• Lake Rumsey. Attorney at Law, Law Office of D. Lake Rumsey, Atlanta, GA
• Ian E. Smith, Attorney at Law, King & Spalding, Atlanta GA
• Mary Lynne (Johnson) McInnes, CLE Director, Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta GA