In The Community
Earlier this month, SM&P sponsored one of Atlanta area’s most anticipated events, The Supreme Cork, a wine tasting and silent auction held on the rooftop of Ponce City Market, Atlanta. The Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, a group dedicated to both the community and the legal profession, hosted this event to support the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF).
SM&P partner Tracy Crider obtained a judgment for step-parent adoption by a Georgia stepfather. When the biological father appealed the case, partner Ryan Proctor successfully defended the trial court ruling on appeal and had the adoption judgment affirmed. Both victories hinged on the biological father’s failure to provide financial support for the child over a period of more than a year, resulting in the termination of his parental rights, followed by an appeal ruling that the adoption by the stepfather, who had been raising the child for several years prior (and also for several years while the case moved through the legal system), was in the child’s best interests.
Women from Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor recently joined more than 600 community leaders at the liveSAFE Resources’ Annual Tribute to Women of Achievement. Tracey Atwater, liveSAFE Resources (LSR) Executive Director, noted that the Tribute is the primary fundraising event for LSR, providing critical funding for their programs supporting those harmed by domestic and sexual violence as well as elder abuse. “Sponsors are key to the success of the event. We could not be more grateful for SM&P’s generous support!”
Three SM&P attorneys participated in Collaborative Practice training in Tulsa, Oklahoma this month. According to founder and managing partner Mary Montgomery, clients and marriage counselors like to work with attorneys who have been collaboratively trained. “We see our clients when they are going through some of the worst experiences of their lives,” she said. “Anything we can do to make their legal challenges less painful is worth learning about.”