GSU Law Orientation Fall 2017
At the Georgia State University Law School 2017 Fall orientation, Smith & Lake partner, Dawn Smith led a discussion on the Bryan Stevenson book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. GSU Law selected the book as required reading for first year students.
“We have an obligation to give back.”
Georgia State Law profiles Smith & Lake partner, Dawn R. Smith, and her views on the responsibilities of lawyers in the role of leadership and giving back to the communities in which they live and work. To see the entire article click more
Kristen Files Joins Smith & Lake as an Associate
Smith & Lake is proud to announce the addition of Kristen E. Files as an Associate with the firm. Kristen brings experience in all areas of family law including divorce, maintenance and alimony, legitimation, paternity, domestic violence and protection orders, child custody and access, adoptions, name changes, and child support actions. more
Smith & Lake Opens North Atlanta Office
In response to the needs of clients and other opportunities, Smith & Lake now has offices OTP offering convenient access to North Fulton and Cobb. more
Super Lawyers Top 50 Women And Rising Star – Dawn R. Smith and Audrey Bergeson
Smith & Lake is excited to announce the well-deserved Super Lawyer recognition for our founding partner, Dawn Smith and Associate, Audrey Bergeson! Founding partner, Dawn Smith, was included on Atlanta magazine’s Super Lawyers 2017 list as “Top 50 Women in Georgia” lawyers and Audrey as Super Lawyer Rising Star. more
Super Lawyers Top 50 Women – Dawn R. Smith
Smith & Lake is excited to announce the well-deserved Super Lawyer Top 50 Women in Georgia recognition of founding partner, Dawn Smith. more
Super Lawyers Rising Star – Audrey Bergeson
Smith & Lake is excited to announce the well-deserved Super Lawyer Rising Star recognition for Associate, Audrey Bergeson! more
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellowship granted to Dawn R. Smith
Smith & Lake is pleased to announce that Dawn R. Smith has been granted fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Currently there are less than 40 AAML fellows in the state of Georgia.
To be considered, Dawn had to meet numerous criteria in competency, professionalism, ethics, and experience. Being a Fellow of the AAML means:
- The attorney has demonstrated an active interest and competency in matrimonial law as evidenced by the fulfillment of criteria and standards as established by the AAML™ Board of Examiners and Board of Governors. more
Dawn Smith named Atlanta Legal Aid Volunteer of the Year
Dawn Smith was recognized at the Atlanta Bar Association‘s Celebrating Service Luncheon as the Atlanta Legal Aid Volunteer of the Year.
We are grateful for Dawn’s consistent support. She knows the resource limitations we face in the area of family law and consistently volunteers to take contested family law cases and serves as a pro bono Guardian ad Litem. Given the consuming nature of family law litigation (a case might well last over a year), it is often difficult to find volunteer attorneys with such dedication and expertise. We are grateful for her commitment to serving the needs of low income families.~ Atlanta Legal Aid. more
Sheri Lake to Speak at 2016 Family Law Institute
Each May the Georgia Bar Association Family Law Section promotes continuing legal education by sponsoring with ICLE the Family Law Institute. Smith & Lake is proud to again be a Double Platinum sponsor of this year’s meeting being held Thursday–Saturday, May 19–21, 2016 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Smith & Lake named partner, Sheri Lake, will be presenting “Third-Party Visitation and Custody Issues” on May 18th. Sheri will be presenting with the Hon. Gregory A. Adams, Judge, Superior Court, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit and Michael Waters of Ballard, Stephenson & Waters, PC.
Dawn R. Smith Named 2016 Georgia Super Lawyer & Georgia Trend Legal Elite
Smith & Lake announced today that partner Dawn R. Smith was selected as a 2015 Georgia Super Lawyer and Georgia Trend Legal Elite. Dawn was named in the Family Law category for both accolades for the 3rd consecutive year.. more
Smith & Lake Attorneys Named 2015 “Legal Elite”
Smith & Lake announced today that its named partners were selected for the annual Georgia Trend 2015 “Legal Elite.” To compile its Legal Elite, thousands of members of the State Bar of Georgia were polled and asked to nominate the most effective attorneys in 14 different practice areas.
Congratulations to Dawn R. Smith and Sheri T. Lake, who were recognized in the Family Law category. The entire list is published in the Georgia Trend December 2015 issue of the publication. To view the publication, click Georgia Trend December 2015. more
Smith & Lake Sponsors Run for Justice
Smith & Lake is a proud to sponsor Run for Justice 2015 which benefits the general operating fund of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Congratulations to partner Dawn Smith on her 2nd place finish in her age group. more
Smith & Lake Sponsors Forum on Domestic Violence
Smith & Lake along with HHR Family Law sponsored the 5th Annual Resource Fair and Symposium on Building Bridges, Making Connections: Coordinating a Community Response to Domestic Violence hosted by the DeKalb County Solicitor, Sherry Baines Boston and her staff. In addition to the symposium, volunteers collected used cell phones to donate to survivors of domestic violence. The program was held in coordination with Domestic Violence Awareness Month which is recognized each October. more
The Re-Elect Judge Markle Host Committee
Smith & Lake is a proud member of The Re-Elect Judge Markle Host Committee which was formed to assist Judge Markle in his campaign for re-election to the Superior Court of Fulton County Family Division. The firm along with the committee will be hosting a reception on September 24, 2015 at Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead. more
Dawn Smith to Speak At Superior Court Judges Summer Conference
Each Summer the Georgia Superior Court Judges meet for their Summer Conference and Educational Sessions in conjunction with the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education (ICJE). Smith & Lake is proud to be invited to participate in this year’s meeting being held Monday–Thursday, July 27–30, 2015 at the King & Prince Resort, St. Simon’s Island. Smith & Lake named partner, Dawn R. Smith, will be presenting “Substance Abuse and Custody” on July 28th. more
Smith & Lake Sponsors 3rd Annual Beer Tasting & Celebrity BBQ Battle
Smith & Lake LLC is a Pale Ale Level sponsor of this year’s 3rd Annual Beer Tasting & Celebrity BBQ Battle, June 5th, 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm at The Atlanta Event Center at Opera. The event is a collaborative effort of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and Atlanta Legal Aid Society to raise funds –and awareness – to support critical programs administered by each organization in the Atlanta area. The event is open to all members of the legal community and other young professionals.
Smith & Lake present “Legal Issues” at Decatur Family Psychiatry
Dawn Smith and Sheri Lake will discuss legal issues related to your child’s health and well-being on April 1, 2015 as part of Decatur Family Psychiatry’s Free Seminar Series. The most common legal issues and how best to respond will be addressed. Decatur Family Psychiatry provides psychiatry services to families, children and adults in Decatur, Georgia and the surrounding areas.
Smith & Lake to sponsor the 2015 Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) Annual Meeting
Smith & Lake is proud to sponsor the 2015 Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) Annual Meeting, April 24-26, 2015, and privileged to work and rely on such great professionals.
This year’s meeting theme is “Ripped from the Headlines! Psychology in the 21st Century” and focuses on recent events that have filled media outlets and local stories. Such topics include harm to others, working with athletic populations, intimate partner violence, social media, marijuana addiction. http://bit.ly/1GUlfHj
Dawn R. Smith Named 2015 Georgia Super Lawyer
Smith & Lake partner, Dawn R. Smith, has been selected as a 2015 Georgia Super Lawyer in the Family Law category for the 2nd consecutive year. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Dawn R. Smith named 2014 Georgia Trend Legal Elite Top Lawyers
Dawn Smith has been chosen to the 12th annual listing of Georgia’s top attorneys, selected by their peers, in the Family Law practice area. more
The 90th Anniversary of Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Dawn Smith, Sheri Lake, and Cassandra Ceron represented Smith & Lake at the 90th Anniversary of Atlanta Legal Aid Society on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Georgia Aquarium to celebrate the legal and philanthropic communities that make Legal Aid possible.
Smith & Lake Sponsor Beer Tasting & Celebrity BBQ Battle
Smith & Lake LLC is a sponsor of this year’s Beertasting & Celebrity BBQ Battle, June 5th, 5:30 pm- 9:00 pm at Greystone at Piedmont Park, a collaborative effort of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and Atlanta Legal Aid Society to raise funds –and awareness – to support critical programs administered by each organization in the Atlanta area. This event attracted over 500 attendees last year and is open to all members of the legal community and those touched by the legal community. Come join us!
Dawn Smith to Speak at 2014 Family Law Institute
Each May the Georgia Bar Association Family Law Section promotes continuing legal education by sponsoring with ICLE the Family Law Institute. Smith & Lake is proud to be a Double Platinum sponsor of this year’s meeting being held Thursday–Saturday, May 22–24, 2014 at the Ritz -Carlton, Amelia Island. Smith & Lake named partner, Dawn R. Smith, will be presenting “Special Needs/Special Education in Custody and Support Cases” on May 24th. more
Dawn R. Smith receives Founder’s Award from Cool Girls Inc.
Dawn R. Smith has been honored by Cool Girls Inc. www.thecoolgirls.org with the Founder’s Award at their annual Hot Pink Party. The annual “Cool Girls Become Cool Women” Hot Pink Party raises funds for the expansion of Cool Girls’ programs for girls living in Atlanta’s low-income communities. This year’s event celebrated the 25th anniversary and 5,500th girl. more
Smith & Lake is a proud sponsor of Cool Girls Inc.’s Hot Pink Party
Smith & Lake is a proud sponsor of the annual signature “Cool Girls Become Cool Women” Hot Pink Party which raises funds for the expansion of Cool Girls’ unique programs for girls living in Atlanta’s low-income communities. This year the Hot Pink Party will celebrate Cool Girls’ 25 years of transforming the lives of over 5,000 of Atlanta’s girls. more
Dawn R. Smith selected as a 2014 Georgia Super Lawyer in the Family Law category
The Super Lawyers distinction honors attorneys who attain a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement as some of the region’s pre-eminent lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, all of which result in a comprehensive and diverse listing of the top five percent of attorneys in each state. more
Dawn R. Smith presenting at Atlanta Bar Association Pro Bono March Madness
Dawn Smith will be presenting “Volunteer Guardians ad Litem” at the Atlanta Bar Associaiton Advanced Topics for Guardians class, where they will explore common, and often complex, issues that Guardians face when navigating sensitive custody cases. The course is intended to enrich volunteer experience as a GAL in Atlanta. Topics may include children with special needs, child abuse, relocation, a GAL’s role in negotiations, religious and cultural considerations and more. The course will be taught by seasoned Atlanta attorneys and experienced GALS. For more information on Atlanta Bar Association Pro Bono March Madness, click here.
Dawn R. Smith & Sheri T. Lake named 2013 Georgia Trend Legal Elite Top Lawyers
Dawn Smith and Sheri Lake have been chosen to the 11th annual listing of Georgia’s top attorneys, selected by their peers, in the Family Law practice area. more
Two Georgia State University College of Law Alum’s Open Family Law Firm
Dawn R. Smith & Sheri T. Lake (’89) Dawn Smith and Sheri Lake announce the formation of Smith & Lake, a law firm dedicated to assisting individuals and children obtain fair and favorable results in family law matters. Located in Decatur, Georgia, the lawyers of Smith & Lake practice in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Cherokee, Gwinnett and other metro Atlanta counties.