Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Treat your little one to their first drive-in complete with dinner and arts & crafts project in addition to the movie!
How about a drive-in movie for your little one? Treat him or her to this old-fashioned delight — and score a little alone time for you — with a great deal from The Little House of Art: At the LivingSocial website Pay $17 for the Kids’ Drive-in Movie Night (regularly $35). From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., children ages 3 to 6 and ages 7 to 10 will enjoy pizza, popcorn, arts and crafts, and, of course, a movie. They are welcome to wear PJs and bring a pillow for this fun evening. Or, encourage your child’s creativity with one canvas painting class with take-home artwork for ages 4 to 6 or ages 7 to 12 for $17 (regularly $35). Budding artists will receive instruction from experienced instructors during this 90-minute class; check the calendar for dates and times. Little House was recently featured on both Fox 5 and the Atlanta Mom show!
Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Ruth's "Tea for Two" flower show entry.
Attorney Ruth Claiborne enjoys arranging flowers for family and friends and assists with her church’s flower program. Each summer Ruth enters the Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival Flower Show in Highlands, NC and she frequently comes away with a ribbon. This year Ruth won second place for her entry in the “Tea for Two” category. Flower arrangement entries were displayed at the Bascom Art Center’s early 1800s hand-hewn post and beam barn. The show also featured a horticulture exhibit as well as a nature photography exhibit.
Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Amy scooping lemon-basil chocolate chunck ice cream.
Claiborne & Surmay P.C.’s Amy Wallas Fox won the “Most Innovative Flavor” award at Slow Food Atlanta’s 5th Annual Ice Cream Social fundraiser in June. Click here to read the full post on Amy’s popular food blog.
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
Claiborne & Surmay, P.C. took leading roles in the 22nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) and the 2nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA). The meetings were held May 4-7, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency, Savannah, following a full year of planning by conference co-chairs Ruth Claiborne, a principal in Claiborne & Surmay, P.C. (Atlanta & Savannah) and Jim Thompson of the Thompson Law Firm,LLC in South Carolina. Claiborne & Surmay senior paralegal Toni Treadway co-chaired the paralegal portion of the conference, with attorney Shannon Matteson serving as liaison and advisor to the paralegals. This was Toni’s second time as a paralegal leader together with Wendy Gebhauer of Wisconsin, and once again she did a fantastic job. Our Savannah office, located on Bay Street just 2 blocks east of the Hyatt, provided valuable logistical support and paralegal Kim Griffin also set up several tours for participants and guests.
By all accounts this was one of the Academy’s most successful annual conferences ever, drawing approximately 250 attorneys, 32 paralegals, 15 sponsor/vendors, and numerous seminar speakers, spouses, and guests. Despite beautiful weather and the attractions of historic Savannah just steps from the hotel, 15 hours of cutting edge continuing legal education seminars were very well attended, held in a room with a long glass wall overlooking the river! Topics included Surrogacy Contract Drafting, ARTs Dilemmas; Health Insurance for Gestational Carriers; Ethics; Legislative Advocacy; Joint Adoption, ARTS & Immigration; Jurisdiction and Multistate Adoptions; Contested Adoptions; Impact of Maternal High Risk Behaviors on Child Development; Social Media; Telecommuting and Multijurisdictional Practice; and more. Paralegals were involved in a number of the CLE Sessions but also had their own breakout sessions focusing on ethics, technology and practical paralegal pointers.
The AAAA and AAARTA conference was an invaluable opportunity for all who attended to share ideas, to network with the best attorneys in our field from all over the US and Canada; to learn from each other and form lasting professional alliances. Often adoption and ARTs cross state lines with parties residing in different states, so it is crucial to have trusted colleagues throughout the country. The conference provided a balance of education, business meetings, and social activities.
On the recreational and social fronts, we built events around Savannah’s history and charm: a waterfront headquarters hotel, the opening reception at The Olde Pink House with delicious food in a converted historic home, and our main evening dinner and entertainment event on beautiful Johnson Square, complete with Savannah musicians followed by AAAA’s Rogue Band (famous in Academy circles!), delicious food, and the beauty of the historic square with its live oaks and monuments surrounded by landmark buildings. Attendees in their free time enjoyed walking tours, a riverboat cruise, an array of great restaurants, kayaking, golf, and even “The Book” Club at Clary’s café.
The conference ended on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Perhaps not coincidentally, Mother’s Day weekend was the time at least two adoption triads met for the first time, following successful searches and reunions. A daughter from Oregon found her birth mother who lived in Savannah, met for the first time, and contacted Savannah media about the joys of reuniting. Attorney Ruth Claiborne was interviewed by the local Fox news channel about adoption reunions, the role of state-sponsored reunion registries, the new phenomenon of social media, and the Academy’s support of open adoption. Meanwhile, paralegal Toni Treadway and her husband went out to dinner and had a very personal encounter with an adoption reunion between a birth mom, biological father, and adult adoptee, happening at a nearby table in the restaurant. Toni was able to connect with them in a special way and to give meaningful and lasting gifts of understanding and a necklace with special symbolic meaning. For more on Toni’s story, click here.
AAAA voted in 2009 to form AAARTA as an affiliated academy, in recognition of the growing role of assisted reproductive technologies in family formation. Both Academies have rigorous selection processes for fellows, high ethical standards, and focus on the best interests of children as well as the adults who want to be parents. Both Academies seek out the best in our niche practices of adoption and assisted reproduction. We are grateful for having been given leadership roles and energized by having experienced the latest/greatest continuing education while having fun and enhancing professional relationships.
Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Amy with special law firm cookie.
On May 14 associate attorney Amy Wallas Fox participated in the Atlanta Walk of Hope, held at Grant Park and sponsored by RESOLVE. In addition to the walk, Claiborne & Surmay, P.C. sponsored a cookie decorating activity for the kids (and kids at heart) in attendance. The walk and the cookie decorating were both big hits!
Serious decorating going on.
Our walk team.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
Families looking to celebrate Mother’s Day now have a new, free entertainment option: an afternoon of storytelling for all ages in Decatur’s historic square.
TIME: 3 PM – 5 PM
WHO: Storytellers Ernestine Brown, Janice Butt, LaDoris Bias-Davis and Tommy Tye
WHERE: Decatur, GA historic square
For more information click here or contact Sure Foot Adventures President Jonah McDonald
or by phone at 404-373-8036.
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
WHAT: Family Breakfast Ball at Piedmont Park – families get a sneak peek of Mrs. Butterworth’s limited edition spring bottles and downloadable wardrobe collection as well as a free pancake and waffle breakfast.
WHEN: Sunday, March 27, 2011 – 9:30 AM to noon
WHERE: Piedmont Park’s Magnolia Hall Lawn – 400 Park Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30306
Monday, March 14th, 2011
Pride at Six Flags (Unity Entertainment) and Atlanta LGBT Families (The Roy G Biv Project) presents:
A Free Picnic BBQ at Piedmont Park! Sunday March 27 from 2 PM to 6 PM
Look for the big rainbow umbrella at the new playground near the lake/pool area. Bring your own blanket and law chairs, games, kids, friends, dogs, shades, suntan or sunblock oil and the SPIRIT of UNITY.
Also feel free to bring your own snacks. The following will be provided:
- hotdogs (beef, chicken, turkey)
- baked beans
- potato salad
The BBQ is free: however, Donations are encouraged and needed. Proceeds will go towards planning future LGBT events, as well as the Angel of Hope Foundation, an organization combating homelessness among women, children and teen victims of domestic violence. Can’t wait to see you there! Click here for further details on Facebook.