GABWA Event is Highlight of Summer Associate’s First Week

Jamie Thompson noted the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) Lunch and Learn was the highlight of his first week as summer associate. Here’s why:

The highlight of my first week as an ELS Summer Associate was attending a lunch and learn with Founding Partner of ELS, Jamala McFadden. The lunch and learn was hosted by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) and focused on “How to Run a Successful Law Firm.” Jamala served as one of five experienced panel speakers. When solicited with questions from audience members interested in one day starting their own firms, she spoke passionately about her career path and reminisced about the ultimate decision to take a leap of faith in starting her own firm–one that is both successful and reputable.

Prior to hearing her about her journey, I had never considered what it would be like to start my own firm. I learned that there is a lot of work that goes into building a successful law firm such as determining areas of expertise, tracking expenses, and brand awareness strategies to name a few. However, the significance of this lunch and learn extended beyond its topic. The meeting room was filled with over 40 black women attorneys. The legal representation and talent in the room impacted my perspective on the way in which legal services are tailored and delivered to clients.  I am grateful to have been exposed to a group of attorneys and legal practitioners that make significant contributions to the Atlanta community and I am confident that GABWA will continue to inspire its members.

Jamie Thompson