August 2015 Around Town 1


Judge JaDawnya Butler Sworn In

The Honorable JaDawnya C. Butler is the newest member of the Municipal Court of Atlanta Bench.  Judge Butler was sworn in by Mayor Kasim Reed on May 21, 2015, making her the 9th and youngest judge on the Municipal Court of Atlanta’s Bench.  Before her appointment, she served in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for more than four years. She most recently served as Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Crimes Against Women & Children Unit. Previously, JaDawnya started her own boutique practice immediately following law school and served the greater Atlanta Community as a solo practitioner with The Butler Law Group, LLC for five years.  She was the 2012 President of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) and is the founder of GABWA’s national award-winning Judicial & Public Office Academy and Trial Masters Boot Camp.

Butler served as the 2014 and 2015 Chair of the Judicial and Public Office Academy. JaDawnya is a newly elected member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Board of Governors.  She served as a guest legal analyst on HLN from 2012 – 2014.  Butler attended Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and history in 2001.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from The University of Florida, Levin College of Law in 2004 and is the recipient of The University of Florida Levin College of Law Black Law Students Association’s 2006 Outstanding Alumni Award. She is also a 2008 graduate of The State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division’s Leadership Academy. In 2012, she was the recipient of the following awards: Atlanta’s “Top 100 Black Women of Influence” (and 2014) by The Atlanta Business League, featured as an attorney “On the Rise” in The Daily Report, awarded the Special Commendation Award by the African Leadership magazine, named one of Atlanta’s “Top 100 Law Leaders” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and awarded “Community Prosecutor of the Year” by Mr. Paul L. Howard, Jr.

In 2013, JaDawnya was honored by the National Bar Association as one of the “Nation’s  Best Advocates: 40 lawyers under 40.” She was also an inaugural honoree of Lawyers of Color’s “Hot List” which recognizes 100 lawyers under 40 who excel in the legal community. She’s a member of Outstanding Atlanta’s Class of 2013 and a 2013 graduate of LEAD Atlanta.  In 2014, JaDawnya was named Who’s Who in Black Atlanta in their inaugural “Emerging Leaders” Class and awarded the Ronda F. Williams Professionalism Award by the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

ZipCar comes to the Camp Creek Marketplace for Your Convenience

Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, is expanding its presence in the greater Atlanta area with new locations now available in East Point. Existing and future Zipcar members living in or traveling to the Atlanta area now have access to Zipcars in this new location. Situated in the Camp Creek Marketplace on Marketplace Boulevard across from the East Point police station, two vehicles are now available for reservation—a Honda Civic named “Baxter” and a Honda CR-V named “O’Neal.”

These convenient and cost-effective wheels can be reserved 24/7 to all members ages 21+ (or 18+ for students on Zipcar affiliated campuses) living in or traveling to the greater Atlanta area. Low hourly and daily rates includes gas, insurance, a dedicated parking spot for easy pick up and return and 180 free miles per day.

Zipcar’s mission is to enable simple and responsible urban living. Their car sharing transportation option helps remove personally owned vehicles from the road, which reduces emissions, traffic and congestion, allowing for shorter commute times and more parking spot availability.

Whether you’re a traveler who needs a way to get around the city or to a local hotel, a student living in the greater Atlanta area, or a family who owns one car and occasionally needs access to a second set of wheels, having Zipcar available on-demand by the hour or the day allows members access to a convenient and affordable transportation solution.

Greater Atlanta Zipcar members have access to the new cars in East Point as well as a wide variety of vehicle types in the greater Atlanta area, such as small compact cars for quick errands, luxury vehicles for business meetings or SUV’s and vans for family day trips. Additionally, members have access to Zipcar’s global network of 10,000 vehicles comprised of 50 makes and models in hundreds of cities, airports, and college campuses in the US, Canada, the UK, Spain, Austria, France and Turkey.

For more information about Zipcar in greater Atlanta, please visit

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