November 1, 1997

Alston & Bird Partner, Jack Sawyer, Invited To Membership In The American College Of Trust And Estate Counsel.

Invitation Marks Third Alston & Bird Membership, Largest Representation From Any Law Firm in Georgia. Atlanta, GA -- Jack Sawyer, a Partner in the Estate Planning and Fiduciary practice group of Alston & Bird LLP, has been invited to membership in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). The Board of Regents of ACTEC voted on this membership offer at its meeting in Williamsburg, VA on October 20, 1997. This is a well deserved honor that reflects Mr. Sawyer's reputation among the country's leading fiduciary lawyers. Alston & Bird partners Bob Edge and Ben White are the other active members in ACTEC. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a professional association consisting of approximately 2,700 lawyers from throughout the United States. Fellows of the College are nominated by other Fellows in their geographic area and are elected by the membership at large. A lawyer cannot apply for membership in the College. Fellows are selected on the basis of professional reputation and ability in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching and bar activities. Jack Sawyer's practice emphasizes estate and tax planning and exempt organizations. He has lectured on estate planning, asset protection planning, estate administration, and issues affecting tax-exempt organizations. Jack Sawyer is a member of the State Bar of Georgia Fiduciary Law Section, Atlanta Estate Planning Council, and Georgia Planned Giving Council. He received a B.B.A. cum laude in Accounting from the University of Georgia in 1978 and a J.D. magna cum laude in 1981 from the University of Notre Dame. Following law school, Mr. Sawyer served as a judge advocate with the U.S. Marine Corps. Alston & Bird, with more than 390 attorneys serving both domestic and international clients, is one of the largest and oldest law firms in the Southeast. Based in Atlanta, Georgia with offices in Washington D.C., Charlotte and Research Triangle, North Carolina, the Firm provides a full range of services to clients doing business throughout the U.S. and overseas. Alston & Bird's practice areas include: capital markets and investments; finance and public finance; financial institutions; trial and appellate; health care; real estate; environmental; antitrust and investigations; bankruptcy, reorganizations and workouts; tax and fiduciary; labor and employment; international; intellectual property; and communications and technology. The purposes of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel are to maintain an association, international in scope, of lawyers skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incompetents; to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility, to bring together qualified lawyers whose character and ability will contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the College; and to cooperate with bar associations and other organizations with similar purposes. The College is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation organized under the laws of the State of California.
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