Last July we announced that Loebsack & Brownlee was moving into the Peach State, and we’re proud to announce that the number of attorneys we have practicing in Georgia keeps growing!
Hans Dara, Partner, and Will Brownlee, Of Counsel, have recently been admitted to the Georgia State Bar and are now approved to practice law alongside the other L&B team members admitted last year:
Congratulations, Hans and Will! We’re proud of you and excited for what the future holds!
2020 has been nothing less than a year – a very challenging year. Despite the challenges we’ve witnessed so far, leaders have emerged, tough issues discussed, and we have watched people unite despite it all.
Brittany Yedlosky has moved with this same spirit, facing adversity and emerging with a renewed sense of self and purpose. This is a Day in the Life of Brittany, and this is her story.
A Day in the Life of Brittany Yedlosky
How did you come into this role?
I started on-site roughly ten years ago, but I always wanted to be on the supplier side. I moved up and down the “on-site ladder,” doing almost everything from leasing, marketing, managing a major renovation while dabbling in maintenance, managing multiple communities, then took a little break from the industry. It didn’t take long before I was sucked back in (lol). I’d worked with Rachel on a couple of freelance projects when she was with PTAA, and one day, out of the blue, she called me and told me about a position with L&B that was available that she thought I’d be a perfect fit for. My first thought was, “I am TOTALLY not qualified to work for this amazing company!” I talked about it with my manager at the time, and my mom (of course) and I called her back and said something along the lines of “Tell me what I need to do next.” I started out working part-time-ish, working on various projects as we, as a Marketing Team, learned my strengths. As time went on, my role within the team changed and advanced to full time.
What do you do exactly, and what does your role entail?
My title is Events & Brand Manager, but my role within the team and the firm varies. I work both behind the scenes and with the public. I help plan our events with Apartment Associations and clients as well as help with the firm’s branding (as we call it, swag).
What does a typical day look like for you?
What is a typical day, is that a thing? This is actually what I love most about my role at L&B, I do not have a typical day. I may spend my day planning events, ordering swag, researching new swag, organizing our plethora of swag, communicating with clients, communicating with apartment associations, working on projects with the attorneys or processors, attending events, traveling, you never really know where you’ll find me or who I’ll be bothering for the day.
You recently had a major health scare, tell us about that.
Late last year and earlier this year, I was very sick and was misdiagnosed multiple times. I continued to work and travel, being a single mom, I’ve somewhat conditioned myself to work through illness and keep on keeping on… As long as I’m not contagious, I’m good to go. I took a couple of days off work, and the day before I planned to come back into the office (Sunday, February 2nd), I suffered a grand mal seizure in the middle of the night and was rushed to the ER.
While in the hospital, I was diagnosed with Viral Meningitis, which, since misdiagnosed for so long, actually turned into sepsis in the lining of my brain. I was put into a medical coma and intubated for a few days. My brain function was almost nonexistent while I was intubated because of the seizure and severity of the infection, so when I came out of the coma, I was told that I would have to learn how to do pretty much everything again, from eating, walking, writing, driving. I was also told that it would be a minimum of 6 months before I could come back to work. If you know me at all, you know that I was not going to take that as an answer. I love my job, I was not going to wait that long to come back.
While in the hospital, I participated in as much rehabilitation as possible. I was convinced I was going to walk MYSELF out of there. Two days after waking up from being intubated, I’d progressed (and impressed my neurologist) enough to be able to do the rest of my rehabilitation from home. Honestly, I just wanted to go home and take a shower. Once I was home, my family stayed by my side and guided me through my rehabilitation. I did relearn everything… eating was easy because I love that, but learning to write again was the hardest. My brain just could not understand that I didn’t need to write two of every other letter.
My first day back in the office was Monday, February 24th, 18 days after I was told that I would have to do rehabilitation for six months before I’d be ready to go back to work… told you I love my job. Though I wouldn’t be able to drive for a couple more months, I still came into the office as much as a could with my parents bringing me in. A week after I was back in the office full time, COVID-19 happened. Since then, I’ve been working full time at home, getting used to our new normal.
How has this affected you personally and professionally?
My illness has affected my life personally and professionally in more ways than I can explain. I live my life completely differently now. I pay attention to my body, and I don’t take a single day for granted. I spend so much less time worrying about the little things. Before my illness, I planned every day down to the minute, and if it didn’t go exactly how I planned, I was a wreck. I always had a schedule; I couldn’t even go on vacation without having each day planned out. Now, I just go with the flow.
Professionally I have grown exponentially. I am more organized in the sense that if something doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to, I am calmer and able to work through it. I don’t get stressed out, I just smile and move on. I know that even though something isn’t perfect, it could be so much worse. I put a lot of faith in our team. When I was sick, the entire team at L&B rallied around me and helped me pull through. Knowing I had my team behind me, cheering me on made it that much easier to pull through and get back into the swing of L&B life.
What helped you overcome your struggles?
This is a tough one. I can say that my family and our team helped me overcome my struggles. Knowing that I HAD to get better, so my son still had his mom, knowing that my family took time off to be there for me, and knowing that my team had my back and took over my responsibilities made me want to overcome every obstacle that came my way. I can honestly say that if I didn’t work with such amazing people, I probably wouldn’t have pushed as hard to get better and get back into the swing of things. I still struggle daily with my memory. I don’t have any memory from around December 2019 – February 2020. I am so grateful for the patience everyone has had with me. No one has given me a hard time about it, not once, or even brought up the fact that I had memory loss. Everyone was so understanding and helpful from day one and even still now. This team has truly become family to me.
Where do you see yourself going next?
Taking over the world! No, just kidding, kind of. I see myself continuously growing in my role with L&B. I am still getting into the swing of things before my illness. Every day is a little easier than the day before. I know that there is always room for improvement, and I know that within the team here, I have the support to grow and reach my highest potential.
Learn more about the team at L&B.
LGBTQ+ and Discrimination in Housing
What is Fair Housing?
The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities. Additional protections apply to federally-assisted housing.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:
- National Origin
- Familial Status
History of LBGTQ+ discrimination in housing.
LGBTQ+ persons face social stigma, discrimination, and rejection from their families because of their sexual identity. According to a study done by the Williams Institute, “Nationally, on average, approximately 3 complaints of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in housing are filed for every 100,000 LGBT adults each year, compared to approximately 5 complaints of race discrimination filed for every 100,000 adults of color, and 1 complaint of sex discrimination filed for every 100,000 women.”
Managing Principal Chris Loebsack and Manager of Digital Media Liz Newkirk address these issues and more in our Q&A session regarding LGBTQ+ and Fair Housing.
You may recall new North Carolina requirements relating to eviction cases and CARES Act compliance. Following up on that, Emergency Directive 18 from the Chief Justice states:
- In all summary ejectment proceedings filed pursuant to Article 3, Chapter 42 of the North Carolina General Statutes on or after 27 March 2020, no writ of possession for real property shall issue unless a finding is made that the property which is the subject of the complaint is not a covered property as defined by Section 4024(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- The Administrative Office of the Courts is directed to promulgate a form affidavit to be completed by plaintiffs in any such actions. For any summary ejectment or residential eviction action instituted on or after 27 March 2020 and before 1 June 2020, such affidavit shall be completed and submitted before final judgment by a magistrate is entered. For any summary ejectment action instituted on or after 1 June 2020, such affidavit shall accompany the filing of the complaint such that a copy of the affidavit will accompany the summons and complaint when served on the defendant.
What does this mean? This means that starting Monday, June 8, until the CARES/Act expires, all cases will require an affidavit. Our team is ready and willing to assist you, please contact us if you have any questions.
The Honorable Harold D. Melton, as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, issued an Order Declaring Statewide Judicial Emergency pursuant to OCGA §38-3-61. Due to the continuing statewide emergency, on April 6, 2020, the Order was extended until May 13, 2020. In his latest Order, the Chief Justice extended the Declaration until Friday, June 12, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
Last evening, however, we received an update from the Fulton County Court regarding the expiration of the State of Emergency on Friday, June 12, and the procedures for court resuming operations on or about June 22. The court will rely heavily on Zoom meetings and the use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for in-person hearings. We suspect that other counties will follow suit. Listed below are a few of the general rules for magistrate court business.
General Rules for Magistrate Court Business
Pursuant to the Judicial State of Emergency and Public Health State of Emergency, the Court will utilize the following procedures to protect court personnel, litigants, and the public:
- The County Building Management team will sanitize the Courthouse, the courtrooms, and all the associated court spaces on June 6 and 7, 2020.
- The County Building team will install plexiglass barriers and/or other protective measures in the courthouse, following CDC and Fulton Public Health, recommended guidelines. Following sanitizing, County-designated personnel will take the temperature of each person who enters the judicial center prior to entry into the judicial center.
- Those who are sick or exhibiting symptoms, including running a temperature, are encouraged to stay home.
If you have any questions or need guidance with your cases, please let us know.
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley recently issued new orders concerning the North Carolina court operations. Under her latest Order, the Chief Justice confirmed that all court deadlines that had been previously extended to June 1 (such as the time for tenants to appeal Eviction Judgments; for Clerks to issue Writs on Judgments entered before March 16; or for tenants to pay all monthly rent bonds owed for Appeal cases) will not be extended past 5 pm on June 1. View the recent order here.
This means that the court process can once again be restored to “working as anticipated” come June 2. Chief Justice Beasley states in her Order that “These emergency directives are crucial to ensuring that our court system continues to administer justice while protecting the health and safety of court officials, court personnel, and the public.”
Regarding summary ejectment and appeal hearings, NC AOC Director McKinley Wooten stated the Courts’ plans are to indeed move forward with hearings on these cases on June 2, but doing so employing social distancing and other health/safety measures, relying heavily on local court officials to make decisions appropriate to their particular County and its facilities to get their cases back onto hearing calendars. In other words, these cases will indeed be heard starting June 2, but the exact process, procedure, and speed will all vary by County, cognitive of safety and health concerns for the parties, the Courthouse staff and the physical space(s) that will be placed back into use.
If you have any questions regarding this recent Order please submit them to us by reaching out to us.