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Lawyers are using their checkbooks to endorse Atlanta mayoral race candidates Shirley C. Franklin and Robb L. Pitts. But in a campaign where the candidates have yet to delineate sharp differences between each other, none has an edge in contributions from the bar. Pitts has raised a total of $1.3 million, and $36,650 has come from attorneys and law firms. Franklin also has raised a total of $1.3 million, $41,365 from lawyers. Gloria B. Tinubu has collected a total of $85,995, $1,650 of it from Georgia lawyers. The contributions are revealed in campaign contribution reports filed June 30. Some lawyers appear to be hedging their bets, giving to both campaigns. Both Kilpatrick Stockton partner Alfred S. Lurey and AGL Resources Inc. attorney Paul R. Shlanta gave $500 to both candidates. Two other lawyers gave to both campaigns, but they ponied up more for Franklin. Arnall Golden Gregory partner Charles T. Huddleston gave $200 to Pitts and $500 to Franklin. He refused to comment on his contributions. Smith Gambrell & Russell partner Prentiss Q. Yancey Jr. gave $250 to Pitts and $500 to Franklin. Yancey is the only Smith Gambrell lawyer to offer financial support to Franklin, however. The firm gave $1,000 to Pitts’ campaign and another SGR lawyer gave $500 to the Pitts cause. Two AGG lawyers other than Huddleston gave $350 to Franklin’s campaign; three others gave $2,000 to Pitts’. Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy’s political action committee donated $2,000 to both Franklin and Pitts’ campaigns. Two Powell Goldstein partners gave contributions totaling $350 to Franklin’s effort, while another partner gave $2,000 to Pitts’. Two Long Aldridge & Norman lawyers — including Sharon A. Gay, former aide to Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell — gave $1,000 to Franklin. But the firm itself has given $1,000 to Pitts’ campaign. A few firms appear to have cast their lot firmly in one mayoral hopeful’s camp. At Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, 10 lawyers have given to Franklin’s campaign and just one has contributed to Pitts’. That lone Pitts financial supporter is Randolph W. Thrower. Partner N. Jerold Cohen, a Franklin contributor, jokes he’ll have to have a talk with Thrower. Cohen says he has actively encouraged the firm’s partners to support Franklin, whom he has known for many years. At Kilpatrick Stockton, Pitts appears to have the firm’s support. Partners have ponied up $6,000 for Pitts and just $1,800 for Franklin. Mayor Campbell practiced with Kilpatrick’s predecessor firm, Kilpatrick & Cody, in the 1980s. Contributions also are going one way at Kritzer & Levick, where four lawyers have donated $4,000 to Pitts’ campaign. No one at the firm had given to Franklin as of June 30. In addition to the firm’s $1,000 donation to Pitts’ campaign, Meadows, Ichter & Trigg is listed as providing $40,000 in legal services to the Pitts campaign. Briefly … Herbert N. Beller, a tax partner in Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan’s Washington, D.C., office, is the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation chairman-elect. In August 2002, Beller will become the section’s chairman and will hold that position for a year. Beller was nominated for the position in January and was just elected at the ABA’s annual meeting. Other Sutherland attorneys who have served as chairman of the taxation section include N. Jerold Cohen, who was chairman 1995-1996, and Randolph W. Thrower, who headed the section 1961-1963.

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