Ebel Family Law

National Honors and Awards
1983 Interviewed by Mike Wallace on "60 Minutes Television News Hour" to discuss the Mariel Cuban Litigation; Appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, The American Lawyer, The Associated Press, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution regarding the class action litigation she brought to end the indefinite imprisonment of Mariel Cubans in alleged violation of due process of law of the United States Constitution and the Hague Convention and other International Human Rights Treaties.
2005 Recipient of the Ann Leichty Child Custody Award given by the American Bar Association to one lawyer or law firm nationwide each year.

State And Local Honors And Awards
1981 Interviewed on numerous radio stations and television stations throughout Georgia regarding the Mariel Cuban indefinite detention litigation.
1985 Special Mention by The Honorable Marvin H. Shoob in his Acceptance Speech taking Senior status as a Federal District Court Judge, of Deborah Ebel's work in leading the historic litigation against the U.S. Department of Justice, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Governor of the State of Florida in trying to obtain due process and equal protection of the laws for the thousands of Mariel Cubans indefinitely detained in the United States.
1986 American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia – Bill of Rights Award.
1991 S. Phillip Heiner Award given by the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation ("AVLF") for provision of legal services.
2000 Guardian ad Litem Award of the Year by the AVLF.
  Participant on Layman's Lawyer Television Program.
  Selected as One of Georgia Trend's Legal Elite for 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
  Selected as Georgia Super Lawyer in Family Law by Atlanta Magazine in: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
  Named One of The Top 50 Female Lawyers in the state by Atlanta Magazine for: 2005, 2006 and 2007.
2007 Gave the introductory Remarks for Award Presentation to the Honorable Marvin H. Shoob, Senior Judge, United States District Court, at the 2007 Annual First Amendment Society Awards Dinner.
2008 Recipient of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation Award as Best Family Lawyer in Atlanta.
  Listed as One of Georgia's Most Influential Legal Leaders in May 2008 Edition of James Magazine.
  Certificate of Appreciation in 2008 by Just Georgia in helping to gather data to re-write the Georgia Juvenile Code, which rewritten code was passed by the Georgia Legislature in 2012.

Court Memberships

State Bar of Georgia, June 1975
Georgia Supreme Court, July 1975
Georgia Court of Appeals, July 1975
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, March 1976
United States Court of Appeals for The Eleventh Circuit, October 1981
United States Supreme Court (for filing Petition for Certiorari in Rafael Fernandez-Roque v. Smith, 734 F.2d 576 (11th Cir. 1984)).

Professional Organization Memberships

American Bar Association
Georgia Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law and General Litigation Sections
Bleckley Inn of Court, Master, 1997 – Present
Emory Public Interest Committee, Advisory Board, 1998 – 2012
Victim Witness Assistance Program, Inc., Board of Directors, 2002 – 2008
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, Board of Directors, 2005 – 2008
Life Fellow, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
Member, Outstanding Lawyers of America
Georgia Association of Trial Lawyers
Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia
Member, Editorial Board of The Atlanta Lawyer, a publication of the Atlanta Bar Association
President, Board of Directors, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (“AVLF”), 1993-1994; Member, AVLF Board of Directors, 1992-2000

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