ATLA Live Auction

As a firm, we are all big believers in giving back and helping out in any way that we can. One of the common ways that we regularly do this is through Oliver Law Firm Auction Team. Recently, I had the pleasure of co-hosting my first live auction. This auction was for the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association at the annual meeting. It was quite an adventure!

First of all, I only found out I was doing this auction the night before when Sach got called away to an out-of-town meeting, so I didn’t have much time to prepare. What time I did have, I tried to use as wisely as I could. I woke up early the morning of the auction and got on YouTube to watch videos about how to do an “auction chant” because I thought I’d go all out if I was going to do it. It turned out that a couple hours of watching videos wasn’t enough for me to figure out how to chant confidently. I was very nervous as the lunch awards ceremony rolled around, but I got a chance to chat with our awesome public relations director, Kim Daniels, who has a ton of auctioneering experience.

Kim helped walked me through how it all works. Then, she volunteered her husband Dale to co-host it with me and be the guy who actually calls off the dollar amounts. It was a huge relief. When Dale showed up, he happily agreed. One of our paralegals, Liz, helped out by being a bid spotter, and we had a wonderfully successful event. We raised $2,500 to help ensure the people of Arkansas have access to the court system, and everyone there seemed to have a great time. I love all the opportunities to be out in the public that this job provides, and my first live auction will definitely be a memory I’ll hold onto for a long, long time.

Dale, Geoff and LizDale Daniels (L), Geoff Hamby (C) and Liz Lottmann, (R), work to drive the bids higher during the ATLA live auction event.