The new president of Georgia in Eastern Europe, Mikheil Saakashvili, who will be in Atlanta to receive an award from the American Bar Association for his leadership in legal reform, will speak at an event sponsored by the Southern Center for International Studies on Aug. 6 from 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Mr. Saakashvili, a 36-year old U.S. educated lawyer was elected president of the former Soviet republic in January when he defeated former President Eduard Shevardnadze in a landslide victory.

ABA’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiatives awards ceremony honors those who have advanced the rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East through legal reform. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will deliver the keynote remarks at this year’s ceremony luncheon to be held at the World Congress Center, on Aug. 7 from 12:00 -2:00 p.m.

Tickets for the SCIS program, at the Atlanta History Center’s McElreath Hall Auditorium, are $30 for Southern Center members and $40 for non-members. Contact Heather Harris at (404) 261-5763 for more information.

Tickets to the ABA awards luncheon are $40 for law students, $60 for Young Lawyers Association members and $75 for all others. Call Victoria Kerr at (202) 662-1982 for tickets and more information.