In December 2008, six weeks after Barack Obama was elected president, I participated in a panel on campaign finance at the annual conference of the Council of Governmental Ethics Laws in Chicago.
This year, the American legal community is observing the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, a unanimous ruling that defendants in criminal cases have the right to an attorney, regardless of their ability to pay for such representation.
Last year the Supreme Court of Georgia issued a ruling that preparing and filing answers in garnishment cases is the practice of law and should only be done by lawyers.
I serve on the board of directors of The Institute for American Values, a private, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, publication and public education on issues of family well-being and civil society.
Nothing in my long years of law practice has been an important as representing people in adoption proceedings. Being handed a newborn infant by a mother who gave birth in the previous 48 hours and delivering the baby to adopting parents is a moving and emotional experience. Serving merely as a witness to the way adoption changes lives has been a privilege.
The Charter School Amendment is an important education reform for Georgia. Statewide, the overall high school graduation rate hovers in the mid 60 percent range, and in many school districts serving mostly low income students the graduation rate is closer to the low 50 percent level.
Is it too much to expect that the process of amending our state's constitution should involve some degree of transparency and respect for the voters who are to decide the issue?
I grew up listening to baseball games on the radio and am always reminded that this sport, more than any other, lends itself to conversation, to debate, to what should have happened. Unlike football, where it looks to me like every play should have a holding penalty, baseball is played at a speed which enhances attention and, therefore, potential debate.
On Oct. 10, when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case of Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al, "affirmative action" again will become a hot topic of discussion. Here's hoping that the justices' decision results in eliminating the bad experiment of race preferences by government actors in education.
Courts often strike down employment practices that discriminate against minority employees.