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Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity House, Ga. Tech

Lawsuits Filed Against Suspended Georgia Tech 'Rapebait' Fraternity

By Greg Land |

Two anonymous women who say they were raped during parties at the now-suspended Georgia Tech chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity have sued the national fraternity and its adviser.

Jason Marcus

A Couch Potato No More

By Mary Helen Martin |

Determined to make a change, lawyer Jason Marcus, a self-described couch potato with "absolutely no athletic background," sought refuge two-and-a-half years ago in CrossFit.

Daily Report Announces 2014 Legal Department of the Year Winners

By Mary Smith Judd |

Seven in-house legal departments have been selected as winners of the Daily Report's Third Annual Legal Department of the Year Awards.

FTC Sues Online Dating Site Over Fake Flirty Profiles

By Jenna Greene |

That handsome stranger who likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, the one who just winked at you online? He might be a computer-generated fake, trying to trick you into upgrading to a paid online dating membership, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Law Professor: Georgia Ebola Policy Has Constitutional Problem

By Leslie E. Wolf | Special to the Daily Report |

Georgia's policies regarding entering travelers from Ebola-affected regions have a particular significance to the efforts to control the spread of Ebola in the United States.

Closing Attorney Indicted for Defrauding Lender

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal grand jury has indicted an Atlanta real estate closing attorney and two real estate investors, charging them with defrauding SunTrust Mortgage of nearly $1 million in a mortgage fraud scheme that allegedly recruited straw borrowers as fronts for illegal loans.

Adam Masarek

When Landlords Fail, Pro Bono Counsel Steps In

By Adam Masarek | Special to the Daily Report |

Countless tenants in the Atlanta area reside in appallingly uninhabitable apartments and houses.

Fulton County Courthouse

All Clear at Fulton Courthouse

By Greg Land |

The Fulton County Courthouse complex was locked down and the surrounding streets closed as a result of a bomb threat for more than an hour.

Connecticut Family Sues After Ebola Fears Lead District to Ban Student

By Isaac Avilucea |

The parents of an elementary student are suing Milford school district for discrimination after they say "rumors" propagated by concerned school officials about whether their daughter had Ebola effectively imposed a "disability" on her.

Lawyers Puzzle Over Ping-Pong Rulings From Appeals Court and Becker

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Ping-pong rulings between the Court of Appeals and a DeKalb County judge over cases in the DeKalb school construction scandal are fascinating, said a veteran criminal defense attorney watching the action.

Holly LaBerge

Ex-Ethics Commission Lawyer Files New Suit Against Agency

By Greg Land |

Comments by Holly LaBerge, above, are at issue in a new suit brought by an attorney for Georgia's campaign ethics agency who was fired and later settled her whistleblower retaliation claims against the state for $477,000.

Gerald Jowers

Medical Center Considers Appeal of $8M Verdict Over Baby's Brain Damage

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Northeast Georgia Medical Center is considering whether to appeal the $8.45 million verdict returned by a Hall County jury last week in a trial over a baby who suffered severe brain damage after birth.

Camila Wright

AG Olens Appoints Statewide Human Trafficking Prosecutor

By Greg Land |

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has tapped a veteran Fulton County prosecutor to lead a statewide effort to crack down on human trafficking.

Robert Port

Arbitration Nets Family $3.9M From Broker That Employed Suspended Lawyer

By R. Robin McDonald |

Three generations of a Georgia family that had invested their life savings with an Atlanta investment broker and former sports agent have won a $3.9 million arbitration award from the Marietta brokerage firm that held the license under which he operated.

Judge Cynthia Becker

Appeals Court Halts Becker's Order Releasing DeKalb School Convicts

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The state Court of Appeals has halted the release of two defendants in the DeKalb County school corruption case whose convictions were reversed Monday by a trial court judge.

Jeremy Berry

Have the Money Talk With Associates

By Jeremy Berry |

Employees and shareholders want to know how their companies are performing financially. Associates also care—or should care—about the financial health of their own law firm.

Leonora

DeKalb DA Suggests Judge Reversed Convictions to Retaliate Against Appeals Court

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The DeKalb County district attorney's office suggested that the judge who suddenly reversed two major convictions in a school contracting scandal did so as a way to get back at a Court of Appeals panel that criticized her handling of a related case.

Judge Christopher Brasher

Judge Dismisses Voter Registration Suit

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County judge has turned aside a lawsuit asserting that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and three Georgia counties are failing to properly register tens of thousands of voters for the November election, ruling that the agencies have provided evidence that they are already complying with the law.

Jay Abt

Jury Doesn't Buy Alibi but Acquits on Murder Charges

By Greg Land |

A recent acquittal in a Fulton County murder trial shows that victories in the criminal defense arena are relative.

Robert James

Judge's Reversal of DeKalb School Corruption Convictions Sparks Flurry of Motions from DA

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

DeKalb County prosecutors have filed a flurry of motions within the 24 hours since Superior Court Judge Cynthia J. Becker issued an order reversing the convictions of two defendants in a school district corruption case.

Jeremy Liebman

Challenges to Franchise Model Put ShelfGenie GC to the Test

By Mary Welch |

Jeremy Liebman is general counsel for ShelfGenie Franchise Systems, a company specializing in custom-designed accessibility solutions such as glide-out shelving.

Janet Napolitano, at the University of Georgia.

Janet Napolitano Calls for Immigration Reform, Ebola Screening and 'Yes Means Yes' Laws in UGA Speech

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told University of Georgia law students Monday about the need for immigration reform, Ebola screening protocols and improved rape laws.

Bar President Offers Congratulations to Judges on Election to Family Violence Commission

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney and DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson on their recent election as officers of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.

Judge Cynthia Becker

Read the Order Granting New Trials in DeKalb School Corruption Case

By Kathleen Baydayla Joyner |

Judge Cynthia J. Becker of DeKalb County Superior Court on Monday granted new trials to two key defendants convicted in a probe of alleged corruption in county school building contracts.

Gov. Nathan Deal

Governor Waits More Than Six Months to Make Judge Pick

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal has made a curious choice on who should fill the sole seat on the Burke County State Court in Waynesboro: No one, so far.

Copyright Watchers: 11th Circuit Gave Publishers a Hollow Victory

By R. Robin McDonald |

At first blush, an Oct. 17 decision by the federal appeals court in Atlanta looked like a big win for publishers who sued to curtail Georgia State University's practice of letting students download copyrighted reading assignments without getting permission or paying licensing fees.

UGA Law Grads Post Highest Bar Pass Rate in Down Year

By Jonathan Ringel |

The University of Georgia led the pack in the percentage of law school graduates passing the State Bar of Georgia's July exam, with nearly 94 percent of first-time takers passing.

Susan A. Cahoon

Kilpatrick Honors Partner Susan Cahoon by Creating Emory Scholarship

By Meredith Hobbs |

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is honoring pioneering female partner Susan Cahoon with an endowed scholarship at Emory College, her alma mater.

William M. Ray II

Appeals Judges Say If Lewis Lied in DeKalb Schools Case, Other Convictions Are Questionable Too

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The appeals court panel that gave former DeKalb County school superintendent Crawford Lewis a new chance to avoid prison hinted that a trial judge's failure to accept Lewis' plea deal for probation could undermine his codefendants' convictions.

Duke Ellington in 1971, from the movie 'The Adventure of Jazz'

Ellington's Heirs Lose Challenge to 1961 Contract

By Joel Stashenko |

A copyright renewal that Duke Ellington signed in 1961 does not unfairly deprive his heirs of a portion of foreign royalties on the music giant's works such as "Mood Indigo" and "Sophisticated Lady," the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Tamara Lusardi.

‘Groundbreaking’ Ruling for Transgender Disabled Vet

By Jenna Greene |

The Department of the Army discriminated against a civilian worker who transitioned from male to female, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced Thursday.

Lawyer Escapes Sanctions Over Fosamax Trial 'Tirade'

By Julie Triedman |

Four years after a federal district judge in New York lambasted a product liability lawyer for going overboard in his closing arguments during a bellwether trial against Merck & Co. Inc., an appeals court has vacated sanctions against the attorney.

Carrollton Lawyer Under Investigation for Alleged Theft

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Authorities are looking deeper into the bank records of a Carrollton lawyer accused of forging records and stealing tens of thousands of dollars from at least one client.

Plaintiffs’ lawyers Julie Houck, Jerry Wilson, Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson and Robert Denham (seated).

Judge Sounds Skeptical of Voting Group's Claims

By Greg Land |

The judge overseeing a lawsuit claiming that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the elections boards of three Georgia counties have failed to properly register thousands of voters sounded skeptical of the action's claims Friday

Mawuli Davis

Activist Lawyer Organizes Event to Develop Community Reponses to Police Brutality

By Meredith Hobbs |

A broad coalition of African-American bar associations and community groups has organized a conference, Empowering Ourselves Now, to address police brutality and community safety in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Judge William M. Ray

Appeals Panel Gives Convicted DeKalb Schools Superintendent a Chance to Avoid Prison

By Alyson M. Palmer |

An appeals court panel has given former DeKalb County school superintendent Crawford Lewis another chance at avoiding prison.

July Bar Exam Results Are Out

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Georgia Office of Bar Admissions has released its list of people who passed the state bar exam administered in July.

Scott Wandstrat

The Trinity of Reasonable Anticipation

By Scott A. Wandstrat |

I wasn't born a lawyer. Like many, I started my working life in restaurants. My favorite job was waiting tables at Emeril's in New Orleans, partly because I learned so much (though free meals and tips didn't hurt).

gavel, scale, and law book

Georgia Probate Judge Guilty of Embezzlement

Federal prosecutors say a Georgia probate judge has pleaded guilty to embezzlement.

voting

Voter Registration Suit Set for Friday Hearing

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County Superior Court judge will hear arguments Friday concerning a lawsuit accusing Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and elections boards in three Georgia counties of failing to register thousands of voters whose applications were submitted by the New Georgia Project, a self-described nonpartisan organization trying to increase voting among minorities, young people and unmarried women.

<b>COOPERATE:</b> Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in July publicly credited GE Capital Retail Bank, now known as Synchrony Bank, for self-reporting violations.

Agency Sets High Expectations For Cooperation

By Jenna Greene |

Forget to be or not to be. For lawyers defending companies under scrutiny by federal agencies, the real question is whether to self-report wrongdoing.

Patrick Watson

Bryan Cave Names New Leader for Atlanta Office

By Meredith Hobbs |

Bryan Cave has made G. Patrick Watson the new leader of its Atlanta office, effective Nov. 1.

Governor Names New Solicitor in Elbert County

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal has chosen a senior district attorney from the Northern Judicial Circuit to be the new solicitor-general in Elbert County.

Kristin Hall, Charlotte Combre and Darrell Solomon

Second Annual GAPABA Judiciary Committee Event

The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association invited members of the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission to a panel discussion on how to seek judicial appointment.

(left to right) Scott Delius, Rep. BJay Pak, and Pete Robinson at the How to Seek Judicial Appointment program at McKenna, Long and Aldridge, LLP in Atlanta on October 21, 2014.

JNC Members: Bench Diversity Not Black-and-White

By Greg Land |

A member of the Judicial Nominating Commission told a group of Asian-American lawyers seeking advice on how to get on the bench that selection of judges is "an inherently political process."

Scott Bailey

Justices Will Hear Case of Judge Who Didn't Tell Lawyers About a Jury Note

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court has agreed to review a Court of Appeals decision that tossed a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case because the trial judge didn't tell the lawyers he had received and responded to a note from jurors suggesting they were deadlocked.

Quinton Spencer salsa dancing with his fiancee Liz Camacho

A Lawyer Who Lets Loose With Salsa

By Leah Greenberg Davis |

Litigators are often known for their smooth moves in the courtroom, but not on the dance floor. Solo practitioner Quinton Spencer is working to dispel the notion that lawyers don't know how to loosen up.

Stone Mountain Circuit Public Defender Claudia Saari and her office represented one of the juvenile suspects in the recent habeas petition in DeKalb County Superior Court.

DeKalb Judge Finds Juvenile Court Illegally Detained Youth

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A DeKalb County Superior Court judge has found that the pretrial detention of two robbery suspects by the county's Juvenile Court was illegal because authorities didn't give a specific reason for overriding risk assessments that showed the two weren't high risks for committing more alleged crimes.

Eric P. Berezin

Employment Firm Forms Ebola Team to Address Clients' Workplace Concerns

By Meredith Hobbs |

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart has formed an Ebola Rapid Response Team to advise employers on workplace issues around the potential spread of the disease.

Pennsylvania's Judicial Watchgog Under the Gun in Investigation of High Court Justice

By P.J. D'Annunzio 
and max mitchell |

While the Pennsylvania Supreme Court expects the state's Judicial Conduct Board to investigate and determine whether to charge Justice Seamus P. McCaffery within 30 days, lawyers said meeting the deadline might be an unrealistic goal for the modestly-staffed disciplinary body.

Jeff Schoenberg

Mentorship: Why You Need It, and Why You Might Have to Work to Get It

By Jeff Schoenberg |

Let's start with a bit of honesty. On the day you reported to your first law job, you had a bare, pitiful minimum of practical skills. You had some legal knowledge and you had some interests, but "practicing" was pretty much a mystery, right?

Captain Mark Kelly, Co Founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Prosecutors Convene in Atlanta With Aim to Curb Gun Violence

By Greg Land |

Nearly two dozen prosecutors from around the country met in Atlanta for a daylong summit Tuesday to discuss ways to rein in an epidemic of gun deaths that has long earned America the title of leader of the industrial world in the number of citizens killed by firearms.

Meet 40 Rising Stars and a Luminary

By Mary Smith Judd |

It was bound to happen. Our annual On the Rise issue is now a family affair. The 2014 class includes the spouse of one past pick and a sibling of another.

Going Rate 2014

How Does Your Hourly Rate Compare? Search Our Database

Find out what Georgia lawyers and firms located here charge. Plus, our annual Going Rate special issue coverage explores the art—and science—behind crafting the perfect hourly rate.

Demonstration outside the U.S. Supreme Court to bring attention to reconsideration of the Citizens United v. FEC decision.  February 23, 2012.

Emory Law Study: Campaign Spending Skews Justice Against Defendants

By Marcia Coyle |

Skyrocketing spending on television advertising in state supreme court elections has rendered justices less likely to vote in favor of criminal defendants, a new study found.

Matthew Hilt

'Pendulum Swing' Pushes Insurance Defense Lawyer to Other Side

By Meredith Hobbs |

After 19 years practicing insurance defense law, Matthew Hilt has switched to the plaintiffs' side and joined Morgan & Morgan.

Georgia Supreme Court building

Lawyer Says Three-Year Suspension Equals Disbarment

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The attorney who received a stricter-than-recommended penalty from the state Supreme Court for abandoning and failing to repay two clients expressed disappointment Monday afternoon at his three-year suspension.

Advice From In-House Counsel: Show Some Business Sense and Make Us Look Good to Management

By Meredith Hobbs |

Two in-house counsel gave remarkably similar responses when asked how outside lawyers can keep clients happy.

Daniel Trujillo Sr. VP and Chief Compliance Officer, Walmart International

Wal-Mart Compliance Chief Looking Beyond the Scandals

By Sue Reisinger |

Daniel Trujillo likes to tell the story of visiting Wal-Mart stores when he was first hired to learn more about the retailing business.

Judge Ed Carnes

Eleventh Circuit Chief Declares End to Emergency

By Alyson M. Palmer |

With his court back to nearly full strength, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has announced the end of a court emergency.

S. Lester Tate III

Tate to Head JQC; William Hill Gets Nod for Open Seat

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state Judicial Qualifications Commission is taking on new leadership as chairman Robert Ingram departs when his second term at the judicial watchdog agency ends Nov. 1, and vice chairman Lester Tate steps into his role as chairman.

Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines wrote the majority opinion that sided with prosecutors.

Ga. Justices Side With Prosecutors 6-1 Over Late-Night Police Encounter

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled 6-1 for prosecutors on Monday in a Fourth Amendment case about a late-night police encounter in which a divided Court of Appeals had reached the opposite result.

Gerald Lupa said his client’s son died in the Douglas County Jail.

Suit: Douglas County Jail's Health Provider Caused Inmate's Death

By Greg Land |

The mother of a man who died in jail after being given a medication he was allergic to is suing the private company that handles inmate health care for the Douglas County Jail.

From left: Judge Susan Edlein, Judge Shawn Lagrua, Terri Beck, Jacquelyn H. Saylor, Jonathan Rapping and Melody Richardson.

2014 Celebrating Service Awards

The Atlanta Bar Association held its annual Celebrating Service luncheon and Pro Bono Fair on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Piedmont Driving Club.

S. Lester Tate III

Lester Tate to Take Over JQC; William Hill Nominated for Open Seat

By R. Robin McDonald |

The state Judicial Qualifications Commission is taking on new leadership as chairman Robert Ingram departs when his second term at the judicial watchdog agency ends Nov. 1, and vice chairman Lester Tate steps into his role as chairman.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Divided Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID to Take Effect

By Tony Mauro |

A rare Saturday morning order from the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a strict voter ID law to take effect in Texas “risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” three justices warned in dissent.

Tips for Hiring and Working With Experts

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Selecting and working with consultants and experts is a routine aspect of the modern practice of law.

Ga. Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines

Georgia High Court Sides With Prosecutors 6-1 on Fourth Amendment Issue

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The state Supreme Court has ruled 6-1 for prosecutors in a Fourth Amendment case that split the Court of Appeals more deeply.

High Court Imposes a 3-Year Suspension and Accepts Two Reprimands in Lawyer Discipline Cases

This disciplinary matter is before the Court on the Report and Recommendation of the special master, John M. Hyatt, who recommends that Respondent William Charles Lea (State Bar No. 442006) be suspended for a period of six months

Court Unseals Divorce File of Ala. Federal Judge

A court has unsealed the divorce record of an Alabama federal judge arrested on a domestic violence charge in Atlanta in August.

Lawyers Swap Jury Stories, Wisdom as Wait for Ellis Verdict Grows

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

As the jury weighing the fate of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis entered its ninth day of deliberations on Friday, criminal defense lawyers not involved in the case shared stories and wisdom about long waits for a verdict.

Entry-Level Pay for Big Law in Atlanta Flat Since Recession

By Meredith Hobbs |

Five years after big firms slashed associate pay in response to the recession, the market rate for their first-year associates in Atlanta is still $135,000.

Data Breach Study: Good News but Much Work Remains

By Judy Selby |

In September 2014, Experian Data Breach Resolution Group and the Ponemon Institute released their second annual study on data breach preparedness.

Health Law Speaker: Ebola Czar Is 'Wicked Smart'

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Ebola discussion broke in again at a public health law conference on Friday.

Matthew Penn, Director, Public Health Law Program, Office for State Tribal, Local and Territorial Support for the CDC.

CDC Lawyer Urges Looking at the Law as Ebola Emotion Swirls

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Several attendees at a public health law conference in Atlanta gathered early Friday to drink coffee and talk about responses to the Ebola outbreak.

Court, Sheriff Warn of Jury Duty Scammers Demanding Money

By Greg Land |

The Fulton County Superior Court and the Fulton County Sheriff's Office are warning of a scam involving fraudsters pretending to be court officials or deputies calling citizens

Court Ejects $6M Smoker Verdict Against Reynolds

By Adolfo Pesquera |

A $5.9 million jury verdict in favor of a chain smoker's widow was reversed and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. was granted a new trial Thursday because the trial judge suppressed evidence of the smoker's alcoholism.

Jon Peters and Sharon Neal

Defense Wins Against $6 Million Med-Mal Claim

By Greg Land |

A Fayette County jury has returned a defense verdict in the case of a man who claimed he was disabled by a doctor's failure to diagnose a spinal problem in time for a surgical procedure to prevent permanent damage.

Lawyer Mom Files Complaint Against Immigration Judge Who Refused to Delay Hearing for Maternity Leave

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A Lawrenceville immigration attorney has filed a complaint alleging sexism against an Atlanta immigration court judge who denied her request for a continuance in a case for maternity leave.

Sally Q. Yates

Report: Atlanta U.S. Attorney Could Replace Departing Deputy AG

By R. Robin McDonald |

U.S. Attorney Sally Yates is being mentioned as a possible replacement to fill the second highest post at the U.S. Justice Department, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

Carol Hunstein and Linda Klein

Georgia Legal Services Honors Champions of Justice

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Georgia Legal Services Program honored 10 lawyers, judges and citizen advocates at its annual Champions of Justice event on Oct. 7, hosted by Alston & Bird.

Mary Palma

Could You Write a Novel in 30 Days? Mary Palma Did

By Mary Helen Martin |

Lawyer Mary Palma and her five siblings have long enjoyed writing stories and sharing them with each other. So when Palma stumbled upon a book called "No Plot? No Problem!," it struck a chord with her.

L-R Scott Burris, Director, Public Health Law Research and Professor of Law at Temple University, Gene W. Matthews, Director , Network for Public Health Law-Southeastern Region, ASLME and Wendy Parmet, Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law. Talk about Public Health Law: Looking Back and Ahead, at the 2014 ASLME Public Law Health Conference.

Ebola Is a Hot Topic at Atlanta Public Health Law Conference

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Obesity, tobacco and vaccination policy were on the agenda at a national gathering of lawyers, professors and other public health professionals this week in Atlanta—but attendees keep coming back to Ebola.

The Ebola virus under a microscope

Nurse at Dallas Ebola Hospital Hires Fort Lauderdale Lawyer

By Adolfo Pesquera |

An emergency room nurse who treated a fellow nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in Dallas is taking time off and retained a noted Fort Lauderdale plaintiffs firm rather than return to work.

Chief Judge Cynthia Wright

Judge Rejects Sovereign Immunity for State in Contract Dispute

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A Fulton County judge is allowing a breach of contract claim to move forward against the state Department of Community Health in which a government employee claims she was duped into purchasing a top-tier health insurance plan that was reduced to a more modest plan—without receiving any reimbursement for the difference.

A. Lee Parks

AGs Office Considers Appeal in Class Action

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The state attorney general's office is deciding whether to appeal a judge's decision to allow a potential class action to move forward against the Georgia Department of Community Health in which a government employee alleges she was duped into buying a more expensive health insurance plan.

Left, Greg Hecht, right, Sam Olens

AG Incumbent Out-Raises, Out-Spends Challenger

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

With less than three weeks left in the race for state attorney general, incumbent Sam Olens has a war chest nearly four times as large as that of opponent Greg Hecht, according to the latest round of campaign finance disclosures released this week.

(left to right) Ed Shoemaker, a police officer with the Emory Police Department, and Jane Jordan, the deputy general counsel/chief counsel for health affairs for Emory University, at the Ebola Law Panel Discussion at the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta Ga. on October 14, 2014. (photo by Rebecca Breyer/freelance photographer)

Emory Deputy GC Recounts Legal Issues in Treating Ebola Patients

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A top lawyer at Emory University said Tuesday that even with a decade of planning, the school's health care system had to deal with unexpected issues—including legal matters—as its campus hospital began treating Americans who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa.

GreenLaw held its 2014 Environmental Heroes celebration Oct. 7 on the terrace of Nelson Mullins. David Worley of Harris Penn Lowry and Terri Lyndall of Galloway & Lyndall, which won the Ogden Doremus Award for excellence in environmental law.

After Hours: Spotlights Lawyers' Lives Outside Their Offices

Check out our gallery of photos from four recent events for legal professionals. Represented are GreenLaw’s Environmental Heroes awards, a Fulton County Veterans Court recognition, an Atlanta Trend Leadership luncheon event and the Multi-Bar Leadership Council’s Diversity Award presentation.

John Roberts, Jr., 2000.

Roberts Considered Representing Clinton in Jones Supreme Court Case

By Tony Mauro |

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., then in private practice, did not rule out representing President Bill Clinton before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997 in the legal battle over Paula Jones’ allegations of sexual harassment.

NPR Reports on Litigator Who Changed Her Voice to Get More Respect

By Jonathan Ringel |

Here's a story to get people at your law office talking—about how people talk. A feature Tuesday on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" discussed a New York litigator who sought professional help to change her voice after partners noted how high her voice was.

Kent Altom manages the Georgia and Alabama litigation practice group at McCalla Raymer, a real estate law firm that primarily represents mortgage creditors with offices in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Hard Work Doesn't Guarantee Success, but It Improves the Odds

By Kent Altom |

By any measure, education, work ethic and ambition are essential to success. Having the right education, being willing to work hard, and dreaming big, while essential to success, do not (individually or collectively) guarantee success.

New Judges Sought in Ocmulgee Circuit

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal's Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for two judicial vacancies in the Ocmulgee Circuit.

Joseph A. Fried

Plaintiff Collects $5.475 Million in Chain Reaction Crash

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Atlanta lawyer Joe Fried thought he had a straightforward personal injury case when he filed a complaint last year in Habersham County Superior Court on behalf of a woman hurt in a three-car collision.

Natalie Woodward

Court Says Parents of Facebook Phony Can Be Liable for Defamation

By Greg Land |

The parents of a teenager who created a Facebook page purporting to show a classmate making profane and racist comments can be held liable for defamation because they allowed the page to remain online for nearly a year after it was discovered, Georgia appeals judges have ruled.

Samuel Mullet stands in front of his Bergholz, Ohio, home, on October 10, 2011.

Feds Ask Full Sixth Circuit to Review Amish Beard-Cutting Case

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to review a divided panel decision reversing the convictions of 16 members of the Ohio Amish community who engaged in a series of hair-shearing and beard-cutting assaults against followers of the faith three years ago.

Judge Mark Fuller, left, with attorney Jeff Brickman.

Embattled Alabama Judge Comes to Atlanta to Prove He's Complying With Diversion Program

By Alyson M. Palmer |

As beleaguered U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller of Alabama made another court visit in Atlanta on Tuesday, an Alabama news outlet was seeking to unseal court documents about his past.

Michael Blake of Habif Arogeti & Wynne speaks on “The ROI of Doing the Right Thing.”

After Hours: Daily Report's In-House Counsel Seminar

The Daily Report sponsored an in-house counsel CLE seminar at the Buckhead Club on Oct. 1.

Avi Stadler says that as “a legal department of one” for national court-reporting company Esquire Deposition Solutions, he relies on outside counsel for active litigation, IP and other transactional matters.

Meet the GC: Avi Stadler of Esquire Solutions

By Mary Welch |

Avi Stadler joined Esquire Deposition Solutions, a national court-reporting company based in Atlanta, in May 2014.