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Pair Sentenced for Stealing Emory Law Students' IDs

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge has sentenced an Atlanta man and a Dunwoody woman to prison after they pleaded guilty to stealing identities of law and medical students at Emory University and the University of Georgia in order to apply for student loans, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia announced Friday.

Jesse Furman.

Lawyers Line Up for Key Roles in GM Defect Litigation

By Amanda Bronstad |

More than 60 lawyers have applied for lead roles in the litigation against General Motors Co. over ignition-switch defects.

Jill A. Pryor

Jill Pryor Poised for Senate Vote

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. Senate voted late Thursday night to close debate on the nomination of Atlanta attorney Jill Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta.

Brent Savage contrasted the six physicians who said his client has RSD to the defense’s paid expert who denied it.

Breast Surgery Verdict Is $1M

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Ware County jury awarded a $1 million verdict to a woman blaming a doctor and a shopping center clinic for complications from breast augmentation surgery.

After Threat Of Contempt, Fulton Clerk Delivers Records

By Greg Land |

It took three requests over a year's time, plus a threat of finding the clerk of Fulton County Superior Court in contempt, but the Georgia Court of Appeals has received records it needed to handle an appeal.

Judge Mark Anthony Scott

DeKalb Judge Recuses from Cases Involving His Son's Lawyer

By Katheen Baydala Joyner |

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott has recused from five criminal cases at the request of prosecutors who have been squabbling with the judge.

Louis Levenson

Part-time Magistrate Departs Team Seeking Homeless Shelter's Eviction

By Greg Land |

A part-time Fulton County magistrate who recently joined lawyers attempting to oust the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless from its downtown shelter has dropped out of the case after the Task Force said his role violated judicial canons.

14th century miniature of the Magna Carta from the Library of Congress’ collection.

Magna Carta Visits USA in Runup to 800th Anniversary

By Meredith Hobbs |

An original Magna Carta manuscript is touring the United States in the runup to the 800th anniversary of King John of England's setting his seal to it on June 15, 1215.

Mike Bowers, the former attorney general, represents the Hanna law firm.

Consumer Bureau's Suit Against Law Firm Faces Big Challenge

By R. Robin McDonald, |

Represented by Mike Bowers, Fred Hanna's law firm has prevailed in other claims against its debt collection practices.

Douglas County DA Brian Fortner says court leaves “grey area.”

Ga. High Court is No Longer Unanimous in DA Conflict Case

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Following prosecutors' plea that the Georgia Supreme Court reconsider its ruling on a district attorney's conflict of interest, three justices have backed away from the opinion issued in the case, but the result remains.

Another Round of "Beyond Scared Straight" for Fulton County Deputies Tonight

By Greg Land |

Deputies with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office offer at-risk youth a gritty taste of jailhouse life Thursday night when A&E's "Beyond Scared Straight" chronicles the department's Youth Intervention Program (YIP).

After Hours: The Gate City Bar Association 8th Annual Justice Robert Benham Law Camp

On June 23, The Gate City Bar Association held its Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony for the 8th Annual Justice Robert Benham Law Camp at King & Spalding.

Jamie Casino

Savannah Lawyer Seeks Internet Victims for Reality TV Show

By Meredith Hobbs |

Personal injury lawyer and Internet sensation Jamie Casino's new reality show will feature people who've been victimized via the Internet.

Doug Towns

Pilot-Lawyer Earns 'Angel' Wings

By Paul Shea |

Doug Towns loves to fly. He does it for fun with his family, as many people do, but he also flies with a purpose.

ABA Study of Missouri Public Defenders Details "Crushing" Workloads

By Greg Land |

In what it describes as a "blueprint for national reform," the American Bar Association Thursday released a detailed study of the caseloads and hours worked by Missouri public defenders—concluding that it documents "how excessive caseloads deny indigent criminal defendants the constitutional right to effective counsel."

Cornelius Grossman.

Accounting Firms Make New Foray into Legal Services

By Chris Johnson |

Almost exactly a decade ago, the top accounting firms were forced to abandon their legal services ambitions after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act prohibited them from offering legal services to audit clients.

Sharri Edenfield

Board of Young Lawyers Division Is Announced

By Meredith Hobbs |

Sharri Edenfield, the new president of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, has appointed a slate of lawyers to the YLD's board of directors. Edenfield's initiatives for the 2014-2015 year include service to military veterans, leadership development for YLD members and increasing access to justice.

Marlan Wilbanks

Hospital, Medical Firm CEOs to Plead Guilty to Kickbacks

By R. Robin McDonald |

Two key players in what federal prosecutors have described as a massive scheme to defraud Georgia's Medicaid program are slated to plead guilty to charges that they negotiated kickback payments to prenatal clinics that steered undocumented Hispanic women to local hospitals for deliveries of their babies.

Beverly B. Martin

Prison Hunger Striker's Wife: Denial of Visits Unconstitutional

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit frequently hears cases brought by prisoners complaining about abuse or facility conditions or seeking to overturn their convictions.

Regan Keebaugh, left, represents plaintiffs suing employers, while his partner, James Radford, said he likes

Plaintiffs' Firm Opens in Decatur to Handle Civil Rights, Employment

By Meredith Hobbs |

James Radford and Regan Keebaugh have started their own plaintiffs' firm, handling civil rights and employment cases.

Morris Manning & Martin Managing Partner Louise Wells (from left), MMM Partner and MMMPact Chair Christina Graham, Kate’s Club founder Kate Atwood and Kate’s Club Executive Director Emily Brenner Hawkins.

After Hours: Spotlights Lawyers' Lives Outside Their Offices

Morris Manning & Martin Managing Partner Louise Wells (from left), MMM Partner and MMMPact Chair Christina Graham, Kate's Club founder Kate Atwood and Kate's Club Executive Director Emily Brenner Hawkins.

At Bingham, Big Guarantees Raise More Questions

By Brian Baxter |

As Bingham McCutchen engages in merger talks in an effort to reshape its future, the firm is still coping with the fallout from one of its many past combinations.

Slain Florida State University College of Law professor Dan Markel

A Pioneer Mourned

By Karen Sloan |

The prevailing wisdom holds that law professors are wise to wait until they earn tenure before they start sharing their opinions in the rough-and-tumble legal blogosphere.

Jill A. Pryor

Pryor's 11th Circuit Nomination Moves Forward

By R. Robin McDonald |

U.S. Senator Harry Reid on Wednesday filed to close debate on the pending nomination of Atlanta attorney Jill Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

E-Discovery, Big Data: A Marriage of Necessity

By Paul Shea |

The future of e-discovery might be best be likened to a wedding. Although e-discovery has a past filled with confusion, complications and cost explosions, it seems to have finally found its perfect mate in big data.

L-R Sarah McCormack and Rebecca Hoelting.

On the Move: Hoelting & McCormack Form Family Law Firm

By Meredith Hobbs |

Family lawyers Rebecca Hoelting and Sarah McCormack are acting on a long-held ambition and opening their own firm, Hoelting & McCormack, on Aug. 1.

David Will, the plaintiff’s attorney, said he was told the personal injury verdict set a record in Gwinnett County.

Verdict for $15M is 'Hollow Victory' After Defendants Dismissed

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Gwinnett County State Court jury returned a nearly $15 million verdict to a police officer who was shot by another officer from a different jurisdiction while trying to give aid, though the judgment will likely never be collected.

GC Survey: Cybersecurity a Problem, Outside Counsel A-OK

By Sue Reisinger |

While the percentage of companies ready to handle a data breach has steadily grown over the last year, a large number of general counsel still say their businesses are not prepared to defend against a cybersecurity incident, according to a new survey.

Greg Riggs works with Debby Stone, a lawyer who founded Novateur 12 years ago.

Ex-Delta GC Earns Wings as Law Firms' Career Coach

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The former general counsel of Delta Air Lines has turned himself into a career coach.

Meredith Lackey stays abreast of the changing regulatory landscape and increasing scrutiny.

Meet the GC: Meredith Lackey of Colonial Pipeline Company

By Mary Welch |

Meredith Lackey was appointed vice president and general counsel of Colonial Pipeline Company in January 2012.

11th Circuit Backs $67M Verdict Against TD Bank In Rothstein Fallout

By Mary Hladky |

A federal appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a $67 million verdict against TD Bank for helping lawyer-turned-con-man Scott Rothstein fleece an investor group in his Ponzi scheme.

Frederick Scullin.

How A New York Judge Struck Down A D.C. Gun Law

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Senior Judge Frederick Scullin Jr.—the federal judge who struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns in public for self-defense—has a reputation as a no-nonsense jurist who sticks closely to the text of the law.

Closeup of American football on field with yard lines.

NCAA Settles Head-Injury Suit, Will Change Rules

By Michael Tarm |

The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.

Letter to the Editor: ADR Officials' Warning: Keep Mediations Private

More than 20 years after the Georgia Supreme Court and the State Bar of Georgia teamed up to create the state's court-connected alternative dispute resolution system, we are pleased to note that mediation has become an integral part of legal practice in Georgia.

Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray

In 'Bachelorette' Finale, Ex-Fulton ADA Picks Former UGA Bulldog

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Atlanta lawyer who gave up her job as a Fulton County assistant district attorney to search for love on the ABC reality dating show "The Bachelorette" made her choice in the two-hour finale aired Monday night, but then had to endure an awkward cross examination on live television by the runner up she rejected.

5 Merger Mistakes Worth Avoiding

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Law firms' mergers continue to dominate the news of the legal industry with no end in sight.

Letter to the Editor: Congratulations to New Georgia Legal Services President

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to Damon E. Elmore of Moore Sparks LLC in Atlanta on his recent election as president of the Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP).

Federal Circuit Feuds Over Finality

By Scott Graham |

SAN FRANCISCO — Nothing is final at the Federal Circuit when it comes to finality.

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Under Israel's Iron Dome, Another Law Firm Merger

By Brian Baxter |

Not even Israel is immune to market consolidation for legal services.

James Sandman.

Legal Services Corp. Celebrates 40th Anniversary

By Zoe Tillman |

The Legal Services Corp. on Friday celebrated 40 years of funding civil legal services for low-income clients across the United States.

Kellie Hill

DeKalb's Chief ADA Heads to Private Practice

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

After 22 years prosecuting some of the biggest murder cases in the area, DeKalb County Chief Assistant District Attorney Kellie Hill is returning to private practice.

More Illinois Counties Could Join Camera Program

Half a dozen counties in a central Illinois judicial district could soon join a 2-year-old pilot program that allows cameras in select state courtroom.

Trial in Salmonella Outbreak Begins in Georgia

Jury selection is underway in the trial for three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago.

Trial Opening Over Video of Oklahoma City Bombing

By Tim Talley and Brady McCombs |

A Salt Lake City attorney is arguing in a lawsuit that the FBI has video of the Oklahoma City bombing that shows a second person was involved.

Gerald B. Tjoflat

11th Circuit Upholds Fla. Law Limiting Doctors' Talk on Guns

By Alyson M. Palmer |

An Atlanta-based federal appeals court on Friday handed a major defeat to doctors who say they are concerned about gun safety, rejecting their challenge to a Florida law that limits their ability to talk to their patients about firearms.

Darl Champion Jr., left, and Rudjard Hayes represented a woman who settled for $400K claims against a golf cart driver who hit her while leaving a 2012 Peachtree City concert.

Woman Hit by Golf Cart Settles for $400,000

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A woman who was run over by a golf cart in Peachtree City settled her lawsuit against the driver for $400,000 after the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that the driver's homeowner's insurance would cover the damages, according to her lawyer.

Robert James

DeKalb DA Says Judge Should Recuse from Cases Involving Son's Criminal Lawyer

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The thorny relationship between the DeKalb County district attorney's office and Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott just got a lot pricklier.

Ex-Secretary in Douglas Co. DA's Office Indicted

A grand jury has indicted a former secretary in the Douglas County district attorney's office accused of stealing more than $7,000 through fraudulent billing.

Douglas Chandler, founder of Chandler Law LLC, represents attorneys in bar grievance matters, legal malpractice claims, and others injured due to negligence or professional misconduct. Chandler is board-certified in legal malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, a co-founder and executive committee member of the State Bar of Georgia professional liability section, and an active speaker on the topics of attorney ethics and professional liability.

Georgia Cracks Down on Ambulance Chasers

By Douglas Chandler |

Harsh criminal penalties implemented for runners and the practitioners who use them

Judge Argues for Return of Firing Squad Executions

An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads.

Court Panel Orders Subpoena to Vilsack be Quashed

A federal appeals court has ordered that a subpoena be quashed for testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart.

Indicted Alabama Legislator Seeks to Bar Call

An indicted Alabama legislator is asking a judge to keep prosecutors from using a recording of a phone call he had with his primary election opponent.

Letter to the Editor: Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Judge Owen Forrester

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime U.S. District Court Judge J. Owen Forrester on his recent passing.

Mistrial Declared in Vehicular Homicide Case

A mistrial has been declared in a vehicular homicide trial in eastern Tennessee after a juror drove the route involved in the case and told others about it.

Ethics Complaint Filed Over New York Fundraiser

A former state lawmaker says a New York City event billed as a fundraiser for Georgia's Democratic Party was unethical and illegal.

Tampa Woman Sentenced to Prison for Marriage Fraud

A Tampa woman is heading to federal prison for 15 months after her conviction on charges of conspiring to commit marriage fraud.


Man Pleads Guilty in NC Ponzi Scheme

A man accused of running a Ponzi scheme that bilked about 25 Charlotte investors out of more than $2.5 million has pleaded guilty to securities fraud.

Eric Pubentz, founding partner, Core

New Trial Presentation Tool Is 'On Cue'

By John Cleaves |

Core Legal is a very 21st century company. There is no headquarters. There are no offices. With 15 employees in 10 cities around the U.S., Core operates via emails, phone calls and the occasional meeting at a favorite watering hole. In 2009, the team decided to create software as modern as their company.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau building in Washington, D.C.

At 3, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Hits Stride

By Jenna Greene |

Lawyers who practice before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau agree on one thing: “It’s been good for law firms,” said Ballard Spahr partner Alan Kaplinsky.

Ed Wynn: Ruling means plaintiffs, defendants must play by same rules.

Appeals Judges Reject Bid to Apportion Blame to Plaintiff’s Employer

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Ruling is the latest effort by Georgia courts to address law allowing juries to assign blame in lawsuits to parties that aren’t defendants.

Litigators Scott Wandstrat, left, and Scott Taylor leased their Nissan Leafs after finding out about the tax benefits from other lawyers in their firm. They say none of the firm’s tax lawyers are on the bandwagon—yet.

Arnall Golden Lawyers Go Electric With Tax Credit

By Meredith Hobbs |

An electric car craze is sweeping Arnall Golden Gregory. So far, nine of the firm's lawyers have parked their gas-guzzlers and gone electric.

Apple headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino

Judge OKs Wage-and-Hour Class Against Apple

By Marisa Kendall |

SAN FRANCISCO — Employees who claim Apple denied them timely breaks can proceed as a class in a wage-and-hour suit, a San Diego County judge ruled this week.

Feds Sue Law Firms in Foreclosure Relief Scams

By Jenna Greene |

Federal and state consumer protection watchdogs on Wednesday took aim at lawyers, filing more than three dozen suits targeting law firms and other entities for running illegal foreclosure relief scams.

The taxidermied head of the alligator he killed is a “conversation piece” in Matthew Ericksen’s office.

Lawyer Goes In For The Kill

By Mary Helen Martin |

After much patience and several tries, Matthew Ericksen got his gator. For several years the attorney for Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske has hunted alligators in Lake Seminole, in the southwest corner of Georgia on the Florida state line.

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Hart County Probate Judge Resigns Before Suspension Hearing

By R. Robin McDonald |

Facing a suspension hearing scheduled for Thursday, Hart County's probate judge has resigned and promised never to seek or hold a judicial office again.

Leigh Cummings: More couples are heeding Clark Howard’s advice.

For More Couples, First Comes Prenup, Then Comes Marriage

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Three decades after the Georgia Supreme Court first recognized prenuptial agreements as legal contracts, family lawyers report a recent increase in the number of marrying couples taking that unromantic but practical step.

Municipal Judges Hand Out Awards

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The chief city judge in Lawrenceville is this year's recipient of the Georgia Council of Municipal Court Judge's annual Frost Ward Lifetime Achievement Award.

Settlement Stock Art

Mass. Jury Awards $14M in Death of Woman

A Middlesex County jury has awarded $14 million to the family of a 90-year-old nursing home resident who died in 2008 after being taken to the hospital suffering from a variety of untreated ailments.

Family of Georgia Man Shot in Park Gets $1.5M

The family of an unarmed Georgia man fatally shot in a northern New Jersey park by an undercover sheriff's officer has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against Essex County authorities.

Kenneth and Mary Melton, from left with their lawyers Lance Cooper and Jere Beasley, have brought the case over their daughter’s death back to their home county of Cobb.

Cobb Couple's Suit Against GM Takes 'Center Stage'

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Cobb County couple suing General Motors over an ignition switch defect they say caused their daughter's death have won an important victory.

Anne Harris

Senior ADA Harris Elected in Runoff for Cobb Bench

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Cobb County Senior Assistant District Attorney Ann Harris said Wednesday she was thankful for her election to the superior court bench—and surprised by the strength of the margin.

Jane Barwick

Barwick Wins Fulton Judicial Post in Race Against Robertson

By Greg Land |

After months on the campaign trial, culminating in being elected the Fulton County Superior Court's next judge Tuesday night, Jane Barwick said Wednesday she isn't sure what to expect next.

DA: Ex-Clerk for Atlanta Municipal Court Expected to Plead Guilty to Theft

By Greg Land |

A former clerk for the Atlanta Municipal Court is expected to plead guilty Thursday to theft charges related to stealing more than $80,000 in court fines, according to a release from the office of Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

Charles Pursley

High Court: Fulton on Hook to Buy Property for $5M

By Greg Land |

Fulton County must abide by a judge's order that it purchase for $5 million a parcel of property the county had sought to condemn then tried to back away from, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.


Appeal Sought From NFL Concussion Settlement

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The seven former football players who objected to the settlement with the NFL in the case over concussions are now seeking appellate review from the Third Circuit.

Bingham Headlines Latest Round of Merger Rumblings

By Brian Baxter |

After a spate of lateral departures following a tough financial year in 2013, Bingham McCutchen has reportedly sounded out several Am Law 100 firms about a potential union, which comes at a record-setting time for law firm mergers.

Clark D. Cunningham

Ethics Professor Calls for More Transparency from Olens

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

In response to questions from the Daily Report about Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens' decision not to release a controversial ethics commission memo during prior wrongful termination litigation against the state, a noted law and ethics professor is calling on Olens to be more transparent.


Death Sentence Given in AP Photographer's Killing

A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death.

Jane Barwick

Jane Barwick Elected to Fulton Superior Court

By Greg Land |

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jane Barwick has been elected Fulton County's newest Superior Court judge, handily defeating Shelitha Robertson for an open seat on the court by 62.56 percent to 37.44 percent of the vote in Tuesday's runoff, according to vote totals reported on the Georgia secretary of state's website.

Porch Shooter's Lawyer Says He Feared for His Life

A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a defense lawyer told jurors during opening statements Wednesday.

Jury Awards $471,798 to Fla. Man Burned at Church

Jurors have determined that the Agape Baptist Church must pay $471,798.50 to a man who was severely burned after setting fire to a pile of trash while working off community service hours.

Andrew Goldner (left) Michael Goldberg represented the plaintiff, arguing the man could have been saved if his seizure had been noticed.

$2M Awarded After Disabled Man Dies in Pool

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury took just over an hour to side with the mother of a mentally handicapped man who died after collapsing in a pool at an assisted living facility.

Daycare Won't Appeal Revocation of License

A northeast Georgia daycare center where a 16-month-old toddler was burned has informed the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning it would not appeal its license revocation.

Anne Harris

Cobb ADA Ann Harris Wins Election to Superior Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Prosecutor Ann Harris won election to the Cobb County Superior Court Tuesday, defeating her opponent, Juvenile Court Judge Juanita Stedman.

Andi Dorfman

Bachelorette Cross-Examined by Spurned Bachelors

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Former Fulton County assistant district attorney Andi Dorfman took the witness stand for cross-examination by those she had spurned on ABC's "The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All" Monday night.

Sam Olens said he wished his office had received a discovery request to which the memorandum was responsive. “That would have been easier for the office,” he said.

Memorandum Puts Heat on AG Sam Olens

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A memorandum drafted by the state ethics commission's top executive, which details alleged interference by the office of Gov. Nathan Deal into the commission's investigation of him, has stoked a legal fire that now is radiating heat onto the attorney general's office.


Meet the GC: Robbie Kamerschen, Aaron’s Inc. GC, Corporate Secretary

By Mary Welch |

Robert "Robbie" Kamerschen serves as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Aaron's Inc. In this role, he manages all legal, regulatory and governance issues.

Ga. Man Guilty of Faking Allergy Test Results

Federal prosecutors say the owner of a metro Atlanta allergy testing lab has pleaded guilty to filing fake allergy test results.

Judge Julie Carnes

Senate Confirms Julie Carnes to Eleventh Circuit by 94-0 Vote

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. Senate in a 94-0 vote late Monday confirmed U.S. District Court Chief Judge Julie Carnes as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta.

<b>LAW SCHOOL:</b> No longer “the path into the middle class that it once was.”

Law School Enrollment Slump Continues

By Karen Sloan |

The number of applicants to American Bar Association-accredited law schools declined by about 8 percent this year, dashing hopes for a reversal in a four-year downward trend.

Group Gives Some Atlanta Firms Gold Standard for Women in Big Law

By Meredith Hobbs |

Thirteen firms with Atlanta offices have qualified for Gold Standard Certification this year from the Women In Law Empowerment Forum for having a "meaningful percentage" of women in leadership roles.

Roger Gregory.

Fourth Circuit Upholds IRS Rule on Health Care Subsidies

By Marcia Coyle |

Just two hours after a divided federal appellate panel on Tuesday struck down subsidies for health insurance purchased on federally run exchanges, an appellate panel in a different circuit unanimously upheld those subsidies as a permissible interpretation of the Affordable Care Act.

Avi Stadler

On the Move: Esquire Deposition Captures Stadler As Its New GC

By Meredith Hobbs |

Avi Stadler has traded a position as a big-firm litigator to become the general counsel for Esquire Deposition Solutions, a national court-reporting company based in Atlanta.

Ga. Justices Stand on Agnes Scott Ruling, Deny Motion to Vacate

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court has rejected a request that it vacate one of its rulings because it was issued too late.

Howard T. Markey National Courts Building/U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC.

Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to Health Law

A federal appeals court delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, potentially derailing billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

Georgia Football Player Facing Assault Charge

Police say a University of Georgia football player is facing a charge of aggravated assault, a felony.

Man Accused in Officer Death to be Tried in Athens

A judge has ruled that a man accused of fatally shooting a northeast Georgia police officer will stand trial in Athens, with jurors brought in from another county.

Ga. Attorney General Sam Olens

Olens Defends State's Gay Marriage Ban in Motion to Dismiss Suit

By R. Robin McDonald |

State Attorney General Sam Olens is asking a federal judge to dismiss a suit that challenges Georgia's constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage,

Dan Markel.

Slain FSU Law Professor Mourned as Police Investigate

Legal educators were left reeling at the shooting death of Florida State University College of Law professor Dan Markel.