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Sarah Jones

As Litigation Narrows, Deadly Crash on Gregg Allman Movie Set Sparks Safety Movement

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The death of a camera assistant on the Georgia set of a movie about rock star Gregg Allman has sparked a heightened awareness of safety in filmmaking, according to the plaintiffs' attorney who recently negotiated confidential settlements between the assistant's parents and 11 defendants they were suing over the accident.

Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed

Appeal Continues Fight Over Atlanta Pension Plan

By Greg Land |

Hailing a Fulton County judge's ruling for the city of Atlanta in a challenge to a 2011 municipal pension reform package, Mayor Kasim Reed told reporters, "We won. They lost. And that's it."

Police in Ferguson, Mo.

In Ferguson, Justice Department is 'Last Game in Town'

By Zoe Tillman |

All eyes are on the U.S. Department of Justice after the announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict a police officer in the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ginsburg 'Resting Comfortably' After Heart Procedure

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is “resting comfortably” after undergoing a heart catheterization procedure on Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman for the court.

Six Years After Leaving, Amy Fouts Rejoins McKenna Long & Aldridge

By Meredith Hobbs |

Amy Fouts has rejoined McKenna Long & Aldridge's health care practice after six years at Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever

Judge Gregory Adams

Bail Hearing Set For DeKalb School Corruption Defendants Who Suddenly Won New Trials

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A DeKalb County Superior Court judge has scheduled a bond hearing Monday for two defendants whose convictions in a school corruption case were suddenly overturned in the wake of an appeals ruling regarding a key witness.

William J.

DeKalb Settles Sunshine Suit For $40K, Now Moves To Fight Potential Class Action On Driver's Licenses

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A recent settlement by DeKalb County in an Open Records Act lawsuit may help pave the way for a potential class action in which more than a dozen drivers claim shoddy record-keeping by Recorders Court resulted in the errant suspension of their licenses.

Maggie Stewart

Law Center for the Homeless Launches Family Law Firm to Subsidize Legal Aid Work

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Georgia Law Center for the Homeless has started a separate family law firm to subsidize the free legal services it provides to the homeless.

In this photo taken Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Medical marijuana prescriptions vials are filled at the Venice Beach Care Center medical marijuana dispensary in Venice, Calif. Los Angeles politicians have tried and failed for so long to regulate medical marijuana that it was only a matter of time before voters got a chance to control shops that have proliferated. Complicating matters, there are three measures on Tuesday's ballot that would allow sick people to get the drug, but either limit the number of shops, raise taxes or do both. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Up in Smoke? Florida's Failed Medical Marijuana Measure

By Dori K. Stibolt |

Florida is known for sandy beaches, palm trees, laid-back lifestyle and Jimmy Buffett. Accordingly, one would readily assume that the medical marijuana amendment would have easily passed Nov. 4. Indeed, Amendment 2 was even endorsed by Jimmy Buffett.

Mawuli Davis

Lawyers to Train Observers Before Tuesday Night Ferguson Demonstration in Atlanta

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Five Atlanta-area attorneys are providing legal observer training Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of planned protests downtown in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in August.

Joel Ross Feldman

Whether .Attorney or .Lawyer, What Happens To .Com?

By Joel Feldman |

Although .com remains the gold standard in domain names, its days on top may finally be coming to an end.

No Charges in Ferguson Case

By Jim Salter and David A. Lieb |

A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police.

Eric Holder Jr.

DOJ Ferguson Probe Continues After Grand Jury Declines to Indict

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the death of Michael Brown will continue, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said late Monday after state prosecutors announced a grand jury voted not to indict the officer who shot the unarmed teenager.

John Bell

Private Probation Survives—As Do Claims Against Private Probation Company

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court said there was nothing inherently unconstitutional about counties hiring private companies to manage thousands of convicts on probation, but the justices said probationers could pursue a private probation company for, in effect, extending probationers' sentences.

Justice Keith Blackwell, left and Justice Harris Hines

Deeply Split Court Shifts Proof Burden to Convicts Challenging Their Pleas In Habeas Cases

By Greg Land |

A deeply divided Georgia Supreme Court upended 43 years of precedent by shifting the burden of proof from the state to criminal defendants bringing habeas corpus challenges to their guilty pleas.

Verdicts Hall of Fame Winners Announced

The Daily Report's business department, in conjunction with our sister publication VerdictSearch, is pleased to announce the law firms that will be honored at our Verdicts Hall of Fame reception and dinner on Dec. 3 at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.

L-R Thomas Carlock and Eric Frisch.

Neurosurgeon Wins Med-Mal Lawsuit Over Patient’s Death After Surgery [VIDEO]

By Greg Land |

A neurosurgeon sued for medical malpractice in the 2004 death of a patient was cleared of liability by a Fulton County jury, which turned aside claims that he failed to act or order diagnostic tests quickly enough when complications developed in the hours following a cervical spinal-fusion surgery.

Chief Justice Hugh Thompson

Georgia Supreme Court Hands Partial Victory to Challengers of Private Probation

By Alyson M. Palmer |

While rejecting the argument that private probation systems in Richmond and Columbia counties are inherently unconstitutional, the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday handed a partial win to misdemeanor probationers in accepting their argument that Georgia's private probation law does not allow their sentences to be extended beyond those originally imposed.

Wal-Mart Rebuked in Discovery Fight

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Wal-Mart Stores' delayed and incomplete production of surveillance videos and other records in a suit over the death of a man suspected of shoplifting at a Lithonia store has drawn admonition from the judge in a wrongful death case.

Avoiding the Legal Traps of an Unethical Client

By James Dolan |

An attorney will encounter a number of opportunities to commit unethical acts throughout his or her career.

A Peek Inside of Georgia's Award-Winning Legal Departments

By Mary Smith Judd |

Our third annual Legal Departments of the Year awards attracted entrants from across the Atlanta metro region and produced a diverse group of winners.

Bret Moore (left) and Douglas Chandler got to know each other when they worked in the same building and co-counseled on cases.

Two Solos Team Up to Handle Legal Malpractice and Plaintiffs Cases

By Meredith Hobbs |

Douglas Chandler and Bret Moore have joined forces to form Chandler & Moore Law, handling legal malpractice and personal injury cases.

Five former Georgia Governors were in attendance at the memorial sevice for former Georgia Governor Carl Sanders. Roy Barnes, Sonny Perdue, Jimmy Carter, Zell Miller and Joe Frank Harris. Also in attendance was present Governor Nathan Deal.

Former Governors and Troutman Sanders Colleagues Pay Respects to Carl Sanders

By Meredith Hobbs |

A large crowd turned out to pay their respects to former Georgia governor Carl Sanders at a memorial service Saturday, where other Georgia governors, friends and his pastor recalled his contributions and unique character.

Tami Stevenson (l-r), Scott Nader, Alan Nelson, Paula Briceno and Eric Power.

Check Out Daily Report's Legal Departments of the Year Event Photos

Corporate legal departments from seven companies in Georgia were honored Nov. 20 at the Daily Report’s third annual Legal Departments of the Year Awards at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.

Georgia Supreme Court building

Georgia High Court Asks For Comments on New Judicial Conduct Rules

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court is soliciting feedback on a proposed set of new rules for judges' conduct.

A Delta baggage carousel at Hartfield-Jackson International Airport. Delta Air Lines and AirTran Airlines are accused in multidistrict litigation of illegally agreeing to set baggage fees.

Delta Should Pay $1.8 Million for 'Colossal Blunders' in Antitrust Discovery, Special Master Says

By R. Robin McDonald |

A special master in an antitrust case over airline passenger bag fees has recommended that Delta Air Lines pay $1.8 million in sanctions for a string of failures to turn over relevant evidence to the plaintiffs during the long-running litigation.

Roth Kehoe

Hunton & Williams Advises Worldpay on SecureNet Acquisition

By Meredith Hobbs |

Hunton & Williams lawyers from Atlanta advised Worldpay in its recently-announced agreement to buy SecureNet Payment Systems, a payments processor in Austin, Texas.

John Ley

11th Circuit Seeks New Clerk as Ley Announces Retirement

By Alyson M. Palmer |

After five years on the job, John Ley is retiring as clerk of court for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Glen Rollins right with other siblings, Wayne, Nancy and Ellen Rollins, listen to arguments at the Ga. Supreme Court over trusts set up by the late O. Wayne Rollins.

Rollins Grandkids Win Appeal; Father, Uncle (And the Trial Judge) Lose

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Four adult grandchildren of the late co-founder of Rollins Inc. have won a victory at the Georgia Court of Appeals, which kept alive their lawsuit over what they claim is their fair share of the pest-control fortune.

Brandon Bullard shows off some of his homemade

Lawyer's Secret Barbecue Recipe Pairs Well With Home-Brew

By Mary Helen Martin |

Smoky, spicy barbecue and cold beer are two staples Americans frequently pair. This culinary duo is a combination that attorney Brandon Bullard knows very well.

Hedy Rubinger and Henry Chalmers

Team Arnall Golden Gregory Participates in Three-Mile Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Team Arnall Golden Gregory participated in the Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia’s three-mile Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 27 at Atlantic Station.

Jeff Harris

11 Defendants Settle Out of 'Midnight Rider' Wrongful Death Lawsuit

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An impressive list of lawyers in Atlanta, Savannah and Brunswick just negotiated their clients out of a high profile lawsuit over a tragic train wreck on the set of a movie about the life of rock star Gregg Allman.

JNC Taking Names For Three Judgeships

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal's commission for judicial appointments is accepting nominees for three vacancies.

Hon. David Todd Markle

Commentary: Fulton County Veterans Treatment Court Graduates First Participant

By Todd Markle |

Fulton County's first and Georgia's largest veterans treatment court graduated its initial veteran on Oct. 17, 2014.

J. Robb Cruser and Katy Hurley

Half Is Nothing: Pedestrian Shares Equal Blame For Being Hit by Car, Will Get $0

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A man hit by a car while he was walking through a crosswalk will collect nothing for his claims of $140,000 in medical bills because a Hall County jury found him 50 percent at fault for his injuries.

Judge Cynthia Becker

Embattled DeKalb Judge Will Leave Office March 1

By R. Robin McDonald |

Under fire for her controversial rulings in a DeKalb County school corruption case and under investigation by the state judicial disciplinary agency, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker on Wednesday said she would leave office on March 1.

Rick Rufolo, UPS

UPS: Diversity

By Mary Welch |

When UPS puts out a request for proposal for outside counsel, they know they'll see diverse teams of lawyers pitching their business.

Randy Davis, Phoenix Air group

PHOENIX AIR GROUP: Community Service

By Mary Helen Martin |

When Randall "Randy" Davis was asked to fly to Liberia in August to pick up Nancy Writebol, one of the first two Americans who had contracted the Ebola virus, it was business as usual.

Bruce Jackson, JAS Worldwide

JAS WORLDWIDE MANAGEMENT INC.: Corporate Compliance

By Mary Welch |

A desk can say a lot about a person, and a quick look into the office of Marco Rebuffi, president and CEO of JAS Worldwide Management, is telling. In terms of clutter, there is very little, but on the bottom left corner is a book: "Anti-bribery Leadership" by Thomas Fox.

Ricardo J. Nunez, HD Supply Co.

HD SUPPLY: In-House Legal Work

By Mary Welch |

When HD Supply moved to its headquarters beside Cumberland Mall, the executive team located to the secure 17th floor—all except its senior vice president and general counsel Ricardo Nuñez. He opted to have his office on the 14th floor with the rest of his team.

Sam DeSimone, Earthlink

EARTHLINK: Best Practices for Strategic Management

By Mary Welch |

Sam DeSimone has learned a lot in his 16 years at EarthLink Holding Corp., but he can boil them down to two essentials: Life is short (and wild and precious) and family and friends matter most (including friends at work).

Courtney Carter Fletcher

DOOSAN INFRACORE INTERNATIONAL: Rising Star

By Mary Welch |

Neither an Emory law degree nor a successful litigation record at Alston & Bird were enough for Courtney Fletcher to infiltrate the boys' club that was Doosan Group, a South Korean company that purchased the American farm equipment firm Bobcat Co. in 2007.

Allen W. Nelson, Crawford Co.

CRAWFORD & COMPANY: Outside Legal Management

By Mary Welch |

The legal team at insurance company claims manager Crawford and Co. handled thousands of lawsuits with a competitive spirit, enthusiasm, confidence, intelligence and vigor.

Mark Cohen, Eleanor Ross, Leslie Abrams

Senate Confirms Cohen, Ross and Abrams, to U.S. Bench

By R. Robin McDonald |

Assistant U.S. attorney Leslie Abrams and DeKalb State Court Judge Eleanor Ross made history Tuesday when they were confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first African-American women to serve as lifetime-appointed federal district court judges in Georgia.

Albert Chapar

Court Reinstates Suit Over Alleged Beating at T.I.'s Studio

By Greg Land |

The Georgia Court of Appeals has breathed new life into a suit brought by a man claiming he was held prisoner and beaten by associates of rapper T.I. at his Atlanta studio.

Gay marriage

Atlanta Firms Among Top Scorers in LGBT Friendliness Survey

By Meredith Hobbs |

Law firms again led the top scorers in this year's Corporate Equality Index rating by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Of Atlanta's six largest firms, four scored 100 percent and two scored 90 percent in the rating, which measures how supportive the nation's top law firms and corporations are of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Jackson Cox

Burke County State Court Is Judgeless No More

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Seven months after considering candidates, Gov. Nathan Deal has named a new Burke County State Court judge. Deal appointed Burke's solicitor-general, Jackson Cox, to fill the vacancy created by the death of the Judge Jerry Daniel in January.

Associate Recommends Partners Advise Proteges to Go Fly a Kite

By Jeremy Berry |

Partners, please tell your associates to go jump in a lake, take a hike, or go fly a kite. Please! Associates will be better off for it and partners and clients will benefit from an associate who is not always stuck in the office.

Robert James

DeKalb DA Withdraws from Recorders Court Early

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James has withdrawn his staff from prosecuting cases in Recorders Court sooner than expected.

Mark Cohen, Eleanor Ross, Leslie Abrams

Leslie Abrams Confirmed to Federal Judgeship

By R. Robin McDonald |

The Senate website reported Tuesday that Leslie Abrams was approved unanimously to be a federal judge for the Middle District of Georgia.

Georgia State Capitol

State to Honor Carl Sanders With Capitol Ceremony Wednesday Morning

By Meredith Hobbs |

The funeral procession for former Georgia governor Carl Sanders will pass by the state Capitol on Wednesday morning on its way to Augusta, where he will be buried in a private service.

Jeffrey Parker Shiver

$3.2M Verdict Spawns New Fight Over Who Will Pay—And How Much

By Greg Land |

The widow of a man murdered outside his College Park condominium was awarded $3.2 million by a Fulton County jury, although her lawyers say only half is likely to be collectible as 50 percent of the judgment was against three men who are in prison for the slaying.

Chief Justice Hugh Thompson and Justice David Nahmias

4-3 Reversal of Murder Conviction Prompts Justice's Call for Legislative Action

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A 4-3 decision by the Georgia Supreme Court to grant a new trial to a murder defendant prompted a dissenting justice to call on the Legislature to change a statute governing trial judges' comments in criminal cases.

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.

Justices Taking Up Disputes Over Underwater Mortgages

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to dip into the problems faced by banks and homeowners with underwater mortgages in two bankruptcy cases brought by Bank of America.

Another Chance to Get it Right

By Sue Reisinger |

On the same day that President Barack Obama addressed the nation to outline his strategy to defeat the threat represented by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, U.S. Rep. Michael Rogers, chairman of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Intelligence, spoke at a conference about another war that presents a more immediate danger.

Don't Panic If Your Legal Malpractice Insurer Doesn't Renew

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Legal malpractice insurers are becoming much more aggressive about renewals, sometimes denying renewals for attorneys and law practices. Although this could be the result of concerns about a particular attorney or law firm, many times these decisions involve unrelated factors.

Carl E. Sanders

Carl Sanders, Former Governor and Co-Founder of Troutman Sanders, Dies at 89

By Meredith Hobbs |

Bob Webb, the firm chairman, said in an email to his colleagues that Sanders died from complications from a fall at his home on Friday.

Carl Sanders

Former Gov. Carl Sanders, Troutman Sanders Founder, Dies at 89

By Meredith Hobbs |

Former Georgia governor and Troutman Sanders founder Carl Sanders died on Sunday from complications after a fall at his home on Friday. He was 89.

Judge Keith Blackwell

Justice Uses Ruling Against Used Car Dealer To Vent on Fine Print That is Too Small

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A unanimous Georgia Supreme Court on Monday said a consumer's fraud claim against a used car dealer could proceed—with the justice who wrote the decision using the occasion to lament that the fine print on the disclaimers in the plaintiff's sales contract was too small.

Forsyth Park, Savannah Ga.

Group Says Savannah Tour Guide Licensing Violates Free Speech Rights

A group of tour guides wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether city governments are restricting their free-speech rights by requiring them to be licensed and pass exams testing their knowledge of local history.

Sharing Offices: It's Not What Attorneys Think That Counts

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

It seems like a good idea. Two or three attorneys decide to share the expenses of a law office to maximize their return on each of their separate law practices.

Catherine Greaves

Health Care Lawyers Pose Tough Questions on Pediatric, Pregnant Ebola Patients

By Alyson M. Palmer |

With the West African Ebola outbreak continuing to rage and another Ebola patient scheduled to arrive in the United States on Saturday, the conversation about legal considerations for health care facilities continued at King & Spalding's offices in Atlanta.

High Court Accepts Petition for Review Panel Reprimand With Conditions

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday issued discipline decisions regarding the following lawyers: Mary J. Workman—Review Panel reprimand with conditions

Morgan Lewis Votes to Admit 227 Bingham Partners

By Brian Baxter and Gina Passarella |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partners voted early Friday afternoon to admit 227 Bingham McCutchen partners into the firm. Morgan Lewis confirmed the mass lateral move in a press release, which explicitly omitted mention of a merger.

Lloyd Bell

Jury: Gun Seller Must Pay $6M in Teen's Death

By Greg Land |

A woman whose son was killed when a "Saturday night special" fell on a table and discharged in 2000 was awarded $6 million by a Fulton County jury, which held liable the pawnshop owner who sold her daughter the weapon.

At the Appellate Road Map for Family Lawyers CLE at the State Bar of Georgia Conference Center on Oct. 24 were “A Winding Road: The Family Law Memory Lane” presenters (from left) Randall Kessler and Robert Wellon

Photos from the Appellate Road Map for Family Lawyers Event

At the Appellate Road Map for Family Lawyers CLE at the State Bar of Georgia Conference Center on Oct. 24.

Richard W. Story

Men Convicted in Ricin Plot to Serve Prison Time

By Kate Brumback |

A judge on Friday said the fact that two north Georgia men likely could never have carried out a plot to target the federal government does not make their words and actions any less serious and sentenced each of them to serve 10 years in prison.

Cheryl LeGare

Teacher's Lawyer Breathes Sigh of Relief With Court's Rejection of School Immunity Argument

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Atlanta-based federal appeals court has rejected a Georgia school district's claim of immunity from federal suits under the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a potential defense that has lurked in the background of employment and other cases against Georgia school districts for decades.

Atlanta Attorney Lloyd N. Bell

Fulton Jury Hits Pawnbroker for $6M in 'Saturday Night Special' Death

By Greg Land |

A woman whose son was killed when a "Saturday night special" fell on a table and discharged in 2000 was awarded $6 million by a Fulton County jury, which held liable the pawnshop owner who sold her daughter the weapon.

Ronni Solomon

Know When to Identify, Preserve and Produce Text Messages in Litigation

By Ronni Dawn Solomon |

Most in the e-discovery industry would agree that preserving and producing text messages from mobile devices in litigation is challenging, whether the mobile devices are issued by the corporation or personally owned by employees.

Les Weisbrod of Dallas’ Miller Weisbrod

Update: Settlement Reached in Ebola Death Case

By Miriam Rozen |

Les Weisbrod anticipated that his clients, the family of Ebola victim Thomas Duncan, would have "a difficult case" if they had gone to trial against Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, its parent Texas Health Resources and the physicians group that treated Duncan.

 The Royal Caribbean's cruise ship Explorer of the Seas

Federal Panel Says Cruise Lines Can Be Sued for Medical Malpractice

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A groundbreaking decision by the Atlanta-based federal appeals court will allow cruise ship companies to be sued for medical malpractice.

Troy Hendrick and Anna Green Cross

DeKalb DA Pulling Out of Recorders Court

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The DeKalb County District Attorney's office will cease prosecuting cases in Recorders Court on Dec. 1.

Leigh Martin May

Senate Confirms Leigh Martin May as District Judge

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. Senate voted 98-0 Thursday to confirm Atlanta attorney Leigh Martin May as a U.S. District judge for the Northern District in Atlanta.

Dennis Cathey (left) and son Matthew Cathey in the family’s apple orchard. They have been known to sweeten lawyer relations by sharing bags of apples.

Apples Don't Fall Far From the Law Office for Father-Son Duo

By Laura Raines |

When not working together at the law firm of Cathey & Strain—just across the road from the Big Red Apple Monument in Cornelia—you'll likely find Dennis T. Cathey and his son, Matthew A. Cathey, working in the 100-year-old family apple orchard.

Lance Cooper.

GM Sharing Ignition Documents With Plaintiffs Lawyers

By Amanda Bronstad |

Plaintiffs lawyers are meeting with General Motors Co.’s outside law firm, King & Spalding, in hopes of obtaining internal emails and documents that could show how much the automaker’s lawyers knew about a faulty ignition switch.

Judge Cynthia Becker

DeKalb Prosecutors Challenge Judge's Account of Ex Parte Phone Call

By R. Robin McDonald |

DeKalb County prosecutors fighting to bar the release from prison of two defendants convicted as part of a corruption investigation involving the county's public schools on Wednesday challenged DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker's account of the events leading up to her decision to reverse the convictions and order the defendants' immediate release.

2014 Election voting poll in Baltimore, MD.

Alabama Redistricting Case Divides Supreme Court

By Marcia Coyle |

Race and voting once again appeared to badly divide the U.S. Supreme Court as it struggled on Wednesday over what to do with an Alabama legislative redistricting plan challenged as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.

Atlanta City Hall

Filming to Close Traffic Lanes Near City Hall, Courthouse on Friday

By Greg Land |

Film crews working at the Atlanta City Hall and Fulton County Courthouse will close traffic lanes on area streets throughout the day and into the evening on Friday.

Rep. Terri Sewell

Alabama Congresswoman Calls for House Investigation of Embattled Federal Judge

By Alyson M. Palmer |

An Alabama congresswoman on Wednesday formally called for a congressional investigation of a Montgomery-based federal judge arrested on domestic abuse allegations in Atlanta earlier this year.

A. Lee Parks

Private Process Servers Fight 'God'-Like Sheriffs

By Greg Land |

Lawyers for private process servers and all but two of Georgia's 159 sheriffs battled last week in Fulton County Superior Court over the sheriffs' blanket ban on allowing the servers to do their work.

Sarah Geraghty

Georgia Pays $350K to Settle Prison Killing Suit

By Greg Land |

The Georgia Department of Corrections has reached a $350,000 settlement with the family of an inmate murdered at Hays State Prison. Damion MacClain, 27, was beaten and stabbed to death in his cell the day after Christmas in 2012.

Jeff Schoenberg

Overcoming the Curse of Lawyerly Wisdom

By Jeff Schoenberg |

For the past nine years, I've recruited attorneys. This means I have compiled a great deal of anecdotal evidence about attorneys' careers and practices. Lawyers tell me their stories. While I know anecdotes aren't actually proof, it does seem to me that, if you pile up enough anecdotes, you get pretty close to gathering real data.

New Board of Governors Member Feels Set Up for Failure

Let me be clear—I have no objection to the person appointed to the Judicial Qualifications Commission at this past weekend's Fall 2014 meeting of the Board of Governors, Mr. Lester Johnson III.

Peter Rutledge

UGA Selects New Law School Dean

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The University of Georgia has named Peter "Bo" Rutledge as its new dean of the School of Law.

Federal Judge William Martini, Newark, NJ

District Judge Grants Remand in Giants Memorabilia Suit

By David Gialanella |

In what has been a drawn-out jurisdictional battle, a New Jersey federal judge has decided that a lawsuit by a former sports memorabilia dealer against the New York Giants belongs in state court.

Rand Csehy

State Bar Seeks License of Lawyer Accused of Drug Relapse

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The State Bar of Georgia is asking the state Supreme Court to revoke the law license of criminal defense attorney Rand Csehy, who two months ago was accused of relapsing from his drug treatment and showing up to court high.

'Irrational Fears or Noxious Fallacies': Kaci Hickox Faces Ebola in Sierra Leone and Fear in Maine

By James Ching |

"Courts must guard against the risk that governmental action may be grounded in popular myths, irrational fears, or noxious fallacies rather than well-founded science." (City of Newark v. J.S., 279 N.J. Super. 178 (1993)) The elimination of irrational public response is the center of the resolution of Mayhew v. Hickox, No. CV-2014-36, in an order issued on October 31 by a state district court judge in Fort Kent, Maine.

Robert James

DeKalb DA Accuses Judge of Ex Parte Talks with Defense Lawyers in Corruption Cases

By Alyson M. Palmer |

DeKalb county's district attorney claims the Superior Court judge who last month suddenly reversed the convictions of two key defendants in a corruption case gave improper advance notice to the defendants' lawyers.

Trial exhibits of the Carmans' house that were included in the Third Circuit's ruling in Carman v. Carroll.

No Rule Bars Police Knock on Back Door, High Court Says

By Marcia Coyle |

There is no constitutional rule requiring that, when police knock and announce their presence at a residence, they must begin at the front door, the U.S. Supreme Court held on Monday.

Louis Lettes

GC Advises Peers Look Beyond Legal Function

By Mary Welch |

I serve as chief legal officer of Consolidated Container Company. I have two outstanding colleagues—an attorney and a paralegal—on my team.

Judges and staff in the 60-year-old home to the state Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Law Department report mold in their offices, brown tap water and lingering coughs.

In Chambers at the State Appeals Courts: Water, Mold and Coughing

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Etched into marble behind the bench of the Supreme Court of Georgia are Latin words meaning, "Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall." The heavens aren't falling, but justices, judges and staff who work in the 60-year-old state Judicial Building have reported other things coming down on them—such as water and ceiling tiles.

L. Lin Wood

Judge Orders More DaVita Records Opened in Litigation by Whistleblowers

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge presiding over a whistleblower case against a national kidney dialysis company has opened more company records to public scrutiny, rejecting defense arguments that the records should not be publicly available because they contain commercially sensitive information.

Allyson Ho, co-chair of the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice at Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP in Dallas, after her first argument before the high court in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association on Nov. 10, 2014.

No Clear Rule Likely From Justices on Retiree Health Benefits

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared unlikely to lay down a categorical rule—sought by business advocates—on when health care benefits can be cut off for retirees under collective bargaining agreements.

And they’re off: The Run for Justice 2014 begins.

Run for Justice 2014 Slideshow

One thousand people registered for Saturday’s 23rd Annual Run for Justice, run through the streets of Oakhurst on a crisp fall morning. The event raised about $20,000 for Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

OCTOBER 21, 2014 ATLANTA Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter presides over the APS trial. Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Fulton Judge Lifts Prior Restraint on News Media

By Greg Land |

After initially halting a planned news story concerning a witness in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial at the request of prosecutors, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter reversed himself Monday morning and lifted an injunction he'd put in place Friday afternoon.

Judge Cynthia Becker

DeKalb Judge Becker Defends Her Record, Then Says She's Leaving Bench

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker issued a statement Monday defending her record in the DeKalb schools corruption case, in which last month she suddenly ordered new trials for two defendants convicted in the matter.