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David McDade

High Court: DA's Conflict Infected Entire Office

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A district attorney's conflict of interest that precluded him from participating in a prosecution infected his entire office, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.

Richard L. Robbins

Homeless Task Force's Eviction Sought (Again)

By Greg Land |

Lawyers for the embattled Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless were back in court Friday, asking a judge to deny the most recent request by the company that bought the title to the property housing the nonprofit's emergency shelter at foreclosure to evict the Task Force.

Justice Keith Blackwell

Court: Indigent Parents Aren't Entitled to Free Lawyers in Child Support Cases

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Indigent parents are not entitled to free lawyers in child support cases, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Friday by a 6-1 vote.

Lawrence J. Zimmerman

Challenges Face Lawyer for Mom of Toddler Who Died in Hot Car

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Helping his client avoid criminal charges is the task of the attorney just retained to represent Leanna Harris, the wife of the man charged with murder and negligence in the death of their toddler in a hot car, according to fellow defense lawyers.

5 Facts About This Week's Death Penalty Clemency

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles' July 9 decision to grant clemency to convicted murderer Tommy Lee Waldrip marked the ninth time the state has commuted a condemned inmate's sentence since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

Judge Challenges Prosecutors on Terror Case Claim

By John Christoffersen |

A federal judge preparing to sentence a British citizen for supporting terrorists in Afghanistan challenged U.S. prosecutors Friday on their claim that the defendant supported al-Qaida.

Teaching Tax Law in a Station Wagon

By Jason Brener, Special to the Daily Report |

A lawyer remembers his first lesson from a mentor.

Harold Abrams

Memories of a Counselor, on Tax and Many Other Matters

By Miles J. Alexander |

A quiet, iconic leader of the Georgia Tax and Estate Planning Bar died June 22 after a short illness. Following a prestigious clerkship with the revered Judge Elbert Tuttle, Hal began practice in the 1950s with Atlanta's largest law firm at the time, Smith, Kilpatrick, Cody, Rogers & McClatchey.

Lance Cooper

Plaintiffs' Lawyers Meet GM Mediator in Atlanta With Mixed Results

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An unusual meeting took place in Atlanta this week between the lawyer charged with administering the GM victims' compensation fund and lawyers suing the automaker over faulty ignition switches blamed for car accident deaths.

Gary Marsh, representing guarantors, won a June 26 ruling from a Fulton judge.

Judges Skirt Ruling that Favors Lenders

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A decision issued last summer by the Georgia Court of Appeals had the potential to make it much easier for real estate lenders to recover all of their money when loans go bad, but some trial court judges are pushing back.

Lizanne Thomas steps up to a new level of leadership within Jones Day.

Jones Day's Thomas to Oversee South, as Deane Takes Helm in Atlanta

By Meredith Hobbs |

Richard Deane Jr. is taking over from Lizanne Thomas as partner-in-charge of Jones Day's Atlanta office, and Thomas is taking on a newly created role as regional partner-in-charge for the firm's South region, overseeing its Atlanta, Dallas and Houston offices.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr.

Fulton Prosecutor Pulled from APS Case After 'Insensitive' Email

By Greg Land |

An inadvertent "reply all" message has led a Fulton County prosecutor to be suspended without pay for three days and pulled off the team handling the Atlanta Public Schools criminal case.

Georgia Supreme Court building

Georgia Supreme Court Decisions Coming Friday

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court is expected to decide several significant cases on Friday, including class certification matters and a question about liability for failed banks.

Tannyka Bent says that when she paints she likes working with a big canvas because “you have a lot of room to express yourself.”

Artist. Sportswoman. Volunteer. Attorney. Tannyka Bent says her many activities keep her grounded

By Laura Raines |

Everyone needs an outlet from the pressures of daily work. For some it's a creative hobby. For others, sports. Some volunteer in their communities.

Jere Beasley

Plaintiffs' Lawyer Softens Stance After Meeting in Atlanta with GM Claims Administrator

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lawyers who've been some of the toughest critics of GM and its dealings with families of those killed in cars with ignition switch defects announced a sharp turn toward reconciliation Thursday following a meeting in Atlanta with Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator for the GM Victims Compensation Fund.

Letter to the Editor: True Diversity Isn't Tokenism—It Builds Institutions and Merits Public Trust

Robert Highsmith, a member of the state Judicial Nominating Commission, wrote a letter to the editor recently to defend the record on diverse appointments to the judiciary under the last two governors.

J. Owen Forrester

Jurists Turn Out for Forrester Funeral

By R. Robin McDonald |

U.S. District Court Senior Judge J. Owen Forrester was buried Wednesday at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs after a funeral service at the Church of the Apostles that included a tribute from its pastor, who had immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt and whom Forrester had sworn in as a U.S. citizen.

Franco Building, corner of Peachtree and E. Paces Ferry, has many signs.

Owners of Buckhead Buildings with 'Indoor' Signs Sue City

By Greg Land |

The owners of two Buckhead buildings sporting large electronic signs behind glass panels are suing the city of Atlanta over its efforts to have the signs removed.

Man Gets 5 Years to Serve for Beating Pregnant Girlfriend

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A man accused of beating his pregnant girlfriend and violating a protective order was convicted of battery and sentenced to 15 years, with five years to serve in prison, Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announced Wednesday.

Shelby Grubbs tours the site of what will become the International Arbitration Center at the new GSU Law School.

Grubbs to Head GSU's International Arbitration Center

By Meredith Hobbs |

Georgia State University College of Law has tapped Miller & Martin partner Shelby Grubbs to head its new International Arbitration Center, which is under construction. Grubbs' recruitment is another step in the push by the city's legal, business and political leaders to make Atlanta a hub for international arbitration.

Former Gov. Roy Barnes, a previous winner of the Charles L. Weltner Freedom of Information Award.

Slideshow: 2014 Weltner FOI Award

The Georgia First Amendment Foundation honored Georgia's Judicial Qualifications Commission with the 13th annual Charles L. Weltner Freedom of Information Award at a banquet on June 26.

Frederick L. Warren is a partner in the Atlanta office of FordHarrison, where he practices labor and employment law representing management. He can be contacted at rwarren@fordharrison.com

The Noel Canning ruling and its impact

By Frederick L. Warren |

In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that President Barack Obama's recess appointments of Sharon Block, Richard Griffin, and Terence Flynn to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Jan. 4, 2012, were unconstitutional. See NLRB v. Noel Canning, June 26, 2014.

Left to right: Ann Harris and Juanita Stedman

Candidates for Cobb Superior Court Challenge Each Other on Experience, Reversals

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Debate turned to verbal combat Tuesday night when two candidates in the July 22 runoff election for Cobb County Superior Court judge faced off at a forum in Kennesaw.

Finalists Announced for Gwinnett State Court

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Governor Nathan Deal's Judicial Nominating Commission has recommended five candidates to fill a vacancy in Gwinnett County State Court, including two runners-up from the last round of Gwinnett judicial appointments in May.

Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida, from

Husband of Atlanta 'Housewife' Sentenced to 8 Years

By R. Robin McDonald |

The husband of one of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Atlanta to an eight-year prison term for a bank fraud scheme that involved stolen checks, fraudulent auto loans, fraudulent tax returns and stolen identities.

Edward Dovin says the defendant law firm could report crimes without breaking client secrets because the client was the company, not its now-convicted founder.

Receiver Asks For a Reversal by Judge in Page Perry Suit

By R. Robin McDonald |

A court-appointed receiver in a securities fraud case said the federal judge who dismissed the receiver's malpractice claims against law firm Page Perry should reverse himself and reinstate the case.

David Zacks says mediation requires a different mindset from litigation: “This is not about winning—it’s about compromise.”

On the Move: Kilpatrick Lawyer Branches Out Into Mediation

By Meredith Hobbs |

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton lawyer David Zacks has opened his own mediation firm, Zacks Resolution, after more than 40 years as a litigator.

Chief Justice Hugh Thompson

Visiting Lawyers to Pay Georgia Appellate Fees

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Georgia's high court has become the latest judicial body to agree to levy fees against out-of-state lawyers in order to shore up legal aid programs.

Death and Heartbreak Overwhelm 'The Bachelorette' With Reality

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Reality TV seemed too real Monday night as ABC aired the episode of "The Bachelorette" in which former Fulton County assistant district attorney Andi Dorfman and the rest of the cast learned of the death of a contestant who'd already left the show, Eric Hill.

George Villasana says he enjoys being part of the auto industry, which is “implementing technology in cars in ways that I would not have imagined.”

Meet the GC: George A. Villasana of Asbury Automotive Group

By Mary Welch |

George A. Villasana serves as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Asbury Automotive Group, an automotive retailer with 2013 revenue of $5.3 billion and approximately 7,000 employees.

Laurie Webb Daniel represents Agnes Scott and campus police in a case brought by a woman who claims she was falsely arrested on allegations she assaulted a student there.

Defense: Ga. Supreme Court Ruling Was Too Late

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Defendants on the losing end of a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision have asked the court to vacate its ruling on the ground that it was issued too late.

JNC to Consider 18 Candidates for Gwinnett State Court Post

By Lawrence Viele Davidson |

Gov. Nathan Deal's Judicial Nominating Commission on Tuesday is considering candidates for an open seat on the Gwinnett County bench for the first time since lawyers a few months ago complained about the short list for different open seats in the county.

From left: Teri Plummer McClure, Noni Ellison Southall, Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, Glenda Hatchett and Tracee R. Benzo.

Slideshow: 2014 Glitter Gala and Auction

On June 28, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and The GABWA Foundation held their annual gala and auction.

Courtroom

Court Reporting Proposals Draw Fire from Court Reporters

By Lawrence Viele Davidson |

Georgia court reporters are firing back at new regulations being considered by the state's top judges, including a proposal that the state's roughly 1,100 court reporters receive a national credential for real-time reporting.

Cobb County Superior Judge C. Latain Kell.

Judge Gives Personal Care Home Operator 10 Years to Serve for False Imprisonment, More Charges

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Cobb County Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell sentenced the operator of an unlicensed personal care home to 20 years, with 10 years to serve in prison, on Thursday after taking a guilty plea to 47 charges, District Attorney Vic Reynolds announced.

Maddox Kilgore, defense attorney representing Justin Ross Harris, makes an objection to a question posed by Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring, Thursday before Chief Magistrate Court Judge Frank R. Cox, at the probable cause hearing on charges of second-degree cruelty to a child and felony murder of their 22 month-old son Cooper. Attorney Carlos Rodriguez is seated in the middle.

Hearing Over Toddler's Death Made for Long, Strange Day in Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lawyers who watched it seemed to agree that no one had seen anything quite like the nearly four-hour probable cause hearing Thursday for Justin Ross Harris.

Phyllis Holmen

Georgia Legal Services Recognized by ABA for Work During Recession

By Meredith Hobbs |

The Georgia Legal Services Program is this year's winner of the American Bar Association's Hodson Award for Public Service, which the ABA's Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division gives annually to a public interest or government law office.

O.C.G.A. § 9-10-2: The Five-Day Notice Rule Explained

By J. Randolph Evans, Thurbert Baker, Jeremy Berry and Michelle Swiren Zaltsberg |

In a section that most lawyers are unlikely to encounter in their day-to-day practice, the Georgia Code throws a procedural curveball that can strike you out (or at least delay your at-bat) if you fail to see it coming in a matter involving the state or a state official.

New Braves stadium

Cobb County Lawyer Objects to New Braves Stadium in his Neighborhood

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A lawyer whose office is near the proposed new Atlanta Braves stadium in Cobb County is scheduled to argue against it at a bond validation hearing Monday afternoon before Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard.

Justice Keith R. Blackwell

Ga. Justices: Appeals Court Should Have Sent Case to Them

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Resolving an appeal with an unusual procedural history, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the Court of Appeals should not have decided an evidence suppression issue posed by a Gwinnett County criminal case.

Franklin Hogue

Lawyers for Acquitted Prison Guards Reflect on Victory

By R. Robin McDonald |

Guilty pleas by prison guards accused of beating inmates, in return for testimony against their superiors and colleagues, resulted in acquittals.

Fulton County Courthouse

Fulton Courthouse Turns 100

By Todd Markle | Special to the Daily Report |

Stylish Beaux Arts building, designed as a lasting public monument, still serves county well.

A Vacation Checklist for Attorneys: 4 Simple Steps

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari Klevens |

A vacation checklist for attorneys, with four simple steps to make the most of it

'Midnight Rider' Director, Two More Indicted in Fatal Ga. Train Crash

The director of a movie about singer Gregg Allman and two others involved in the project have been indicted on criminal charges stemming from a fatal crash in which a freight train plowed into the crew in southeast Georgia.

Colorado Leaders Seek Gay-Marriage Resolution

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican Attorney General John Suthers asked a federal court Wednesday to issue an injunction declaring Colorado's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. But they want the court to delay implementation of the ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue.

Corporations Are People? It's a Real Legal Concept

Corporations are people? Mitt Romney got mocked during the 2012 presidential campaign for the very idea. But it turns out the principle has been lurking in U.S. law for more than a century.

Charles Prescott Boring, of Cobb County District Attorney's Office

Former Colleagues Face Off in Case Against Father

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Two lawyers who briefly worked together as prosecutors will face off Thursday, July 3, in Cobb County in the first round of a nationally watched murder case against a father who left his toddler in a hot car for seven hours.

General Motors Headquarters in Detorit, MI.

GM Bankruptcy Judge Urges Focus on Due Process

Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber urged attorneys for General Motors and for its customers suing over defective ignition switches to attempt to agree on facts as much as possible before litigating further.

Doctor Who Took Gun to Surgery Loses Suit Over Hospital Privileges

By Greg Land |

More than 10 years after a plastic surgeon was stripped of her hospital privileges after bringing a handgun to a St. Joseph's Hospital operating room, a judge has tossed out her claims of negligence and breach of contract against the hospital.

Supreme court building in Washington DC, USA.

Often-Split U.S. Supreme Court Agrees Your Privacy Matters

U.S. Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ruling that police must get a judge's approval before searching the cellphones of people they've arrested.

merger

Smith Gambrell's Acquisition of Immigration Shop Was One of 17 U.S. Law Firm Tie-ups in 2Q

By Meredith Hobbs |

There have been 39 law firm combinations announced for the first half of the year—matching the pace for the first two quarters of 2013, according to Altman Weil.

Southern Center Details Sharp Rise in Prison Violence, Murder

By Greg Land |

The Southern Center for Human Rights has just released "The Crisis of Violence in Georgia's Prisons," a report detailing what is described as a sharp rise in violence, torture and homicide in the state's prisons.

Georgia Child Rape Case Leaves Mysteries

Matthew Coniglio's Georgia home held a trove of child pornography, more than 50,000 images and videos stored on laptops, external hard drives and thumb drives.

Lindsay Lohan Sues Over 'Grand Theft Auto V' Game

Lindsay Lohan is suing the makers of the "Grand Theft Auto" video games. The actress says the latest installment used her image and created a character based on her without her permission.

Chattanooga OKs Lawsuit Over Referendum Wording

The Chattanooga City Council has approved the filing of a lawsuit in an attempt to change the wording of a referendum that will determine whether city employees are entitled to domestic partner benefits.

Free Speech Suit Targets Student Conduct Code at Ohio U

A lawsuit challenging Ohio University's student conduct code alleges administrators violated constitutional free speech rights by telling students not to wear T-shirts bearing a sexually suggestive double entendre, though the school denies that officials made such comments.

Richard B. Russell Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

Funeral Services Set for Judge Forrester

By R. Robin McDonald |

The flags at the Richard Russell Federal Building are flying at half-mast in memory of U.S. District Senior Judge J. Owen Forrester.

U.S. Federal Judge J. Owen Forrester

Judge Owen Forrester Dies at 75

By R. Robin McDonald |

U.S. District Senior Judge J. Owen Forrester, appointed to the federal bench in Atlanta by President Ronald Reagan, died Tuesday morning.

Gerald Weber

Panel Backs Former Teachers Union Rep in Free Speech Case

By Alyson M. Palmer |

11th Circuit rules for former Clayton assistant principal who claims he was forced out for criticizing school board

Scott G. Peterson, the Managing Director, Financial Institutions Advocacy Group, of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC in Atlanta, Ga. on July 1, 2014. (photo by Rebecca Breyer/freelance photographer)

Baker Donelson Hires Nonlawyer To Manage Group

By Meredith hobbs |

Scott Peterson, previously a consultant at Warbird Consulting Partners in Atlanta, is working with Baker Donelson shareholder Tim Lupinacci, who chairs the group.

Supreme court building in Washington DC, USA.

Justices Agree: Privacy Matters

Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ruling that police must get a judge's approval before searching the cellphones of people they've arrested.

(left to right) Sheriff Ted Jackson, the Hon. Gino Brogdon, Chief Deputy Jimmy Carter at the Citizens Academy Graduation on May 28, 2014.

Citizens' Academy deserves a 'Wow'

By M. Gino Brogdon Sr. |

Since 2012, Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson's office has hosted a six-week Citizens' Academy allowing participants to observe how his office operates. M. Gino Brogdon Sr., a former Fulton County Superior Court judge, recently participated in the Citizens' Academy and wrote these remarks about his experience.

Andi Dorfman

Bulldogs in the Future for Lawyer 'Bachelorette' Andi Dorfman

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Bulldogs are in the future for Andi Dorfman, the former Fulton County assistant district attorney who narrowed her field of suitors on "The Bachelorette" to four—whose families she will visit on next week's show.

JQC Awarded First Amendment Honor

By R. Robin McDonald |
Steve Earnest, Senior VP and General Counsel of Herschend Family Entertainment.

Roller coasters, Dollywood and the Globetrotters all in a day's business for Herschend GC Steve Earnest

By Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report |

Steve Earnest is the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. (HFE), the largest family-owned themed attractions corporation in the United States.

Supreme court building in Washington DC, USA.

Justices to Take Up Pregnancy Discrimination Case

The Supreme Court will take up the pregnancy discrimination claims of a package delivery driver for UPS who was refused a light duty assignment so she could continue working while pregnant.

Birth Control Ruling Sparks Political Clash

Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country's new health care law is deeply flawed.

Supreme court building in Washington DC, USA.

Justices Act in Other Health Law Mandate Cases

The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law, not just the handful of methods the justices considered in their ruling.

Supreme court building in Washington DC, USA.

Supreme Court To Consider KBR Whistleblower Case

The Supreme Court will consider whether a whistleblower can move forward with a lawsuit claiming defense contracting giant KBR Inc. falsely billed the government for work in Iraq.

Judge Michael Boggs

Boggs Answers More Questions for Judiciary Senators

By R. Robin McDonald |

Georgia appeals court Judge Michael Boggs has submitted answers to a second round of senators' questions probing his stance on abortion, gay rights and the Confederate battle flag.

Judge William H. Pryor, Jr.

Quickly, Eleventh Circuit Judge Weighs In On Contraceptive Mandate

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Directly on the heels of Monday morning's U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the federal contraceptive mandate, an Atlanta-based federal appeals court panel issued its own, temporary ruling in a case involving the mandate.

Justice Hugh P. Thompson, Supreme Court of Georgia

Ga. High Court Tosses Order Requiring Psychiatrist To Give File to Dead Patient's Parents

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Making quick work of an appeal that could make it harder for plaintiffs to bring wrongful death suits against mental health professionals, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that a Cobb County trial judge must reconsider his ruling that ordered a psychiatrist to turn over his records on a patient who committed suicide to the young man's parents.

gavel, scale, and law book

Mom of teen killed in drag racing crash wins $2.5M verdict

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |
Chatham County, GA courthouse in Savannah, GA.

Official Proposes Renaming Savannah Courthouse

A government official in coastal Georgia is proposing to rename a county courthouse after a former state lawmaker.

gavel

Judge Dismisses Zimmerman's Lawsuit Against NBC

By MIKE SCHNEIDER |

A Florida judge on Monday dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman against NBC and three reporters, saying the former neighborhood watch leader failed to show the network acted with malice.

General Motors Headquarters in Detorit, MI.

GM Won't Limit Ignition Switch Crash Compensation

By JOAN LOWY and TOM KRISHER, Associated Press Writers |

Kenneth Feinberg is prepared to pay out billions of General Motors' money to victims of crashes in GM small cars — provided they can prove the cars' ignition switches caused the crash.

Supreme court building in Washington DC, USA.

Court: Public Union Can't Make Nonmembers Pay Fees

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press |

The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover the union's costs of collective bargaining.

Left, Jane Barwick says her campaign message worked and needs only a fine-tuning. Right, Shelitha Robertson says she will continue to emphasize her experience.

Forum Tonight for Fulton Judicial, County Commission and School Superintendant hopefuls

By Greg Land |

The event, sponsored by the Atlanta-Fulton County League of Women Voters, begins at 6 p.m. with a reception for elected and public officials. The forum begins at 6:45 p.m.

Georgia Supreme Court building

Lawyer Discipline: Court's Actions in 5 Cases Range From Disbarment to Reinstatement

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday issued discipline decisions for five attorneys.

John Roberts Jr.

Supreme Court: Employers Don't Have To Cover Contraception

The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

Meredith Carter says her client, a former HR worker, was shocked by Kia’s disregard for U.S. anti-discrimination laws.

Fired HR Manager Accuses Kia of Anti-Woman, Anti-U.S. Bias

By Greg Land |

A former employee at the Kia manufacturing plant in West Point has sued the South Korea-based carmaker, alleging it discriminated against her because she was American and a woman, then fired her after she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2010.

David Ralston

Ralston Faces Bar Charges

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Allegations that House Speaker David Ralston may have misused his attorney trust account appear to be the most serious among a raft of charges brought to the state Supreme Court by the State Bar of Georgia.

Shanghai, China

Two Atlanta Firms Make Moves in Shanghai

By Meredith Hobbs |

Two Atlanta firms have announced moves that solidify their on-the-ground presence in Shanghai as U.S. firms continue their expansion into Asia.

Ga. Schools Resist Arming Teachers Despite New Law

By Kathleen Foody |

Georgia school leaders are turning down a new option of arming teachers, arguing that it doesn't make kids any safer.

Eric Richardson

Judge Rejects Request That He Hand Case to Predecessor

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County State Court judge handling a medical malpractice case has rebuffed a defense request that he reassign the case to his now-retired predecessor, whose orders in favor of the defendant were reversed by the Georgia Court of Appeals.

David Ralston

State Bar of Ga. Asks for Probe of House Speaker

The State Bar of Georgia has asked for an investigation into Republican House Speaker David Ralston.

Ninety Six new inductees get sworn in to the State Bar of Georgia at the Summer 2014 Induction Ceremony. Thursday July 26th 2014.

Slideshow: Hands Up, New Lawyers

The State Bar of Georgia held its summer induction ceremony Thursday at the Fulton County Superior Court. Some 96 new lawyers raised their hands as they were sworn in by Judge Craig L. Schwall.

Judge Mark Anthony Scott

DeKalb DA Wins Round with Judge but Legal Fight Continues

By Lawrence Viele Davidson |

Now that a woman who was allowed to walk out of a courtroom after being convicted of murder is back in custody, the battle over her legal fate continues.

Ga. Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines

On Cellphone Privacy, Georgia Courts Had Gone the Other Way

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Georgia's Supreme Court justices were among those who failed to anticipate Wednesday's landmark cellphone privacy ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jonathan D. Crumly

Business Wins $7M From Ex-Workers Accused of Stealing Data

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An appeal and international collection efforts will follow a Cobb County Superior Court jury's award of more than $7 million in a business dispute between companies selling a flame retardant chemical made in China.

Disbarred Lawyer Sentenced to a Year and a Day

By R. Robin McDonald |

A disbarred former attorney who once worked for Atlanta firm Taylor, English & Duma has been sentenced to serve a year and a day in federal prison for stealing more than $300,000 of his clients' funds, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia announced Thursday.

It's Time to Prepare for 'Guns Everywhere'

By Kathleen Jennings |

There has been a lot of publicity about the Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act (sometimes referred to as the "Guns Everywhere" law), which will become law on July 1. In advance of that date, it is important for Georgia businesses to become familiar with the law's provisions.

Atlanta attorney Harmon Caldwell Jr. in his train layout room.

Slideshow: Harmon Caldwell: On Track to Escape

By Paul Shea |

Trains and automobiles will do for the moment. Forget about planes.

Lawyers Argue Over Blame in Giants Fan Beating

By Linda Deutsch |

A lawyer for a San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium told a jury Thursday that the Los Angeles team failed its responsibility to keep fans safe.

Checkered Progress on Disabled Care Despite Ruling

By Matt Sedensky |

Fifteen years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling that the disabled should be given the choice to live outside nursing homes, mental hospitals and other institutions, its legacies are dueling.

Grant to Help Serve Young DeKalb Co. Offenders

DeKalb County Juvenile Court officials say a $400,000 grant will help them serve 60 juvenile offenders with mentoring, home school and community supervision and more.

Ronnie Joe Lane

JQC Names Judge as New Director

By R. Robin McDonald |

For the first time in its 42-year history, the state judicial disciplinary agency will have a judge at its helm.