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Georgia Supreme Court

Appeals Court Punts Secret Case Back to Gwinnett

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Faced with the unusual prospect of hearing oral argument in a sealed case, the Georgia Court of Appeals has punted a whistleblower case back to a Gwinnett County judge.

Skeptical Judge Gives Lawyers More Time to Keep Client Conversations Under Wraps

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge who said he was inclined to let whistleblower lawyers pierce a defendant company's attorney-client privilege to pursue claims that defense lawyers coached witnesses to lie has delayed a decision until March.

W. Travis Sakrison

Head of State Public Defender Agency Named Judge in Coweta

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The head of Georgia's indigent criminal defense system is set to become the newest Superior Court judge in the Coweta Circuit.

L-R Stephen Alonso, Dyvine Brittian and Anthony Davis, 2015 Fulton County Veterans Court Graduates.

Fulton Veterans Court Graduates

Stephen Alonso, at left, Dyvine Brittian, center, and Anthony Davis hold mementos of their graduation from Fulton Superior Court’s Veterans Court.

Wendell Willard

Bill Would Undo Ga. High Court Ruling on State Immunity

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

State lawmakers on Monday are set to review a bill drafted to undo the effects of a Georgia Supreme Court ruling that said the state's sovereign immunity blocked lawsuits seeking injunctive relief.

Scott Wandstrat

Protect Against the Threat of Sanctions With a Well-Crafted Legal Hold Memo

By Scott A. Wandstrat |

Whenever e-discovery comes up, you can almost always count on the topic to include a discussion of sanctions. That's not an accident. There has been an uptick in both the volume of filings asking for discovery sanctions and orders granting those requests. And, for better or for worse, these trends don't seem to be at risk of abating.

Jamie Casino

Will Lawyer's Super Bowl Ad Top Last Year's?

By Meredith Hobbs |

Savannah personal injury lawyer Jamie Casino is running another Super Bowl ad, which he vows will be "The Most Epic Anti-Bullying Commercial … EVER," according to an announcement.

Retired Emory Law School professor William J. Carney with his wife Jane.

Big Deal: Retired Emory Law Prof Gives $1M to Educate Deal Lawyers

By Meredith Hobbs |

Emory Law School has received a $1 million challenge grant from a retired law professor for its Center for Transactional Law and Practice, which teaches students how to be deal lawyers through a curriculum that combines theory and practice.

Man Charged With Selling Girls for Sex From a Cobb Motel

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Cobb County grand jury returned a sex trafficking indictment Friday against a man accused of selling teenage girls for sex out of a motel near Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell.

Media Websites Don't Have to Delete Arrest Stories

By Mark Hamblett |

It's not libelous for media organizations to continue to publish accurate arrest stories after a criminal conviction has been erased from the record, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled.

Dexter King

Suit Over MLK's Bible and Nobel Prize On Hold Amid Settlement Talks

By Greg Land |

The lawsuit filed by the corporate estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. against his daughter Bernice King over ownership of the slain civil rights leader's traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize has been put on hold while his children try to negotiate a settlement.

Emory University School of Law

Retired Emory Law Professor Gives $1 Million to Law School

A retired Emory University law school professor and his wife have created a $1 million challenge grant for the law school.

Ga. State Senator Greg Kirk

Ga.'s Car Break-In Rescue Bill Draws Heat

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A bill protecting people from lawsuits if they break into a car to remove an unattended child has drawn the ire of some family law and policy advocates.

DeKalb County Courthouse

Suit Says DeKalb Court Practices Unjustly Target the Poor

A federal lawsuit filed in Atlanta accuses DeKalb County of unfairly targeting the poor with court fine collection practices.

Gov. Roy Barnes

Junk Fax Case Settles for $449M Less Than 2010 Verdict

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A class action over so-called junk faxes that at one point produced a $459 million verdict has settled for $10 million in cash—with additional money and litigation possible.

As of Sept. 16, 2014. Renderings subject to change.

New Braves Stadium On Deck for Georgia Supreme Court Next Week

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court's docket for next week includes a challenge to financing for the new Braves baseball stadium planned for Cobb County.

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Supreme Court to Shed Light on Disciplinary Actions

By Tony Mauro |

A Foley & Lardner partner's response to sanctions threatened by the U.S. Supreme Court may be made public next month as the result of a surprise change in court policy.

<b>DRONEPALOOZA:</b> Parrot Bebop, foreground, and DJI Inspire 1 drones hover during the Small UAV Coalition Tech Fair. The organization has retained Akin Gump to lobby for liberalized regulations.

Drone Law Practices Are Beginning to Take Flight

By Andrew Ramonas and Katelyn Polantz |

Lawyers and lobbyists are recruiting clients for what they hope will prove a lucrative field.

Driver Cited for Eating Burger Orders Up a Lawyer

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Criminal defense attorney Lawrence Zimmerman said he is representing Madison Turner, the Alabama man who appeared on television after he was ticketed under Georgia's distracted driving statute.

Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr.

Citing Evidence of Lying, Judge Says Attorney-Client Privilege May Be Pierced in Health Fraud Case

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Atlanta said that "troubling revelations" about testimony by current and former employees of a national chain of dialysis clinics being sued by whistleblowers prompted him on Tuesday to personally question the employees about whether the chain's lawyers may have prompted them to lie under oath.

Judge Wendy Shoob

Judge to Agriculture Commissioner: No Means No

By Greg Land |

In response to a request to clarify an order issued last year, a Fulton County judge has ordered the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Commissioner Gary Black not to enforce packing rules regarding Vidalia onions that the court deemed unconstitutional last year.

Prosecutor: Gregg Allman Filmmaker Never Given Immunity

By Russ Bynum |

Prosecutors never promised immunity from criminal charges to a filmmaker indicted after a crew member was killed by a train while shooting a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman, the district attorney said in a court filing.

V. Severin Roberts

Court Rejects Oft-Used Defense in Off-the-Clock Case

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A panel of the Atlanta-based federal appeals court has rejected a defense that employers have been raising in the face of wage-and-hour lawsuits.

L-R Steve Schrock and Christine Schneider

Thompson Hine Adds Real Estate Lawyers as Market Revives

By Meredith Hobbs |

Real estate lawyers are back in demand as the market revives from the recession. Two of them, Stephen Schrock and Christine Schneider, have reunited at Thompson Hine to build a traditional practice representing developers, lenders and investors in real estate projects.

Shifting Focus Is a Bigger Challenge for Smaller Firms

By Max Mitchell |

Shifting a law firm's practice focus might be a necessity in today's legal market, but for small and midsize firms, it could be one of the most difficult processes a firm faces.

Justices Decline to Block Warren Hill Execution in Georgia

By Marcia Coyle |

A long-fought legal battle to prevent the execution of a Georgia death row inmate ended at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday when the court, over the dissents of justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, denied Warren Hill's request to delay his execution.

Andrew Bridges, Fenwick & West

Fitbit Bites Fitbug in Trademark Fight

By Ross Todd |

With just two weeks until trial, Andrew Bridges of Fenwick & West secured judgment in favor of Fitbit.

L-R Audrey Tolson, Jay Sadd and Edward Wynn

Jury Awards $22M in Med-Mal Case, Nixes Punitives [VIDEO]

By Greg Land |

One day after a Fulton County jury awarded $22 million to the family of a woman who was left brain damaged during treatment for back pain, the panel declined to award punitive damages against the doctor who performed the procedure.

L-R Audrey Tolson, Jay Sadd and Edward Wynn

Jury Declines Punitives After Awarding $22M in Med-Mal Case [VIDEO]

By Greg Land |

One day after a Fulton County jury awarded $22 million to the family of a woman who was left brain damaged during treatment for back pain, the panel declined to award any punitive damages against the doctor who performed the procedure.

L to R: Rebecca Crumrine, J. Antonio DelCampo, Mike Jacobs and Natasha Silas

JNC Submits Short List for DeKalb Judgeships

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The eight lawyers nominated to fill two judicial vacancies in DeKalb County represent a wide range of public and private sector practice areas.

Mary E. Staley

Judge Sends Court Reporters to Jail for Overbilling

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Three court reporters pleaded guilty to racketeering and were sentenced to jail after overbilling for transcripts.

Smiles break out at the defense table as the jury announces its verdict of not guilty. From left are defendant Kobe Williams and his defense team of Mathias Latimer, Cobb County ADA Jason Samuels and Matthew Sheriff.

Defense Wins in Student Mock Trial [SLIDESHOW]

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The jurors and the lawyers seemed particularly young in this trial—and so did the audience.

L-R Beth A. Moeller, Daniel E. Turner, Lauren H. Zeldin and Tracey T. Barbaree.

Littler Recruits Four Partners From Ogletree

By Meredith Hobbs |

Littler Mendelson, the nation's largest labor and employment firm, has recruited four shareholders from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, the nation's second-largest labor and employment firm.

<b>THE STAKES:</b> As attorneys prepared for Supreme Court test, marriages began in Florida.

Who Will Argue Same-Sex Marriage Cases in High Court?

By Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle |

History-making arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage are still more than three months away, but the strategizing among lawyers has already begun.

E-signatures: Enhancing the Value of Contract Automation

By Andy Wishart |

Using e-signatures, in-house counsel can be assured that documents maintain their integrity while residing entirely within an electronic system that provides an audit trail.

L to R: Rebecca Crumrine, J. Antonio DelCampo, Mike Jacobs and Natasha Silas

JNC Submits Short List for DeKalb Judgeships

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The commission charged with vetting potential judicial appointments has submitted a list of eight lawyers to Gov. Nathan Deal to fill two vacancies on the DeKalb County bench.

Judge Frank R. Cox

Cobb County Judge Abruptly Resigns

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A judge is calling it quits, effective Jan. 26, citing health reasons.

Judge Amy Totenberg

Whistleblowers Fined $1.6M for Talking to Reporters While Case Was Sealed

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Atlanta has fined two whistleblowers $1.6 million for speaking confidentially to members of the news media about their fraud suit against the nation's biggest banks while it was being investigated by the U.S. attorney and was, by law, under seal.

Buddy Darden

King & Spalding Fights Effort to Open Confidential Notes on GM Ignition Switch

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

King & Spalding is fighting an effort to make public what lawyers at the firm said to each other about their client, General Motors, with regard to the company's faulty ignition switch litigation.

Managing the Risks of Investing in Clients

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Most law practices consider it a bridge too far. Investing in clients involves a litany of issues ranging from conflicts of interest to ethical limitations under most bar rules.

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.

L-R Sean McEvoy and Joe Fried

Model Whose Face Was Scarred in Crash Reaches $7.5M Settlement

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An aspiring model will receive a $7.5 million settlement for a freeway crash that caused permanent scarring to her face, according to her attorney.

Judge Asha F. Jackson

DeKalb Judge Shares Thoughts on Accountability Courts, Diversity

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson was just 36 when Gov. Nathan Deal appointed her in 2012 to fill the seat vacated by veteran Judge Michael Hancock.

David Greenwald

Fried Frank Chair Discusses Asia Exit

By Chris Johnson |

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson chair David Greenwald says the firm’s decision to effectively close its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices and pull out of Asia, as revealed by The American Lawyer on Monday, was a “difficult but necessary decision.”

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating Technology Contracts

By Jim Steinberg and Andrew Head |

When negotiating technology transactions, such as software licenses, cloud transactions and outsourcing deals, as well as any other type of contract, negotiators will obtain better results with careful preparation and by following a thoughtful script.

D'Arcy Kimnitz, Executive Director, National LGBT Association

Diversity Recruiting, Sidelined by Recession, Is Rebounding

By Mary Welch |

In 2002, the National LGBT Bar Association held its first job fair for gay and lesbian lawyers, and most of the time the aspiring lawyers sat around the table—waiting to be interviewed by someone.

Hey New Partners: Take Our Annual Survey

So, you're a new partner. You've worked hard and achieved that once-in-a-career milestone. The Daily Report wants to know more.

Ken Hodges

Hodges Leaves Polsinelli for Albany Plaintiffs Firm

By Meredith Hobbs |

Ken Hodges has left Polsinelli, an AmLaw 100 firm with about 740 lawyers, to become the fourth lawyer at Albany plaintiffs firm Flynn Peeler Phillips. He has opened an Atlanta outpost for the firm, subletting space from another plaintiffs shop, Butler Wooten Cheeley & Peak.

JNC to Interview 25 for Judge Vacancies in DeKalb

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The governor's Judicial Nominating Commission has picked 25 candidates to interview next week for two judicial vacancies in DeKalb County.

Dexter King

MLK Estate Drops Suit Against King Center

By Greg Land |

The Martin Luther King Jr. corporate estate has dropped its lawsuit against the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, citing what estate CEO Dexter King said was a "change of heart" by his brother, Martin Luther King III.

Eleventh Circuit judge Beverly Martin

Panel Rejects First Amendment Suit Brought by Wife of Inmate

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A federal appeals court panel has rejected a lawsuit filed by the wife of a Georgia prisoner, complaining that corrections officials permanently took away her ability to visit her husband.

Georgia Supreme Court

Lawyer Follows Harrowing Process to Redemption, Readmission

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Seven years ago, Chuck Richards was a cocaine addict with financial problems facing disbarment for mishandling his clients' money.

With Engagement Off, 'Bachelorette' Lawyer Takes to Blogging

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Atlanta's lawyer-turned-"Bachelorette" has had a break from Internet news sites since she announced two weeks ago that she had called off her engagement to the former UGA football player she chose on television last year, but she does give a hint about her future career interests on a new website.

Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse at 40 Foley Square

Circuit Holds Parties to $1.5 Billion Filing Error

By Mark Hamblett |

The Second Circuit held that it did not matter that neither GM, nor its counsel at Mayer Brown, nor JP Morgan or its counsel at Simpson Thacher, intended a filing mistake that rendered a secured loan unsecured, the error will allow a group of creditors to pursue a clawback of some $1.5 billion in the GM bankruptcy case.

Christopher Newbern

$73M Verdict Was 'Incredible' First Trial for This Lawyer

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A young lawyer who had never tried a case was part of the team that won a $73 million verdict last week in Fulton County State Court for a man burned in a gas explosion.

U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas Thrash Jr.

Judge Warns Against Sealing Documents in Home Depot Data Breach Cases

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Atlanta has told lawyers in litigation over credit and debit card security breaches at The Home Depot that he will reject attempts to seal large portions of the court record.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson

DeKalb Congressman's Bill Would Tie Police Funds to Grand Jury Reform

By R. Robin McDonald |

Calling the nation's grand jury stem broken, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democratic lawyer who represents DeKalb County, has introduced legislation that ties federal funds for local law enforcement agencies to proposed reforms associated with grand jury investigations of police shootings.

Caleb Walker

Gory Accident Case Creates Tricky Emotional Distress Issue for Justices

By Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Supreme Court on Wednesday considered to what extent a plaintiff can recover for emotional distress from witnessing the gory death of a friend in an auto accident.

Judge Todd Markle

MLK Family Alliances Shift Over Settlement Discussions

By Greg Land |

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Todd Markle on Tuesday dissolved a temporary restraining order he issued earlier this month barring the board of directors of the corporate estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—comprising King's three surviving children—from discussing a settlement of parallel lawsuits regarding the control and disposition of the civil rights leader's property.

Clarence Thomas.

Appeals Court Slapped Over Lengthy ‘Unpublished’ Ruling

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday sharply criticized a federal appeals court for issuing a lengthy opinion that was nonetheless unpublished, which he called a "disturbing aspect" of the case before the high court.

NJ Appellate Judge Jack Sabatino

Fraternity Not Liable for Party Guest's Gunshot Injuries

By Michael Booth |

A New Jersey appeals court said a fraternity and its members cannot be held liable for injuries a guest sustained when he was shot while trying to break up a fight during a party at the frat house.

How Bingham Failed: The Inside Story

By Julie Triedman |

Several partners at Bingham McCutchen, the 123-year-old firm that is Big Law's latest flameout, recall exactly when they knew it was the beginning of the end.

J. Scott Key

Neuman Appeal Arguments Focus on Privilege, Not Perjury

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Perhaps the most anticipated argument in the appeal of convicted killer Hemy Neuman—that a star witness for the prosecution perjured herself on the stand—was only a minor point during Tuesday's oral arguments before the state Supreme Court.

Hugh P. Thompson

State's Chief Justice Promotes Cobb County Veterans Court

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Chief Justice Hugh Thompson of the Supreme Court of Georgia paid a recent visit to the new veterans court in Cobb County and later endorsed the program, according to a statement released Friday by Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee.

Barry Morgan

Cobb Solicitor: Burger Case Depends on Driving, Not Eating

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Cobb County solicitor said Tuesday that he will press charges against a man ticketed for driving while eating a McDonald's double-quarter pounder with cheese in Cobb County only if the state can prove the burger affected the driving.

Mallet, legal code and scales of justice. Law concept, studio shots

Justices Debate Florida Judicial Candidates' Campaign Appeals

By Mark Sherman |

The Supreme Court's conservative and liberal justices clashed Tuesday over campaign finance restrictions in a dispute involving candidates for elected state and local judgeships.

Judge Lark Ingram

Judge Dumps Suspended Doctor's Libel Suit Against CBS46, Channel 2

By Greg Land |

A Cobb County judge has tossed a suit accusing CBS 46 and Channel 2 Action News of libel in their reporting on a plastic surgeon whose license was suspended following the deaths of two patients in 2013.

As Florida Fights for Judicial Solicitation Ban at SCOTUS, Georgia's Ban Was Scrapped 13 Years Ago

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Students of Georgia's judicial ethics rules may find it surprising that the Florida Bar was at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday defending its ban on direct solicitation of campaign funds by judicial candidates.

Paul Nozick

Alston & Bird Advises Mohawk on $1.2 Billion Agreement to Buy IVC Group

By Meredith Hobbs |

Alston & Bird advised longtime client Mohawk Industries on an agreement to acquire IVC Group, a Belgian vinyl flooring manufacturer, for $1.2 billion.

DeKalb County Courthouse

Candidates for DeKalb Judgeships Fall to 56

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal's commission charged with vetting potential judges is sorting through 56 applications for two vacancies on the DeKalb County bench.

Securities Lawyers and GCs Get Ready to Rumble

By Sue Reisinger |

Corporate law experts are choosing sides after a published attack on Harvard University's Shareholder Rights Project suggested the project's work was illegal.

From left: Pete Law, Michael Moran and Christopher Newbern stand with a key exhibit they used in arguing the case for the plaintiff.

Fulton Jury Awards $73M to Teacher Burned in Gas Explosion [VIDEO]

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A teacher who was severely burned by a gas explosion has won a $73 million verdict against the owners and managers of his apartment complex.

Georgia Supreme Court building in downtown Atlanta.

Lawyer to Be Readmitted to Bar; 2 Others Get Reprimands

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued the following discipline decisions:

Judge Mark Fuller, left, with attorney Jeff Brickman.

Judicial Discipline Evidence Hearing Set for Alabama Judge Arrested for Domestic Abuse

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A federal appeals court that is investigating an Alabama federal judge who was arrested on domestic abuse allegations has scheduled an evidentiary hearing for next month, according to a source close to the matter.

Wilson Smith

Vidalia Lawyer Jailed on Charges He Took $500K From Clients

By Greg Land |

A Vidalia lawyer remained in the Toombs County Detention Center on Friday, facing charges of forgery and theft by conversion for secretly settling a medical malpractice case and pocketing the $500,000 the defendant paid to settle his clients' claims.

From left: Pete Law, Michael Moran and Christopher Newbern stand with a key exhibit they used in arguing the case for the plaintiff.

Fulton Jury Awards $73M to Man Burned in Explosion [VIDEO]

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A man who was severely burned when a gas line exploded in his apartment won a $73 million verdict Thursday in Fulton County State Court.

The city of Brookhaven wants this Stardust store to stop selling sex toys.

Judge Rejects Brookhaven's Move to Ban Sex Toy Sales at Shop Near Strip Club

By R. Robin McDonald |

Newly minted U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross has denied the city of Brookhaven a preliminary injunction in city officials' two-year efforts to stop the sale of sex toys near a well-known strip club.

Hardwick Says He Was Rainmaker, Not Embezzler, at MHS

By Meredith Hobbs |

The majority owner of Morris Hardwick Schneider, Nathan Hardwick IV, said in a new court filing that he was the firm's rainmaker but did not have oversight over its financial accounts—so he isn't responsible for millions of dollars that went missing from the escrow accounts of MHS and its title insurance subsidiary, LandCastle Title. Instead, Hardwick accuses people in the firm's accounting department of misappropriating the money.

Judge Henry R. Thompson

Former Lockheed Engineer Convicted of Sex Abuse Against 5-Year-Old Girls

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A former Lockheed Martin engineer has been convicted of molesting two kindergarten-aged girls, Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announced Thursday.

Judge Mary Staley

Cobb Defendant Who Said the Drugs Weren't His Gets 65-Year Sentence

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A defendant who took the stand and testified that the drugs police found in his apartment didn't belong to him was convicted of trafficking Wednesday and sentenced to 65 years in prison by Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley.

Robert E. Flournoy III

Man Convicted of Pawn Shop Robbery Gets Life Without Parole Plus 5 Years

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Marietta man convicted of robbing a pawn shop was sentenced Wednesday to life without parole plus five years, according to a statement from Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds.

So You Think You Can Dance? (Or Act? Or Sing?)

By Alyson M. Palmer |

Lawyers whose day jobs aren't fulfilling their appetite for the spotlight have a chance to shine this spring.

70% of Readers Polled Say State Should Encourage More Lawyers to Work in Rural Areas

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Twenty-four percent said the state should create a student loan payback program for lawyers who move to rural communities, a plan pushed by the State Bar of Georgia.

L-R Dr. David Garber, Matthew Barr and H. Lane Young

Appeal Planned in $3.7M Dental Molestation Case

By Greg Land |

Lawyers on both sides say Wednesday's $3.7 million verdict for a young woman molested by a nurse anesthetist at a dental clinic is far from the end of civil litigation springing from the man's penchant for taking selfies while he assaulted at least 19 sedated women.

Country Church, Early County Georgia

SPECIAL REPORT: Access to Justice: The Rural Lawyer Gap

Six counties in Georgia have no lawyers. Another 56 counties have 15 or fewer members of the bar. Georgia’s chief justice and state bar president say it’s a crisis for the legal system. The Daily Report went to South Georgia, home to all six lawyerless counties, to find out how law is practiced in a land without lawyers—and what some say should be done about it.

Daily Report Rural Lawyer Story from 2000

Rural Law: What Was True in 2000 Is More So in 2015

By Trisha Renaud | Senior Reporter |

Longtime readers of the Daily Report may have felt a sense of déjà vu while reading our special report last week on the dearth of lawyers in South Georgia.

State Bar President, Patrise Perkins-Hooker and Thomas Worthy

Bar Board Approves Rural Assistance Plan—But Not Without a Fight

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

On a day of routine unanimous approvals for other items, a debate broke out over how to improve legal services to rural areas at the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors midyear meeting Saturday morning.

Terry Marlowe, Fort Gaines Georgia

If It's Friday, Fort Gaines Has a Lawyer

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Terry Marlowe's Fort Gaines law office occupies part of a building that 135 years ago was a saloon and music hall called Coleman's Opera House.

Early County Courthouse, Blakely Georgia

Rural Areas Can't Compete With Lure of Big-City Law

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Retired Pataula Circuit Superior Court Judge Ronnie Joe Lane, now executive director of the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission, is an influential man in the legal community around the state. But he is stumped by the challenge of attracting lawyers to underserved counties.

William Stone, Blakely Georgia

How One Rural Lawyer Made It Big

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

If the attention being given to the dearth of legal services in rural areas gives the impression that small-town lawyers can't be successful, that mistake can be corrected with just two words: Bill Stone.

Laureen Kelly, Dougherty County Law Library

Albany's Law Librarian Tries to Help People Who Can't Get Lawyers

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Laureen Kelly, a lawyer turned librarian who runs the Daugherty County Law Library. Kelly's library has become a self-help center for people who need a lawyer but can't afford a private attorney in the rural South Georgia region surrounding Albany.

Clay County Library

Here Are the Six Georgia Counties That Have No Lawyers

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

To understand the issue of the communities with no lawyers, it's worth noting where they are.

Cotton Field Worth County Georgia.

Rural Lawyer Shortage Concerns Leaders of the Legal Profession

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

In Georgia over the past year, increasing attention has been paid to some simple math that doesn't add up. Most of the lawyers, like most of the dollars, live in Atlanta. Most of the people—particularly the poor—are spread out around an expansive state, many miles away from the keepers of the keys to justice.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

A Win at the Supreme Court for Consumers in Home Mortgage Case

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of consumers Tuesday, interpreting a federal law to allow homeowners up to three years to give notice to their banks that they want to rescind their mortgage loans.

Cellphone Companies Score High Court Win on Towers

By Marcia Coyle |

The federal Telecommunications Act requires local governments that deny applications for construction of cellphone towers to give companies written reasons at the same time as notice of the decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.

L-R John Mays and Jeff Kerr

Lawyer's Musical Journey Takes Him From Rock Tours to Home Recording

By Andy Peters |

John Mays of the employment law firm Mays & Kerr is a musical voyager. Mays is constantly in search of new sensations, unusual sounds and boundary-pushing musical experiences.

Christina Cribbs

Convict in '88 Rape-Slaying to Get DNA Test

By Greg Land |

A man convicted in the 1988 rape and stabbing death of an Atlanta mother will be given a chance to prove his innocence through DNA testing in a deal worked out between The Innocence Project and the office of Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

The Horace T. Ward Legacy Award is presented to Fulton Superior Court Judge Alford Dempsey Jr.  From left, Saundra Arrington Dempsey, Fulton Superior Court judge and Judicial Section chairwoman Kimberly Esmond Adams, Judge Dempsey and retired U.S. District Judge Horace T. Ward.

Check Out Photos From The Gate City Bar Association's Judicial Section Annual Awards Dinner

The Gate City Bar Association’s Judicial Section held its annual awards dinner on Dec. 16 at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

Tangela Barrie

DeKalb Superior Court Designates New Chief Judge

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Tangela Barrie has taken over the role of chief judge for the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, replacing Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams, whose term ended last month.

Robert Corn-Revere

Panel Boosts Suit by Man Expelled From Valdosta State After Parking Deck Complaints

By Alyson M. Palmer |

An Atlanta-based federal appeals court panel has given a boost to free speech claims by a former Valdosta State University student who was expelled after he spoke out against the university president's plans for a parking deck.