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House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal

Governor Confirms Tax Tribunal Appointment; Process Is Murky

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal's office on Thursday confirmed his appointment of state House Majority Leader Larry O'Neal as the new judge of the Georgia Tax Tribunal.

Merritt McAlister

Supplement Marketer Fights $40M Sanction

By Alyson Palmer |

Two of three federal judges in Atlanta on Friday sounded receptive to a Norcross firm's appeal of a $40 million contempt order over its marketing of dietary supplements.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Lawyers Say Alleged Fraudster Is Still Operating

By R. Robin McDonald |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked a federal judge in Atlanta to bar a Villa Rica man from operating financial investment websites that SEC lawyers claim have defrauded investors of more than $1 million.

Judge Cassandra Kirk

Fulton's Chief Magistrate Reshapes Newly Independent Court

By Greg Land |

Upon assuming her duties at the first of the year, Fulton County Chief Magistrate Cassandra Kirk faced the usual hurdles anyone walking into a new job encounters: new faces, unfamiliar tasks, ongoing projects and initiatives that will require some getting up to speed.

DaVita to Settle Whistleblower Fraud Claims; Sanctions Motions Are Dropped

By R. Robin McDonald |

The nation's largest kidney dialysis company is settling whistleblower claims by two former staff members that it defrauded the federal government of hundreds of millions of dollars, according to papers filed in federal court in Atlanta.

Busy Federal Judges Got Teacher Abuse/Insurance Case Right [LETTER]

In the article "Rulings Conflict on Insurance for Teacher Accused of Abusing Special-Ed Students" (Daily Report, April 16, 2015), Mr. Craig Jones attributed the difference in the court opinions to "busy federal judges not paying attention" to "mind-numbingly boring" declaratory judgment actions.

Teacher Abuse/Insurance Case Highlights Need to Disclose Adverse Authority [LETTER]

One of the most commonly overlooked rules of professional conduct is the obligation of an advocate to disclose adverse authority to the tribunal. Your recent article ("Rulings Conflict on Insurance for Teacher Accused of Abusing Special-Ed Students," Daily Report, April 16, 2015) dramatically illustrates the importance of that rule.

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield

Atlanta Mayor Adds Environmental Lawyer to City Leadership

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Former state lawmaker Stephanie Stuckey Benfield is leaving the environmental law organization GreenLaw to be the city of Atlanta's next sustainability czar.

Joel Ross Feldman

The Internet's Latest Money .Suck

By Joel Feldman |

As the Internet continues to expand, with more and more words after the dot, brand owners must constantly assess online threats to their brands.

Public Defender: Augusta Office Plagued by Roach Infestation, Mold

By Susan McCord |

A trip to county jail or state prison might not be the worst sight ahead for some of Augusta's poorest criminal defendants.

House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal

Governor's Office: No Decision Yet on Tax Judge, Despite Lawmaker's Announcement

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal's office denied Wednesday that he has named a new Georgia Tax Tribunal judge. But all other signs pointed to state House Majority Leader Larry O'Neal getting the nod—a decision meaning Deal skipped over three candidates recommended by his Judicial Nominating Commission.

Glenn Hendrix

Corporate Work Uptick Fuels Arnall Golden Gregory Revenue

By Meredith Hobbs |

Arnall Golden Gregory had a solid year in 2014, thanks to an uptick in corporate work. Revenue increased $3 million to $79.5 million—a 3.9 percent jump that pushed up revenue per lawyer by 5.6 percent to $565,000 and profit per partner by 3.6 percent to $710,000.

Dentons Makes a Grand Budapest Bolt-On

By Brian Baxter |

Having recently announced mergers in the U.S. and China, the ever-expanding global legal giant is now adding a 30-strong team from White & Case in the Hungarian capital. The move is essentially another merger, as Dentons will absorb the entire local affiliate of White & Case, a firm that opened in Budapest in 1990.

<b>ROLE MODEL:</b> Tricia Dennis tells hard truths about running her personal-injury practice.

No 'L.A. Law' in This Podcast

By Karen Sloan |

Personal injury attorney Tricia Dennis candidly discusses her career challenges and consolations during the "I Am The Law" podcast, a weekly dose of reality produced by Law School Transparency, a nonprofit organization.

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Darrell Lee Sutton

Winner of $1M Verdict to Ask for New Trial [VIDEO]

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The winning side of a nearly $1 million car wreck verdict plans to ask for a new trial, according to the lawyer.

L to R: James Holland and Jason Odom.

Rail Worker Hurt in Train-Van Collision to Collect $1M [VIDEO]

By Greg Land |

A railroad worker injured when the van in which he was a passenger was struck by a slow-moving locomotive in an Atlanta rail yard is set to collect $1 million from a Fulton County jury verdict.

Sally Yates, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.  March 24, 2015.

Senate Committee Delays Vote on Deputy AG Nominee Sally Yates

By Mike Sacks |

Acting Deputy Attorney General nominee Sally Yates will have to wait a bit longer to be the official second-in-command at the Justice Department. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday pushed back its vote on Yates to a yet-to-be-scheduled meeting.

Legal Food Frenzy Kicks Off Monday

By Alyson Palmer |

Georgia's fourth annual Legal Food Frenzy, a friendly competition to gather food and funds for the state's food banks, kicks off on Monday.

Georgia Judges Fail to Curb Excessive Verdicts [LETTER]

I have followed with interest the coverage of the Walden $150 million verdict against Chrysler earlier this month here in Georgia ("Jury Adds $30M to Verdict After Plaintiffs' Lawyer Ticks Down Boy's Last 60 Seconds," Daily Report, April 13, 2015).

GOING RATE: Editor's Note: About Our Methodology

By Jonathan Ringel |

For more than 20 years, the Daily Report's Going Rate issue has offered a peek at Georgia lawyers' hourly rates. The rates were culled from Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in Georgia's three U.S. bankruptcy courts.

When Woodrow Wilson was an Atlanta lawyer in the 1880s, as depicted at the State Bar of Georgia headquarters, he didn’t measure time in six-minute increments.

GOING RATE: Before the Billable Hour

By Mary Welch |

It was the mid-1960s and associates at Alston, Miller & Gaines were upset about a rumor floating around their tony offices that a clerk was adding up the hours each attorney worked—a new concept called "billable hours."

GOING RATE: How Does Your 2015 Hourly Rate Compare? Search Our Updated Database

Find out what Georgia lawyers charge. Plus, our annual Going Rate special issue coverage explores what law practice was like before the billable hour.

Chris Vance

Rulings Conflict on Insurance for Teacher Accused of Abusing Special-Ed Students

By Alyson Palmer |

Lawyer Chris Vance’s client would be able to collect from a teacher’s insurance policy on claims of abuse, but in a separate case, a different court took the opposite stance.

Feds End Drug/Gun Trafficking Probe With 16-Year Sentence

By R. Robin McDonald |

Federal law enforcement authorities say they have broken a drug-trafficking and gun-smuggling ring that based its operations at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Don Samuel

Lawyer Promises Appeal of 27-Year Sentence by Former Hindu Temple Leader

By R. Robin McDonald |

A lawyer for a former Hindu temple leader in Georgia said the defendant "absolutely, unequivocally" will appeal his 27-year prison sentence for defrauding his followers and his temple's creditors.

Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Atlanta Legal Aid Moves Into New Digs [SLIDESHOW]

By Meredith Hobbs |

The renovations are complete for Atlanta Legal Aid Society's new headquarters at 54 Ellis St. N.E., and the downtown branch's lawyers and staff have just moved in.

K.Michelle performs onstage at BET Honors 2015 at Warner Theatre on January 24, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Judge Rejects Defamation Suit Against Singer K. Michelle

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

An Atlanta R&B singer who said on a reality TV show that the CEO of her former record label mismanaged her career and beat her years ago in a hotel room has prevailed in a defamation lawsuit the CEO brought in Fulton County Superior Court.

Robin Hensley

Lawyers, Take Control of Your Time

By Robin M. Hensley |

The bar is filled with lawyers who are smart and know the right people; however, the winning edge often goes to those who have learned to get more time out of their day.

Clay Howell

Sutherland Snags Real Estate Partner From King & Spalding

By Meredith Hobbs |

Real estate lawyer D. Clayton Howell has joined Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as a partner from King & Spalding. Howell represents commercial real estate owners, operators and investors in a variety of transactions, mostly in Atlanta but also nationally.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter describes how the three former SRT directors were at the top of the chain when sentencing them. Former APS SRT Directors Sharon Davis Williams, Tamara Cotman and Michael Pitts were sentenced to 20 years, to serve 7 years, 2000 hours of community service and $25,000 fine. Sentencing continues for 10 of the 11 defendants convicted of racketeering and other charges in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial before Judge Jerry Baxter in Fulton County Superior Court, Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Admitting Guilt Was Sticking Point for 8 Jailed Educators, Lawyers Say

By Greg Land |

In the end, only two of the 10 Atlanta Public School cheating defendants took the plea bargains—serving little or no jail time in exchange for admitting guilt and waiving their rights to appeal their convictions.

Judge Jerry Baxter

Jail for 9 of 10 Ex-Educators in Atlanta Public Schools Test-Cheating Case

By Kate Brumback |

All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests were sentenced to jail time Tuesday, and the judge called the cheating scandal "the sickest thing that's ever happened in this town."

Stephen M. Forte

Smith Gambrell Reports Another Strong Year

By Meredith Hobbs |

Smith Gambrell & Russell posted a strong 2014 following a solid 2013.

Fulton County Senior ADA Clint Rucker talks with another member of the prosecution team during witness statements for the defendants. Sentencing of 10 of the 11 defendants convicted of racketeering and other charges in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial before Judge Jerry Baxter in Fulton County Superior Court, Monday April 13 2015.

Corrected: Judge Urges Atlanta School Defendants to Accept DA's Deal for Lighter Sentences

By Greg Land |

An agitated Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter on Monday told lawyers for 10 Atlanta Public Schools defendants convicted of cheating that they should accept prosecutors' offers for lighter sentences in exchange for waiving any appeals—or that they would most certainly face incarceration.

Nikolai

Woman Loses Bid for Back Injury Damages Claimed After Collision

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Tifton woman lost her bid to recover damages for a back injury and $48,600 in medical bills she claimed was caused by a low-speed collision in Gwinnett County.

Bryan Tyson's Appointment as Public Defender Director Is 'Political Patronage at Its Worst,' Writer Says [LETTER]

I was surprised to read in the Daily Report ("State's New Indigent Defense Director Knows the Political Arena," April 7, 2015) that Gov. Deal had appointed Bryan Tyson to serve as executive director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council (GPDSC).

Congratulations to New Public Defender Standards Council Chief [LETTER]

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to Attorney Bryan Tyson on his appointment by Governor Nathan Deal to serve as the new executive director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council.

The Chattahoochee River in south Georgia, below the Walter F. George Lake.

Water Master Gives States Secrecy for Settlement Talks

By Alyson Palmer |

A Maine lawyer overseeing water litigation between Georgia and Florida has blocked any settlement talks from public scrutiny.

10 Business-Oriented Rules for Being an Excellent Lawyer

By Raymond Millien |

Following these rules will not automatically make you an excellent lawyer. Not following these rules, however, probably assures that you are not, and never will be, an excellent lawyer.

Judge to Sentence Former Educators for Role in Atlanta Public Schools Test Cheating

A judge was set to hand down sentences Monday for most of the former Atlanta educators who were convicted in a widespread conspiracy to cheat on state tests.

Sarah Geraghty

Suit Claims Indigent Defendants Are Illegally Jailed

By R. Robin McDonald |

After Adel Edwards pleaded guilty to burning leaves in his yard without a permit, Pelham police and a private probation firm hired by the city jailed him for several days because he could not afford to make a $250 payment on his fine, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Albany.

Cobb Construction Firm Pays $1M to Settle US Claims

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Marietta construction firm has agreed to pay $1 million to settle claims that it secured federal highway construction contracts by submitting false reports that one of its subcontractors qualified as a disadvantaged business, the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia announced Monday.

William Withrow Jr.

Bank Customer Fighting Overdraft Fees Will Keep Pushing for Class Action Status

By Alyson Palmer |

A panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals has handed a significant setback to lawyers attempting to mount a class action over overdraft fees charged by SunTrust Bank, but they said they'll seek more review.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter

Judge Jerry Baxter Grouses at Lawyer Before Dismissing His Case

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The lawyer for a University of Georgia professor fighting school administrators and state officials lost his bid for sanctions against state Attorney General Sam Olens, but not before being walloped verbally by the judge.

Kim Ebert

2014 Was 'Phenomenal Year' for Ogletree Deakins

By Meredith Hobbs |

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart posted big gains in revenue and profit in what its managing shareholder, Kim Ebert, called a "phenomenal year" for the labor and employment firm.

Couple Pleads Guilty to Buckhead-Midtown Crime Spree

By Greg Land |

A couple has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to racketeering and other charges related to a monthslong crime theft spree during which they stole purses and wallets from unwary customers at restaurants and stores in Buckhead and Midtown.

James Radford

Telecommunications Firm Accused of Defrauding Customers on Inmate Calls

By R. Robin McDonald |

An attorney with the DeKalb public defender's office has sued a telecommunications firm that provides prison inmate calling services throughout the state, claiming the company routinely defrauds inmates, their families and their attorneys by draining accounts of funds that were intended to pay for inmates' calls.

Jeff Haidet

McKenna Will Merge With Dentons, but Will Everyone Join?

By Meredith Hobbs |

McKenna Long & Aldridge and Dentons finally announced Wednesday that the two firms' partnerships have approved a merger, but it's not clear yet which lawyers from McKenna will be joining Dentons.

Fallout From $150M Chrysler Verdict Could Include New NHTSA Investigation

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Fallout from a recent $150 million wrongful death verdict in Bainbridge could include a new investigation by safety regulators into the gas tanks of older Jeeps, according to widely reported remarks made by a federal regulator on Thursday.

Jim Butler

Jury Adds $30M to Verdict After Plaintiffs Lawyer Marks Boy's Last 60 Seconds [VIDEO]

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Chrysler trial that led to a $150 million verdict last week in Bainbridge featured a $30 million minute.

Vernon S. Pitts

Fulton Public Defender, State Department Partner in Foreign Training Program

By Greg Land |

Under an initiative announced Wednesday by the Fulton County Public Defender's office, the agency will be partnering with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs to train judges, prosecutors and legal professionals from other countries in providing legal assistance to indigent defendants.

Alston & Bird Partner Hits Links as Masters Caddy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Richard Grice, an Atlanta-based partner in Alston & Bird’s finance group, traded paperwork for working on par this week after landing the side-job of a lifetime—caddying at the 2015 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. As for Grice’s golfer and interim boss, that would be Gunn Yang, a 21-year-old South Korean and 2014 U.S. Amateur Champion.

received 4/2/15- Jay Butchko is vice president of MileMark Media, a legal marketing firm.

Is Your Law Firm Website Mobile-Friendly? Test It and See

By Commentary by Jay Butchko |

A Google update rolling out April 21 will separate the mobile-ready sites from the clunkers.

Chris Stewart

Attorney for SC Family: 'I Won't Let This Turn Into a Ferguson'

By Greg Land |

The Atlanta lawyer representing the family of Walter Scott, the 50-year-old man gunned down by a North Charleston, South Carolina police last Saturday, said he has a lot of questions about the incident, including a "glaringly vague" police report concerning the matter.

Sergio Campos

Professor: Tobacco Ruling 'Almost Like a Neutron Bomb'

By Alyson Palmer |

A federal appeals court's ruling siding with tobacco companies on Wednesday could be devastating to Florida smokers' tort lawsuits, says a Miami law professor following the cases.

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

Georgia Lawmaker Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Form

By Kate Brumback |

Georgia state Rep. Tyrone Brooks pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of filing a false tax document and no contest to five counts of mail and wire fraud.

Tyrone Brooks

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks to Enter Plea in Federal Court

Georgia state Rep. Tyrone Brooks is set to enter a plea on federal charges.

Tyrone Brooks

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks Resigns House Seat

Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks has resigned his seat in the state House of Representatives.

Mary Weeks

This Lawyer Is a Sharpshooter [VIDEO]

By John Carroll |

Before Columbus attorney Mary K. Weeks decided to pursue a career in law, she was an elite, competitive rifle shooter for the U.S. Army. Prior to that, she was an All-American marksman at the University of Kentucky in the late '90s.

Undeterred by Felony Charges, Ex-Troutman Sanders Partner Starts Own Practice

By Nell Gluckman |

Mark Shurtleff, who served three terms as Utah’s attorney general before a six-month stint at Troutman Sanders in 2013, faces nine felony charges, including bribery, tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice. But that hasn’t stopped him from launching his own firm, which he unveiled last week in a YouTube video.

Dentons and McKenna Long Announce Merger

By Meredith Hobbs |

McKenna Long & Aldridge announced late Wednesday afternoon that it is combining with global megafirm Dentons.

Richard Cordray

US Sues Debt Collection Agencies in Georgia, Claiming Fraud

By R. Robin McDonald |

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has sued a dozen debt collection agencies, debt payment processors and their agents in Georgia and New York, claiming that they used robocalls to threaten and harass consumers into collectively paying millions of dollars in debts they did not owe.

Gerald B. Tjoflat

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Use of Engle Findings by Smoker's Estate

By Alyson Palmer |

A federal appeals court has tossed a verdict won against tobacco companies by the estate of a Florida smoker, saying the plaintiff's use of findings from an earlier class action conflicted with federal law on cigarettes.

New Trials Ordered in Cases Brought by Prosecutor Having Affair With Agent

By R. Robin McDonald |

A federal judge in Brunswick has ordered new trials for three defendants in the wake of disclosures by the U.S. attorney of the Southern District of Georgia that a federal prosecutor and the lead investigating agent in their cases had been engaged in a five-year-long secret affair.

Mayor Kasim Reed

City Responds to Ex-Fire Chief's Suit

By R. Robin McDonald |

The city of Atlanta has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by its former fire chief, who lost his job in January after he published and distributed to city employees a book publicizing his religious conviction that same-sex relationships are "vile" and a "perversion."

Fulton State, Superior Courts to Launch New E-Filing Systems

By Greg Land |

The Fulton County State Court will be rolling out mandatory e-filing for all civil cases in June, with the Superior Court starting a voluntary program in the summer, according to the clerks of both courts.

L-R Tamika Nordstrom and Erica Mason

Constangy Further Builds on Prophete's Arrival, Adding 2 Partners in Atlanta

By Meredith Hobbs |

Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete has recruited two shareholders to its Atlanta headquarters, Tamika Nordstrom from Littler and Erica Mason from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, following the arrival last month of Don Prophete as a name partner from Littler.

Stephen Fusco

Lawyer Left Corporate World to Teach Kids With Special Needs

By Alyson Palmer |

Practicing law for more than a decade, Stephen Fusco worked for some very buttoned-up firms.

Georgia State Capitol Building

Other Bills Affecting Law Practice Met With Mixed Results in Final Hours of Session

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

While legislation raising judges' pay and expanding the Court of Appeals passed in the General Assembly's final hours last week, other bills affecting the practice of law saw mixed results under the Gold Dome.

Jake Fischer

Rural Lawyer Recruitment Plan Flourishes in South Dakota

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Since Jake Fischer opened an office in a vacant building on the main street of Corsica, South Dakota, population 600, he’s been surprisingly busy.

Carson County, South Dakota

Access to Justice: South Dakota Addresses Its Rural Lawyer Gap

Earlier this year, the Daily Report’s Kathy Tucker examined the state’s shortage of lawyers in its rural areas. Since then, a plan to address the issue has been introduced in the Georgia Legislature and remains alive for consideration next year. In this report, Tucker looks at a program that has been implemented in South Dakota to address the rural justice gap there.

Richard H. Chambers United States Court of Appeals Building in Pasadena, California.

Ex-Nixon Peabody Partner’s Prison Term Upheld by 9th Circuit

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal appeals court has affirmed a former Nixon Peabody partner’s prison term of seven years, clarifying for the first time that lawyers convicted of covering up their clients’ crimes could face additional enhancements to their sentences.

Joel Zeldin, Shartsis Friese partner

Firms Make It Hard for Partners to Say Goodbye

By Patience Haggin |

Leaving a law firm can be painful and protracted—and that's often by design, says Shartsis Friese partner Joel Zeldin.

Terry Davis

Holland & Knight Picks Up Investment Fund Partner

By Meredith Hobbs |

Terry Davis has joined Holland & Knight as a partner from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz and will co-chair the firm's investment management practice.

Judge Authorizes Service by Facebook in Divorce

By Andrew Keshner |

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper has allowed a plaintiff wife to serve divorce papers on her hard-to-find husband through his Facebook account, while acknowledging the woman's request for sole, not supplemental, service through a private message was a "radical departure" from traditional ideas of what constituted service of process.

Former Dobbs Elementary teacher Dessa Curb, left, with her attorney Sanford Wallack and her sister Aleesa Williams, leaves the Fulton County Courthouse after a jury found her not guilty in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Atlanta.

The Only Winning Defense Lawyer in APS Trial Calls Victory 'Bittersweet'

By Greg Land |

As the attorney for the only defendant acquitted of all charges by the jury deciding the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial, Atlanta solo practitioner Sanford "Sandy" Wallack is happy for his client and eager to get back to the rest of his law practice, which he essentially placed on hold during the seven-month-long trial.

Roger Quillen

Frosty Start Held Fisher & Phillips to Modest Growth in 2014

By Greg Land |

Fisher & Phillips came through 2014 with what managing partner Roger Quillen termed modest growth, bumping net income 4.3 percent to $61 million, and increasing profits per partner by 3 percent. Gross revenue was up 6.1 percent, to $148 million.

Federal Patent Lawsuit Filings Drop After Peak Year

By Meredith Hobbs |

Lex Machina's second annual Patent Litigation Year in Review reveals that the number of federal patent cases filed last year fell by 21 percent—from 6,082 cases in 2013 to 5,012 cases.

Victor Reynolds

Cobb DA's Office to Host Classes on Fighting Domestic Violence

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds plans to launch a series of training classes aimed at helping victims of domestic violence for law enforcement officers and the general public.

ABA Offering Free Memberships to Law Students

By Karen Sloan |

The American Bar Association is doing away with dues for law students.

GCs and Risk: How You Define Your Role Is Key

By Sue Reisinger |

One of the biggest risks for a general counsel is a wrong definition of her own role and a belief that she is just a traditional lawyer who happens to work in-house.

Bob Monyak's dog Lola

Court of Appeals Curbs Lawyers' Claims in Suit Over Their Dead Dog

By Greg Land |

The Court of Appeals has ruled that the owners of a dog who sued a kennel when the dog died after allegedly receiving the wrong medication should be able to present thousands of dollars in veterinary bills as evidence of the mixed-breed's value.

Bryan Tyson

New State Indigent Defense Director Knows the Political Arena

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

The newly appointed head of Georgia's criminal defense system is a denizen of the state's political arena.

Resources for a Deeper Look at South Dakota's Project Rural Practice

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The story of South Dakota's effort to save an endangered species—the state's rural lawyer—has been documented in the state bar journal, websites and national publications:

Book Explains How to Become a Rural Lawyer

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A rural lawyer has written a how-to book for others who'd like to follow the road less traveled.

Patrick Burns

An Alternative Solution to the Rural Lawyer Shortage: A Virtual Lawyer

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

One lawyer is offering what he considers a practical alternative solution to the rural lawyer shortage. Call it the virtual rural lawyer.

James and Jeb Butler represented the parents of the boy who died in the fire.

Lawyer: Couple That Won $150M Verdict Lost Child and Marriage to Exploding Gas Tank Tragedy [VIDEO]

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The couple that won a $150 million verdict in South Georgia on Thursday evening lost their 4-year-old son and their marriage to the tragedy of the exploding gas tank in a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee, their lawyer said.

DOJ Weighs In on Lawsuit Brought by Transgender Inmate

Prison officials must treat an inmate's gender identity condition just as they would treat any other medical or mental health condition, the Justice Department said in a court filing Friday.

<b>MARY BONAUTO:</b> Earlier, she won marriage equality in Massachusetts.

Two High-Stakes High Court Debuts

By Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro |

Lawyers in first outings before Supreme Court will argue landmark marriage cases.

Gov. Nathan Deal

Deal Names Political Lawyer to Head State's Indigent Defense System

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

Gov. Nathan Deal has named an appellate lawyer with a background in politics as the new head of the state's indigent defense system.

How to Effectively Select Malpractice Insurance Coverage

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

Selecting malpractice insurance that adequately balances a law practice's unique malpractice risk factors against the price of coverage is not a simple undertaking. To find the right fit at the right price, attorneys need to consider many factors other than price.

Jim Butler

Bainbridge Jury Reaches $150M Verdict for Exploding Jeep Gas Tank

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A jury in Bainbridge returned a $150 million verdict Thursday evening for the family of a child killed by an exploding gas tank in a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was hit from behind.

Judge Mark Cohen

Now on Bench, Cohen Sheds Role as Advocate

By R. Robin McDonald |

When Judge Mark Cohen was a boy, his father would sometimes take him out of school for a trip to Florida's Dade County Courthouse.

David Ralston

Georgia House Speaker Pushed Bill Adding Appellate Judges

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A move to add a new three-judge panel to the state Court of Appeals, which was tacked on late to a bill increasing pay for superior and appellate court judges, was driven by Georgia House Speaker David Ralston.

Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta Georgia

Former Janitorial Manager Pleads Guilty to Getting Favors From Alabama Firm

By R. Robin McDonald |

For six years, the manager held full-time jobs at both DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center -- at the same time.

U.S. Courthouse Northern District of Georgia

DeKalb Club Owner Pleads Guilty to Bribing Former Zoning Official

By R. Robin McDonald |

In bribing the zoning official, the club owner hoped to circumvent an ordinance that regulated the operation of late-night establishments.

L to R: Jim Steinberg and Meredith Francis

Managing Provider Performance in Software and Hardware Transactions

By Jim Steinberg and Meredith Francis |

In any contract for the purchase or license of hardware, software or software as a service solution (SaaS), one of the buyer's critical concerns is that the vendor provide products which live up to the quality promised.

Georgia State Capitol Building

New Appeals Judges, Pay Raises for Bench Await Governor's Signature

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

A bill expanding the state Court of Appeals from 12 to 15 judges and implementing pay raises throughout the judiciary passed late Thursday night, just before the 2015 legislative session adjourned.

Lee May

DeKalb CEO: Employees Can Take the Fifth Without Being Fired

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner |

DeKalb County employees won't be fired if they clam up while talking to private investigators looking into corruption, despite earlier warnings that their refusal to talk would result in disciplinary action.

Ga. State Rep. Jay Powell

Bill on Judicial Pay Raise, COA Expansion Facing Midnight Deadline

By Kathleen Baydala Joyner and Alyson M. Palmer |

The Georgia Senate was poised Thursday to pass a bill that would give some judges their first sizeable pay increase in 16 years and, in a surprising twist, add three new judges to the state Court of Appeals.