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High Court Reverses $1.1M Day Care Verdict

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:00

The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed a jury award of more than $1.1 million to the owners of a Gwinnett County day care center who said they were duped into entering into a franchise agreement that cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars for a business that never paid out the profits they were promised.

        

Suit Filed in Killing at Luxury Midtown Apartment Building

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 04:00

The mother of a young man shot to death last year has sued the owner and management company of the luxury Midtown high-rise apartment complex where the slaying occurred.

        

Emory Law Announces Civil Rights Professorship Named for John Lewis

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 03:00

Emory University Law School is honoring Atlanta civil rights hero and congressman John Lewis with an endowed civil rights professorship that will be called the John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice.

        

Settlement Reached in Case Over Cordele Public Defenders

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 03:00

A rare statement of interest by the U.S. Justice Department on behalf of juvenile criminal defendants who sued the state and Cordele Circuit judges for failing to provide them with legal representation was instrumental in forging a settlement of the case this week, said the president of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta.

        

Justices Weigh How Far Law Firm Advertising Can Go

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 02:30

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday heard a case testing how far a law firm can go in criticizing potential litigation targets in an attempt to drum up legal business.

        

State Bar Youth Launch Matching Service for Lawyers

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 02:00

While the State Bar of Georgia's senior leadership debated what to do, its youth launched a solution to two opposing problems: the shortage of country lawyers and the shortage of law jobs in cities.

        

Lawyer-Pilot: Phoenix Air Has Flown 40 Ebola Rescue Missions

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 01:00

The specialty charter company that flew the first rescue mission last fall to bring an Ebola-infected American out of Africa and back to the U.S. for treatment—and ultimately recovery—has been busy with a lot more trips, according to its top lawyer, who is also a pilot.

        

GSU Defends Food Frenzy Title, Law Office Competition Begins

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:55

        

Bar Leaders Debate How to Bridge the Access-to-Justice Gap

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:11

Leaders of the legal profession engaged in a lively debate Saturday over how to solve two problems: rural areas lacking young lawyers and young lawyers in cities lacking jobs.

        

Lawyer Says Court Reporter Must Give Free E-Transcript

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:00

A defense attorney is attempting to force a court reporter to provide a free digital copy of a trial transcript, which he said is mandated by new rules of the Judicial Council of Georgia.

        

Court Disbars One Lawyer, Suspends Another

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:00

Today, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued discipline decisions.

        

Key Steps to Take When Hit by a Sanctions Motion

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 09:59

Motions for sanctions have become commonplace in modern-day litigation. For many litigators, it is a routine tool to increase the stakes. Fortunately, most courts recognize weak motions as little more than litigation tactics and treat them accordingly.

        

Fulton Magistrate Selections Include Familiar Names

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 04:00

The judges of the Fulton County State and Superior Courts have approved the appointment of eight full-time magistrates, the Daily Report has learned.

        

All-Clears Issued at Gwinnett Courthouse

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 02:41

The Gwinnett County Justice Center was locked down twice Monday—first for a bomb scare and then for a tornado warning. But by late afternoon, the building was still standing.

        

Retirements Prompting Future Closure of Robins Kaplan's Atlanta Office

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 02:33

Robins Kaplan is closing its 12-lawyer Atlanta office because three of the four local partners are approaching retirement—but the closure won't happen until the end of the year or early next year.

        

High Court Suspends Attorney Jailed on Theft Charges

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 01:11

A lawyer sitting in a South Georgia jail facing state and federal charges that he stole more than $1 million in settlement funds from clients has been indefinitely suspended from the practice of law while his criminal charges are adjudicated.

        

AG Rejects Former DeKalb Judge's Request for Counsel

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 01:00

Georgia's attorney general has turned down a request for legal representation from a former DeKalb Superior Court judge facing ethics charges filed by the state's judicial disciplinary agency.

        

Legal Aid's Annual Campaign Features GC Auction in May

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 01:00

The annual campaign raises money from Atlanta lawyers for Atlanta Legal Aid's operating fund.

        

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

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:50

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.

        

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

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:45

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.

        

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