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Shigley completes14 years in State Bar of Georgia leadership roles

At the State Bar of Georgia 2013 annual meeting last week at Hilton Head Island, SC, I was presented a resolution commemorating 14 years on the Board of Governors and 6 years on the Executive Committee, which included one year each as secretary (2008-09), treasurer (2009-10), president-elect (2010-11), president (2011-12) and immediate past president (2012-13). … Continue Reading

Video Interview: Discussing my time as President of the State Bar of Georgia with LXBN TV

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN regarding my time as President of the State Bar of Georgia. In the short interview I explain how I came into the role, touch on some of the more memorable accomplishments and offer my thoughts the challenges and opportunities facing lawyers … Continue Reading

The learning curve of a bar president

In the past 10 days this plaintiffs’ trial lawyer, in the capacity of State Bar of Georgia president, has co-presided over a joint meeting of the State Bar Executive Committee and the Georgia Supreme Court, had a joint press conference with the Attorney General of Georgia and spoke at a lunch meeting that included general … Continue Reading

Trial preparation – invest in the interview

As president of the State Bar of Georgia, I often have occasion to speak at events that extend beyond my own personal injury, wrongful death and commercial trucking law practice. The following is excerpted from my presentation — “Trial Preparation: 30 tips in 30 Minutes” – at the Georgia Law of … Continue Reading

Trial Preparation – Begin with the end in view.

As president of the State Bar of Georgia, I often have occasion to speak at events that extend beyond my own personal injury, wrongful death and commercial trucking law practice. The following is excerpted from my presentation — “Trial Preparation: 30 tips in 30 Minutes” – at the Georgia Law of Torts seminar at Mercer … Continue Reading

Struggling with rules on when public defenders can represent co-defendants

As president of the State Bar of Georgia, I have occasion to work on a number of issues and controversies beyond the scope of my own personal injury, wrongful death and commercial trucking accident trial practice.  The following is excerpted from an article by Kathleen Joyner in the Fulton County Daily Report on September 23, … Continue Reading

A Truck Wreck Lawyer Faces the ‘Truck Wreck’ of the Judicial System After Years of Court Budget Cuts

The following profile article about me was written by Linton Johnson and published in the August 2011 issue of the Georgia Bar Journal. While it briefly touches on my practice as a personal injury and wrongful death trial attorney focused on commercial trucking accidents, the focus is more on background for bar leadership.
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A Truck … Continue Reading

A Lawyer’s Calling

The following was published in the August 2011 issue of the Georgia Bar Journal, as my president’s column. (If you want to see the end notes, go to the online version of the Journal.) It does not deal with my practice as a personal injury and wrongful death trial attorney focused on commercial trucking accidents. … Continue Reading

Fastcase is new free legal research benefit for Georgia Bar members

This month all Georgia lawyers have a new resource for online legal research as a benefit of membership in the State Bar of Georgia. The Member Benefits Committee compared  Fastcase to the online research site that was previously provided to Georgia Bar members, and found Fastcase better in several significant aspects. Here are links to … Continue Reading

Elected

The votes are in so it’s official. On June 19, 2010, I will become President-elect of the State Bar of Georgia, and on June 4, 2011, I will be sworn in as State Bar President, taking my place in a line that goes back to 1884.
It’s a serious responsibility, but I will take care not … Continue Reading