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Today I’m heading home from the American Association for Justice annual meeting in San Francisco. On Saturday, I was one of the speakers at the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group seminar. I had a fairly dry topic, though one necessary in these difficult economic times, "Hard Times in Trucking Litigation: What to Do When the Trucking Defendant … Continue Reading
This morning I met with a family who suffered a tragic loss when a tractor trailer ran over the parents late in 2008. The mother was killed and the father seriously injured.
They got me involved a couple of weeks after the crash when one of the sons found me on the Internet and invited me to … Continue Reading
The organized Bar across the country makes a big point of supporting judicial independence. We should make just as big a point of supporting judicial integrity.
An article by Ian Urbina in The New York Times tells the sad tale of how two Pennsylvania judges have pleaded guilty to fraud in federal court to accepting $2.6 … Continue Reading
Bad economy hits IOLTA accounts and funding for indigent legal services programs.
Today I became the sole nominee for election as Treasurer of the State Bar of Georgia for a one year term beginning in June 2009. Fortunately, the Bar is in sound financial condition and has a superb chief financial officer in place. It will be a great learning experience and excellent preparation for the next … Continue Reading
As a trucking accident trial attorney in Atlanta, I find myself speaking at continuing legal education seminars around the country pretty often. This year I’ve spoken on various aspects of trucking litigation at CLE programs in Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans, and have been asked to speak at upcoming seminars in California and Pennsylvania. … Continue Reading
In the "be careful what you wish for" category, I got word today of appointment to the Georgia Courts Automation Commission. The enacting legislation in 1990 authorized the Commission to:
Define, implement, and administer a state-wide courts automation system;
Coordinate and cooperate with the state’s chief information officer with regard to planning, implementation, and administration of a … Continue Reading
Last Saturday, I took office as secretary of the State Bar of Georgia, having been elected by a comfortable margin in a statewide Bar election. Other than taking roll and asking approval of minutes at meetings of the Board of Governors, the duties of the secretary are loosely defined. For the next year I will … Continue Reading
Today Governor Perdue vetoed raises for Superior Court judges and District Attorneys. In a statement released with the veto, the Governor said, “I have consistently expressed concern with raising judicial officers’ salaries without tackling the well above-market retirement benefits.” He also said that a study he commissioned showed that Georgia’s judges’ pay was competitive compared … Continue Reading
Ron Ellington, a professor at the University of Georgia Law School, recently spoke to the inductees of Phi Beta Kappa at UGA. His remarks deserve wider distribution. He points out how the smartest and wisest leaders of a previous generation were dead wrong on one big issue, and suggests how to recognize when we are … Continue Reading