Monthly Archives: March 2012

Grady EMT, going home from work on motorcycle, killed by DUI driver on I-20 in Douglas County

At 5 AM Sunday, a Grady Hospital EMT was killed on his way home from work by an allegedly drunk driver who rear-ended his motorcycle on I-20 near Lee Road in Douglas County.
The EMT, Jason Dale Strickland of Bremen was driving his Harley Davidson west on I-20 near Lee Road. According to media reports, a … 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

News stories about lawyers filing a “$10 million lawsuit”

On a local news broadcast tonight, I heard a story about someone filing a “ten million dollar lawsuit.” Four points:

Good lawyers litigate their cases in the courts, not in the media.
Anyone can name a big number in a lawsuit. That is NOT the same as recovering that amount for a client. Generally when I see … Continue Reading

Independent Courts as Economic Infrastructure

The following article appeared in the February 2012 issue of the Georgia Bar Journal.
A third of a century trekking between Georgia courts, first in a single rural circuit and then more or less statewide, has made me a minor connoisseur of courthouses, the most visible physical infrastructure of the judicial system. I have tried cases … Continue Reading

“Tough on crime, smart on crime”

The State Bar of Georgia communications staff will distribute the following article to all Georgia newspapers this week:

Tough on Crime, Smart on Crime
By Kenneth L. Shigley
My first job after law school was as a prosecutor in a rural judicial circuit. Soon after joining the district attorney’s office, I assisted in a death penalty trial for … Continue Reading

Only 81 days remain as State Bar president

A year goes by awfully fast when you’re working two full-time jobs. With only 81 days remaining in my term as State Bar president, I look forward to the ability to just focus on my clients and my law practice.  For now, however, I find myself working late into the night to catch up on … Continue Reading