One advantage of serving on the State Bar Board of Governors is early access to proposed rules changes. The latest is the proposed new Georgia Rules of Evidence, prepared over the past few years by the State Bar’s Evidence Study Committee. It is generally based on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Numerous other sections are are carried forward from current Georgia law. Some the more poorly conceived details regarding the Daubert standards for admission of expert testmony contained in the 2005 tort reform legislation are omitted. I have not yet completed a detailed review of the entire document, but on first impression it looks like an improvement on both Georgia and Federal evidence law. It appears to be on track for passage in the 2006 session of the General Assembly. More later.

The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a “SuperLawyer” in Atlanta Magazine and one of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks).