ATLaw AM for May 3
9:41 am, May 3rd, 2011
NRA Drops King & Spalding as Clement Fallout Continues—The Legal Times reports on its blog that the National Rifle Association has dropped King & Spalding as an outside counsel in the wake of the firm’s decision last month to withdraw from representing House Republicans in support of the Defense of Marriage Act. The NRA’s action follows a similar decision last week by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to end the commonwealth’s relationship with the firm.
In a letter dated May 2 to King & Spalding chairman Robert Hays, NRA general counsel David Lehman said the firm’s decision was “indefensible” but emphasized that the NRA’s action in dropping King & Spalding is “not motivated by any position on the statute itself.” The NRA is a “single issue organization” focused on the Second Amendment, Lehman wrote. But he said that in retaining outside counsel, “we expect them to zealously advocate for our interests and not abandon the representation due to pressure from those who may disagree with us.” (BLT: The Blog of Legal Times)
Barton: A judge for the people— Here are two helpful hints for young, inexperienced lawyers in Savannah. (1) The judge’s jokes are always funny. (2) If the judge is Larry Dillon, they usually are. Dillon, who’s 76, is quietly approaching his 23rd year on the bench in Savannah Recorder’s Court. That’s makes him one of the longest tenured judges in the courthouse. In fact, he has already run a lap around his predecessor, the late Judge Lionel Drew Jr., who served 16 years before stepping down. (Savannah Morning News)
Pub dispute defendant fails to appear in court—Everything, apparently, to the owner of the downtown Augusta Irish pub Tipsey McStumbles.
In a federal lawsuit filed last month, Michael Anglin accuses a former employee, Christopher Griffin, of opening a competing bar in Aiken using the same name and logo. A judge denied Anglin’s first request for a temporary injunction until Griffin had a chance to respond in a hearing Monday. (The Augusta Chronicle)
Glynn County says lawsuit invalid—Glynn County officials are refuting allegations that they illegally arrested community activist Catherine Browning three years ago or that they hindered her freedom of speech. In an answer to Browning’s federal lawsuit that was filed in spring 2010, lawyers for the county said claims made against the officials are invalid because the complaint was filed after the statute of limitations had run out. (The Brunswick News)