If a tree falls, and other riddles for Atlanta’s new partners
5:23 pm, January 17th, 2013
What if you made partner, and no one slapped you on the back? No one congratulated you? Your mother had nothing to brag about?
What if you made partner, and no one told the Daily Report?
Don’t let that happen. If you recently made partner, make sure you are counted in the Daily Report’s annual new partners special coverage. Take our online survey and, if you’re up for it, tell us how to reach you for your close-up.
Washington Post blog highlights Emmet Bondurant’s filibuster challenge
12:24 pm, May 24th, 2012
This piece by the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein outlines the history behind Emmet Bondurant’s fight against Senate filibusters.
Psst. Want a head start on your On the Rise nominations?
4:54 pm, April 30th, 2012
Who doesn’t love a head start? The Daily Report is opening our annual call for On the Rise nominations a little early this year.
Loyal AtLaw blog, AM/PM Alerts, Twitter and Facebook followers will have an extra week to tell us why we should introduce Atlanta’s legal community to a rising star lawyer under the age of 40 (as of our Aug. 27, 2012 publication date.) Prove to us why the young lawyer who caught your attention is the one we all need to watch!
We will accept nominations until 11:59 p.m. on June 8, 2012. To nominate your pick, click here. (The link will be posted to DailyReportOnline.com on May 8.) And watch for our On the Rise picks on Aug. 27, 2012.
A real war story
9:15 am, November 15th, 2011
Commuters tuned into the local National Public Radio affiliate this morning, likely heard U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Shoob recall to his daughter, Fulton Superior Judge Wendy Shoob, a haunting incident from his service in Europe during World War II. The pair shared their dialogue through WABE’s StoryCorps Atlanta project.
Be warned: it’s a violent and grim story, but as the elder Judge Shoob recounts, the experience was pivotal, informing how he would spend the rest of his life.
It’s a story that the elder Judge Shoob has told before, but to hear it in his own voice adds impact to its gravity. The story begins with Shoob’s capture of six German soldiers and ends with an act of brutality so senseless that he believed his best alternative was to spend a snowy night beneath the soldiers’ corpses.
Books, more books and even a books blog
11:48 am, June 2nd, 2011
The Daily Report is now in the book publishing business with three books, written exclusively for Georgia lawyers, scheduled for release before the end of the year:
Library of Georgia Personal Injury Forms
by Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC, edited by Michael L. Goldberg, is at the printer and will be available later this month.
Library of Georgia Family Law Forms
by Kessler & Solomiany LLC, edited by Randall M. Kessler, will be available in August.
Georgia Legal Malpractice Law
by J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens will be available in November.
But that’s not all. We’re in talks with prospective authors of books for Georgia lawyers, and, toward that, have created a soup-to-nuts website that includes information about our books (with tables of contents and sample content), authors, links to order, links to pitch your book, author and practice-specific events and even a blog, through which readers can interact with authors and other professionals.
ATLaw:AM—for May 6, 2011
12:25 pm, May 6th, 2011
A roundup of legal news from around Georgia
Litigation committee formed—In light of recent challenges to the purchase of Palmyra Medical Center, the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County has formed a litigation committee. (Albany Herald)
Jury can consider manslaughter in deliberations—
Superior Court Judge Debra Turner allowed jurors to consider the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in deciding the fate of a woman accused of killing her husbands. The charge wasn’t part of Schutt’s indictment on murder and other charges, but the judge found basis for its inclusion. (Gwinnett Daily Post)
Judge issues gag order in Kareem Lane murder case as hearing nears
—As the man indicted for murder in the 1992 stabbing of then-Muscogee School Superintendent Jim Burns heads toward his May 13 arraignment, a judge has issued a gag order in the case. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Guardian named for Reynolds Plantation developer—
A court-appointed guardian is taking control of the assets of the developer of the luxury Georgia golf community Reynolds Plantation, a move aimed at helping the financially troubled company avoid bankruptcy or foreclosure. (Macon Telegraph)
Grand Jury: Achievement not an aspect in calendar vote—
In its final report Thursday afternoon, the Cobb Grand Jury writes that school board members did not consider student achievement, teacher morale or utility cost savings in its vote to change the school calendar. (Marietta Daily Journal)
Ga. man faces May 23 sentencing by federal judge for impersonating soldier at Fort Gordon
—A sentencing hearing has been set for May 23 for Anthony Todd Saxon, who prosecutors say wore a combat uniform to the Army post in Augusta last summer so he could get access to military gear. (Daily Journal)
ATLaw: AM— for May 5, 2011
10:15 am, May 5th, 2011
Attorney General lectures on ethics—Georgia A.G. Sam Olens was keynote speaker at the Brunswick-Glynn County Bar Association’s third annual Law Week Lecture at College of Coastal Georgia. “When sticking to legal issues rather than moral issues, I suggest to you, our country will be much more secure,” he said. (The Brunswick News)
Judge: New law won’t create mental health court in Rome
—Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Wednesday that creates more guidelines in statewide mental health courts. But one local judge said the passage of Senate Bill 39 wouldn’t create a mental health court in Floyd County. (Rome News-Tribune)
Obituary: Former Fort Benning commander who tried Calley in My Lai Massacre case
—Retired Lt. Gen. Orwin C. Talbott, a former Fort Benning commander who decided to try Lt. William Calley in the 1968 My Lai Massacre, died April 26 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington after he was stricken by a heart attack. He was 92. (Columbus Ledger-Inquirer)
Activists urge Deal not to sign immigration bill
—Rich Pellegrino of the Cobb Immigrant Alliance urged Gov. Deal not to sign a controversial new immigration bill during a Glover Park news conference Wednesday morning. (Marietta Daily-Journal)
Courthouse flag draws protests
—Dozens of people showed up at a public meeting to try to persuade commissioners to reconsider their decision to fly the Confederate battle flag 365 days a year at the county courthouse. (Athens Banner-Herald)
Reed to deliver commencement speech to UGA Law grads
—Graduates of the University of Georgia School of Law will hear from lawyer and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at their commencement. (Macon Telegraph)
Macon jury gets nanny rape case—The Macon Telegraph reports that Rudolph Valentino Smith was first tried in Bibb County Superior Court in February 2010, but the case ended in a mistrial when jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict. He is charged with rape, kidnapping, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy and burglary in the May 1, 2008, incident. (Augusta Chronicle)
Georgia Legal Services Program offers assistance to tornado victims
5:01 pm, May 4th, 2011
Georgia Legal Services Program reports:
Victims of the recent tornadoes that devastated several Georgia counties may call GLSP for free legal assistance. Low-income individuals and families affected by the tornado should be eligible for special federal and state disaster benefits if they live or work in counties declared disaster areas. Those counties inlude: Bartow, Catoosa, Cherokee, Coweta, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Greene, Habersham, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Spalding, Troup, Upson, Walker and White.
Special benefits may include unemployment benefits for those whose jobs or businesses were shut down by the disaster. Special food stamp benefits and other assistance may also be available. GLSP may be able to help low-income individuals who are having trouble in the short term getting the help they need with public benefits, landlord-tenant or other housing issues or unemployment benefits. In the longer term, GLSP can help with other legal problems, such as home repair scams, mortgages or other consumer issues, long-term housing and school issues. Individuals in need of legal assistance may contact GLSP’s Piedmont office at (404) 894-7707, (800)-822-5391 or at www.legalaid-ga.org
ATLaw: AM for May 4, 2011
11:37 am, May 4th, 2011
A roundup of legal stories from around Georgia
Columbus courthouse, post office beef up security after bin Laden’s death
—Two days after Osama bin Laden died in a hail of gunfire in northeastern Pakistan, customers to the Post Office and U.S. District Courthouse in Columbus faced screening from federal marshals Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday. (Columbus Ledger-Inquirer)
Judge orders break in Fort Stewart court-martial
—An Army judge has ordered a recess in the court-martial of a Fort Stewart sergeant charged with murder in the 2008 slayings of a superior and a fellow U.S. soldier in Iraq. (Macon Telegraph)
Jewish group intervenes on behalf of Ga. mosque fight
— A Jewish civil rights group has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a Muslim congregation that claims its expansion project was unlawfully blocked. (Marietta Daily Journal)
Ga. county keeps Rebel flag flying— About 60 people showed up Tuesday evening at the Dodge County Courthouse in an attempt to convince county commissioners to reconsider a vote last month that allows the Confederate flag fly in front of the courthouse year-round. (Augusta Chronicle)
Opening day in court—The functional yet elegant interior of Richmond County’s new courthouse brings to mind a modern high school. (Augusta Chronicle)
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)