See You In Court Podcast Episodes

The “See You In Court” podcast is your gateway to a world of intriguing and informative legal discussions. With episodes covering a wide spectrum of law topics, from captivating legal history to essential insights into civil law, there’s something for everyone to explore and learn from. Whether you’re a legal professional, a history enthusiast, or simply curious about how the law impacts our lives, we invite you to tune in and discover the fascinating stories, expert analysis, and practical advice we have to offer.

Episode 42- Judge Alvin T. Wong, Georgia’s First Asian American Judge and Legal Pioneer | See You In Court Podcast

We are honored to have Judge Alvin T. Wong of DeKalb County State Court join us on our “See You In Court” podcast episode! Judge Wong’s journey from Hong Kong to becoming the first Asian American judge in Georgia is nothing short of inspirational. In this episode, Judge Wong will share his insights on:

  • His path to the judiciary
  • The importance of a diverse bench
  • Insights into the jury system in DeKalb County
  • Reflections on legal advocacy and professionalism
  • and more…

Don’t miss this engaging discussion on the foundations of the Georgia justice system!

Links:

The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association – https://www.gapaba.org

Akin & Tate – http://www.akintate.com

Robin Frazer Clark, P.C. – https://www.gatriallawyers.net

See You In Court – https://seeyouincourtpodcast.org

To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit https://www.civiljustice.org

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See You in Court is Georgia’s leading law podcast series, empowering citizens and providing them with the information they need about the state’s civil justice system. As part of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation (a nonpartisan resource for anyone seeking to understand, preserve, or restore the basic functions of civil justice) we’re committed to educating the public about all of the ways they can fight for their rights and bring their grievances in front of an independent, non-biased court.

The best aspect of our podcast is that it’s free and accessible anytime and anywhere. It’s our goal to educate and empower Georgia residents so they understand their rights, and when they need to take further legal action.

You can learn more about our Georgia court podcast by visiting https://seeyouincourtpodcast.org today!

Please note: The information provided on this website and within our blog posts and podcasts is intended solely for educational and informational purposes as a public service by the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation. Legal issues can be complex and individualized. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction who can provide legal guidance that suits your particular situation

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Episode 42- Judge Alvin T. Wong, Georgia’s First Asian American Judge and Legal Pioneer

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Episode 41 – The Loch Ness Monster of the Justice System: A Presidential Pardon | See You In Court Podcast

 

This episode of See You In Court Podcast revolves around the plight of Peter Heidgerd, a former U.S. Army officer who was dishonorably discharged in 1989 solely because he was gay. Robin, who represented Peter pro bono, shares an in-depth account of the extensive and challenging process to secure a presidential pardon for him, which was finally granted during the last days of President Obama’s administration. The conversation highlights the historical context of discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals in the military, predating and leading up to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Lester Tate guides the interview, exploring the implications of the case and the broader societal and legal changes concerning LGBTQ+ rights within the military. Robin emphasizes the personal significance of the case, noting it as the most impactful of her career, given its profound implications for justice and advocacy. The episode not only sheds light on the personal impact of discriminatory policies on individuals like Peter but also on the evolution of legal rights and protections for LGBTQ+ military personnel over the decades. It underscores the critical role of legal advocacy in addressing and rectifying past injustices.

The episode not only sheds light on the personal impact of discriminatory policies on individuals like Peter but also on the evolution of legal rights and protections for LGBTQ+ military personnel over the decades. It underscores the critical role of legal advocacy in addressing and rectifying past injustices.

Links:

Lester Tate – http://www.akintate.com/

Robin Frazer Clark – https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

See You In Court – seeyouincourtpodcast.org

To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit fairplay.org

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See You in Court is Georgia’s leading law podcast series, empowering citizens and providing them with the information they need about the state’s civil justice system. As part of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation (a nonpartisan resource for anyone seeking to understand, preserve, or restore the basic functions of civil justice) we’re committed to educating the public about all of the ways they can fight for their rights and bring their grievances in front of an independent, non-biased court.

The best aspect of our podcast is that it’s free and accessible anytime and anywhere. It’s our goal to educate and empower Georgia residents so they understand their rights, and when they need to take further legal action.

You can learn more about our Georgia court podcast by visiting https://seeyouincourtpodcast.org today!

#seeyouincourt #seeyouincourtpodcast #robinfrazerclark #lestertate #georgiaciviljusticefoundation #civiljustice

Episode 41 – The Loch Ness Monster of the Justice System: A Presidential Pardon

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Episode 40 – In Conversation With McCracken Poston, Jr., Author Of “Zenith Man” | See You In Court Podcast

 

This episode of See You In Court Podcast features Robin Frazer Clark and Lester Tate interviewing McCracken Poston Jr., a Georgia trial lawyer and author of a new book titled “Zenith Man: Death, Love and Redemption in a Georgia Courtroom”.

McCracken Poston Jr. discusses his experience representing Alvin Ridley, a man accused of murdering his wife. The conversation dives into the complexities of the case, including Alvin’s difficult personality and challenges McCracken faced throughout the trial. McCracken also reveals his personal struggles while dealing with the case and how it prompted him to write the book.

McCracken “Ken” Poston, Jr. is a Georgia trial lawyer, practicing criminal defense in Ringgold, Georgia. He is a former 4 term legislator in the Georgia House of Representatives. He is a graduate of the The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a 1985 graduate of The University of Georgia School of Law. He has practiced law for 39 years in Georgia. He gained national attention for his handling of several notable cases that were featured on CNN Presents, Dateline NBC, A&E’s American Justice and Forensic Files. Ken’s new book “Zenith Man: Death, Love and Redemption in a Georgia Courtroom” tells the tale of Alvin Ridley, accused of murdering his wife, and Ken’s courtroom battle for Justice for Alvin.

Links:

McCraken Poston Jr.’s Website – https://victimattorneys.com/

Lester Tate – http://www.akintate.com/

Robin Frazer Clark – https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

See You In Court – seeyouincourtpodcast.org

To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit fairplay.org

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See You in Court is Georgia’s leading law podcast series, empowering citizens and providing them with the information they need about the state’s civil justice system. As part of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation (a nonpartisan resource for anyone seeking to understand, preserve, or restore the basic functions of civil justice) we’re committed to educating the public about all of the ways they can fight for their rights and bring their grievances in front of an independent, non-biased court.

The best aspect of our podcast is that it’s free and accessible anytime and anywhere. It’s our goal to educate and empower Georgia residents so they understand their rights, and when they need to take further legal action.

You can learn more about our Georgia court podcast by visiting https://seeyouincourtpodcast.org today!

#seeyouincourt #seeyouincourtpodcast #robinfrazerclark #lestertate #georgiaciviljusticefoundation #civiljustice

Episode 40 – In Conversation With McCracken Poston, Jr., Author Of “Zenith Man”

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Episode 39- Do You Feel Safe? Negligent Security | See You In Court Podcast

 

In this episode of the See You In Court Podcast, we explore the critical issue of negligent security with leading legal experts Gil Deitch and Andrew Rogers. Discover key insights into how these cases shape victims’ rights and legal precedents.

Gil Deitch is widely recognized as a leading advocate for the rights of crime victims and an expert on civil cases arising from rapes and other criminal assaults occurring on private and public property. For decades he has been known by lawyers and judges as a pioneering force in the field of premises liability and has handled more negligent security cases than any other attorney in the State of Georgia and throughout the Southeast. Gil Deitch is a member of the Georgia and Tennessee Bar Associations. He belongs to the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He received his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Tennessee in 1970 and his undergraduate degree (B.B.A.) from the University of Georgia in 1967. Andy Rogers has worked tirelessly for crime victims since 1988. After beginning his career as criminal prosecutor, Mr. Rogers has concentrated exclusively on representing crime victims in civil cases for over 20 years.

Links:

Deitch + Rogers – https://victimattorneys.com/

Lester Tate – http://www.akintate.com/

Robin Frazer Clark – https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

See You In Court – seeyouincourtpodcast.org

To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit fairplay.org

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See You in Court is Georgia’s leading law podcast series, empowering citizens and providing them with the information they need about the state’s civil justice system. As part of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation (a nonpartisan resource for anyone seeking to understand, preserve, or restore the basic functions of civil justice) we’re committed to educating the public about all of the ways they can fight for their rights and bring their grievances in front of an independent, non-biased court.

The best aspect of our podcast is that it’s free and accessible anytime and anywhere. It’s our goal to educate and empower Georgia residents so they understand their rights, and when they need to take further legal action.

You can learn more about our Georgia court podcast by visiting https://seeyouincourtpodcast.org today!

#seeyouincourt #seeyouincourtpodcast #robinfrazerclark #lestertate #georgiaciviljusticefoundation #civiljustice

Do You Feel Safe? A Podcast On Negligent Security – See You In Court

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Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester flashback to previous guests answers on the ultimate question: What is Justice?

Our guests from previous episodes include:

 

19- Michael Neff

20- Doug Ammar

22- Chris Joyner

23- Anne Barnes

24- Peter Canellos

25- Ray Persons

27- Jenny Jensen

28- Mariellen Jacobs and Nanette

29- Steven Wolfe & Cheryl Legare

30- Douglas Ammar & Rami El Gharib

31- Lance McMillian

32- Bill Nettles

33- Dennis Cathey

34- Nels Peterson

35- Mike Jacobs

36- Craig T Jones

37- Martin Siegel

Links:

Lester Tate – http://www.akintate.com/

Robin Frazer Clark – https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

See You In Court – seeyouincourtpodcast.org

To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit fairplay.org

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See You in Court is Georgia’s leading law podcast series, empowering citizens and providing them with the information they need about the state’s civil justice system. As part of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation (a nonpartisan resource for anyone seeking to understand, preserve, or restore the basic functions of civil justice) we’re committed to educating the public about all of the ways they can fight for their rights and bring their grievances in front of an independent, non-biased court.

The best aspect of our podcast is that it’s free and accessible anytime and anywhere. It’s our goal to educate and empower Georgia residents so they understand their rights, and when they need to take further legal action.

You can learn more about our Georgia court podcast by visiting https://seeyouincourtpodcast.org today!

#seeyouincourt #seeyouincourtpodcast #robinfrazerclark #lestertate #georgiaciviljusticefoundation #civiljustice

What Is Justice – Part II

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Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester interview Martin J. Siegel to discuss his riveting new book “Judgment and Mercy: The Turbulent Life and Times of the Judge Who Condemned the Rosenbergs.”

Guest Bio

 

Martin Siegel’s law practice focuses on briefing and arguing complex appeals in federal and state courts. He also handles key motions in trial courts and consults on legal analysis and strategy. Siegel has won appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts around the country, and the Texas Supreme Court, and has repeatedly earned recognition from peers.

In 2012, he was elected to the Texas Bar Foundation, a fellowship limited to 0.3% of federal civil appeals | Houston | Law Offices of Martin J. Siege (siegelfirm.com)licensed Texas attorneys each year based on regional peer nomination. The Texas Bar Foundation supports projects providing affordable legal services for underserved communities, promotes professionalism, and educates the public about the justice system. Martin graduated from the University of Texas undergrad and then Harvard Law School.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Martin J. Siegel was the last law clerk for Judge Irving R. Kaufman, the subject of Martin’s new book, who served on the Second Circuit. Martin then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and as Special Counsel on the staff of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 2000-2001.

He now practices law in Houston, Texas and teaches American Legal History at the University of Houston Law Center, where he also directs the Appellate Civil Rights Clinic. He also serves on the board of the Anti-Defamation League, Southwest Region, and has drafted state legislative testimony and amicus briefing for the ADL. Martin is also a Senior Editor of Litigation, a quarterly publication of the American Bar Association’s Section on Litigation.

Links:

Houston | Law Offices of Martin J. Siegel – siegelfirm.com

Martin Siegel – https://www.martinjsiegel.com/

Lester Tate – http://www.akintate.com/

Robin Frazer Clark – https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

See You In Court – seeyouincourtpodcast.org

To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit fairplay.org

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See You in Court is Georgia’s leading law podcast series, empowering citizens and providing them with the information they need about the state’s civil justice system. As part of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation (a nonpartisan resource for anyone seeking to understand, preserve, or restore the basic functions of civil justice) we’re committed to educating the public about all of the ways they can fight for their rights and bring their grievances in front of an independent, non-biased court.

The best aspect of our podcast is that it’s free and accessible anytime and anywhere. It’s our goal to educate and empower Georgia residents so they understand their rights, and when they need to take further legal action.

You can learn more about our Georgia court podcast by visiting https://seeyouincourtpodcast.org today!

#seeyouincourt #seeyouincourtpodcast #robinfrazerclark #lestertate #georgiaciviljusticefoundation #civiljustice #martinsiegel #rosenberg #judgmentandmercy

Turbulent Life and Times of the Judge Who Condemned the Rosenbergs

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Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester interview Craig T. Jones about the ins and outs of government liability.

Craig Jones is a North Carolina native who is a graduate of Brown University and Wake Forest University School of Law. He has been handling cases of governmental liability since the 1980’s—including two civil rights cases that Craig personally argued in the United States Supreme Court: Hope v. Pelzer (2002) and Scott v. Harris (2007). In addition to representing plaintiffs in police misconduct and other governmental liability cases, Craig has practiced extensively in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, and premises liability.

After practicing for 29 years in Atlanta and 8 years in Washington, Georgia, Craig and his wife Sharon are in the process of moving their empty nest to Savannah, where he will continue to maintain a statewide tort practice with civil rights cases in all three federal districts of Georgia.

Links:

Craig T. Jones, P.C. – Trial Lawyer  – craigtjones.com

Lester Tate – http://www.akintate.com/

Robin Frazer Clark – https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

See You In Court – seeyouincourtpodcast.org

To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit fairplay.org

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See You in Court is Georgia’s leading law podcast series, empowering citizens and providing them with the information they need about the state’s civil justice system. As part of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation (a nonpartisan resource for anyone seeking to understand, preserve, or restore the basic functions of civil justice) we’re committed to educating the public about all of the ways they can fight for their rights and bring their grievances in front of an independent, non-biased court.

The best aspect of our podcast is that it’s free and accessible anytime and anywhere. It’s our goal to educate and empower Georgia residents so they understand their rights, and when they need to take further legal action.

You can learn more about our Georgia court podcast by visiting https://seeyouincourtpodcast.org today!

#seeyouincourt #seeyouincourtpodcast #robinfrazerclark #lestertate #georgiaciviljusticefoundation #civiljustice #craigjones

Ins And Outs Of Governmental Liability Episode By Craig T. Jones

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Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester interview Dekalb County State Court Judge Mike Jacobs.

Guest Bio

 

Judge Mike Jacobs has served on the State Court of DeKalb County since June 2015. Mike is the first openly LGBTQ+ countywide elected official in DeKalb County history and the county’s first openly LGBTQ+ trial judge.

Mike serves on the board of directors of Leadership DeKalb, chairs Government Day for the program, and is a member of the Class of 2016, the best class ever. He also serves on the board of directors of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia and as secretary and a board member of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges.

Prior to his judicial service, Mike served ten and a half years in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the DeKalb communities of Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Toco Hills. He was chairman of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight Committee (MARTOC), the joint House and Senate committee that oversees MARTA’s management, budget, and fiscal affairs. He also served as chairman of one of the two subcommittees of the House Judiciary Committee. In 2010, Mike received the Allen Thornell Political Advancement Award from Georgia Equality for authoring and passing a stronger anti-bullying law for public schools.

In 2012, Mike served on the Special Joint Committee on Criminal Justice Reform, which vetted major reforms that place greater emphasis on rehabilitating non-violent offenders to lead productive lives.

In 2014, Interim CEO Lee May appointed Mike to the DeKalb Operations Task Force (OTF). The OTF recommended county government reforms that the General Assembly enacted to help our county function better, including DeKalb’s SPLOST, which Mike authored and passed in 2015.

In 2019, Mike was recognized by the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia at its annual awards gala with the award for Outstanding Service to the Stonewall Community.

Before joining the bench, Mike was a solo practitioner for four years, focusing his practice on consumer bankruptcy and debtor-creditor litigation. Mike received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2003. While at UGA Law, he served as Executive Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review. In 1997, Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Mike is the proud parent of three children, Jonah, Eli, and Samantha.

Links:

http://judgejacobs.com

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

See You In Court (seeyouincourtpodcast.org)

To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit fairplay.org

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See You in Court is Georgia’s leading law podcast series, empowering citizens and providing them with the information they need about the state’s civil justice system. As part of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation (a nonpartisan resource for anyone seeking to understand, preserve, or restore the basic functions of civil justice) we’re committed to educating the public about all of the ways they can fight for their rights and bring their grievances in front of an independent, non-biased court.

The best aspect of our podcast is that it’s free and accessible anytime and anywhere. It’s our goal to educate and empower Georgia residents so they understand their rights, and when they need to take further legal action.

You can learn more about our Georgia court podcast by visiting https://seeyouincourtpodcast.org today!

Podcast On Foundation of the Georgia Justice System Episode

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Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester interview Georgia Supreme Court Justice Nels Peterson.

Guest Bio

Presiding Justice Nels S.D. Peterson was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Supreme Court of Georgia effective January 1, 2017. He was re-elected statewide for a six-year term in 2018. He previously served as a judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals, to which he was appointed by Governor Deal effective January 1, 2016.

Presiding Justice Peterson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.S.in political science and a minor in economics. While at KSU, he served as President of Student Government and Chair of the Student Advisory Counsel to the Board of Regents, and was named KSU Student of the Year and Outstanding Senior in Political Science. Presiding Justice Peterson received his J. D. from Harvard Law School. At Harvard, he was Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Executive Vice-President of the Federalist Society, and was a finalist in the Ames Moot Court Competition.

Upon graduation from law school, Presiding Justice Peterson served as a law clerk to Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the United States Court of appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Presiding Justice Peterson then practiced at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta, where he focused on securities litigation, corporate governance, litigation, merger-related litigation, and appellate litigation. Presiding Justice Peterson then moved to the Governor’s Office, where he served as Executive Counsel and Deputy Executive Counsel to Governor Sonny Perdue.

In addition to his role as the Governor’s chief legal advisor, Presiding Justice Peterson also served as a senior advisor on a broad array of policy issues, including water, natural resources, education, the judiciary, and criminal justice.

At the expiration of Governor Perdue’s term, Presiding Justice Peterson moved to the Attorney General’s Office as Counsel for Legal Policy, where he oversaw major policy issues and litigation, as well as the rewrite of the state’s Open Records and Open Meetings Acts.

In 2012, the Attorney General appointed Presiding Justice Peterson as Georgia’s first Solicitor General. In that position, he oversaw all of the state’s civil appellate litigation, played a lead role in all policy-related litigation, and served as a senior advisor to the Attorney General. Presiding Justice Peterson was then appointed Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and Secretary to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, a position he held until his appointment to the Court of Appeals.

Presiding Justice Peterson has served on numerous government and non-profit boards and committees, has received a variety of honors and awards, lives with his wife Jennifer and two children in Cobb County, and is an active member of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.

Links:

Presiding Justice Nels S.D. Peterson – Supreme Court of Georgia (www.gasupreme.us)

Lester Tate – http://www.akintate.com/

Robin Frazer Clark – https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit www.fairplay.org

A Podcast On What is Justice? By Nels Peterson I See You In Court

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Dennis T. Cathey is a graduate of the University of Georgia undergraduate and law school. Mr. Cathey was born in Rabun County, Georgia, and has served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia, as president of the Mountain Circuit Bar Association, is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, has served on the Investigative Panel of the State Bar of Georgia Disciplinary Committee, has been a member of the Federal Bar Council for the Northern District of Georgia and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a past recipient of the State Bar of Georgia Traditions of Excellence Award and past-president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Cathey was an officer in the United States Army Medical Service Corps, has served as a youth sports coach for the Habersham County Parks and Rec Department, is active in the Cornelia United Methodist Church and serves on the Board of Trustees of Piedmont College.
Links:
Cornelia Personal Injury Lawyers | Cathey & Strain, LLC (https://www.catheyandstrain.com/)
See You In Court Website
To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit fairplay.org

A Podcast On Justice By Dennis Cathey | See You In Court Podcast

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Guest Bio

Before being appointed a US Attorney, Mr. Nettles graduated from The Citadel and earned his law degree at The Widener University School of Law, where he was on law review and was a member of the moot court honor society. After graduating, he began a career that has taken him into every corner of the legal system. Mr. Nettles began his career as a public defender in Columbia, S.C. providing criminal defense services to indigent defendants who could not afford attorneys. During that time, he ensured that the legal system would not leave the economically disadvantaged behind.
From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Nettles worked in private practice as a sole practitioner. He continued his criminal defense work and became one of the region’s most well- respected “white collar crime” lawyers. He also represented clients accused of drug crimes, handled several court-appointed capital cases, twice tried cases that were argued before the United States Supreme Court and worked in medical malpractice and other torts.
From 2005-2010, he worked at Sanders & Nettles, LLC . In 2010 Nettles was appointed United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina by President Obama and was sworn into that office on May 3, 2010. As the US Attorney, he dramatically overhauled the office to focus on public corruption, fraud and white collar crime, while also greatly increasing resources to the extraordinarily important false claims whistleblower division. Under Mr. Nettles’ leadership, the US Attorney’s office made white collar crime and public corruption the highest priority of the criminal division’s efforts. He also earned national praise for the innovative and intelligent approach his office took to drug crimes. He is now back in private practice with his own firm, Bill Nettles, Attorney at Law, in Columbia, S.C.

A Podcast On Reflections By Bill Nettles I See You In Court

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Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester interview Lance McMillian acclaimed legal author and scholar.

Guest Bio

Lance obtained his B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Phi Beta Kappa and his J.D., University of Georgia, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif. He is a full-time professor of law at John Marshall School of Law where he teaches Torts, Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Constitutional Law Seminar, First Amendment Seminar, White Collar Crime, Domestic Relations, Depositions, Law Office Management, Remedies in Context, Scholarly Writing.

Professor McMillian joined the Atlanta’s John Marshall faculty in 2007. Before embarking on a teaching and writing career, Professor McMillian wore many different hats in the legal profession, including those of civil litigator, commercial arbitrator, and certified mediator. The focus of his practice centered primarily on complex litigation—class action prosecution and defense, business torts, constitutional torts, and discrimination. In 2002, he became a founding partner of the law firm of McMillian & Camp, LLP. Following its inception, the firm was approved as lead counsel by numerous federal and state courts in class and collective actions arising under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. In this role, Professor McMillian successfully negotiated several six and seven-figure settlements. As a neutral, Professor McMillian mediated and arbitrated over 100 active lawsuits.

Professor McMillian’s writing career is just as diverse. He is a novelist and creator of the Atlanta Murder Squad series. The first book in the series, The Murder of Sara Barton, won a prestigious B.R.A.G. Medallion and became a #1 Best Seller Legal Thriller on Amazon. His nonfiction work has appeared in such legal journals as the North Carolina Law Review, the Washington and Lee Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, the Tennessee Law Review, the Southern Cal Interdisciplinary Law Journal, and the American Journal of Trial Advocacy. He also contributed a chapter for Lawyers In Your Living Room! Law

On Television, a book project from the American Bar Association that also featured essays from actors Sam Waterston and James Woods. A number of federal and states courts, including an opinion by Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, have cited Professor McMillian in their opinions.

Professor McMillian is married to Justice Carla Wong McMillian of the Georgia Supreme Court.

Atlanta’ss John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) is a private for-profit law school in Atlanta, Georgia. It was founded in 1933 and named for John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. AJMLS is accredited by the American Bar Association. It was among the first southern law schools to integrate. It is in Midtown Atlanta and is accredited by the American Bar Association. AJMLS offers five J.D. programs: full-time day, part-time day, part-time evening, accelerated/spring start, and a Criminal Justice Certificate Program (led by MacArthur Genius Fellow, Jonathan Rapping).

Lance’s books are:

  • To Kill A Lawyer (2021)
  • Death to the Chief (2021)
  • The Murder of Sara Barton (2020)

Lance’s latest novel is “Hard Way to Die”, the 4 th in the Atlanta Murder Squad

series, and takes place at a Georgia State Bar Annual Meeting on Jekyll Island.

Links:

Lance McMillian – Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

Why Do We Love Legal Thrillers? Episode By Lance McMillian

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Dec 15

Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester interview Douglas Ammar & Rami El Gharib of the Georgia Justice Project who focus on restorative justice.

Guest Bios

Douglas B. Ammar, 

Douglas B. Ammar has been an active presence at Georgia Justice Project (GJP) since its beginning in 1986. Starting as a volunteer, then joining as a staff attorney in 1990, Doug has led GJP as Executive Director since 1995. During his time as Executive Director, GJP has help change 21 laws in Georgia that have worked to reduce barriers to reentry for people impacted by the criminal justice system. 

Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Doug earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College in 1984, and then a law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1989.

Rami El Gharib 

Rami recently joined Georgia Justice Project (GJP) as the organization’s first Restorative Justice Program Manager. Rami comes to GJP as an accomplished Restorative Justice practitioner with several years of experience.

In his current role, Rami supports GJP in efforts to build Georgia’s first restorative justice program taking referrals of felony cases involving adults, or youth who are tried as adults. The program, Restorative Justice Georgia, is partnering with local District Attorney offices in the Metro Atlanta area.

Before his role at GJP, Rami facilitated juvenile violent crime Restorative Conferences and Victim Offender Dialogues in Colorado and Connecticut. He has also facilitated Restorative Justice processes for adults within the Colorado justice system. Additionally, Rami is the founder of the Restorative Rainbow Alliance, which aims to introduce a LGBTQ+ lens into the field of Restorative Justice by providing extra care for LGBTQ+ victims of hate crimes and assisting facilitators in understanding the extra levels of harm that LGBTQ+ individuals may face.

Rami is also the founder of The Space, an LGBTQ+ youth safe space in Colorado that utilizes Restorative Circles to assess the needs of LGBTQ+ youth in the Region.

Originally from Lebanon, Rami received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the American University of Beirut in 2017, and his Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven in 2020.

Links:

Georgia Justice Project – Transforming Our Community (gjp.org)

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

Georgia Justice Project Episode By Douglas Ammar & Rami El Gharib

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Oct 11

Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester interview Cheryl Legare and Steven Wolfe of Legare, Attwood and Wolfe who focus on employment law.

Guest Bios

Cheryl Legare

Cheryl Legare’s practice focuses on representing employees in all aspects of employment law, including claims of disability discrimination and retaliation, sexual harassment, FMLA interference and retaliation, gender, pregnancy, race, religion, national origin, age discrimination, and wage and hour disputes.

She also represents individuals in contract negotiations and employment separation negotiations.

Cheryl is active in the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, the Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia. She founded GAWL’s Solo/Small Firm Affinity Group and is a past president for GAWL. Cheryl is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association and is a past president of the organization’s Georgia chapter.

Cheryl is admitted to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. She is also admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.

Cheryl lives with her cat Dixie and dogs Luna and Molly in Decatur, Georgia. In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys spending time with friends, listening to live music, and traveling.

Steven Wolfe 

Steven has devoted his entire legal career to helping individuals stand up to their employers. He helps people fight for overtime pay that their employers have illegally denied them. He helps people overcome unlawful workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and helps people negotiate severances and new employment contracts. Steve has successfully represented people from all walks of life, from all industries, and on all rungs of the corporate ladder, from entry level to C-level. Steve attended Boston University for undergraduate and then Emory Law School. Steve is married to his wife, Cristiane, who is a corporate attorney, has two sons, Jake and Caleb, and two dogs. Steve loves hiking, photography, and reading history or anything to do with the space program. He is also more than halfway to my goal of hiking in every national park in North America.

Links:

https://law-llc.com/

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

A Podcast On Hard Work By Steven Wolfe and Cheryl Legare

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Aug 3

Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester interview Mariellen Jacobs, the founder of Rails Against Danger and the co-founder of the College Safety Coalition, Nanette Hausman.  Also joining is Steve Welsh, plaintiff’s counsel in Valdosta State University v. Davis

 Guest Bios

Mariellen Jacobs

 Mariellen Jacobs is the founder of RAD and co-founder of the College Safety Coalition (CSC). She is also on staff at Shepherd Center where her son was rehabilitated after his accident. A devoted mom of two and a resident of Georgia for 31 years, her passion is to drive for lasting change in institutional bed design and college campus safety data collection.

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 Nanette Hausman

Nanette Hausman, whose son, Corey, died on the campus of University of Colorado-Boulder while skateboarding on a dangerous campus street. As a result of Corey’s death, Nanette created College911.net whose purpose is to minimize college students’ deaths and accidents. She is a co-founder of College Safety Coalition. Nanette is driven to help colleges and injury prevention professionals acquire the data and resources needed to minimize the risk of injury and loss of life. She is equally committed to provide tools to prevent other families from living with the devastating loss hers does, every single day.

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 Stephen Welsh

Mr. Welsh has been practicing law since 1994 and specializes in workers compensation, bodily injury, and civil litigation law. He recently secured a 1.4 million dollar verdict for a veteran truck driver in the Superior Court of Laurens County. He has previously served as the Mercer Law Review Writing Editor, the Co-chair of the Georgia Workers Compensation Law Institute (2002), and at the State Board of Workers Compensation Annual Education Seminar as a panelist and speaker in 2008 and as an author and speaker in 1999. Mr. Welsh was also a host speaker at the 2015 State Board of Workers Compensation Annual Regional Seminar.

Mr. Welsh is currently an adjunct professor at the Mercer University School of Law, where he teaches the Workers’ Compensation class. He is an AV Rated attorney, holds several memberships, including the Trial Lawyers Association and American Association for Justice, and has been listed again by Best Lawyers© for 2020.

When not practicing law, Mr. Welsh enjoys playing golf and traveling.

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 Links:

Rail Against the Danger

College Safety Coalition

College911.net

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

A Podcast On How To Keep Your Loved One Safe At College

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Jul 8

Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester interview Georgia trial attorney Jenny Jensen who specializes in legal malpractice cases and representing lawyers when they have been accused of behaving badly.

Guest Bio

Jenny E. Jensen

Ms. Jensen is a principal in The Jensen Firm, whose current practice focuses on attorney ethics, encompassing a Plaintiff’s professional negligence practice, including legal malpractice, representation of both lawyers and clients before the Georgia Bar in disciplinary matters and fee disputes, serving as an expert witness in the areas of legal malpractice, attorney ethics and attorneys’ fees, as well as a general litigation practice. 

Ms. Jensen also serves as a jury consultant and assists other attorneys with witness preparation and jury selection. She was named a “Rising Star” in 2005 and has been named a “Super Lawyer” for 2012-2022. Ms.  Jensen was a member of the Georgia Bar Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency from 2013 through 2018 and served as Chair of the Commission in 2017. 

Ms. Jensen was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1990 and is admitted to practice in all Georgia trial and appellate courts, as well as the United States District Courts for both the Northern and Southern Districts of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her undergraduate degree, a B.S. Political Science with an International Studies minor, from Georgia Southern. She is a graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law (J.D.) at Mercer University, where she was a Member of the Moot Court Board and Intrastate Moot Court Team, as well as the Dan J. Bradley Fellow, and recipient of the Class of 1974 Scholarship. Ms. Jensen’s Her practice has focused extensively on civil litigation and appeals in state and federal court. She has been a mock trial coach for over ten years and presently coaches the Duluth High School Mock Trial Team. 

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Links:

Jenny Jensen LinkedIn

Jensen Firm Facebook

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

Understanding Lawyer’s Duty To The Client Podcast By Jenny Jensen

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May 5

Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester share their thoughts on the question asked at the end of every episode, “What is Justice?”. In addition, to close out the podcast, we share a few clips that exemplify the various types of justice as well as a short compilation of many of our former guest’s definitions of Justice.

Bios:

Robin Frazer Clark:

Robin Frazer Clark is the owner and founder of the law firm of Robin Frazer Clark, P.C. Ms. Clark has practiced law for thirty years in Atlanta, Georgia, all as a trial lawyer in personal injury cases. Prior to this firm she was a partner in Clark Goldner, P.C. from 2004-2006 and a partner in Jewett and Clark, LLC from 1997-2004. Ms. Clark devotes one-hundred percent of her practice exclusively to representing everyday Americans who have been injured by the carelessness of others. This includes personal injury and employment matters, automobile wrecks, tractor-trailer wrecks, premises safety, elevator and escalator cases, products safety (including defective automobile manufacture), medical malpractice and sexual harassment cases.

Ms. Clark was recently invited and inducted into the International Society of Barristers. She is a Past President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) and previously served as President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian and Education Committee Co-Chair of GTLA. She served on the Editorial Board of The Verdict and was elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Ms. Clark was also on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia for Atlanta Circuit Post No. 36. She is a Past President of the State Bar of Georgia and a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, in which she is a Past Chair of the Litigation Section. She is a Member of the General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia. She is also a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and a member of the Executive Committee of The Lawyers Club of Atlanta. Ms. Clark is a Fellow of The Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.

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Lester Tate:

Lester Tate is a trial lawyer who served as the 48th President of the State Bar of Georgia. Since 1996, he has practiced as a member of Akin & Tate, Georgia’s oldest continuing law firm. He has spent his entire professional career as a courtroom lawyer, having tried over one-hundred civil and criminal cases to verdict and appeared over thirty times in state and federal appellate courts. 

He currently serves as National Treasurer of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a member of the Executive Committee. He is the past President of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (SEABOTA) and is a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. 

Lester is a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society, whose members are rigorously screened by trial lawyers and judges to determine the member’s ability, experience, accomplishments, and ethical standards. 

He is Senior Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than 1% of American lawyers, and, because of his extensive courtroom experience, he holds the rank of “Advocate” in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). 

While devoting most of his time to wrongful death and serious personal injury cases, where he has a number of million and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements, Lester’s practice includes many diverse matters. He has successfully defended individuals charged with a broad array of state and federal crimes at trial, ranging from murder to conspiracy. He has also handled a wide variety of complex commercial and political cases involving issues as varied as shareholder rights and ballot access. 

Active in community and public affairs, Lester serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia and the Board of Advisors for Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media, and Communications. Lester’s pro bono work includes having represented Advocates for Children as volunteer legal counsel for over twenty years. 

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Links:

Clip 1: Chris McNabb sentenced to life without parole: ‘I would never do this. I’m innocent.’

Clip 2: DATING APP MURDER TRIAL | “I had my baby right there.” Adam Hilarie’s Mother Reacts – COURT TV

Clip 3: ‘I forgive you’: Botham Jean’s brother hugs Amber Guyger after she gets 10 years in prison

Clip 4: No Other Road: 1953 Red and Black Editors Stand Up for Equality and Free Speech

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

What is Justice? | Former Georgia State Bar President’s Perspective

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Apr 15

Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester interview Ray Persons, Senior Litigation Partner at King and Spalding and President of the International Society of Barristers.

Ray Persons:

  1. Ray Persons is a senior litigation partner at King & Spalding, an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 900 lawyers in 23 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Ray has a national practice focused on product liability, mass tort, class action and complex litigation. 

Ray has represented more than 50 of the Fortune 500 as counsel or national coordinating counsel for clients in the pharmaceutical, automotive, chemical and energy industries; he has served as lead counsel in 92 jury trials, 90 percent of which went to verdict. He has served as lead counsel in over 25 Engle progeny tobacco jury trials. He serves as national counsel in In re UST Litigation for one of the world’s largest petroleum companies in claims brought by dozens of states alleging fraudulent overpayment of claims for reimbursement of costs associated with cleanup of underground storage tanks. He served as national coordinating counsel and lead trial counsel for Union Carbide Corporation in the successful defense against claims of an alleged industry-wide conspiracy to subject workers to cancer-causing chemicals. He represented one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in a 442-plaintiff case involving claims of exposure to arsenic and chromium stemming from the 60- year operation of a manufacturing facility in New Jersey. Ray successfully defended against claims brought by 1,200 homeowners and residents who lived in the vicinity of a fertilizer plant; the chemicals of concern were arsenic, lead, mercury and sulfur dioxide. 

Ray is regarded as one of the best trial lawyers in the country, as evidenced by his election as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and the Litigation Counsel of America. He holds the rank of Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in four categories: Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Mass Torts, and Product Liability; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Lawdragon 500; The Legal 500; Georgia Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite,” and Atlanta Magazine’s Georgia Super Lawyers (Top 10 for eight consecutive years). He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, International Association of Defense Counsel, and American Health Lawyers Association. 

Ray received his undergraduate degree in 1975 from Armstrong State College and his law degree in 1978 from The Ohio State University. He was awarded the Armstrong State University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000, the Moritz College of Law 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award, The Ohio State University 2006 Distinguished Service Award, and The Ohio State University 2012 John B. Gerlach, Sr., Development Volunteer Award.

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Links:

King and Spaulding

International Society of Barristers

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

Legal Podcast In the Arena with Ray Persons On Civility in Defense Law

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Feb 25

Today on the podcast, Robin and Lester interview writer and Senior Editor of POLITICO, Peter Canellos. We are so excited to discuss Peter’s new book, The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero.

Peter Canellos:

Peter S. Canellos is managing editor for enterprise at POLITICO, overseeing the site’s magazine, investigative journalism, and major projects. He has also been POLITICO’s executive editor, overseeing the newsroom during the 2016 presidential coverage, and the editorial page editor of The Boston Globe.

A native of Boston, Peter is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Law School. He spent most of his career at the Globe, where at various points he oversaw the paper’s local news coverage and Washington, D.C., bureau. As the Globe’s editorial page editor, he authored numerous editorials urging Bostonians to overcome their parochial divisions and embrace their status as a world-class city.

He also edited the Globe’s book, “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy,” which was a top-10 New York Times bestseller in 2009. The book also set the stage for much of the analysis of Kennedy’s career following his death from cancer and supplied most of the anecdotes for President Barack Obama’s eulogy of Kennedy.

For the past 12 years, Peter has worked with the International Women’s Media Foundation overseeing the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, given to a woman journalist from around the world to study human rights at MIT and intern at the Globe and New York Times. He has also traveled overseas on human rights trips with the US Holocaust Museum, International Reporting Project, and Robert Bosch Foundation, among other groups.

Peter considers the many young journalists he’s hired and mentored over the years to be his greatest accomplishment. As an editor, he has overseen two Pulitzer Prize-winning projects along with five others that were Pulitzer finalists, among many other awards. As a writer, he was a recipient of the American Society of Newspaper Editors award in 2011 for excellence in editorial writing.

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Links:

Peter Canellos’ Website

The Great Dissenter

POLITICO

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

Story Of John Marshall Harlan Episode By Peter Canellos

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Today we are discussing The Georgia Court of Appeals and appellate law. To help us understand what that is and what that means, we are joined by the Presiding Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Hon. Anne Elizabeth Barnes.

Judge Anne Elizabeth Barnes:

Presiding Judge Anne Elizabeth Barnes was elected in 1998 to the Georgia Court of Appeals in a three-way race without a runoff. She was the first woman to be elected in a state-wide judicial race without having been first appointed to the bench. Judge Barnes was re-elected to a second term in 2004, elected to a third term in 2010, receiving more votes than any other candidate in the State of Georgia, then again re-elected in 2016. Currently, she is running for re-election in 2022.

A native Georgian, Judge Barnes grew up in Chamblee and attended DeKalb County public schools. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University in 1979. Judge Barnes has earned three law degrees:  a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia, a Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Laws in Judicial Studies from Duke University.

Judge Barnes was elected by her fellow judges as the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals from 2006 to 2008. She has also served on many committees and commissions, including the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Standing Committee on Policy, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the Supreme Court Commission on Interpreters, the Domestic Violence Committee of the Judicial Council of Georgia, and the Georgia Commission on Child Support.  Judge Barnes is a Trustee of the Georgia Legal History Foundation, and served as a director on the Boards of Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (GACASA), the Truancy Intervention Project, and the National Courts and Science Institute.  She also served on the Judicial Education Program Advisory Board of the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies.

Presiding Judge Barnes is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Atlanta. She is a member of the American, Atlanta, DeKalb, and Gate City Bar Associations, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and the Old Warhorse Lawyers Club. She is a Master of the Bleckley Inn of Court and a member and former District 5 Director of the National Association of Women Judges. Judge Barnes is a Fellow of both the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia and the American Bar Association.

In 2012, Judge Barnes received the Romae Turner Powell Judicial Service Award from the Atlanta Bar Association Judicial Section, which she formerly chaired. Judge Barnes has been recognized for her service by the DeKalb Bar Association, the Women in the Profession Committee of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, and Justice Served. She has been twice recognized by the Barbados Association of Atlanta, receiving their Trident and Community Service Awards.

Judge Barnes and her husband, Dr. Thomas I. Banks, a Distinguished Professor of Physics at Rutgers University, live in Virginia Highlands with their dog, Tiger.

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Links:

Judge Barnes’ Website

Court of Appeals of the State of GA

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

See You In Court Website

To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit fairplay.org

Explore Georgia Court of Appeals with Judge Anne Elizabeth Barnes

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Today we are delighted to have Chris Joyner on the podcast. He is a journalist with the Atlanta Journal Constitution and is the author of The Three Death Sentences of Clarence Henderson and we are looking forward to diving into the book and a sordid period of Georgia history with Chris today on the podcast.

Chris Joyner:

Chris Joyner is an investigative reporter with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution with more than two decades of experience in journalism, ranging from community newspapers to national and international news and wire services. He reported from the scene of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. As an investigative reporter, he focuses on uncovering hidden communities and has written about street gangs and life inside a supermax prison, the hidden world of government lobbying, and a white-collar criminal network built around a drug testing lab. He lives in Atlanta.

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Links:

Chris’ LinkedIn

Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Three Death Sentences of Clarence Henderson

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

See You In Court Website

To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit fairplay.org

Three Death Sentences of Clarence Henderson Episode By Chris Joyner

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Nov 1

Today we share Robin and Lester’s CLE presentation, “Professionalism from a Trial Lawyer’s Perspective” for the Atlanta Bar Association. The panel is moderated by former podcast guest Robert Wellon (find a link to his interview below).

Robin Frazer Clark:

Robin Frazer Clark is the owner and founder of the law firm of Robin Frazer Clark, P.C. Ms. Clark has practiced law for thirty years in Atlanta, Georgia, all as a trial lawyer in personal injury cases. Prior to this firm she was a partner in Clark Goldner, P.C. from 2004-2006 and a partner in Jewett and Clark, LLC from 1997-2004. Ms. Clark devotes one-hundred percent of her practice exclusively to representing everyday Americans who have been injured by the carelessness of others. This includes personal injury and employment matters, automobile wrecks, tractor-trailer wrecks, premises safety, elevator and escalator cases, products safety (including defective automobile manufacture), medical malpractice and sexual harassment cases.

Ms. Clark was recently invited and inducted into the International Society of Barristers. She is a Past President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) and previously served as President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian and Education Committee Co-Chair of GTLA. She served on the Editorial Board of The Verdict and was elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Ms. Clark was also on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia for Atlanta Circuit Post No. 36. She is a Past President of the State Bar of Georgia and a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, in which she is a Past Chair of the Litigation Section. She is a Member of the General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia. She is also a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and a member of the Executive Committee of The Lawyers Club of Atlanta. Ms. Clark is a Fellow of The Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.

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Lester Tate, III:

Lester Tate is a trial lawyer who served as the 48th President of the State Bar of Georgia. Since 1996, he has practiced as a shareholder in Akin & Tate, P.C., Georgia’s oldest continuing law firm. He has spent his entire professional career as a courtroom lawyer, having tried over 100 civil and criminal cases to verdict. While devoting most of his time to serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, where he has won a number of million and multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements, his practice is unusually broad and includes such diverse matters as state and federal criminal cases, complex commercial disputes, and worker’s compensation cases. Because of his extensive courtroom experience, Lester was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), one of the nation’s most prestigious trial lawyer organizations, with the rank of “Advocate”. He is also a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than 1% of American lawyers. He currently serves as a Member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates and as President of the Georgia Chapter of ABOTA, and Treasurer of ABOTA’s Southeastern Chapter.

Lester has also appeared over 30 times in Georgia’s state and federal appellate courts. He is a Champion Member of the Georgia Trial Lawyer’s Association (GTLA) and a Member of the GTLA’s Political Action Committee Board of Directors, as well as the American Justice Association.

Active in community and public affairs, Lester serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia and the Board of Advisors for Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media, and Communications.  He is also a graduate of Leadership Bartow’s 2012 class. Lester’s pro bono work includes having represented Advocates for Children as a volunteer legal counsel for over twenty years.

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Links:

Robert Wellon on SYIC 

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

Law as a Calling, Atlanta Bar CLE Presentation By Robin Frazer Clark

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Oct 25

Today we are talking about some very special work being done with the Executive Director of The Georgia Justice Project, Doug Ammar.

Douglas B. Ammar:

Douglas B. Ammar has been an active presence at Georgia Justice Project (GJP) since its beginning in 1986. Starting as a volunteer, then joining as a staff attorney in 1990, Doug has led GJP as Executive Director since 1995.

GJP has sought to be advocates for our clients not only by providing holistic criminal defense and social services; but also seeking systemic change in Georgia law that will reduce the number of people under correctional control and reduce barriers to reentry. During his time as Executive Director, GJP has helped change 21 laws in Georgia that have worked to reduce barriers to reentry for people impacted by the criminal justice system. GJP has continued to grow and expand its capacity to serve its clients with support from local foundations and national funders who have acknowledged our work. In 2020, GJP assisted over 6,000 Georgians with criminal justice issues and received a $5 million capacity from the Kendeda Fund; a national funder based in Atlanta.

Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Doug earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College in 1984, and then a law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1989. Doug has received numerous awards for his leading voice in criminal justice reform and reentry, including but not limited to: Nonprofit Times 2019 Power & Influence Top 50; Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s Man of Empowerment & Distinction; Davidson’s College’s 2016 Game Changers, Emory University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, Milner S. Ball Working In the Public Interest Lifetime Achievement Award; Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Evelyn G. Ullman Innovative Leadership Award; Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Indigent Defense Award; Davidson College’s John W. Kuykendall Award for Community Service; and Georgia Indigent Defense Council’s Commitment to Excellence Award. In addition to these recognitions, Doug is also an Omicron Delta Kappa Alumni inductee at Washington and Lee University and an Annie E. Casey Foundation fellow.

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Links:

Georgia Justice Project

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

Justice is Our Middle Name | The Georgia Justice Project | Douglas Ammar | See You In Court

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Oct 1

Today we are talking about premises liability cases with the person who wrote the book on Premises Liability as well as some cutting-edge litigation against Snapchat with our guest today, accomplished trial lawyer, Mike Neff.

Michael Neff:

Mike Neff founded Neff Injury Law in April 1996. After a successful solo career, Mike added Dwayne Adams, Susan Cremer and Shane Peagler to the firm. Mike has been lead counsel in trials where the jury returned verdicts totaling over $100 million.

In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Mike was lead counsel in three record-setting verdicts in Georgia, according to CaseMetrix: a $9 million verdict in a negligent security and rape case; a $2.79 million verdict in a grocery store fall case where the client developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome; and a $35 million verdict against the amusement park Six Flags in a premises liability case.

In 2017, Mike was lead counsel in two trials that resulted in a total of $54 million in verdicts against an international car rental company, its agents, and an employee who stole a car and catastrophically injured two women.

Neff Injury Law currently has cases pending in Georgia, Arizona, and California involving wrongful death, sexual assault, premises liability, trucking and bus wrecks, and products liability.

Mike is the author of Premises Liability: A Guide to Success and Premises Liability: A Guide Through Trial, both published by Trial Guides. He is active in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and is member of the Executive Committee for AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and AAJ’s Inadequate Security Litigation Group. In 2014, Mike was elected Chair of AAJ’s Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Litigation Group. He is recognized as an Advocate by the National College of Advocacy and has served on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

Mike was lucky to marry Kirsten Neff. “Coincidentally” his career blossomed shortly thereafter. Kirsten is an industrial engineer who is a retired Navy Commander. During her Navy tenure, Kirsten was a Seabee. She oversaw construction and property maintenance. Since leaving the Navy, she continues to work in managing commercial real estate with GSA. In addition to being a great wife and mother, she has been a valuable consultant on many cases.

Mike is a son, brother, husband and father. During college, he was a walk-on for the GWU basketball team. He likes to joke that his college coach, John Kuester (who later coached in the NBA), coached Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and him.   

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Links:

Neff Injury Law

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

Liability Law and Other Cutting-Edge Litigation By Mike Neff

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Aug 30

Today we are discussing The General Counsel’s Office of the State Bar of Georgia. To help us understand it, we are thrilled to have with us the General Counsel of the State Bar herself, Paula Frederick.

Paula Frederick:

Paula Frederick is General Counsel for the State Bar of Georgia, a unified bar organization with over 50,000 members.  As General Counsel, Ms. Frederick is responsible for interpreting the ethics rules for lawyers, prosecuting lawyer discipline cases, and providing legal advice to the officers and directors of the organization.  She has served in the Office of the General Counsel for 33 years and was Deputy General Counsel for Discipline before becoming General Counsel in 2009.

Ms. Frederick is a 1982 graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law and a 1979 graduate of Duke University.  Prior to joining the Office of the General Counsel, she spent six years as a staff attorney with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society handling civil legal matters for low-income people.

Ms. Frederick is a Past President  of both the Atlanta Bar Association and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.  She is also an active member of the American Bar Association, where she serves as State Delegate for Georgia.  She sits on the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services and recently chaired the Standing Committee on Professional Regulation.  In the past she served on the Commission on the Future of Legal Services,  chaired the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and the ABA Diversity Center, and served as a member of the Board of Governors.    

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Links:

Georgia State Bar

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

An Enlightening Look Into The Office of General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia | Paula Frederick | See You In Co

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Aug 2

Today on See You in Court, we are talking about products liability and, more specifically, about a defect in the Chevy Cobalt uncovered by our guest, Lance Cooper.

Lance Cooper:

Lance Cooper is the founding partner of The Cooper Firm and represents clients in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. He specializes in product liability cases involving automobile design and manufacturing defects. Lance has been lead counsel for plaintiffs in a large number of jury trials including trials against General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Kia, Chrysler, Honda, as well as other motor vehicle manufacturers and large corporations.

His 2011 wrongful death case against General Motors (Melton v. GM, 2011-A-2652) exposed the cover-up of faulty ignition switches resulting in millions of recalled vehicles.

Lance received his law degree from Emory University in 1989 where he was a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985.

Lance served as the 2002-2003 President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and is a past President of the Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice and was honored to receive the Steven J. Sharpe Public Service Award in 2014. Lance was also a 2014 nominee for the Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year award.

In addition to his law practice, Lance is actively engaged in numerous community and charitable activities. He and his wife, Sonja, are the proud parents of five children, Rachel, Rebekah, Michelle, Asa, and Aaron.

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Links:

The Cooper Firm

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

Arena of Products Liability and Cobalt Coverup By Lance Cooper

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Jul 16

Today on See You in Court, we are honored to be joined by the Honorable Stephen Louis A. Dillard, presiding 73rd Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia. 

Honorable Stephen Louis A. Dillard:

Presiding Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard was appointed as the 73rd judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia on November 1, 2010 by Governor Sonny Perdue. Prior to his appointment, Judge Dillard was in private practice with James, Bates, Pope & Spivey in Macon, serving as chairman of the firm’s appellate practice group. Judge Dillard was elected and reelected by his fellow Georgians in 2012 and 2018. On July 1, 2017, Judge Dillard was sworn in as the 30th Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia for a two-year term that ended on June 30, 2019. He currently serves as the presiding judge of the Court’s Fourth Division.

Judge Dillard was born in Nashville, Tennessee on November 13, 1969. He attended and graduated from Hillwood High School in Nashville, Tennessee; Samford University (B.A. 1992); and the Mississippi College School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1996). In college, Judge Dillard was a member of The Sigma Chi Fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa. He was also given the Evelyn Meadows Historical Essay Award, as well as the William McMillian Rogers Colonial Dames Overall Essay Award for “The Tempting of America to be America: Alexander Hamilton and the Federalist Papers.” During law school, Judge Dillard was a member of the Moot Court Board and received the Judge Robert G. Gillespie Outstanding Achievement in Appellate Advocacy Award, as well as the American Jurisprudence Award in Appellate Advocacy. He also reactivated the Mississippi College Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, serving as its president for three years.

After graduating from law school, Judge Dillard joined the Macon law firm of Stone & Baxter, where he practiced from 1996 until 2001. In September 2001, he left private practice for a two-year period to serve as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for Judge Daniel A. Manion (who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986). In September 2003, Judge Dillard joined James Bates as of counsel, specializing in appellate practice and complex litigation. While in practice, he received an AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was named by Super Lawyers as one of Georgia’s “rising stars.”

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Judge Stephen Dillard Twitter

Court of Appeals of the State of GA

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Appellate Courts: Righting Wrongs or Simply Correcting Errors Podcast

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May 3

Today on See You in Court, we are excited to be joined by Frank Burns of J. Franklin Burns, P.C. On the show, Frank shares his expertise on worker’s compensation law, how the worker’s comp system works, as well as some common misconceptions about the law. 

Frank Burns:

Frank Burns, Esq. is the founder of J. Franklin Burns, P.C. and a native of Gainesville, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1982. He earned his J. D. at Mercer University School of Law in 1987. He began his legal career at Gorby & Reeves, an insurance defense law firm where he represented employers and insurance companies in Workers’ Compensation matters across the State of Georgia.

In 2002, he opened his law practice, J. Franklin Burns, P.C., devoting his practice exclusively to the representation of injured workers and personal injury victims. He has served on the State Board of Workers’ Advisory Council. and on the Legislative Committee of the Advisory Council. The Legislative Committee represents all stakeholders in the workers’ compensation system and is charged with crafting workers’ compensation laws for the State of Georgia.

In 2010, Mr. Burns was nominated and selected as a member to the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1987 and has been practicing workers’ compensation law ever since.

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Links:

https://www.jfblaw.com/

https://sbwc.georgia.gov/

http://www.akintate.com/

https://www.gatriallawyers.net/

Primer In Worker’s Compensation Episode By Frank Burns

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Apr 9

Today we are delighted to have Brian Haara with us. He is a Kentucky lawyer and author of Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America and we are going to talk about his book and how litigation involving Bourbon, the great American Spirit, shaped our country’s laws.

Brian Haara:

Brian primarily serves the trial and litigation needs of clients in the insurance, financial services, and bourbon industries, but more broadly, Brian represents businesses and professionals in defense of employment claims and professional liability claims, fiduciary liability, disputes among owners, conflicts with competitors and vendors, insurance coverage and bad faith disputes, construction defects, and personal injury defense.  Clients have also called on Brian to coordinate and manage multi-state non-compete litigation.

Before disputes arise, Brian focuses with clients on being able to avoid them through planning, drafting practical policies and proactive employment contracts with reasonable restrictive covenants, and protecting clients by counseling them on their insurance policies and risks.

Brian’s practice also includes land-use planning litigation, receiverships, Community Association disputes, and other real property disputes, including as a Mediator approved by the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors for residential sales disputes.

Links:

https://tachaulaw.com/

http://www.sippncorn.com/

https://twitter.com/sippncorn

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How Whiskey Law Shaped America Episode By Brian Haara

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Mar 19

Today we are delighted to have Attorney Luther Battiste with us. He is a lawyer in Columbia, S.C. and the former National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is also the host of World Class Jazz that airs each Sunday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on WVCD 96.5 Voorhees College.

Bio:

Luther Battiste, III, Esquire:

Luther J. Battiste, III is a founding shareholder of Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Emory University Law School.

In 1983, Luther entered the political arena and made history by becoming one of the first two African-Americans elected to Columbia City Council since Reconstruction. He served fifteen years as a member of the Columbia City Council including two terms as Mayor Pro Tempore. In 1998, the City of Columbia dedicated to Luther J. Battiste, III the Monument and Plaza in honor of his dedicated service as a public servant.

Luther has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America, and Super Lawyers and also has been awarded the “AV” highest rating for ethics and legal ability by the Martindale-Hubbell national rating service. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Association of Barristers. Membership is by invitation only.

Luther has served as president of the Columbia Lawyers Association, the Richland County Bar, Association, the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, and The Southeastern Region of the American Board of Trial Advocates (SEABOTA).

He is also a member of the John Belton O’Neil Inn of Court, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, the National Bar Association, the South Carolina Association for Justice, Injured Workers Advocates, and The American Trial Lawyers Association. In 2017, Luther was elected National Vice President of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

He served two terms as Commissioner of the Richland-Lexington Airport Commission which operates the Columbia Airport and as Chairman for two years. In 1999, Luther Battiste received the coveted Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Carolina. In 1999, he was selected to the South Carolina Black Hall Fame and for inclusion in the Bell South African American Calendar for 2004. In 2007, the Richland County Bar Association awarded him the John W. Williams Award, its highest honor. In 2008, he was selected by Historic Columbia Foundation as one of the 30 Most Significant African-Americans in Richland County.

Luther presently serves on the boards of South State Bank, the National Center for State Courts and the executive committee and board of directors of American Board of Trial Advocates. He is the Chairman of University Associates, a group of business, professional and community leaders who support the University of South Carolina

His previous community service includes serving on the boards of Columbia College and as President of the Board of the Columbia Museum of Art and as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Capital City Club.

Luther is married to Judy M. Battiste, and they have two children, Justin and Jade.

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JOHNSON TOAL & BATTISTE PA

World Class Jazz each Sunday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on WVCD 96.5 Voorhees College

Miles Davis – All Blues

Listen To Luther Battiste III: Legal Insights I See You In Court

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Mar 5

Today we are delighted to have Jason Lazarus with us. He is a lawyer and author of The Art of Settlement-A Lawyer’s Guide to Regulatory Compliance When Resolving Catastrophic Claims and we are going to discuss his book, his career, and his expertise.

Jason Lazarus:

Jason D. Lazarus, J.D., LL.M., CSSC, MSCC is the founder and chief executive officer of Synergy Settlement Services.  Synergy allows trial lawyers to focus on what they do best by handling all the issues which arise at settlement such as lien resolution, Medicare compliance, public benefit preservation, and settlement planning techniques for protecting the recovery.  He is also a Principal and President of Multi-Claimant Solutions which offers lien resolution and MSP compliance services for mass torts.

Mr. Lazarus is a renowned legal settlement services industry expert. His written work is widely published and his thought leadership in Medicare compliance has been cited by Federal courts and Florida courts including the Florida Supreme Court.  He is available to consult with trial lawyers across the country when they are dealing with the issues that arise at settlement including lien resolution, Medicare compliance, government benefit preservation, trusts and protection of the financial recovery.

Mr. Lazarus is the proud father of three children:  Sarah, Kyle, and Camille.  In his free time, he is an avid cyclist and amateur auto racing given his passion for going fast!  Mr. Lazarus has a passion for UCF and FSU football.  He works out of the Synergy main office in Orlando.

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Links:

The Art of Settlement

Synergy Settlement Services

Special Needs Firm

The Art of Settlement | Jason D. Lazarus

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Feb 12

Today we are going to be talking about The Common-Sense Wisdom of Mediation and to help us understand that we are thrilled to have Georgia Lawyers and Mediators Rex Smith and Greg Parent on the show with us today.

Rex Smith:

Rex D. Smith was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1976. In his 40 years of active practice, he tried over 100 cases and had a strong trial and appellate practice. Mr. Smith has handled over 2,750 mediations/arbitrations. He has been selected by his peers to “Best Lawyers in America”, “Georgia Super Lawyers” and holds the AV® Preeminent rating, the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. Rex has extensive experience in personal injury, construction, products liability, wrongful death, professional negligence, medical malpractice, aviation, nursing home litigation, and premises liability law.

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Greg Parent:

Greg has been a neutral with Miles Mediation & Arbitration since 2011. Relying on a comprehensive background that includes having worked as Claims Adjuster, Defense Attorney, and Plaintiff’s attorney, Greg has been able to parlay his extensive litigation and claims experience into a very successful career as a sought-after mediator and arbitrator.

He has mediated all types of civil litigation, including nursing home, wrongful death, medical malpractice, construction defect, contract disputes, business dissolution, products liability, premises liability, toxic torts, trucking and automobile liability, and municipal and county liability cases.

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Links:

https://www.milesmediation.com/

Common Sense Wisdom of Mediation: Rex Smith & Greg Parent Podcast

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Jan 18

Today we are speaking with State Senator Elena Parent. She was elected to the State Senate in 2014. She represents District 42, which includes portions of central and north DeKalb County. 

Sen. Parent is the Secretary for the Senate Government Oversight and Special Judiciary Committees and a member of the Education and Youth and Judiciary Committees. 

Sen. Parent formerly served as the Vice Chair of Campaigns and Fundraising for the Senate Democratic Caucus and currently serves as Chairwoman for the Senate Democratic Caucus, Vice Chair of the Senate DeKalb Delegation, and Vice Chair of the Working Families Legislative Caucus. 

Senator Parent previously served as the State Representative for District 81 in DeKalb County in 2011 and 2012. Senator Parent then continued her public service as the Executive Director of Georgia Watch, the state’s leading consumer rights non-profit. 

Senator Parent began her career as a litigation attorney at Eversheds Sutherland LLP and she is active in her community. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Board for Olmsted Linear Park Association and was appointed in 2020 to serve as an Emory Ambassador, having previously served on the Board of Visitors for Emory University. She is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law. 

Senator Parent’s awards and recognitions include: Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Who’s Who Sustainability” feature for her leadership on energy and environmental policy issues; the Fulton County Daily Report’s “On the Rise”; the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40”; ACCG’s Legislative Service Award; and the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers’ “Leading Lady”. In 2019, Senator Parent and her husband were recipients of the Clarence Seeliger Champions for Change Award from the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. 

 Links:

https://www.legis.ga.gov/ 

https://twitter.com/elenaparent

https://www.senate.ga.gov/senators/

Podcast On Public Service and the Law By Senator Elena Parent

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Nov 16

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Today we are going to be talking about State Court in Georgia, and specifically Fulton County State Court.  We discuss a State Court’s jurisdiction and the issues that State Courts are facing during the Pandemic. and to help us understand these issues we are thrilled to have the Honorable Susan Edlein, Judge of the Fulton County State Court here with us today.

 Links:

http://fultonstate.org/

YouTube Channel

Fulton County State Court Episode By Judge Susan Edlein

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Nov 9

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Today’s discussion is focused on Divorce and Family Law practice in the context of the pandemic. Our guests are Georgia lawyers Gillian O’Nan and Rob Wellon. 

Guest Bios:

Gillian O’Nan

Gillian O’Nan is the managing partner of the law firm Elovitz, Edwards, O’Nan & Buerlein, LLC. She has vast experience in family law, representing clients in matters related to divorce, child support, custody, adoptions, domestic violence, and more. 

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 Robert Wellon

Rob Wellon has been practicing law since 1974, focusing on family law and litigation. He is recognized for his expertise in settling issues and trying cases. He has taught law students as an adjunct professor at Emory Law School and founded the Atlanta College of Trial Advocacy. Rob is committed to service, having served on the State Bar Committee on Professionalism and as the former president of the Atlanta Bar Association. His experience, affability, and expertise make him an excellent representative for clients dealing with divorce, custody, and related matrimonial issues.

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 Links:

https://www.wellonfamilylaw.com/

 https://eofamilylaw.com/

Podcast On Divorce and Family Law By Gillian O’Nan and Robert Wellon

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Sep 21

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This week, Robin and Lester interview Professor Eric D. Segall, Professor of Law at Georgia State University about Appellate Law practice, what that is and what that means.

Guest Bio:

Eric J. Segall graduated from Emory University, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, and from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was the research editor for the Law Review and member of Order of the Coif. He clerked for the Chief Judge Charles Moye Jr. for the Northern District of Georgia, and Albert J. Henderson of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. After his clerkships, Segall worked for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and the U.S. Department of Justice, before joining the Georgia State faculty in 1991.


Segall teaches federal courts and constitutional law I and II. He is the author of the books Originalism as Faith and Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court is not a Court and its Justices are not Judges. His articles on constitutional law have appeared in, among others, the Harvard Law Review Forum, the Stanford Law Review On Line, the UCLA Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, and Constitutional Commentary among many others.


Segall’s op-eds and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the LA Times, The Atlantic, SLATE, Vox, Salon, and the Daily Beast, among others. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and France 24 and all four of Atlanta’s local television stations. He has also appeared on numerous local and national radio shows. 

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Read Professor Segall’s Books

Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court Is Not a Court and Its Justices Are Not Judges

Originalism as Faith

Supreme Court Blockbusters | Eric Segall

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Aug 17

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This week, Robin and Lester interview John D. Hadden of The Hadden Law Firm.

Guest Bio:

John D. Hadden is the owner and founder of the Hadden Law Firm. An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, he is author of three respected treatises on Georgia litigation practice: Green’s Georgia Law of Evidence, Georgia Law of Torts – Trial Preparation and Practice, and Georgia Magistrate Court Handbook, all published by Thomson Reuters Westlaw. He is also the author of the Evidence chapter in the multi-volume national Thomson Reuters treatise Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases, 2nd Edition. These books are relied upon by lawyers and judges in Georgia for their analysis of Georgia law. He is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars in Georgia and is author of numerous articles in legal publications.


John has handled a wide variety of trial and appellate matters in the state and federal courts of Georgia, including representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases and the prosecution and defense of felony and misdemeanor criminal matters. Before founding the firm, he was a litigator at a prominent Atlanta firm, where he represented numerous commercial and business interests and defended clients in personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage claims. He now concentrates his practice on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims. A native of Jefferson and Glascock Counties (near Augusta), John handles cases around the state of Georgia. He lives with his wife, daughter, and son in Atlanta.


John is president of the Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, where he is Chair-elect of the Litigation Section (previously serving as secretary and treasurer), and a Champion member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, where he is chairman of the Amicus Curiae Committee, assisting attorneys from around the state in matters before appellate courts. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice New Lawyers Division and is past chair of the Litigation Committee of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division. He is a Master in Emory University School of Law’s Lamar American Inn of Court.

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Links:

The Hadden Law Firm

Premises Liability | John D. Hadden – See You In Court

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Aug 3

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This week, Robin and Lester interview investigative journalist Joshua Sharpe of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on how he helped expose the wrongful conviction of Dennis Perry.  

Investigative Journalism | Josh Sharpe – See You In Court

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Jun 22

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This week, Robin and Lester interview Appellate law specialist Michael B. Terry.

Guest Bios:

Mike Terry represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial and appellate matters, as well as class actions. Over the past 15 years, his practice has focused heavily on appellate litigation, particularly in the areas of class actions and punitive damages. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an organization founded to advance the highest standards and practices of appellate advocacy and to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers.

Mike recently argued and achieved a 7-0 victory before the Georgia Supreme Court in a challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s caps on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases. In 2016, Mike argued and achieved a 7-0 reversal of the denial of class certification for a class of consumers alleging they had been charged usurious fees by their Bank. In 2015 Mike was selected by the Council of State Court Judges of Georgia to represent that body in a Georgia Supreme Court challenge to actions taken by Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission. That case remains pending.

A strong supporter of the Atlanta legal community, he recently served as president of the Atlanta Bar Association, where he set a focus on judicial funding and services for lawyers in transition. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia. Mike is a frequent lecturer and author on business litigation topics including class actions, punitive damages and appellate issues. He is also often asked to moderate debates and panel discussions involving judges.

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Appellate Law | Michael Terry – See You In Court

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May 27

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Robin and Lester host a panel of experts discussing jury trials in the time of Coronavirus. Guests include Judge Carla Brown, Matt Moffett and Chris Clark.

Guest Bios:

Judge Carla Brown

Carla Brown has served as a Gwinnett County State Court Judge since being appointed in 2003 by then-Governor Sonny Perdue. She has been re-elected to this position four (4) times. She is running for re-election on the May 2020 Ballot.

Prior to taking the State Court bench, Judge Brown had a wealth of judicial experience, including:

– Associate Judge for the City of Suwanee
– Judge for Gwinnett County State Court (by Designation)
– Associate Judge for the City of Lilburn (continuous service since 1998)


Judge Brown, along with her colleagues, worked to establish Gwinnett County’s DUI Court, designed to provide intensive supervision and treatment to DUI offenders with multiple convictions. DUI courts have been shown to successfully lower the recidivism rate to offenders. In 2016, she worked with colleagues and established a State Court accountability program for veterans charged with misdemeanors. This program, called the Veteran’s Intervention Program (VIP), was developed in conjunction with the Solicitor General of Gwinnett. It offers resources and guidance to our veterans who are facing legal issues within the State Court. VIP became a fully-certified program by the Council of Accountability Court Judges in 2018 and holds bi-monthly court sessions for its participants.

Matt Moffett

Matt Moffett is a civil defense trial lawyer of 29 years, having tried well over 100 cases involving serious injury or death. He is listed among the top 100 lawyers in Georgia in Atlanta Magazine and among the Legal Elite in Georgia in Georgia Trend magazine.

Over the last several years, Matt has secured defense verdicts in many wrongful death and serious injury cases. One notable defense verdict occurred in a wrongful death case where the plaintiff attorney asked the jury to award $20 million. His last seven defense verdicts were in cases wherein each plaintiff attorney asked for either a seven or eight-figure jury award.

Matt is a past president of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, and a current faculty member of the GDLA Trial Academy. He also serves as the state representative (Georgia) for the Defense Research Institute.

Over the last ten years, Matt has been the keynote speaker at the annual meetings of many legal organizations. From Florida to Washington, he has presented on effective and professional trial practice.

Matt is a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a member of The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is a Fellow of the Atlanta Bar Foundation, which supports public service projects that assist youth, provides pro bono legal services, and promotes higher education through scholarships. He also is a current board member for Action Ministries, an organization that mobilizes communities to address the challenges of poverty by focusing on hunger relief, housing and education.

Chris Clark

Chris represents severely injured individuals, or the families of persons killed through negligence. He has handled numerous cases against commercial trucking companies, nursing homes, product manufacturers, hospitals, insurance companies and other businesses. A large portion of his work is referred by other lawyers and law firms seeking assistance with substantial and complex personal injury matters.

Chris received “Best Lawyers in America” designation each year since 2009 and is listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of personal injury. He has been selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer each year since 2007. In September 2009, the Atlanta Business Chronicle selected Chris as one of “The 100 Most Influential Individuals Who Help Shape & Guide Atlanta’s Legal Industries.” Chris was a Governor for the State Bar of Georgia from 2011-2017. Chris was president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, President of the Macon Bar Association from 2008-2009, and President of the Middle Georgia Trial Lawyers Association from 1999-2000. The Traditions of Excellence and Service Award was presented to Chris at the Annual State Bar Meeting in June of 2018.

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Robin and Lester interview Jay Cook of Cook & Tolley, LLP.

Guest Bio:

Vincent “Jay” Cook is the firm’s founder and managing partner, a veteran trial lawyer, and a respected leader in Georgia’s legal community. Jay has been specializing in medical malpractice since the 1970s, while continuing to handle a variety of other personal injury and general civil litigation cases.

A native of Savannah, Jay is a lawyer and past president of the State Bar of Georgia; president of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation; and former president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Georgia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Western Circuit Bar Association. Jay teaches the medical malpractice course at his alma mater, the University of Georgia School of Law.

Over the years, Jay has earned a reputation as a zealous advocate for individuals and families. His ability to get to the core of the issues in a case and hold a jury’s focus there has resulted in many successes at trial and through settlement.

Jay has written and edited numerous publications on the law and frequently teaches medical malpractice and other legal topics at continuing education courses. Additionally, Jay regularly writes op-eds on legal and consumer issues for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other newspapers around the state.

Jay is a proud father to Leanne Wallace of Savannah and Jay W. Cook, another partner at the firm. One of his greatest joys is being his grandchildren’s “Cookie.”

Jay has an AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

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See You In Court is a production of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation whose mission is to educate the public about the Georgia Civil Justice System and their rights within the system through legal podcasts.
To learn more about the Foundation and the Civil Justice System, visit fairplay.org
See You In Court podcasts are hosted by Robin Frasier Clarke and Lester Tate.

Robin Frasier Clarke

Robin is a plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer in Atlanta, GA. She has been practicing law in Georgia for 31 years, all in personal injury.

Robin is a past president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and served as the 2012-13 President of the State Bar of Georgia, which consists of about 55,000 lawyers.* She is also a past president of Lawyers Club of Atlanta and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Robin graduated from Vanderbilt University and Emory University School of Law. She is married and is the mother of two adult children.

You may find out more about Robin at her website gatriallawyers.net and on her blog atlantainjurylawyerblog.com. Robin is also on Facebook as Robin Frazer Clark, P.C. and on Twitter as @robinfclark.

*The State Bar of Georgia is the mandatory bar association that every lawyer who practices in Georgia, including judges, must belong to practice law in this state.

Lester Tate

Lester is the principal and owner of the law firm of Akin & Tate located in Cartersville, Georgia. He has practiced law in Georgia since 1987. His practice consists of most everything, including personal injury, workers’ compensation, and criminal defense.

Lester served as the 48th president of the State Bar of Georgia and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He serves on the Board of the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Literature, Media, and Communication. He also worked in Congress as the Press Secretary for Congressman Buddy Darden.

Lester graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology and from the University of South Carolina Law School. He is the father of two adult children.

You may learn more about Lester on his website akintate.com

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