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  • SafeRoadsActof2015
    Trial to Calendar Legislative Meet the Team Legislative Issues Talking Points Daily Watch Lawyer of the Day About Lawyer of the Day Sign Up 2015 Final Report Capitol Impact Legislative Resources Who Are My Elected Officials The Georgia General Assembly How a Bill Becomes Law Press Room Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter For the Public Who We Are Visit the Press Room Find an Attorney Speakers Bureau American Association for Justice Civil Justice Facts Talking Points Your Right to Trial by Jury Contingency Fees Mythbusters Tort Reform Response Kit Medical Malpractice Facts The Facts on GA s Tort Reform The Truth Behind Hot Coffee Cases that Made a Difference Sponsors Publication Rates and Dates Events Exhibitor Info Preferred Partners PAC Contribute About the PAC Board of Directors Home Press Room SafeRoadsActof2015 In This Section Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter GTLA President Darren Penn Applauds Introduction of Safe Roads Act of 2015 ATLANTA Today H R 3536 the Safe Roads Act of 2015 was introduced in the U S House of Representatives The proposal which calls for the Secretary of Transportation to require all commercial motor vehicles to be equipped with forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems is the culmination of months of collaboration between congressional leaders highway safety advocates and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association It is estimated that it would cost a mere 500 per truck to retrofit all existing commercial motor vehicles to meet this standard In light of the tragedies that have taken place on Georgia highways this year involving tractor trailers and passenger vehicles we are proud to work alongside Georgia s congressional delegation to come forward with a common sense life saving solution to this troubling epidemic remarked GTLA President

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  • ConstitutionDay2015
    Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter For the Public Who We Are Visit the Press Room Find an Attorney Speakers Bureau American Association for Justice Civil Justice Facts Talking Points Your Right to Trial by Jury Contingency Fees Mythbusters Tort Reform Response Kit Medical Malpractice Facts The Facts on GA s Tort Reform The Truth Behind Hot Coffee Cases that Made a Difference Sponsors Publication Rates and Dates Events Exhibitor Info Preferred Partners PAC Contribute About the PAC Board of Directors Home Press Room ConstitutionDay2015 In This Section Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter Right to Trial by Jury is Necessary to Preserve our Constitutional Rights By Darren Penn Thomas Jefferson a Founding Father of the United States of America once wrote I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution The constitution that he references of course is the U S Constitution which was signed on this date exactly 228 years ago However the history of a jury trial of one s peers can be traced all the way back to the middle ages In fact jury trials were a cornerstone of the Magna Carta which became one of the first official documents to place strict limitations on the power of the government over the individual and provided that man be governed by the lawful judgment of his peers This proved to be a valuable tool for the English to resist a powerful central government Many years later the British Crown s interference with the colonists right to trial by jury would serve as a rallying point for the colonists against unpopular British laws In fact the Declaration of Independence specifically cites the King s deprivation of the colonists right to trial by jury as one of the chief factors behind the movement for American independence More than serving as a rallying cry for independence though the right to trial by jury has served as a shield for our citizens against assaults on our constitutionally guaranteed rights Even before the First Amendment right to freedom of the press was protected by the Bill of Rights it was a jury that stood up for the right of a publisher John Peter Zenger to print articles critical of a royal governor And they were juries of peers that refused to convict their fellow colonists when the British Crown attempted to prosecute them for violating laws that were aimed at weakening the American colonies Ultimately the right to trial by jury would be enshrined in Article III Section II of the U S Constitution the Sixth and Seventh Amendments to the U S Constitution in the Bill of Rights and the very first Georgia Constitution of 1777 That right is further guaranteed today in Article I Section I Paragraph XI of Constitution of the State of Georgia which states that the right to

    Original URL path: https://www.gtla.org/index.cfm?pg=ConstitutionDay2015 (2016-04-30)
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  • LEAD 2016 Press Release
    View Members Trials Submit Your Trial to Calendar Legislative Meet the Team Legislative Issues Talking Points Daily Watch Lawyer of the Day About Lawyer of the Day Sign Up 2015 Final Report Capitol Impact Legislative Resources Who Are My Elected Officials The Georgia General Assembly How a Bill Becomes Law Press Room Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter For the Public Who We Are Visit the Press Room Find an Attorney Speakers Bureau American Association for Justice Civil Justice Facts Talking Points Your Right to Trial by Jury Contingency Fees Mythbusters Tort Reform Response Kit Medical Malpractice Facts The Facts on GA s Tort Reform The Truth Behind Hot Coffee Cases that Made a Difference Sponsors Publication Rates and Dates Events Exhibitor Info Preferred Partners PAC Contribute About the PAC Board of Directors Home Press Room LEAD2016PressRelease In This Section Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Selects 2015 2016 LEAD Program Class ATLANTA The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association has announced the selections for the 2015 2016 Leadership Education Advanced Direction LEAD Program Class Now entering its third year the widely acclaimed LEAD Program serves to train and equip GTLA members who have been identified as potential leaders in the Association with the necessary tools to take the next steps in their legal careers both in and out of the courtroom In order to qualify applicants must have less than 10 years of legal practice experience or be 35 years of age or younger After an exhaustive application review and selection process 16 attorneys were chosen to participate in the 2015 2016 GTLA LEAD Program They are as follows Lisa Bobb Morgan Morgan Atlanta Gino Brogdon The Brogdon Firm Atlanta Alexandra Sachi Cole Parks Chesin Walbert Atlanta Andrew Conn Savage Turner Pinckney Savannah Bethaney Embry The Embry Law Firm Douglasville Angela Fox The Summerville Firm Atlanta Alexander Hoffspiegel Hoffspiegel Associates Atlanta Adam King Nicholson Revell Augusta Thomas Lyman The Mulholland Law Firm Atlanta Chadrick Mance The Mance Law Group Savannah Kyle Moore Lazenby Law Group Gainesville Robert Wesley Starrett Law Office of Jack Clay Douglasville Linton Blade Thompson Alexander Shunnarah Georgia Atlanta Matthew T Wilson Princethal May Sandy Springs W Matthew Wilson Barnes Law Group Marietta Sharon Zinns Levy Konisberg Atlanta For three years now the GTLA LEAD Program has helped identify many of the best and brightest young lawyers in our state and prepare them for long and successful careers as leaders in the courtroom their communities and our Association I am proud to see that tradition continue with the selection of this year s class remarked Darren Penn President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association The qualifications of this year s applicants were remarkable and I am eager to work alongside this outstanding group of young leaders throughout this year s program and for many years to come The 2015 2016 LEAD Program will consist of six sessions and begins on November 20

    Original URL path: https://www.gtla.org/index.cfm?pg=LEAD2016PressRelease (2016-04-30)
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  • President Darren Penn
    Membership Renewal Update Member Profile Listserve About GTLA Lists Browse Messages Search Messages Post Messages On line Manage List Settings Upcoming Events Research Tools Expert Depositions Expert Challenges Briefs Motions Legal Forms Experts for Hire Fastcase Law Library How to Upload Documents CLE CLE Calendar CLE Webinars CLE Bookstore Check Your CLE Champion Materials Amicus Curiae Request Amicus Briefs Amicus Brief Archives Job Bank Trial Case Calendar View Members Trials Submit Your Trial to Calendar Legislative Meet the Team Legislative Issues Talking Points Daily Watch Lawyer of the Day About Lawyer of the Day Sign Up 2015 Final Report Capitol Impact Legislative Resources Who Are My Elected Officials The Georgia General Assembly How a Bill Becomes Law Press Room Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter For the Public Who We Are Visit the Press Room Find an Attorney Speakers Bureau American Association for Justice Civil Justice Facts Talking Points Your Right to Trial by Jury Contingency Fees Mythbusters Tort Reform Response Kit Medical Malpractice Facts The Facts on GA s Tort Reform The Truth Behind Hot Coffee Cases that Made a Difference Sponsors Publication Rates and Dates Events Exhibitor Info Preferred Partners PAC Contribute About the PAC Board of Directors Home Press Room PresidentDarrenPenn In This Section Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter Darren Penn Elected 60th President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Atlanta GA At the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association s Annual Convention on April 30th Attorney Darren W Penn was elected to serve as the 60th President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association GTLA Penn who previously served as GTLA President Elect and Legislative Committee Co Chairman was unanimously elected by the members of GTLA and will serve a one year term Being elected by my peers to lead the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association is one of the pinnacle moments of my legal career thus far said President Darren Penn As I take the helm of our Association I am fortunate to be leading a vibrant thriving organization which has reached this point thanks in no small part to the tireless efforts of my predecessor Linley Jones This year I am confident that we will continue to work harder than ever before in our efforts to protect and uphold Georgia s Civil Justice System and I am looking forward to working alongside the finest group of attorneys anywhere in the country Darren Penn is a Founding Partner of the law firm Harris Penn Lowry LLP in Atlanta where his practice is focused on products liability trucking and auto collisions wrongful death medical malpractice aviation business torts entertainment law and intellectual property cases Previously he has served as the President elect and Legislative Co Chairman of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Chairman of the State Bar of Georgia s General Practice Trial Law Section and Chairman of the Civil Justice PAC Darren earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia where he

    Original URL path: https://www.gtla.org/index.cfm?pg=PresidentDarrenPenn (2016-04-30)
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  • 2015 Legislator of the Year
    GTLA Lists Browse Messages Search Messages Post Messages On line Manage List Settings Upcoming Events Research Tools Expert Depositions Expert Challenges Briefs Motions Legal Forms Experts for Hire Fastcase Law Library How to Upload Documents CLE CLE Calendar CLE Webinars CLE Bookstore Check Your CLE Champion Materials Amicus Curiae Request Amicus Briefs Amicus Brief Archives Job Bank Trial Case Calendar View Members Trials Submit Your Trial to Calendar Legislative Meet the Team Legislative Issues Talking Points Daily Watch Lawyer of the Day About Lawyer of the Day Sign Up 2015 Final Report Capitol Impact Legislative Resources Who Are My Elected Officials The Georgia General Assembly How a Bill Becomes Law Press Room Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter For the Public Who We Are Visit the Press Room Find an Attorney Speakers Bureau American Association for Justice Civil Justice Facts Talking Points Your Right to Trial by Jury Contingency Fees Mythbusters Tort Reform Response Kit Medical Malpractice Facts The Facts on GA s Tort Reform The Truth Behind Hot Coffee Cases that Made a Difference Sponsors Publication Rates and Dates Events Exhibitor Info Preferred Partners PAC Contribute About the PAC Board of Directors Home Press Room 2015LOY In This Section Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter Rep Dusty Hightower Named Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Legislator of the Year Atlanta GA The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association has announced that State Representative Dusty Hightower R Carrollton has been named as the Association s 2015 Legislator of the Year This award which is given on an individual basis to state or federal legislators who have provided exceptional support to Georgia s Civil Justice System is the highest honor bestowed upon elected officials by GTLA I am proud to recognize Representative Dusty Hightower as GTLA s 2015 Legislator of the Year remarked Linley Jones outgoing President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Since Dusty was first elected to the legislature in 2012 he has consistently shown a level of commitment to protecting and upholding all Georgians 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury that is simply unmatched under the Gold Dome As a lawyer legislator he brings a necessary background of real world legal experience to every debate in our legislature particularly those related to our Constitution and all Georgians benefit as a result We look forward to working alongside this bright legislator for many years to come Dusty Hightower represents the 68th State House District which consists of parts of both Carroll and Douglas Counties He is a graduate of Atlanta s John Marshall Law School and is a Partner with the Law Firm Miller Hightower where his practice focuses on personal injury cases criminal defense and divorce cases Dusty is also the city prosecutor for both the City of Mt Zion and the City of Buchanan It is a distinct honor to be recognized by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association as their Legislator of the Year I take a tremendous

    Original URL path: https://www.gtla.org/index.cfm?pg=2015LOY (2016-04-30)
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  • Truck Safety Press Release 2015
    How to Upload Documents CLE CLE Calendar CLE Webinars CLE Bookstore Check Your CLE Champion Materials Amicus Curiae Request Amicus Briefs Amicus Brief Archives Job Bank Trial Case Calendar View Members Trials Submit Your Trial to Calendar Legislative Meet the Team Legislative Issues Talking Points Daily Watch Lawyer of the Day About Lawyer of the Day Sign Up 2015 Final Report Capitol Impact Legislative Resources Who Are My Elected Officials The Georgia General Assembly How a Bill Becomes Law Press Room Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter For the Public Who We Are Visit the Press Room Find an Attorney Speakers Bureau American Association for Justice Civil Justice Facts Talking Points Your Right to Trial by Jury Contingency Fees Mythbusters Tort Reform Response Kit Medical Malpractice Facts The Facts on GA s Tort Reform The Truth Behind Hot Coffee Cases that Made a Difference Sponsors Publication Rates and Dates Events Exhibitor Info Preferred Partners PAC Contribute About the PAC Board of Directors Home Press Room TruckSafetyPR In This Section Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter GTLA Calls on Congress and NHTSA to Immediately Require Forward Collision Avoidance Technology on Tractor Trailers Atlanta GA Today the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association joined Road Safe America in calling on the United States Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA to immediately require the installation and use of forward collision avoidance and mitigation technology on all tractor trailers This technology which works by taking over the brakes and engine of the tractor trailer when an imminent collision is anticipated is already fully developed and comes as a standard feature on most new automobiles It is estimated that it would cost less than 500 per vehicle to retrofit current tractor trailers to meet this standard Today we are calling on Congress and NHTSA to require all fleet operators and independent truckers to implement this life saving technology on all current and future tractor trailers said Brian D Buck Rogers a member of the GTLA Executive Committee and Road Safe America s Board of Directors The cost to implement the technology on all tractor trailers is relatively inexpensive particularly compared to the costs and consequences of failing to take advantage of available technology The tragic loss of Georgia lives on Interstate 16 this week is a stark reminder of the dangers that tractor trailers pose to all other drivers on Georgia highways The top priority of GTLA and Road Safe America is to save lives and I am confident that this action would be the among the most significant safety improvements to our highways in American history concluded Rogers According to the U S Department of Transportation annually there are nearly 100 000 injuries and 4 000 deaths on U S highways as a result of tractor trailer crashes In 2013 97 of those killed in two vehicle crashes involving a large truck and a passenger vehicle were occupants of the smaller

    Original URL path: https://www.gtla.org/index.cfm?pg=TruckSafetyPR (2016-04-30)
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  • Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2015
    Research Tools Expert Depositions Expert Challenges Briefs Motions Legal Forms Experts for Hire Fastcase Law Library How to Upload Documents CLE CLE Calendar CLE Webinars CLE Bookstore Check Your CLE Champion Materials Amicus Curiae Request Amicus Briefs Amicus Brief Archives Job Bank Trial Case Calendar View Members Trials Submit Your Trial to Calendar Legislative Meet the Team Legislative Issues Talking Points Daily Watch Lawyer of the Day About Lawyer of the Day Sign Up 2015 Final Report Capitol Impact Legislative Resources Who Are My Elected Officials The Georgia General Assembly How a Bill Becomes Law Press Room Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter For the Public Who We Are Visit the Press Room Find an Attorney Speakers Bureau American Association for Justice Civil Justice Facts Talking Points Your Right to Trial by Jury Contingency Fees Mythbusters Tort Reform Response Kit Medical Malpractice Facts The Facts on GA s Tort Reform The Truth Behind Hot Coffee Cases that Made a Difference Sponsors Publication Rates and Dates Events Exhibitor Info Preferred Partners PAC Contribute About the PAC Board of Directors Home Press Room DDAMPressRelease In This Section Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter Distracted Driving Awareness Month Proclaimed in Georgia Atlanta GA The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association today joined the Governor s Office of Highway Safety in proclaiming April as Georgia Distracted Driving Awareness Month In partnership with GOHS GTLA is kicking off April by reminding educators and community groups about the availability of the End Distracted Driving EndDD org Program our partners in this initiative EndDD which is administered in Georgia through the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association is an interactive presentation given to schools civic groups and community partners throughout the state It is available year round but GTLA is encouraging as many groups as possible to sign up for the free presentation in April to highlight the need for change during Distracted Driving Awareness Month As the use of technology from behind the wheel has increased over the past decade so too has the number of collisions injuries and deaths on our roadways GTLA President Linley Jones said As trial lawyers we often see the devastation caused as a result of these tragic but preventable crashes and it is our goal through this partnership with EndDD to put an end to this senseless epidemic I thank the Governor s Office of Highway Safety and EndDD Founder Joel Feldman for joining us in this life saving initiative Eliminating texting and driving as well as other distracted driving behaviors is necessary both in Georgia and nationwide In 2014 there were an estimated 8 581 distracted driving crashes in Georgia that resulted in 3 298 injuries and 19 deaths Nationally nearly 4 000 people are killed and another 421 000 are injured every year as a result of distracted driving related traffic crashes We re so grateful that the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association has brought such a valuable educational tool to

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  • Senate Bill 86
    Calendar Legislative Meet the Team Legislative Issues Talking Points Daily Watch Lawyer of the Day About Lawyer of the Day Sign Up 2015 Final Report Capitol Impact Legislative Resources Who Are My Elected Officials The Georgia General Assembly How a Bill Becomes Law Press Room Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter For the Public Who We Are Visit the Press Room Find an Attorney Speakers Bureau American Association for Justice Civil Justice Facts Talking Points Your Right to Trial by Jury Contingency Fees Mythbusters Tort Reform Response Kit Medical Malpractice Facts The Facts on GA s Tort Reform The Truth Behind Hot Coffee Cases that Made a Difference Sponsors Publication Rates and Dates Events Exhibitor Info Preferred Partners PAC Contribute About the PAC Board of Directors Home Press Room SB86PressRelease In This Section Press Releases Articles GTLA Publications The Verdict Magazine The Monthly Docket Newsletter Georgia Citizens Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury Under Assault Again in the General Assembly Atlanta GA This morning legislation was introduced in the Georgia State Senate that if enacted would unconstitutionally abolish Georgia citizens inviolate Right to Trial by Jury Known as the Patient Compensation Act Senate Bill 86 i seeks to strip Georgia patients of their constitutionally guaranteed ability to hold negligent healthcare providers accountable before a jury of fellow citizens and instead would circumvent centuries of legal precedent by forcing injured patients cases into a bureaucratic system of healthcare providers who would sit in sole judgment over the conduct of their colleagues Senate Bill 86 is an unconstitutional assault on some of Georgia s most vulnerable citizens remarked GTLA President Linley Jones For well over two centuries the Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury has given an opportunity for justice to every citizen of Georgia including

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