On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to express condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of Atlanta attorney L. Jack Swertfeger Jr. on his recent passing.
While I greatly appreciate [State Bar of Georgia] President Robin Frazer Clark drawing attention to the important issue of the Constitutional requirement for indigent defense in her recent column ("Marking Gideon's half-century," Daily Report, May 10), it is necessary to clarify a point of confusion.
As past Presidents of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL), we read with great concern the article regarding the board's decision not to sign on to an amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage which is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court ["GAWL inaction sparks backlash," April 25].
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to express condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of Andrew R. "Andy" Pachman, a founding partner of Pachman Richardson LLP in Atlanta, on his recent and very untimely passing.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to express gratitude to Gov. Nathan Deal, key members of the General Assembly and others whose swift action near the end of the recently completed 2013 legislative session resulted in the passage of legislation to make legal malpractice cases non-assignable.
Two years ago, Georgia passed one of the most stringent immigration laws in the country, House Bill 87. Both supporters and opponents of the bill now agree that it has a major flaw which needs to be fixed quickly.
A March 18 Daily Report article ("House budget bill doesn't fund electronic filing for courts") suggested Georgia's judiciary is not prepared to initiate a statewide civil e-filing project, and this was the reason the state's 2014 fiscal year budget did not include an appropriation for e-filing project oversight.
On Feb. 24, 2013, John Stokes, the former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, died suddenly as a result of a fall in his home. John was 88 years old, but looked 45, and was still active as a trial attorney.
I have read with interest the reporting on the legislation proposing to add "voluntary" binding arbitration agreements to the admittance paperwork for nursing homes.
We were delighted that two former Georgia chief justices, Norman Fletcher and Leah Ward Sears, chose to recognize former Chief Justice Harold Clarke's leadership in creating the ADR system in Georgia's courts ("Former chief justice is remembered for raising the bar," Daily Report, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013).