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Monthly Archives: September 2015

When Opposing Counsel Tries to Bully You

Posted in Attorney-Client Relationship

Part of the fun of doing appeals and post-conviction work is hearing from colleagues with questions about things that arise in cases. Recently, I spoke with an attorney with an unusual situation. The lawyer was defense counsel on a serious child abuse matter. The prosecutor, when she supplied statutory discovery, told the lawyer that he… Continue Reading

Two New Justices on the Ga. Supreme Court? Why Would the Governor Make Such a Move?

Posted in News, Supreme Court of Georgia

Jim Galloway, in the Atlanta Journal’s Political Insider Blog, reports that the Governor is formulating a push in next year’s session of the legislature to increase Georgia’s seven-member Supreme Court by two justices. Mr. Galloway opines that the governor’s move could expand his influence beyond his eight year tenure and compares a potential Franklin Roosevelt’s… Continue Reading

Were Briefs Better in the 40s-60s? If So, Why?

Posted in Uncategorized, Writing

Today, I attended a continuing legal education seminar featuring Ross Guberman. Ross is the author of Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates. When his book first came out, I briefly reviewed it and interviewed Ross here on the blog. I have enjoyed Ross’s book immensely and have used it as a… Continue Reading

Client Intake to Build the Team

Posted in Attorney-Client Relationship

Hiring a criminal defense attorney, whether at the trial court or appellate level, is a pretty complex thing. No matter how life-altering the case might be, the lawyer decision is huge. For the lawyer, taking on a client, whether at the trial court or appellate level, is a big decision, also. The client literally puts… Continue Reading