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What's Happening Under the Gold Dome

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The 2011 legislative session is upon us and neither man nor beast is entirely safe! Get involved now to do your part to enhance the Civil Justice System. In addition to our usual efforts to remain vigilant in our monitoring of the legislation being filed at the Capitol, we are continuing our efforts to build, nurture, enhance and expand our legislative outreach. There are 236 members of the Georgia General Assembly. Forty-five of them are in their very first year of legislative service. That means there are a lot of new legislators to reach out to. And, after spending much of the 2010 summer and fall assessing the strengths and weaknesses of our Legislative Key Contacts program, we have a number of veteran legislators to whom we must redouble our efforts to reach out to them and make sure they have a trial lawyer to whom they can turn for assistance of all kinds and from whom they will accept information and advice on issues relating to the Civil Justice System. We need your help. We need you to tell us which legislators you have a meaningful relationship with. In short, we need to know if you have a relationship with a legislator or legislators that can one day be put to use to preserve or enhance the Civil Justice System in Georgia. That is the kind of information that you can provide us through our Capitol Impact program. If you are willing to participate in our Legislative Outreach program, contact Wendi Clifton at (404) 791-6137 or at and she can get you plugged in.

Another way you can be involved in GTLA’s legislative efforts is to participate in our new "Lawyer of the Day" program. Through this program, you come to the Capitol, meet with our Staff for a morning briefing and then meet with legislators outside of the House and Senate. These conversations can vary from simple "getting to know you" chats; to visits with your local legislators with whom you need to build working relationships; to more in-depth discussions of issues your Legislative Staff has asked you to engage in. And, you can attend committee meetings where the issues of the day are being debated. As our President Michael Warshauer says, this program is about "normalizing" our relationships with legislators simply by being at the Capitol where they are. If you are interested in getting involved in the Lawyer of the Day program, contact Micah Gravley at (404) 759-5876 or at or just sign up through the GTLA event calendar on the website.

We look forward to seeing you under the Gold Dome either as a part of your Local TLA’s Day at the Capitol or as a part of our Lawyer of the Day Program. As always, if you have any question about anything we are doing in the legislative arena, please call Bill Clark at (404) 759-5042. We are here for you, we are proud to represent you and we are proud to represent GTLA.


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