President's Message
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.
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Back by popular demand, GTLA is proud to announce that the Political & Legislative Summit will be returning this year on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the State Bar of Georgia. A half-day workshop that is focused on engaging our membership in the legislative process, the Political & Legislative Summit will give you the opportunity to hear from some of our state's leading legislative and media minds, including Speaker David Ralston, Senate Majority Leader Bill Coswert, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and many more! And, learn from our first-class lobbying team in intimate breakout sessions and help GTLA to craft legislative strategies that we will use in the 2016 Legislative Session. This is a can't-miss Summit for any GTLA member who wants to get involved -- or stay involved -- in our efforts to protect and uphold the Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury at the Capitol and around the state. We hope to see you there!
Legislative News
Last week, your GTLA Executive Committee traveled to Washington, D.C. to join our friends at the American Association for Justice for a 'D.C. Fly-In' lobbying trip. In addition to the opportunity join AAJ CEO Linda Lipsen and their top-notch government affairs team for a legislative briefing, our Association's leadership spent two days on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress from the Peach State and advocating on behalf of the rights of your clients and your practices. 
While on Capitol Hill, we also had the chance to take a private midnight tour of the U.S. Capitol with Congressman Doug Collins, host a legislative reception for our delegation and enjoy the camaraderie of many like-minded individuals who are fighting so hard for our Constitutional rights in Washington. 
GTLA Executive Committee and staff at AAJ HQ.
New Lawyers Division

You're invited to join GTLA's New Lawyers Division tonight at 5:30 p.m. for Happy Hour! It will be held at Del Frisco's Grille in Buckhead, and all current and prospective GTLA members are invited to attend! In addition, drinks will be provided courtesy of our sponsors, so be sure swing by and join us for an evening of fun and fellowship. Additional details are as follows.

New Lawyers Division Happy Hour
Thursday, Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00.p.m.
Del Frisco's Grille
3376 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
Map & Directions

To RSVP for tonight's Happy Hour, please click HERE. We look forward to seeing you there!
Women's Trial Lawyer Caucus
The Women's Trial Lawyer Caucus is proud to sponsor the Daily Report's 'Women in Law' Seminar on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The event, which is aimed at helping women thrive in their legal careers by hearing from some very successful women lawyers -- including GTLA Immediate Past President Linley Jones -- will be held at 103 West in Buckhead from 8:00 a.m. - Noon. For a limited time, GTLA Women's Caucus Members can register for the discounted rate of just $99 by using the promo code Women_GTLA on the registration page.
Grassroots Report

This month, GTLA President Darren Penn traveled to Jonesboro, Georgia to join the Southside Metro Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association for their monthly lunch meeting. Darren had the opportunity to share many of the exciting updates from our Association and shed some light on the great events that we have coming up over the next few months. As always, it was good to have the opportunity to visit with our members in their own backyards, and we look forward to continuing our efforts throughout the Fall!


GTLA President Darren Penn addresses the Southside Metro Atlanta TLA. 

LEAD Program
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.
Welcome New Members
Thomas Hayden Barnes, James Doyle, James Moir Grant, Lucas Griffin, Asif Hossain, Dawn M. Jones, Leland H. Kynes, Samantha Megan McClinton, Mara McRae, Rasheed D. Merrell, Davis Popper, Becky Spencer, Gene E. Spiva; and Suneisha Williams.
Member Benefits
Case rich and cash poor? Have you experienced uneven cash flow or expensive case costs involved in modern litigation? Are you dissatisfied with your options for funding? If so, GTLA's SBA Justice Loans program is your answer. Forget about those high interest rates, onerous monitoring conditions and forced periodic pay downs. GTLA's SBA Justice Loans program offers you direct access to the leading company in the market place that specializes in helping attorneys obtain low cost Small Business Association funding, the SBA Loan Group. This funding is low-cost and permanent, cannot be cancelled, modified or force payments for the term of the loan, which is typically 10-25 years. SBA Loan Group is one of the largest packagers of SBA Loans to law firms in the United States.



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