President's Message
William P. "Pope" Langdale III of Valdosta has been elected to serve as the 61st President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association at GTLA's Annual Convention on April 28. Langdale, who was elected by unanimous vote, takes the reins from outgoing GTLA President Darren Penn and will serve a one-year term. He previously served as GTLA President-elect and Legislative Committee Co-Chairman. "I am truly honored and humbled to have been selected by my peers to serve as president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association," remarked President Pope Langdale. "I began my law career as a defense attorney in the Atlanta law firm of Long, Weinberg, Ansley and Wheeler and received the best training that any young lawyer could ever hope for from some of the very best talent in the defense bar. I then returned home to Valdosta to practice law with my father, and since the day I returned home, I have worked hard to refine the trial skills necessary to effectively represent some of the finest and most down-to-earth people in our state -- the citizens of South Georgia. Having first practiced defense law in Atlanta, and now representing plaintiffs in civil suits in South Georgia, I believe that I bring a unique perspective to GTLA that will allow our association to amplify our efforts to serve as a valuable resource to trial lawyers in every corner of the state."
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Keep an eye out for the Spring 2016 edition of Verdict - the Journal of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association - which will be arriving in your mailbox later this month! Commemorating GTLA's 60th Anniversary, this edition features a full-length interview with longtime GTLA member Tommy Malone, who reflects on how far our association has come since its inception in 1956. Also featured in this edition: > Law Practice and Cloud Computing: Staying Ethical in a Digital World > 14 Years in the Making: Justice Delayed, but Not Denied > What is the Plaintiff's Burden in Proving the Value of Medical Expenses? > An Introduction to Daycare Negligence Cases > Diminished Value Claims: Not Just for Cars Anymore > And so much more!
You are invited to trade in your dress shoes for flip flops and join us in sunny Amelia Island, Florida for the 2016 Auto Torts Workshop! A family-friendly and action-packed seminar, the Auto Torts Workshop will combine great CLE offerings from some of the premier trial lawyers in the state with a social calendar that will ensure that your trip to Amelia is one to remember. After you register, be sure to book your accommodations in the GTLA block of rooms at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort online or by calling the hotel directly at 1-888-444-OMNI. All reservations must be made by Monday, June 27. We look forward to seeing you there!
New Lawyers Division
The GTLA New Lawyers Division wrapped up the 2015-16 term in style with the New Lawyers' Late Night Party at Whiskey Blue on the rooftop of the W Hotel Buckhead. Hosted on the first night of the Annual Convention, the event saw more than 200 attendees and guests come together for a night of cocktails, celebration and camaraderie. Thank you to all who joined us to toast for another great year in the NLD!

Stay tuned for another great year of GTLA New Lawyers Division events, and keep an eye out from NLD Chair Cale Brice with more details! 
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Update from AAJ
Please make plans to join the American Association for Justice at their 2016 Annual Convention, which will be held July 22-25 in Los Angeles, California! Click the link below to find out more about this exciting event, and don't hesitate to reach out to AAJ Regional Membership Coordinator Ginger Jirik at or (202) 450-7361 with any questions. We hope to see you there!
Grassroots Report

The Gwinnett Trial Lawyers Association welcomed State Court Judge John Doran to their monthly lunch meeting last Tuesday, May 10 at the 1818 Club in Duluth. Judge Doran shared with the group some helpful insights from the bench and spoke about professionalism in every lawyers' practice. Thanks to the Judge for joining us!

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Judge John Doran addresses the Gwinnett TLA 

LEAD Program
Congratulations are in order for the 2015-16 GTLA LEAD Class, as they walked across the stage with their diplomas at the Annual Convention on April 29. This year's LEAD Class featured 15 rising stars from all four corners of Georgia, and they attended sessions in Athens, Macon, Savannah and Atlanta over the course of the six-session program. We are extremely proud of the LEAD Class and wish them the best of luck as they continue with their legal careers. The future of GTLA is bright!

Interested in applying for the 2016-17 GTLA LEAD Program? Keep an eye out for the application, which will be made available this summer! 
Welcome New Members
Thank You to Our Newest GTLA Champion Members!
Tom Ashenden, Cale Brice, Bill D’Elia, David Hodgins, Robby Hughes, Kyle Moore &  Blade Thompson
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Allison Affleck, Ali Awad, Andrea Boyd, Peter Brogdon, Luciana Deviaste, H. Christopher Gill, Norma Guzman, Matthew R. Hagen, Matthew Hurst, Moses Kim, Laura Sidwell Maki, David Marple, Edward T. McAfee, Kendrick K. McWilliams, Sr., Janice Reed, Michael Derek Robinson, Joshua F. Silk, John Phillip Thielman & Brian Weidinger

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 marketplace 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. With GTLA's SBA Justice Loans program, you can pay off existing expensive debt, inject needed capital into your firm or use the money to expand your practice (advertising, hiring new staff, etc.). The SBA Justice Loans program assists you in solving one of the biggest problems of modern day law - financing your law practice!



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