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In just two weeks, GTLA will be beach bound, so grab your family and trade in your dress shoes for flip-flops as we embark on beautiful Sandestin, Florida for the 2013 Auto Torts Workshop at the Hilton! 

Offering 9 CLE Credit Hours – including 3 Trial and 1 Ethics – this always-popular event will also feature a welcome reception, the Annual Auto Torts Golf Tournament and family fun and fellowship in the sun at our poolside cookout and Annual GTLA Pool Party. 

Ready to join us at the 2013 Auto Torts Workshop? Click here to reserve your spot!
Are you or your firm active on Twitter? Are you using it as a tool to engage with clients, colleagues, friends and legislators? If so, we invite you to connect with GTLA and your fellow members today. 

We have created a list of all GTLA members (that we have found so far!) on Twitter. In order to view the list and "follow" those already on it, simply visit: And while you're there, be sure to "follow" us, too, at


As your GTLA Grassroots Coordinator and also a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, I have witnessed first-hand the profound effect that proactive citizen involvement can have on each action taken underneath the Gold Dome. I have also seen, both from a GTLA and a legislative perspective, how important the PAC is to continuing the protection of the Civil Justice System. At the Capitol, your legislative team’s efforts have truly been second-to-none.

That is why I am reaching out to encourage each of our 2,000+ members to take on an active role in both your Grassroots/Local TLAs as well as the Civil Justice PAC. These two entities are not mutually exclusive; rather, they are successful because of the positive impact that they have when coupled together.

GTLA now has 25 Local TLA Chapters around the state, and that number is expected to continue an upward trend as we re-emphasize the value of their existence. Check out the newly-developed Interactive TLA Map to find a chapter near you, or contact me at any time at if you are interested in bringing a new TLA to your area of Georgia.

GTLA’s efforts will not be successful, though, without a thriving and strongly-supported PAC. Through the Civil Justice PAC, you are able to help elect and re-elect pro-Civil Justice Legislators. The PAC is like a large bullhorn. It absolutely magnifies your voice. GTLA has a righteous message and a politically sound message. A strong and vibrant PAC enables you to make that voice – that message – resonate all over this great state. Without it, you are just whistling in the wind. I hope you will join your fellow GTLA members and do all you can to contribute to the Civil Justice PAC. You can even contribute online by going to Please do that today. Thank you for all you already do and for doing what you can today to strengthen the Civil Justice PAC of GTLA!

For more information on how you can make a difference for GTLA through your support of the Civil Justice PAC, please visit, or contact PAC Consultant Michele Michaels at or (404) 492-8878.

In addition to the new members that GTLA is proud to welcome below, we would also like to take a moment to introduce our new Director of Member Services, Brittany Thomsen Gurley! Brittany joined us last week at GTLA HQ, and we are thrilled to have her on board. She will be working closely with our Membership Committee and Chairman Alwyn Fredericks, and member retention and recruitment will be a focus as we move forward as an Association. Brittany can be reached at or (404) 522-8487 x24.

Welcome aboard, Brittany! 

Thank You to Our Newest GTLA Champion Member!
Chris Simon

Welcome New GTLA Members!
Ibrahim Jamal Awad, Eliza Poyner Bartleet, Yvonne Godfrey, Kevin Harris, Samuel O Head, Kyle Johnston, Glenna Keen, R. Sean McEvoy, Miriam Salinas, Robert Lewis Schenk, Thomas F. Slater, Carmen Victoria Sudduth, Shanea’ Thomas, Michael Weinstein, Rabb Wilkerson
The GTLA Women's Trial Lawyer Caucus hosted their inaugural happy hour meeting on Thursday, June 27th at the beautiful Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta. In addition to an evening of fun and fellowship with other Women's Caucus members, plans for upcoming event were discussed and set the stage for what is sure to be a great year!

Jennifer Ivey, Jennifer Coalson, Laura Taylor, Kelley Brownlee and Andrea Seliski

Madeleine Peake and Ginger Jirik

Linley Jones, Betty Morgan and Leigh Martin May

To find out how you can get involved with the GTLA Women's Trial Lawyer Caucus, please contact Women's Caucus Chairman Leigh Martin May at
Fast Funds, Inc.
Regional Medical Group

Founded in 1956, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) is dedicated to strengthening and upholding Georgia’s civil justice system and protecting the rights of Georgia citizens and consumers.

GTLA works in the legislative, political and media arenas to ensure that Georgians know and understand the importance of their rights to justice and to make certain that these rights, which are at the very core of what it means to be American, are safeguarded and protected.

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
101 Marietta Street, NW
Suite 3350, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone (404) 522-8487 | Fax (404) 522-3705

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