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This year, GTLA has created a brand new 'LEAD' (Leadership Education and Advanced Direction) Program within its New Lawyers Division for the purpose of educating and grooming some of our state's most promising young trial lawyers for future leadership roles in GTLA and the application deadline is quickly approaching! I encourage all of you to apply, and to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Applications for the 2013-14 LEAD Program are available online at The deadline for submitting an application is Aug. 20. Applicants should submit a color photo and are encouraged (but not required) to include letters of recommendation. Firm sponsorship of applicants is encouraged and appreciated.

The 2013-14 LEAD Program will feature five monthly CLE sessions beginning in Athens on Nov. 22-23 (including the UGA vs. Kentucky football game) and concluding with a final session and graduation at the GTLA Annual Convention April 24-25, 2014. The various CLE sessions will be focused on the important topics that include but are not limited to: fostering leadership within GTLA, building and maintaining strong relationships with the state legislature and judiciary, expanding and involving our local TLA's, improving our community service efforts, membership recruitment, and encouraging fundraising contributions and Directed Giving. The LEAD Program itinerary will also include a "class retreat" session one weekend in March or April at a resort venue in Georgia (exact location TBD).

For more information about this year's LEAD Program or to suggest a candidate, please contact co-chairs Michael Geoffroy (770-483-6557) or Ryals Stone (229-724-8531).
GTLA is happy to welcome the American Association for Justice's (AAJ) newest Regional Membership Manager, Ginger Jirik! For information on joining AAJ or for answers to membership questions, contact Ginger at 202-450-7361 or

Also, please save the date for AAJ's 2014 Winter Convention, Feb. 8-12, 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans! Details can be found at
In an effort to give back to the Metro Atlanta Community, GTLA's New Lawyers Division (NLD) will be volunteering at the Atlanta Community Food Bank on Saturday, Sept. 28. If you would like to take part in this community service project -- which will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon -- please contact NLD Community Outreach Co-Chairs Madeleine Peake at and Tracee Benzo at

There are only a few spots remaining, so be sure to act quickly!
On Wednesday, Aug. 7, the South Side Metro Atlanta TLA welcomed State Representative Demetrius Douglas of Stockbridge to the monthly lunch meeting. Joined by State Representative Micah Gravley, the two legislators provided TLA members with an inside perspective on the 2013 Legislative Session, and also previewed next year's quickly-approaching term beneath the Gold Dome. 

Athens TLA is hosting their Annual People's Law School this month, and Co-Chairs Josh Branch and Jimmy Hurt (pictured below) were on hand to kick off the sessions on Wednesday, Aug. 7. With seminars ranging from 'Importance of the 7th Amendment' to 'Views from the Bench,' the Athens TLA People's Law School is sure to have something for everyone! To find out more about this year's program, please visit

To find out more about how you can get involved with one of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association's Local TLA Chapters, please click here.

Thank You to Our Newest GTLA Champion Member!
Laura Shamp

Welcome New GTLA Members!
Kala Aaron, Elissa Blache, Brittany A. Clardy, Marlow Craig, J. Benjamin Finley, Tammy Michelle Holcomb, Anita Marie Lamar, Tyler Love, Susan McCoy, Candice McKinley, Jason  Mosteller, Heather Durham Nadler, Martina Palatto, Marlon Rhine, Jenny Rosas, Nicole Rouen, Richionda Scales, Graham Scofield, Todd E. Silvis, Wendy Tequia, Joey Turner, Gulliana Van Landingham, Kristy Zimmerman

For those of you who missed last year's Trial Practice Manual Workshop, GTLA is proud to once-again present this Workshop to our members. Held on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 8:30 a.m. -- 4:45 p.m. at the State Bar of Georgia, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from top-notch legal experts on topics such as Use of Evidence at Trial, Closing Arguments and so much more!

The TPM has also been updated to include the use of the new Federal Rules of Evidence in the State and Superior Courts that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, and thus our Workshop promises to bring the most up-to-date information straight to you and your practices. 

To reserve your spot, please click here or contact Brittany Gurley at
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