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At last week's Holiday Workshop Special Luncheon, I had the honor of presenting Judge John Ellington with the GTLA Champion of Justice Award. This award was given to Judge Ellington for his service to our state and for the reverence that he has shown for our Constitution and the vital role that it plays in the pursuit of justice. If you couldn't join us, please be sure to congratulate and thank Judge Ellington next time that you see him. 

Judge John Ellington receives the GTLA Champion of Justice Award

Happy Holidays to each and every one of you. We will see you in 2014!

RD Legal Funding, LLC
GTLA is now accepting registrations for the 2014 Lawyer of the Day Program! As this year's Session promises to be brisk, spots for Lawyer of the Day are limited and are sure to fill up fast. Your participation is vital to our continued legislative success, and your involvement also speaks volumes about your commitment to the preservation of our Civil Justice System and the Right to Trial by Jury in Georgia. 

During your day at the Capitol, you can expect to participate in the following:
  • Read and review bills and resolutions  
  • Review print media, blogs, and online articles   
  • Attend legislative committee meetings and hearings
  • Monitor the House/Senate floor debate from the gallery
  • Meet with your legislators 
  • Attend lunch meetings with legislators (depending on schedule)
  • Attend evening legislative receptions/dinners (depending on schedule)
For more information about the GTLA Lawyer of the Day program, please click here or contact our Lawyer of the Day Coordinator Brittany Gurley at! Once you're ready to sign up for a LOTD Session, check out our list of available dates and RSVP here!
In the ongoing discussions over Senate Bill 141 – the unconstitutional proposal that would strip Georgia patients of their Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury – GTLA Political Director Bill Clark took our arguments to the media. Here, he is pictured with WSB-TV Reporter Lori Geary, who interviewed Bill at the State Capitol in a story highlighting the upcoming legislative consideration of SB 141. 

For more legislative resources exclusive to GTLA members – including talking points, briefings, fact sheets and more – be sure to visit the legislative section of by clicking here.  
The Annual Fall TLA Family Social & Clay Shoot was held at President Buck Rogers' farm in Covington on Thursday, Nov. 21. A chance to share in fun and fellowship with the whole family, guests participated in an afternoon of activities, including a clay shoot, pond fishing, canoeing, zip lining and so much more! The evening concluded with a potluck BBQ dinner, where everyone shared their favorite dessert with the group.  

Mandy Hamlin, President Buck Rogers, Cory Phillips & Michael Geoffroy

The whole crew!

To get involved with your Local TLA, check out our statewide interactive map by clicking here
Thank You to Our Newest GTLA Champion Member!
Joseph Colwell

Welcome New GTLA Members!
Stephen Gregory Carlson, Melissa A. Danovic, Tabitha Elligan, Chad Ethridge, Mary Huber, Jacob Michael Jackson, Jeremy Markman, Kyle Moore, George Lee Phillips, Jr., David Rubin, Shea Ross Schulman, Jake Shteyman, Tommy L. Thigpen, Cameron Woodward, Ian Zimmerman

Ready to Upgrade to Champion Membership?
Contact Brittany Gurley to hear the special benefits and upgrade today!
GTLA's LEAD Program kicked off their Inaugural Session in Athens Nov. 22-23 as the class came together for "Leadership 101: Introduction to GTLA." Featuring an action-packed lineup of speakers and an all-star panel of judges, this Session provided invaluable insights to the rising stars of our Association, as well as a chance to build upon the camaraderie that makes our Association so unique. The Session culminated with a Tailgate Party before the UGA vs. Kentucky football game on Saturday. 

Many of the LEAD Class participants at the UGA Tailgate 

The LEAD Class then came back together in Atlanta last weekend for Session 2 of the 2013-2014 program. On Thursday, Dec. 12, the Class joined us for a Fundraiser in support of Governor Nathan Deal, and then traveled to both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals to meet with justices and judges, as well as being sworn in to both courts if they hadn't been previously. They returned on Friday, Dec. 13, for the GTLA Holiday Workshop and had special LEAD Class programming that afternoon. 

The LEAD Class with Supreme Court Justice Harold Melton, Court of Appeals Chief Judge Herbert Phipps & Presiding Judge John Ellington
We would like to offer a special THANK YOU to the 2013 GTLA Holiday Workshop Sponsors! We could not host these events without their partnership, and we greatly appreciate their commitment and continued partnership with our Association! 

American Association for Justice

Atlanta Medical Management

BlueBear Solutions Inc.

Buddenhagen & Associates

Capital Financing

Capstone Financial

CaseMetrix, LLC

Civil Justice PAC

Collision Specialists, Inc.

Courtroom Visuals

Diminished Value of Georgia

Fast Funds, Inc.


Forge Consulting

Insurance Specialists, Inc.

Harris Penn Lowry LLC

Hasner Law

Med Art & Legal Graphics Co.

Medical Visions, Inc.

ML Healthcare

NFP Structured Settlements / Sarah Patno Hornsby

Peachtree Financial Solutions

Physiotherapy Associates

Pope Reporting & Video, LLC

Portage Funding

Robson Forensic, Inc. 

The Gingras Firm

The Injury Specialists & Capital Surgical Financing

Vocational Economics, Inc.
Fast Funds, Inc.
Insurance Specialists, Inc
Regional Medical Group
Insurance Specialists, Inc

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