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Unleashing the Power of Mediation in Professional Liability Cases

BY LEE WALLACE Professional liability cases ought to mediate regularly and successfully. After all, trial is an unsavory option in a malpractice lawsuit, given the high costs of experts, the complex subject matter that is difficult to explain to a jury, and the lengthy trial time. Furthermore, mediation can be very effective at resolving cases. For example, in the medical ...

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Thoughts from Psychiatrist Michael Prudent, M.D.

As professionals, a lot is expected of us. It is assumed that we are tough, can handle almost anything, can persevere more than the “average” person. All those things might be true, but we are also human. It is very common for professionals like physicians, nurses, attorneys, etc. to experience symptoms of depression and possibly suicidal ideation. It might be ...

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Emergency Vehicle Tort Liability Due Regard V. Reckless

BY LEE GUTSCHENRITTER AND GARY THOMPSON In an urban environment, it is almost an everyday occurrence to witness a first responder emergency vehicle (typically with lights and sirens flashing and blaring) speeding through city streets. The more prudent drivers of these emergency vehicles remain aware of their surroundings and slow down as they approach intersections to make sure they are ...

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Privilege Logs: What Are They and What is Required?

BY ROSS MOORE AND JAMES STONE As a general rule in Georgia for both federal and state courts, the scope of discovery is limited to “any matter, not privileged, which is relevant to the subject matter involved in the pending action,” and relevancy is defined as anything “reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence.” O.C.G.A. § 9-11-26(b). ...

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Making the World a Better Place

BY MADELEINE SIMMONS As plaintiff’s lawyers, we have the great responsibility and unique honor of helping those in need as part of our everyday law practices. Many lawyers, however, take it upon themselves to go beyond the call of duty and spend their time and resources aiding those in our community simply because they care about making our world a ...

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Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury

BY JAMES STONE The one aspect of a jury trial that is undeniably the most important is the jury selection process. Because of this, lawyers can find themselves married to a particular method or process when selecting their juries. While some may be willing to change and adapt and incorporate new ideas for this process, others might consider their way ...

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