Tower to the Trenches, CLE Series

8-5-16-tower-iconTower to the Trenches, is a monthly CLE series, including one hour of either ethics or professionalism training, dedicated to Georgia State Law alumni. The monthly sessions will be led by Georgia State Law faculty and alumni who are experts in specific practice areas.

Friday, April 27

  • Topic: Taxes Under Trump: What We Know & What It Means for Lawyers and Their Clients
  • When: 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Where: Knowles Conference Center, 85 Park Place NE


The program features a 40-minute faculty presentation, 60-minute panel discussion, and 20-minute question and answer session with faculty, panel and attendees.

Times and Dates

The 2017-18 series begins Friday, Sept. 22, and concludes in April. Each session is on the last Friday of the month, unless noted, beginning at 9 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.

What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Administrative Practice in Georgia

Your client comes to you with a pending adjudicatory hearing before an agency—a hearing that could significantly impact the client’s business or personal interests. What do you do?

Administrative hearings can arise in many different contexts—the suspension of professional licenses, zoning and land use permits, education hearings, child abuse hearings, and business license hearings are just a few.  

This program discusses the general procedures and practices before Georgia’s Office of State Administrative Hearings. Learn how administrative practice and process operates in Georgia. The program examines some of the important differences in practice when it comes to administrative law. Join us to learn the ins-and-outs of agency practice and to gain the skills you need for your next matter.

Program Highlights
  • Due process — What is required and how it varies
  • Overview of the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act
  • The role of the Office of Administrative Hearings and administrative law judges
  • Jurisdiction of Office of Administrative Hearings
  • The role of agency attorneys
  • Evidence and the burden of proof
  • Hearing records, exhaustion of administrative remedies and appellate practice
  • Practice tips and insights

Professionalism CLE credits have been applied for.

Tech Talk: How Automation, Analytics, and A.I. are Shaping the Practice of Law & Provision of Legal Services.

It's a brave new world. Rapidly advancing technology is transforming the legal field and the way attorneys provide legal services to their clients. From Artificial Intelligence that can review, revise and even create contracts, to data analytics and legal smartphone apps, we are witnessing a legal paradigm shift before our eyes. Don't get left in the dust.

This program explores the development and implementation of several new technologies that are shaping and influencing the legal profession, focusing on four major categories: legal education, litigation, document review and consumer access. A panel of experts on the cutting edge of these legal innovations will discuss how technology is transforming the practice of law, how they are being implemented, and what the potential ramifications are.

Join us to learn about these new technologies and find out what you need to know as an attorney to navigate this new legal landscape.
Professionalism CLE credits will be applied for.

Tech Talk: E-Discovery from A to Z, including E for Ethics

The days of digging through file cabinets filled with dusty manila folders and yellowed papers to conduct discovery are coming to an end. Today, individuals and companies store their information on myriad electronic devices, including in-house servers, external hard drives, flash drives, smart phones and tablets, as well as more amorphous storage methods like social media, cloud storage and remote servers.

These digital platforms provide clients and opponents an amazing number of ways to stash information and data, meaning modern lawyers must stay abreast of all the available avenues for conducting discovery in today's digital world. And while the justice system is often slow to adapt, courts are increasingly willing to delve into this jungle of electronic discovery.

This program will explore the complexities and ethical pitfalls of E-Discovery. From the potential ramifications of your client's storage methods to the hard-to-predict costs of E-Discovery to new software designed specifically to assist lawyers mining for digital data, this program is a must-attend for all practicing attorneys.

Join us to avoid getting lost in the labyrinth of E-Discovery and snared by the thorny undergrowth of legal and ethical issues that abound. One hour of ethics will be applied for.

This session has a limited number of spaces. To secure your spot, register as soon as possible.

Register for E-Discovery 

Pain, Profits, Plaintiffs, Prison: A Prescription for Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Georgia

The United States is in the midst of a public health emergency: opioid overdoses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatalities from opioid overdoses reached an all- time high last year and is almost equal to fatalities from motor vehicle crashes.

Georgia ranks 11th among states with the highest number of opioid related fatalities, and increased tenfold between 1999 and 2014.

Panelists will describe federal laws regulating opioids and explore state legal interventions to address this crisis, including increasing awareness of medical amnesty and naloxone laws and improving the prescription drug-monitoring program, as well as considering the pitfalls and opportunities for potential litigation. Two regular CLE Credits will be applied for.

The Panelists

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Taxes Under Trump: What We Know & What It Means for Lawyers and Their Clients

A cornerstone of Donald Trump's presidential campaign was tax reform and changes in the tax code have arrived as expected.

The Trump administration's 2018 Tax Reforms are becoming operable, but what exactly will the impact be? What does it mean for professionals? What does it mean for your clients? What does the economy have in store for us? If you don't know the answer to these questions then you don't want to miss this!

The program will provide answers to these questions and offer a unique dual-perspective on the Trump tax plan and where the economy is heading under this president. The program will also discuss the ethical issues that may arise when advising your clients on tax matters when tax code changes are fluid and untested. Our experts will provide you a one-stop-shop to prepare yourself and your clients for the future.

Join us and let us help you navigate the latest tax reforms and the changing economy. Regular CLE credits have been applied for. 

Registration: The cost is $50, which covers the CLE credits and other incidentals.

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  • 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26: Liking, Linking & Tweeting: Social Media in Practice
  • 9-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30: Full of Patients But Low on Cash: Managing Conflicts Between Health-Care Needs and Budget Woes: Six years after the passing of the Affordable Care Act, the health care industry faces unique financial concerns, and the upcoming election has the potential to significantly influence health care finance and delivery. Panelists will discuss the impact of the ACA on participating insurers, the complications of the financially distressed providers and patients, and the ethical implications and limitation of representing health care entities. They also will explore differences  between larger urban health systems and smaller rural ones, as well as for profit and not-for-profit institutions. With Georgia leading the country in hospital closures, this session will explore several recent examples as case studies.
    • Speakers: William H. Bolin, Owner and principal of Boling Co.; Samantha R. Johnson (J.D. '03, M.B.A. '14, M.H.A. ’14), senior associate general counsel at Grady Health System; Samuel R. Maizel, partner, Restructing, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Group at Dentons; Professor Jack F. Williams, Georgia State Law
    • Presentations: Rural Health Challenges 2016 and Full of Patients But Low on Cash
    • We have applied for 2 CLE Credits (1 hour of ethics plus one more to be determined)
  • Friday, Dec. 9: Is there an App for Liability? The Practice of Law in a Shared Economy: There seems to be an ever-increasing number of companies entering the shared economy—from Uber to Airbnb to Roadie, these companies are rapidly restructuring how we operate as consumers. Much of the shared economy business model remains an under-regulated Wild West that presents liability landmines in a number of ways. Our panelists will discuss recent cases and emerging issues that examine the tension inherent in regulating the sharing economy including insurance, taxes, and consumer rights. Beyond that, there are ethical issues that lawyers encounter both in advising these clients and participating in the shared economy.
    • Speakers: Kimberly Reeves (J.D. ’13), associate at Carlock Copeland; Michael Manfredi (J.D. ’10), associate at Carlock Copeland; and moderated by Associate Dean Jessica Gabel Cino
    • We have applied for 2 CLE Credits (1 hour of ethics plus one more to be determined)
  • Friday, Jan. 27: The Future of the Affordable Care Act — A Legal Perspective: How to advise health care clients in a time of uncertainty and how are health care entities bracing for the changes.
    • Speakers: Russell Sullivan, partner at McGuire Woods and former staff director for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Kirkland McGhee (J.D. ’85), vice president and senior counsel at Kaiser Permanente, and Charlotte Combre (J.D. ’97), partner at Baker Hostetler; and moderated by Erin Fuse Brown, assistant professor of law
  • Friday, March 3; 9-11 a.m. Immigration Under Fire: Navigating New Laws and Ethics in 2017: This program will review the enacted, enjoined and expected policy changes; legal and other challenges to current immigration practices; and the ethical considerations for immigration lawyers in both corporate and individual immigration spheres.
    • Speakers: Kristin Aquino-Pham (J.D. ’11), associate at Greenberg Traurig; Julie Elgar (J.D. ’00), Georgia Pacific, and Sara Herbek, partner at Olgetree Deakins
    • Moderator: Carolina Antonini (J.D. ’96), partner with Antonini and Cohen Immigration Law Group
  • Friday, March 31: 9-11 a.m. Litigation as a Gun Control Strategy: Litigation isn’t always about money. Sometimes it’s meant to curb practices or save lives. Only a handful of cases have held gun dealers responsible for selling a firearm linked to a crime. Is litigation a promising avenue to saving lives and curbing gun violence? Our panel will tackle both sides of that issue.
    • Speakers: Timothy Lytton, professor at Georgia State Law, Peter Canfield, partner at Jones Day, and John Monroe with Georgia Carry.Org
    • Moderator: Blinn Combs (J.D. ’17)
  • Friday, April 28: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Data Privacy and Security: As lawyers, we have ethical and professional obligations to protect client data. Are you clear on what those obligations are? Confidential data in computer and information systems faces greater security threats today than ever before — and it’s part of your practice to appreciate where the threats come from, what the problems are, how to respond to breaches and how to advise clients on all of these issues. The wealth of confidential data maintained in lawyers’ computers and information systems today makes safeguarding client data part of the regular practice of law. The panel will discuss these professional and ethical issues.