Category Archives: Seminars

Urgent Legal Matters At Sea

India Brantley and O.V. Brantley cruising through the Tracey Arm Fjord.

One of the most pleasurable ways to get your continuing legal education hours is to take one of the State Bar cruises. My daughter India and  I  took the State Bar cruise to Alaska on the Celebrity Infinity in June. The CLE schedule was arranged so that there was plenty of time for sightseeing and other activities. There was time for interaction with other lawyers, so I met people from around the state who I probably would have never met.

I understand there is a cruise to the Caribbean in the fall. You may want to check it out. If you must get CLE credits, you might as well have fun while doing it. As an added bonus, it is probably tax deductible.

For the workaholics who read my blog, a CLE cruise is a great way for you to take a break and still be working!

City and County Attorneys Gather in Athens

City and County Attorneys will gather in Athens, Georgia September 8, 2011, for the 58th Institute for City and County Attorneys. The two-day program includes a broad array of subjects of interest to city and county attorneys.

The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) will update participants on recent laws passed by the legislature. The program also includes updates on emerging trends and provides participants with an opportunity to network with colleagues from around the state.

The Thursday night reception is always a big hit because it provides an opportunity to seek informal advice from colleagues in a relaxed setting. I look forward to seeing you there.

Update on the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution

Yesterday, Shinji Morokuma, Director of the Georgia Office of Conflict Resolution, spoke at a Brown Bag Luncheon sponsored by Conflict Resolution Academy. He gave a brief overview of the office and discussed some of the budgetary issues facing the office. The office is transitioning to a membership organization in order to become financially self-supporting and will offer member benefits such as group insurance.

 However, Mr. Morokuma was upbeat about the future of the mediation field and about Office of Dispute Resolution. He asked all who had suggestions about the future of the office too feel free to contact him at

City/County Attorneys Gather For 57th Institute

The City and County Attorneys of Georgia will gather for the 57th Annual Institute for City and County Attorneys September 16th and 17th. This  event is the highlight of the continuing legal education year for city and county attorneys. It will be held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens. 

Karen Thomas

Gwinnett County Attorney  Karen G. Thomas is the seminar chair this year. She has put together an informative program that includes the following topics:

• After the Census:  Local Option Sales Tax and Service Delivery Strategy Act
• Property Tax Update
• Property Tax Issues in the Courts
• Summary of §1983 Law and Ratification as an Exception to the Causation Requirement
• Telecommunications Issues Confronting Georgia Local Governments
• Attorneys and “It”:  The Consequences of Not Taking “It” Seriously
• Legislative Update
• Judicial Update
• Massage Parlor Ordinances
• The Voting Rights Act and the Redistricting Process Following the 2010 Census
• Ethics for City and County Attorneys
• Professionalism in Dealing with the Legislative Process
• Open Records/Email
• Social Networking Technology and Its Labor and Employment Law Ramifications

The program qualifies for 12 CLE Hours including 1 Ethics Hour, 1 Professionalism Hour and 3 Trial Practice Hours. For additional information and to register for this program, visit the ICLE website at

State Bar Announces 4th Annual Arbitration Institute

The State Bar of Georgia  has announced the details of the Fourth Annual Arbitration Institute. It will be held Friday, August 20, 2010 at the State Bar Headquarters, 104 Marietta Street, Atlanta.

The seminar chair is  Joan C. Grafstein. She has put together an informative  program that  includes:

• Developments in Arbitration Law
• Business to Business Arbitration:  Where Does It Stand and Where Do We Go from Here?
• Arbitration Ethics and Other Sources of Possible Embarrassment for Arbitrators and Counsel
• What to do When:  How Experienced Commercial Arbitrators Deal with Challenging and Recurring Problems that Arise During Arbitration

The program qualifies for 6 CLE Hours including 1 Ethics Hour, 1 Professionalism Hour and 6 Trial Practice Hours. For additional information and to register for this program, visit the ICLE website at

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