Delayed Justice: The Current Landscape of Civil Litigation

Georgia State University Law Review Symposium

Friday, February 7, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Alston & Bird, 1201 West Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309

The Georgia State University College of Law will hold a one-day symposium to examine the current litigation landscape in Georgia and foster discussion of future changes. The nature of litigation has changed: most cases end in settlement; pleading requirements have grown more stringent; and, focus has shifted to alternative dispute resolution, mediation, and negotiation. At the same time, litigants face overcrowded court dockets, exorbitant litigation costs, and lengthy case disposition times. This landscape creates challenges not only for litigants and the attorneys representing them but also for the courts, at both the trial and appellate level. Panel discussions may include the effectiveness of the Georgia Civil Practice Act, efficient delivery of judicial services, court reorganization, heightened pleading standards, appellate reform, and the efficacy of ADR. Within the discussion of these topics, we will address the impact of these issues specifically in Georgia, while also adopting a comparative perspective by exploring approaches other judicial systems have taken in response to these issues.

CLE credit is available for registrants through the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome by Dean Steven J. Kaminshine, Georgia State University College of Law

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Challenges in the Trial Courts

  • Nicole G. Iannarone, Professor, Georgia State University College of Law, Moderator
  • Emmet J. Bondurant, Partner, Bondurant Mixson & Elmore
  • Hon. James Randal Hall, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia
  • Lynn M. Roberson, Partner, Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers
  • Hon. Lawton E. Stephens, Judge, Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Keynote by Hon. Harold D. Melton, Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Challenges in the Appellate Courts

  • Michael B. Terry, Partner, Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, Moderator
  • Robert P. Marcovitch, Of Counsel, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial
  • Hon. Christopher J. McFadden, Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Hon. Carla Wong McMillian, Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Kyle G.A. Wallace, Partner, Alston & Bird

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Emerging Forums and Courts of the 21st Century

  • Douglas H. Yarn, Professor, Georgia State University College of Law, Moderator
  • Neal S. Berinhout, Associate General Counsel, AT&T
  • Raymond D. Fortin, General Counsel, SunTrust Bank
  • Megan K. Johnson, Staff Attorney, Business Court, Superior Court of Fulton County

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

For more information, please contact Symposium Editors Michael McLaughlin and Lindsay Anglin at .

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