Day 2 of the Georgia Family Law Institute began today with the popular and fast-moving Hot Tips From the Experts. Moderated by Shiel Edlin of Stern and Edlin of Atlanta, 10 lawyers presented 5 minute segments on various current hot topics and practical tips in divorce and family law cases.
The speakers included:
Richard Nolen of Warner, Mayoue, Bates & Nolen of Atlanta on the topic of Stick With What Works.
Stephen Steele of Marietta on Statistics of Divorce
Tina Shadix Roddenberry of Kidd & Vaughan of Atlanta on the topic of Cell Phone Tower Tracking and Integrating Third Party Discovery.
Scot Krauter of Savage, Turner, Pinson & Karsman of Savannah on Personal Injury Proceeds in Divorce.
Jonathan Levine of Levine and Smith in Atlanta on How to Seal the Deal.
Karen Brown Williams of Atlanta on How to Keep the Guardian ad Litem From Killing your Case.
Seth Harp of Columbus on Railroad retirement Benefits Division in Divorce.
Frank DeVincent of Davis, Matthews & Quigley in Atlanta on Waiver and Presentation of Attorney-Client Privilege.
Jonathan Tuggle of Warner, Mayoue, Bates and Nolen of Atlanta on the subject of Virtual Visitation.
Carol Ann Walker of Gainesville on the use of Requests for Admissions in Domestic Cases.
The next presentation was a fun, game-show style "Are You Smarter Than an Appellate Judge?" Jeanney Kutner of Atlanta took on the jeff Foxworthy role with Mary Beth Hebert of Atlanta as the contestant. Susan Hurst of Bogart and Bogart in Atlanta served as "explainer" and a panel of judges from the Georgia Court of Appeals (Chief Judge Anne Elzabeth Barnes, Judge John Ruffin, and Judge J.D. Smith) and Superior Court of Fulton County Family Division (judge Cynthia Wright, Judge Gail Tusan, and Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane), served in the stead of the "5th graders" from the show with the similar name and format.
University of Georgia School of Law professor and dean, Paul Kurtz, took us back to law school and educated us about three particular Uniform Family Laws in Georgia: Opportunity Awaits. He discussed the Uniform Interstate Enforcement of Domestic Violence Protective Orders Act, the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act, and the Uniform Premarital Agreements Act.
Finally, a panel consisting of Judge Jeffrey Bagley of the Superior Court of Forsyth County in Cumming, Rebecca Crumrine of Davis, Matthews & Quigley of Atlanta, Leigh Cummings of Warner, Mayoue, Bates & Nolen of Atlanta, and Paula Frederick of the Office of General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia, all spoke on the topic of Attorney’s Fees in Domestic Relations Cases: Ethics and Practice.