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									                                       Council of

                                             State Court Judges

Volume 10, Issue 2                                                                                                      Fall 2004

All About the Council
Our condolences go out to Judge              this year. They are: Judge Ogden            Litigation for Younger Lawyers" in
Brown-Reynolds (Fulton) on the pass-         Doremus (Candler), Judge Michael            Atlanta on April 23rd. Judge Mather
ing of her mother and to Judge               Bankston (Mitchell), Judge William          (Fulton) was a panelist discussing Trial
William Todd, Jr. (Rockdale) on the          Todd (Rockdale), Judge Lisa Gross           Tactics In Reference To Emergencies to
passing of his father. Our condolences       (Screven), Judge Earl McRae                 attendees at the Institute for Continuing
also go out to the family of former State    (Coffee), Judge Mike Thomas                 Legal Education’s (ICLE) program
Court Judge George E. Oliver                 (Miller), Judge Alton Adams                 "Urgent Legal Matters" at Sea Island on
(Chatham) on his passing. The Council        (Stephens), and Judge Mike Fennessy         September 4th.
would also like to send best wishes to       (Bankston). Chief Judge Howard
Judge Gibson (Ware) for a speedy             Cook (Gwinnett) and Chief Judge             "…and we have to draw the line some-
recovery from his hospitalization, and       Robins (DeKalb) will be taking Senior       where." – message on Chief Judge
to Judge Daniel (Burke) for a healthy        Status while the rest will pursue other     Prather’s (Muscogee) fax after he had
springback from his broken leg.              endeavors.                                  to turn it off due to "… an Atlanta
                                                                                         lawyer’s…" attempt to fax a 54 page
Congratulations and welcome to our           Congratulations to Judge Lawrence           document through his machine.
newest members, Judges J. Kelly              (Clarke) who has been appointed to the
Brooks (Charlton), Samuel C. Finster         National Drug Court Institute faculty       If you have information about yourself
(Chattooga), Judd Drake (Candler),           and who conducted training at their         or your fellow Council members, please
Hermann Coolidge, Jr. (Chatham),             annual conference this summer in            call Stephan to let him know for future
Robert Preston (Coffee), Barbara J.          Milwaukee, WI.                              editions of the newsletter.
Mobley (DeKalb), Randy Rich
(Gwinnett), Danny Shepard (Miller),          Judge Gordon (DeKalb) spoke on
Richard Waters, Jr. (Mitchell), Nancy        What Jurors Really Think of Lawyers to           Check Out Our New
Bills (Rockdale), Grady Reddick              attendees at the Atlanta Bar
(Screven), James Irvin (Stephens), and       Association’s Litigation Section’s meet-
                                                                                            Feature: Judge Profiles
Russ Barnes (Sumter), who are fea-           ing in Atlanta on April 9th. Judge                  on Page 10!
tured on page 4.                             Wong (DeKalb) spoke on Jury
                                             Selection and Other Issues – A
The Council would like to give a fond
farewell to those respected jurists who
                                             Perspective from the Bench to attendees
                                             at the Institute for Continuing Legal
                                                                                          What’s Inside
will be leaving the bench at the end of      Education’s (ICLE) program "Civil             Mock Trial Season Review pg 2
                                                                                           Meet the New Judges         pg 3

Technology Notice                                                                          Judge for the Day
                                                                                           Fall Conference
                                                                                                                       pg 6

If anyone is interested in joining in dis-   Studdard are investigating hosting of           Committee Meetings        pg 8
cussing substantive legal issues that        this exchange either by listserv (general     Fall Conference
might come up in your court on any           email discussion group) or by reactiva-         Education Agenda          pg 9
given day with your colleagues, please       tion of Sidebar (allows threaded discus-      Judge Profiles              pg 12
send Judge Studdard an email at bstud-       sion). Once the decision has been
                                                                                           Appellate Reception                         made, the system will be set up and
                                                                                            Pictures                   pg 14
    Judge Iannazzone and Judge               notification will be made.
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Mock Trial 2004 Season Review
         he Mock Trial program had a         (Cherokee) for the Canton region,          endeavor. The hosting of this event will
         busy and exciting 2004 season.      Judges Edward Carriere (DeKalb) and        highlight the mock trial program and its
         The regional competitions were      Wayne Purdom (DeKalb) for the              sponsors at the national level. Please
held around the state in February. The       Decatur region, Judge Henry Newkirk        support the committee!
winning teams from these fifteen             (Fulton) for the Atlanta region, Judges        If you have any questions or com-
regions congregated at the State Finals,     Bob Mock (Gwinnett) and Pam South          ments about GA High School Mock
held at the Gwinnett Justice and             (Gwinnett) for the Lawrenceville           Trial, contact Stacy Rieke at (404) 527-
Administration Center in Lawrenceville       region, Judge Susan Forsling (Fulton)      8779,, or visit the
on March 13 & 14. After the prelimi-         for the Metro Atlanta region, and Judge    website at
nary rounds, the teams from Jonesboro        Greg Fowler (Chatham) for the                  My apologies to anyone whose
High School (Jonesboro), Grady High          Southeast Georgia region.                  name was left out of this article who
School (Atlanta), Clarke Central High            Judge Robert McDuff, Judge Irma        participated in Mock Trial.
School (Athens), and Lee County High         Glover, Judge Kathryn Tanksley, Judge
School (Leesburg) remained as the            Roland Castellanos, and Judge
semi-finalists. Following the elimina-       Bridgette Campbell, all from the State
tion of two teams, the two finalist spots    Court of Cobb County, presided during
                                                                                        2005 Season
belonged to Jonesboro and Clarke             the Cobb Regional competition.             Competition Dates
Central, and eventually Clarke Central           Attorney coaches were Judge John
came out in the end as the 2004 State        Carbo (Clayton) for Jonesboro High
                                                                                        Mark Your Calendar Now For
Champion. Presiding Justice Leah             School, Judge Douglas Gibson (Ware)
                                                                                        These Important 2005 Mock Trial
Ward Sears, Supreme Court of Georgia,        for Ware Magnet School, and Chief          Season Dates:
and Judge Cynthia J. Becker of the           Judge Melodie Clayton (Cobb) for the
DeKalb County Superior Court presided        Walker School. Special thanks to all of    Team Registration Deadline:
during the final round of competition.       our judges who took part in the events     Friday, October 1, 2004
    Clarke Central went on to represent      this year.
the state of Georgia at the National             State Court Judges who volunteer to    Law Academy Registration
Mock Trial Tournament, held on May 7         serve on a mock trial regional coordi-     Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2004
& 8 in Orlando. Out of the 44 teams          nating team may assist the coordinator
competing from all over the country,         with any or all of the following: secure   Regional Competitions:
Clarke Central placed 23rd.                  the trial site for day of competition,     (only one date will affect your
Several of our judges participated in the    recruit presiding judges and/or attorney   region):
Mock Trial competitions this year.           evaluators, oversee the orientation of     Weekend #1: 18/19 February 2005
                                             judges and evaluators prior to each        Weekend #2: 25-26 February 2005
    Judge Edward Carriere (DeKalb)
served as Presiding Judge at the nation-     round of competition, and serve as pre-
                                                                                        State Finals: March 11 & 12, 2005
al competition, as well as at state finals   siding judge during competition rounds
with Judges Kent Lawrence (Clarke),          as needed.
                                                                                        National Tournament (Charlotte,
Henry Newkirk (Fulton), and Toby                 The GA High School Mock Trial
                                                                                        NC): May 4-8, 2005
Prodgers (Cobb).                             Committee wishes to announce its
    Assisting in regional organization       intention to place a bid in Charlotte,
were Judges Linda Cowen (Clayton)            North Carolina in May, 2005 to host the
and Morris Braswell (Clayton) for the        National High School Mock Trial
Southern Crescent region, Judges Bill        Tournament in Atlanta in 2008. The
Adams (Bibb) and Bob Richardson              event is scheduled to be held on May 8-
(Houston) for the Central Georgia            11, 2008, with the tournament being
region, Judge Kent Lawrence (Clarke)         held on May 9 & 10. The committee is         Please
for the Northeast Georgia region, Judge
Toby Prodgers (Cobb) for the Cobb
                                             very hopeful that they will receive the
                                             courthouse space needed and asks for
County region, Judge C.J. Gober              the support of the Council in this
State Court Judges Newsletter                                                                                                Page 3

Welcome the New Judges!
Randy Rich (Gwinnett)                         Nancy Bills (Rockdale)                         United Way Advisory Board, is a found-

R                                             N
         andy is 37 years old, and grew                 ancy attended the University of      ing member of Project Renewal, the
         up in Snellville, Georgia.                     Georgia for both undergraduate       local domestic violence intervention
         Randy is a graduate of the                     and law school. She was an           program and is a volunteer with the
University of Georgia and Georgia State       Assistant District Attorney with the           Truancy Intervention Program.
                      University College      Rockdale Judicial Circuit for over ten             Nancy loves to travel, exercise and
                      of Law, where he        years during which time she served as          read in her spare time.
                      graduated with hon-                           the Solicitor of State       Judge Bills will take office on
                      ors. Randy prac-                              Court and the Chief      January 1, 2005.
                      ticed law in the law                          Assistant District
                      firm of Rich &                                Attorney. She has        J. Kelly Brooks (Charlton)

                      Smith in                                      been in private prac-              elly was born on November 19,
                      Lawrenceville for                             tice with Gentry &                 1962 in Jacksonville, Florida,
                      12 years and han-                             Waldrop, which                     but came home from the hospi-
dled litigation for the firm.                                       became Walker &          tal to comfortable confines of Charlton
    Randy is married to Bonnie Rich                                 Waldrop, since she       County, Georgia. In 1980, he graduated
who is also an attorney, formerly with        left the District Attorney's Office. Her       from Charlton County High School and
the Office of General Counsel for             private practice consists of criminal          in 1984 graduated cum laude from
Primarica Life Insurance Company.             defense, family law, juvenile and part         Georgia Southern University with a
They have a two year old son Miller,          time Solicitor for the City of Conyers         BBA in Accounting. He is a 1987 grad-
and a 15 week old daughter, Holland.          Municipal Court.                               uate of the University of Georgia
Bonnie is currently a full time mother.           Nancy has been married to her hus-                              School of Law and
Randy and Bonnie are active members           band, Jeff, for fourteen years this                                 passed the Bar
of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in                 February and they have a ten year old                               Exam in February,
Snellville.                                   daughter named Mary Dabney. They                                    1987. After work-
    Randy has taught litigation courses       are active members of Conyers                                       ing in Atlanta for
at Emory (NITA), GSU, and UGA.                Christian Church where Nancy serves                                 two years with an
Randy has also regularly taught litiga-       as the Nursery Director.                                            international
tion, courtroom ethics, and advanced              Nancy is a member of the Rockdale                               accounting firm in
evidence at GSU since 1995. Judge             Rotary Club where she has had five                                  its tax division,
Rich will take office on January 1,           years of perfect attendance. She is the        Kelly returned to his home town of
2005.                                         Community Building Chair on the                Folkston, where he worked as an asso-
                                                                                             ciate attorney for John B. Adams from
                                                                                             June 1989 until December 31, 1989.
                                                                                             Since January 1, 1990, Kelly has been a
  Welcome Tracy Powell                                                                       partner with Mr. Adams in the law firm
                                                                                             of Adams & Brooks.

          he Council is pleased to wel-      intern for the Administrative Office of              Since June, 1989, Kelly has been
          come Tracy                         the Courts for the 2003 and 2004 leg-           engaged in the general civil and crimi-
          Powell as                          islative sessions, and is now working           nal practice of law. He also has an
  our new adminis-                           for our Council. Tracy resides in               active probate practice, including estate
  trative assistant.                         Gwinnett County, and looks forward to           planning for small estates.
  Tracy was added to                         graduating with her degree in                        Since 1991, Kelly has been the City
  provide much need-                         December, 2005.                                 Attorney for the City of Folkston. He
  ed help to our staff.                          Tracy can be reached at 404-463-            was an elected member of the Charlton
  Tracy is a senior at                       5400, or at .                  County School Board from 1993
  Georgia State                              Through December, she is in the office          through 1996. Since January, 1997, he
  University, pursuing a B.A. in Political   Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.               has been the attorney for the Charlton
  Science. She worked as a legislative
                                                                                                                      continued pg 4
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Welcome the New Judges! continued
County School Board. Since August,          Chatham County District Attorney’s           Attorney.
1993, he has been Judge of the              Office as an assistant district attorney.        Judd was appointed Chief
Municipal Court of the City of Nahunta.     After two years of prosecutorial work,       Magistrate Court Judge in December of
Since February, 1997, he has been           Hermann left and became a member of          2000 by the Honorable William C.
Judge of the Municipal Court of the         the law firm which became known as           McMillan, Jr., Chief Judge of the
City of Hoboken.                            Ranitz, Mahoney, Coolidge, &                 Superior Court for the Middle Georgia
    Kelly is a member of First Baptist      Maloney. Hermann was a member of             Circuit. His term expires at the end of
Church of Folkston, where he teaches        this firm for over 27 years. In 2001,        this year. Judd has served as President
an adult couples Sunday School class,       Hermann left the firm and became a           of the Metter-Candler County Chamber
serve on the deacon board, chair the        solo practitioner.                           of Commerce and the Metter Rotary
finance committee, and sing in the adult        In addition to the general practice of   Club. He is married to Lee Drake, a
choir. He enjoys spending time with his     law, Hermann has continuously served         second grade teacher at Metter
family, fishing, and broadcasting           for over 23 years in the Municipal           Elementary School. They have two
Charlton County High School Football        Courts of Tybee Island, Thunderbolt,         children: Abby, 6, and Austin, 4. The
games as play by play announcer on the      and presently in Garden City and Port        Drakes are actively involved in the
local radio station. Kelly is married to    Wentworth.                                   Metter United Methodist Church.
his high school sweetheart, Nancy               Hermann is married to Dr. Carol              Judge Drake will take office on
Brock Brooks, a registered nurse cur-       Ann Clark-Coolidge, a plastic surgeon        January 1, 2005.
rently employed by the Charlton County      who is a partner in the firm of Finger
Health Department as a school nurse.        and Associates. Hermann has two chil-        Danny S. Shepard (Miller)

They have three children, Patrick (17),     dren, Elizabeth, age 29, who is a special             anny S. Shepard was born
Thomas (15), and Hannah (12).               education teacher in Rhode Island, and                September 2, 1953, in Colquitt,
    Judge Brooks took office on July 12,    Hermann III, age 26, who is employed                  Georgia. He is married to
2004.                                       at Kennickell Printing Company. Carol        Dawn Phillips Shepard and they have
                                            Ann and Hermann have four Yorkies:                                two children,
Hermann Coolidge, Jr. (Chatham)             Cay, Lukey, Brandy, and Hooksie.                                  Brittany (19) and

         ermann Coolidge, Jr. was born          Judge Coolidge will take office on                            Blake (14). Danny
         in Savannah, Georgia on            January 1, 2005.                                                  is a graduate of
         August 15, 1948. He is the                                                                           Mercer University
son of Martha Coolidge and the late                                                                           with a BA degree in
                     Judge Hermann          Judd Drake (Candler)                                              political science,

                     Coolidge, Sr.,              udd Drake grew up in Candler                                 magna cum laude,
                     United States               County where he graduated from                               in 1975. Danny
                     Bankruptcy Judge            Metter High School. He attended         obtained his Juris Doctor degree in
                     for the Southern                            the University of       1978 from the Walter F. George School
                     District of Georgia.                        Georgia where he        of Law at Mercer. He was a member of
                       Hermann graduat-                          received his under-     the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
                     ed from the                                 graduate degree in          Danny has practiced law in Colquitt,
                     University of                               business. He            Miller County, since 1979. He was a
Georgia with a BA degree in Sociology                            obtained his law        partner in the firm of Rentz & Shepard
in 1970. He enrolled in the Walter F.                            degree from Mercer      until 1999. From 1999 until the present
George School of Law at Mercer                                   University. After       he has been a sole practitioner, engag-
University in the fall of 1970 and grad-                         practicing law in       ing in general civil and criminal prac-
uated in the Spring of 1973. While in       the Atlanta area for two years, Judd         tice, handling both trials and transac-
law school, Hermann was a member of         returned to Candler County to raise his      tions. Danny has served as the County
the Editorial Staff of the Mercer Law       family and opened his law practice. His      Attorney for Miller County from 1981-
Review and President of Phi Alpha           law practice focuses on representing         1996 and from 2001 to the present. He
Delta Legal Fraternity. Upon gradua-        local governments, real estate, wills and    has also been the Judge of the
tion, Hermann returned to Savannah          estate matters, and trial work. He           Municipal Court for the City of Colquitt
where he immediately joined the             presently serves as the Candler County                                  continued pg 5
State Court Judges Newsletter                                                                                               Page 5

Welcome the New Judges! continued
since 1980 and for the City of              Bob Preston (Coffee)                          Sam Finster (Chattooga )

                                            B                                             S
Damascus since 1986. He is a member                  ob Preston is a life long resi-              am Finster was born and raised in
of the State Bar of Georgia and has                  dent of Douglas, Georgia. He                 northwest Georgia. He began
been admitted to practice in the Georgia             and his wife, Norma, married in              law school in Atlanta in 1981.
Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of       1969. They have three children (Bill,         Sam was appointed as the Summerville
Georgia as well as the U.S. District                               Robert, Jr., and       Municipal Court Judge in May of 1986
Courts for the Middle and Northern                                 Ashley) and three                            and has served on
Districts of Georgia. He is also a mem-                            grandchildren.                               that bench consecu-
ber of the Georgia Trial Lawyers                                     Bob received his                           tively for eighteen
Association.                                                       Juris Doctor from                            years.
    Danny is a director and former                                 Mercer University                               Sam has been a
chairman of the Colquitt-Miller County                             in 1966. He was                              member of the
Chamber of Commerce. He and his                                    admitted to the Bar                          Optimist Club and
family are active members of the                                   that year and joined                         is a member of the
Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church          his father, M.L. Preston, in private prac-                          VFW, American
where Danny is a deacon and Sunday          tice in Douglas. His father had started       Legion and Chamber of Commerce. He
School teacher. He enjoys reading and       his 61st year in the private practice of      is also a volunteer with Floyd Heyman
golf. Judge Shepard took office on          law when he passed away in 1991.              Hospice Care and does legal work for
September 9, 2004.                          Bob’s oldest child, Bill, joined him in       their terminally ill patients at no charge.
                                            the practice in 1996.                         He works closely with social workers in
                                                The organizations in which Bob has        that organization.
Richard L. Waters, Jr. (Mitchell)           been or currently is involved include:            Sam is a member of the Trion

        ichard Waters is a partner in the   Member, First Baptist Church of               Heights Baptist Church and is an inac-
        law firm of Powell & Waters in      Douglas for over 50 years, deacon for         tive deacon having been ordained on
        Camilla. He holds both a J.D.       over 30 years, and twice served as            June 27, 1993.
and B.A. from Mercer University. He         Chairman of Deacons fellowship; Past              Sam sponsors HOP (Hooray for Our
                     has served as the      President of Douglas Lions Club;              Progress) program at Summerville
                     Solicitor of the       served on Foundations of South Georgia        Middle School and has done so since its
                     Juvenile Courts of     College and East Central Technical            inception eleven years ago. This pro-
                     Mitchell and Baker     College; Review Panel, State Bar of           gram encourages students to raise their
                     counties since         Georgia; Douglas Rotary Club; Past            grades by one letter grade.
                     1999. He also cur-     President, Waycross Judicial Circuit Bar          Judge Finster took office on July 12,
                     rently serves as the   Association; YMCA local fund raising          2004.
                     Municipal Court        chairman for more than 20 years; Past
                     Judge for the City     Chairperson, local Heart Association;         Barbara Mobley (DeKalb)
of Sale City.                               Coffee County Mental Health                   Barbara, a native of Waynesboro, Burke
    He currently serves on the State        Association; Douglas-Coffee County            County, Georgia, was raised in Tampa,
Board of the Y-Clubs of Georgia. He is      Chamber of Commerce (Past                     Florida. She is married to a school-
member of the Camilla United                Chairman); Advisory Board, SunTrust           mate, Elder James L. Savage, Jr. and
Methodist Church and the Camilla            Bank (Douglas Division).                                          has a daughter and
Rotary Club. He is married to Ginna             The primary areas of Bob’s practice                           three grandchildren.
Waters, also from Camilla, and he has       include insurance defense litigation, real                          Barbara received
two children, Campbell (5) and Max          estate, wills, trust, and estates. The                            her Bachelor of
(2). Judge Waters will take office on       practice represents several Douglas                               Science degree from
January 1, 2005.                            banks and many insurance companies.                               Savannah State
                                                Judge Preston will take office on                             University in
                                            January 1, 2005.                                                  Savannah, Georgia,
                                                                                                              her Master of Social
                                                                                          Work degree from the University of
                                                                                                                  continued pg 13
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Judge for the Day Program

1. Even though your particular county commission handles many issues, the Georgia General Assembly (State Legislature) has a sig-
nificant effect on us. Not only is approval of the legislature (through local legislation) needed for creation of State Court judgeships,
but also legislation is acted upon which directly affects the State Court. Issues legislated that affect us run the gamut from jurisdic-
tional to substantive legal to personal entitlements and benefits (e.g.: salary and retirement).

2. The legislature meets annually for 40 working days, convenes on the second Monday in January and has been adjourning in the
late-March/early-April time frame.
    a. Judge for the Day will operate on Mondays through Thursdays (excluding holidays and recesses), as Friday is a limited day of
    business in which most legislators attempt to get back home for the weekend.
    b. Due to frequent last minute recesses throughout the session, your date might be cancelled/switched and I will let you know at
    the earliest moment if that should happen.

3. The goals of Judge for the Day are for you to:
    a. let all legislators and policy makers (but particularly your county’s delegation and others you already have a relationship with)
    know the Council’s positions on introduced legislation and State Court issues in general.
    b. ensure a State Court presence at key committee meetings (usually Judiciary and Special Judiciary in both the House and
    Senate), including answering questions and testifying if necessary.
    c. network in general to enhance the status of the State Court.

4. Your participation is essential to the betterment of justice through a strong State Court system and Council.


1. Ensure that you confirm your day with the Executive Director as far in advance as possible and, conversely, let the Executive
Director know if there is a problem with an already scheduled appointment.

2. Arrive in the morning on your day and meet with the Executive Director. {EXACT TIME AND LOCATION WILL BE GIVEN

3. You will be given all of the information that you need for the day’s activities, including notes on any positions taken by the
Council, committee meetings, etc.

4. In the morning you will be able to meet with legislators and observe the general session of the House and Senate. After lunch,
you will usually attend committee or sub-committee meetings (usually the House or Senate Judiciary or Special Judiciary, but some-
times others).

5. Upon completion of your day, you are entitled to submit for reimbursement of your per diem (mileage, lunch, parking and lodg-
ing, if necessary). The reimbursement form with instructions can be found on our website at under the Meetings button or I can give you a manual one when I see you.

6. Thanks for your support, and I hope to see you!

Respectfully Yours,

Stephan J Frank, Esq.
Executive Director
State Court Judges Newsletter                                                                                                  Page 7

Judge for the Day Sign-up Sheet
It is imperative that I hear from you as soon as possible so that I can properly schedule in advance. Please check your calendar,
xerox this page, check the appropriate box with accompanying information and fax back to (404) 463-0844 as soon as possible. The
legislature convenes the second Monday in January of each year (which would be January 10th of next year) and is in session for 40
workdays (the 40 days are never consecutive due to holidays and recesses). Just select your choices and, after you are slotted, if
there is a recess, I will let you know as far in advance as possible.

Name ________________________                        County ________________________

_____ I wish to participate in Judge for the Day Program this upcoming legislative session AND will be able to on this date:

First Choice:    ________________________          __________      ____________________________________
                   Month                             Date            Day of the week (ensure it matches date)

Second Choice: ________________________            __________      ____________________________________
                 Month                               Date            Day of the week (ensure it matches date)

Third Choice:    ________________________          __________      ____________________________________
                   Month                             Date            Day of the week (ensure it matches date)

_____ It would be difficult for me to participate in Judge for the Day Program this legislative session, BUT if you cannot get enough
Judges, I will participate (assume if you check this box that you will not participate unless the Executive Director contacts you)

_____ I cannot participate in Judge for the Day Program this legislative session

   Once a schedule has been made (January time frame), I will confirm and send a map to each one of you who I actually lock into
a date. Thank you for your participation, I hope to see you in Atlanta, and best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

                               Please Xerox this page, fill out, and fax to 404-463-0844

                 Judge for the Day 2004 Participants
Page 8                                                                                 State Court Judges Newsletter

Fall Conference Committee Meetings
Jekyll Island Club Hotel • Jekyll Island, GA

Tuesday, October 12, 2004                 Wednesday, October 13, 2004            10:30am – 11:30am
11:30am – 12:30pm                         8:00am – 9:30am                        Benchbook (Judge Purdom)
Budget (Judge Peppers - Chair)            Executive Committee Breakfast          Judges Adams (Bill), Iannazzone,
Judges Carriere, Doremus, Ginsberg        (Judge Carriere - President)           McDuff and Studdard
and Lawrence                              Judges Carney, Clayton, Cole, Edgar,    [Snacks] (Location TBD)
(Location TBD)                            Newkirk, Peppers, Roberts, Salter,
                                          Sams, Slaby, Studdard and Turner       10:30am – 11:30am
2:30pm – 3:30pm                           [Breakfast] (Location TBD)             New Judge Mentoring
Legislative                                                                      (Judge Little - Chair)
(Judges Newkirk and Slaby – Co-Chairs)    8:00am – 9:30am                        Judges Carbo, Castellanos, Clayton,
Judges Braun, Carriere, Castellanos,      Senior Judge Committee                 Cowen, Mikell, Salter, Sams, Todd and
Darden, DelCampo, Dettmering,             (Judge McDuff - Chair)                 Rich Reaves
Doremus, Forsling, Fowler, Gillis,        Judges Carnes, Carpenter, Houston,     [Snacks] (Location TBD)
Ginsberg, Gober, Iannazzone, Jordan,      McDuff, McLaughlin, Pace, Phillips,
Mobley, Smith, Tanksley, Thompson         Slaton, Smith and Ward                 12:00pm
(Al), Wong and Wynne                      [Breakfast] (Location TBD)             MAIN PROGRAM BEGINS
[Snacks] (Location TBD)                                                          FOR THE DAY
                                          9:30am – 10:30am
3:30pm – 4:30pm                           Education (Judge McLaughlin - Chair)   5:00pm
Strategic Planning                        Judges Campbell (Bridgette), Carbo,    MAIN PROGRAM ENDS
(Judge Purdom - Chair)                    Cole, Cook, Hamrick, Jordan, Little,   FOR THE DAY
Judges Braun, Carney, Carriere,           Mock, Purdom, Reeves, Robins, South,
Clayton, Cole, Cook, Doremus,             Studdard and Rich Reaves               5:00pm – 5:30pm
Ginsberg, Iannazzone, Lawrence, Little,   [Snacks] (Location TBD)                Council District Meetings
McDuff, Peppers and Todd                                                         Each district will simply go to a differ-
[Snacks] (Location TBD)                   9:30am – 10:30am                       ent section of the main room, step out-
                                          Probation (Judge Todd - Chair)         side onto the porch or sit in the lobby.
4:30pm – 5:00pm                           Judges Adams (Alton), Bankston,        Each District Chair will let you know at
Nominating (Judge Little - Chair)         Cranford, McClelland and Watkins       the end of the Main Program.
Judges Braun, Carbo, Cole, Doremus,       [Snacks] (Location TBD)
Lawrence and Turner                                                              7:00pm - 9:00pm
(Location TBD)                                                                   Council Dinner (Location TBD)

5:00pm – 5:30pm
Personnel (Judge Cole - Chair)
Judges Carriere, Little and Newkirk
(Location TBD)

         If your name has
     accidentally been left
         off of a particular
     committee, please call
    Stephan at the Council
     office to let him know.
State Court Judges Newsletter                                                                                                Page 9

Fall Conference Education Agenda
                                       Jekyll Island Club Hotel • Jekyll Island, GA
                                                   October 13 - 15, 2004
                                           Topics & Speakers Being Considered
                                           {* = confirmed presenter; # = invited presenter}

Wednesday, October 13, 2004                                          8 am - 9 am (1 hour)
12 noon - 1pm (1 hour)                                               Update: GA Indigent Defense Operations
E-filing Solutions for GA Judges                                     Atty. Mike Mears# or Atty. Jim Martin#
Judge Henry Newkirk* & Mr. Christian Brown*
                                                                     9 am - 10 am (1 hour)
1 pm - 2 pm (1 hour)                                                 Lessons of DUI Drug Court Practice
Contempt of Court in GA                                              Mr. Wes Huddleston*, National Council on Drug Courts
Direct & indirect procedure and right to counsel issues
Georgia Court of Appeals Judge TBA#                                  10 am - 12 noon (2 hours)
                                                                     Probation Alternatives in Sentencing
2 pm - 3 pm (1 hour)                                                 Dr. Kenneth Robinson*, Correctional Counseling, Inc.,
Business Meeting: Council of State Court Judges                      Memphis, TN

3 pm - 4 pm (1 hour)                                                 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (3 hours)
Fraudulent Financial Reporting: Closely Held Business                J&H Immersion: The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living,
Valuations & Reading a Financial Statement                           by author Martin Clark*, a Virginia Circuit Court Judge
Atty. Dennis Gerschick*
                                                                     Friday, October 15, 2004
4 pm - 5 pm (1 hour)                                                 8 am - 9 am (1 hour)
Update: Civil Case Law                                               Case Assistance Exchange
Judge Brenda Cole*                                                   Judge Howard Cook*

Thursday, October 14, 2004                                           9 am - 10 am (1 hour)
8 am - 9 am (1 hour)                                                 Update: DUI & Traffic Law
Complex Litigation: Handling Multiple Party Suits                    DMVS Court Liaison Officer*
Judge Gino Brogdon#
                                                                     10 am - 12 pm (2 hours)
9 am - 10 am (1 hour)                                                Update: Criminal Case Law
Judicially Hosted Settlement Conference                              Judge Ben Studdard* {FRI }
Judge Phil Etheridge*                                                including handling SRLs on pleas & at trial

   New Judge                                    2005 Fall Conference Update
                                                  Please note that the dates for the Fall 2005
             Will be held
         December 6-10, 2004                      Conference at Jekyll Island have been changed.
    Institute of Continuing Judicial              The conference will now be held from October
         Education, Athens, GA                    19 – 21, 2005, at the Jekyll Island Club, instead
              More details                        of the prior dates of October 12 – 14, 2005.
         to follow from ICJE.
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Remember the Last Time We Were at Jekyll?

                            There Were

     There Was Entertainment!
                                         President Carriere Welcomed New Judges

                                                               There Was
                                                               Good Food!
             There Was Learning!
State Court Judges Newsletter                                       Page 11

Remember the Last Time We Were at Jekyll?

                                            There was

                                There Was a Good Time Had By All!
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                                  NEW FEATURE
This new section aims to personalize our Council newsletter and to help our judges learn more about each
other. We hope that this new section will add to the camaraderie amongst our judges.

Judge Maureen Gottfried, State Court of Muscogee County

     was born in Washington, D.C. and        time to do so.                                organization does, and the opportunities
     my family moved to the Atlanta              My father has gotten into the habit       it provides outside the time at the physi-
     area when I was six. I moved to         of taking us all on a family vacation.        cal centers. It provides a safe environ-
Columbus in 1986 when I finished law         With my siblings, their spouses, and          ment for the girls to learn, grow, and
school at the University of Georgia          their kids, that group runs about 40. We      just spend time. But, it also reaches
School of Law. When I entered law            have done Cape Cod, an Alaskan cruise,        beyond that time, and encourages them
school, I thought that I wanted to go        and a trip to Canada. The best was            to try new things, to think outside the
into Corporate law, but, after participat-   probably a two-week tour of Ireland,          box, and to believe in themselves.
ing in the Prosecutorial Clinic, I                    which included a stay at a
decided to go into prosecution. I
was hired by then Solicitor Andy
                                                      manor house that is part of our
                                                      ancestry, and is still run by dis-     Strategic
Prather, and expected to remain
in Columbus for a year so, and
                                                      tant relatives. The most amaz-
                                                      ing part was that there were 40
then return to Atlanta, and my
family. Instead, I got two family
                                                      of us going around the country
                                                      in a chartered bus, and we all
members to relocate to the                            got along!!
                                                                                             Judge Purdom and the Strategic
Columbus area.                                         One of my more interesting
                                                                                             Planning Committee are busy at
    I am one of ten children, nine of        legal experiences was sitting as a juror
                                                                                             work and now seek to focus on pub-
whom are still living. My husband            in a wrongful death suit. The issue of
                                                                                             lic information and public relations
George and I have three of our own –         negligence was complicated by the fact
                                                                                             of the State Court bench. One
Colleen Byrne is 9, Claire Ann is 7, and     that a husband was suing a bus driver
                                                                                             prominent example is the fantastic
George John IV is 5. Hobbies?? Are           for the State of Georgia in his own
                                                                                             work of Judge Lawrence and the
you serious?? Actually, we are a soccer      capacity, and as the guardian of his
                                                                                             Mock Trial Committee in enhancing
family. All three kids are playing, and I    minor child over the death of his wife
                                                                                             the State Court bench by our signifi-
have been coaching for 5 years. The          and the child’s mother. It was further
                                                                                             cant participation in and funding of
last couple of seasons, I was coaching       complicated since the case involved the
                                                                                             the State Bar’s Younger Lawyer
two teams, but I am cutting back to just     question of contributory negligence by
                                                                                             Division’s High School Mock Trial
one team this season. I have been play-      the father, and its effect on and award to
ing soccer since the 4th grade, when the     the daughter. According to the Court of
                                                                                                  Your input is encouraged on any
Y leagues first started offering soccer      Appeals in Mathews v. Douberley, 207
                                                                                             program that you are facilitating in
for girls. I started playing again with      Ga App. 578, we actually got it right.
                                                                                             your jurisdiction that enhances your
the Columbus Adult Soccer Association,       But, the most interesting part was see-
                                                                                             court and/or yourself. Furthermore,
taking time off for pregnancies! My          ing how a jury interacted and communi-
                                                                                             any suggestions in general that you
husband and I played together in a co-       cated.
                                                                                             might have for this initiative would
ed league this summer. I am also the             I am active in my Church’s Parish
                                                                                             be most welcome. Please contact
President of the Columbus Youth              Council, and am just finishing up my
                                                                                             Judge Purdom at wpurdom@ran-
Soccer Association. Other than that, in      term as President of the Columbus Bar
                                                                                    or drop him a letter at
my "spare" time, I will read anything        Association, Inc. I spent 11 years on
                                                                                             Judge Wayne Purdom, State Court of
that I can get my hands on, and do some      the Board of Girl’s, Inc. including a
                                                                                             DeKalb County, 556 N. McDonough
limited knitting and needle work. I love     term as President. I have long been
                                                                                             Street, Decatur, GA 30030.
to cook, and just wish that I had more       impressed with the work that that
State Court Judges Newsletter                                                                                        Page 13

                          JUDGE PROFILES
Judge Toby Prodgers, State Court of Cobb County

            y family and I live in Cobb    the infantry. When I was separated          too much TV.
            County. My wife, Cynde,        from active duty in 1970 I came to              On the professional side, my hero is
            and I have two grown daugh-    Cobb County because my family had           former Chief Justice of Georgia, Hiram
ters, Katie and Molly, and two grown       retired here. I have been in Cobb           Undercofler, for whom I had the privi-
cats, Mooshie and Pooshie.                         County ever since. Cynde and I      lege to clerk. He had great respect for
Katie is currently living in                       met here in 1974 and were mar-      lawyers and the legal profession. He
Seattle and having a great                         ried in 1976.                       believed that it is more important for
adventure. Molly will graduate                       Thomas Hardy is one of my         judges to listen than to talk. He
from Georgia Law School in                         many "historical (non-legal)"       believed in brevity and clarity.
2005. Pooshie is an outdoor cat                    heroes. He is, in my opinion, the       As to my affirmed opinions, they all
who behaves herself and                            greatest English language author    hold special significance for me. As to
Mooshie is an indoor cat who                       ever. He was one of the first       my reversals, well, the Court of Appeals
doesn’t.                                           writers to look at life from the    cannot always get it right.
    I grew up in the military                      perspective of a female heroine.        I have had the privilege to be
and figure I have lived about ten per-     I believe that Tess of the d’Urbervilles    involved in many civic, charitable, and
cent of my life outside the country. I     changed the world.                          professional organizations which I have
graduated from college in 1968 right in        I jog, but not obsessively, and play    fooled into letting me serve in various
the middle of the post-Tet offensive       golf once in a while. But my favorite       leadership capacities. All have been
military buildup, so despite my great      hobbies are hanging out with Cynde,         worthwhile and fulfilling to me.
intelligence and good looks I was draft-   going to movies, visiting places and
ed and sent to Vietnam as a rifleman in    being with the kids. I deny that I watch

Welcome the New Judges! continued
Illinois Jane Addams School of Social      on the boards of several non-profit         Grady K. Reddick (Screven)
Work, and her Juris Doctor from            organizations.
Southern Methodist University School           Judge Mobley will take office on                            Biography not
of Law in Dallas, Texas. She is an         January 1, 2005.                                                available at this
attorney and has served as a Georgia                                                                       time.
State Representative since 1993. While     Russ Barnes (Sumter )                                           Judge Reddick will
a State Representative, she served on                                                                      take office on
the Judiciary, Special Judiciary, Public                       Biography not                               January 1, 2005.
Safety and Higher Education                                    available at this
Committees. Barbara chaired the                                time.
House Ethics Committee and served as                           Judge Barnes will
the Historian for the Georgia                                  take office on          James T. Irvin (Stephens)
Legislative Black Caucus.                                      January 1, 2005.
     Barbara is a member of the DeKalb                                                                     Biography not
Lawyers Association and the State Bar                                                                      available at this
of Georgia. A trustee at Greenforest                                                                       time.
Community Baptist Church in Decatur,                                                                       Judge Irvin will
Barbara also serves as chair of the                                                                        take office on
Greenforest International Missions                                                                         January 1, 2005.
Team. A true public servant, she serves
Page 14                State Court Judges Newsletter

          Appellate Reception
                             nother successful Appellate
                             Reception was held this past
                             June in conjunction with the
                   State Bar’s Annual Meeting in
                   Orlando, FL. Initiated some years
                   ago to honor the Justices and Judges
                   whom the Council members deliver
                   their wisdom to, this years’ gathering
                   featured a great turnout and a good
                   time had by all.
                       Not only did we have such hon-
                   orees as Chief Justice Norman
                   Fletcher and Justice George Carley of
                   the Supreme Court, Chief Judge J.D.
                   Smith and Presiding Judge Gary
                   Andrews of the Court of Appeals
                   among others, but also we had a sig-
                   nificant turnout amongst State Court
                       We look forward to seeing you at
                   next year’s Appellate Reception in
State Court Judges Newsletter   Page 15

 Orlando, Florida

How to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket
A senior citizen gets pulled over for                     and stole a lot of money.                   Police Sergeant: Yes, could you open
speeding...                                                                                           the trunk of your car, please.
                                                          Officer: You what?
Senior Citizen: Is there a problem,                                                                   The senior citizen opens the trunk,
Officer?                                                  Senior Citizen: The bags of money and       revealing nothing but a spare tire.
                                                          the weapons that I used are in the trunk
Officer: Yes, you were speeding. Can I                    if you want to see.                         Police Sergeant: Is this your car?
see your license please?
                                                          The Officer looks at the senior citizen     Senior Citizen: Yes, here are the regis-
Senior Citizen: I'd give it to you but I                  and slowly backs away to his car and        tration papers.
don't have one.                                           calls for back up. Within minutes 5
                                                          police cars circle the car. A police ser-   The Police Sergeant is quite stunned.
Officer: Don't have one?                                  geant slowly approaches the car, clasp-
                                                          ing his half drawn gun.                     Police Sergeant: The officer also claims
Senior Citizen: Lost it, 4 years ago for                                                              that you do not have a driver's license.
drunk driving.                                            Police Sergeant: Could you step out of
                                                          your vehicle please!                        The senior citizen pulls out a driver’s
Officer: I see... Can I see your vehicle                                                              license and hands it to the Police
registration papers please.                               The senior citizen steps out of the vehi-   Sergeant. The Police Sergeant exam-
                                                          cle.                                        ines the license. He looks quite puzzled.
Senior Citizen: I can't do that.
                                                          Senior Citizen: Is there a problem sir?     Police Sergeant: Thank you, but the
Officer: Why not?                                                                                     officer told me that you didn't have a
                                                          Police Sergeant: One of my officers         license, that you stole this car, and that
Senior Citizen: I stole this car.                         told me that you have stolen this car, do   you committed an armed bank robbery.
                                                          not have a license and that you commit-
Officer: Stole it?                                        ted an armed bank robbery.                  Senior Citizen: I bet that liar told you I
                                                                                                      was speeding too!
Senior Citizen: Yes, and I robbed a bank                  Senior Citizen: Armed bank robbery?

                          Council of State Court Judges
                                  244 Washington Street, Suite 300
                                       Atlanta, GA 30334

                         EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
    President                       District 1
    DeKalb County                   Bryan County
                                  JUDGE SAM EDGAR
                                    District 2
                                    Bacon County
    Dougherty County
                                  JUDGE KELLY D. TURNER
  CHIEF JUDGE BEN STUDDARD         District 3
   Secretary                       Lowndes County
   Henry County
                                  JUDGE FLETCHER SAMS
  JUDGE BRENDA COLE                 District 4
   Treasurer                        Fayette County
    Fulton County                 JUDGE RICHARD SLABY
                                    District 5
   Immediate Past President
   Cobb County                    JUDGE JOSEPH IANNAZZONE
                                    District 6
                                    Gwinnett County
                                  JUDGE HENRY M. NEWKIRK
                                    District 7
  STEPHAN J. FRANK                  Fulton County
    Executive Director            JUDGE DONNY PEPPERS
                                    District 8
  TRACY POWELL                      Walker County
   Administrative Assistant
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