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NBI Seminar – Damages In Personal Injury

Kim Jackson will be speaking at the NBI seminar called Damages in Personal Injury.

I will be giving the Ethics hour presentation at 1:45 in the afternoon.

This is good seminar for plaintiff and defense personal injury attorneys, and the speakers are outstanding.

Don’t miss it.


NBI UM Litigation

I live for CLE! On June 12, 2015, Kim M. Jackson will speak at a CLE sponsored by the National Business Institute.  The seminar is called Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Litigation from A to Z.

Kim will be speaking on two subjects within his areas of practice focus: coverage and legal ethics.

To start the day off, Kim will speak on Difficult Scenarios of Insurance Coverage Litigation.

Afterwards, he will provide the ethics hour of the day in a segment called UM/UIM Ethical Considerations.

Kim is a frequent CLE speaker with both the Georgia ICLE and NBI and is invited by NBI to give seminar presentation multiple times each year.

This will no be the most riveting UM focused seminar you attend in the month of June.  Critics agree, it is better than CATS!  Get your ticket today.


Professionalism and trial practice

Twigs and rocks may … something like that.

A New Jersey appellate Court reversed a trial court decision on the grounds, at least in part, that the plaintiff’s attorney engaged in appropriate name calling, or as the Court put it much more colorfully, “untoward indecorous remarks.”

The case arose out of a motor vehicle incident in which a 17 year old female was let off a bus about .3 miles from her correct stop, and then hit by a drunk driver on the way home.  The drunk driver settled, and the trial continued against the bus company.

Admittedly, there were some other bright line appellate issues, such as the improper use of a “send a message” argument during the compensatory damage part of the trial’s closing.  But the professionalism of the plaintiff’s counsel was a major theme of the opinion that may have influenced a finding of harmful versus non-harmful error.  As the Court said at one point:  “Suggesting counsel’s line of questioning is ‘stupid,’ merely because one disagrees is offensive and unprofessional.  Puerile name-calling is condemned.”

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can get a new trial.


Tough Issues


Lots of ethics issues can be tough to figure out.

Grey areas are real and can be complicated, and the answer can be important to your client or your business.

This story from Oklahoma is not about one of those grey areas.

My advice is unequivocal and simple:  don’t send your client pictures of your genitals.


SuperLawyers Abound

Bovis Kyle Burch & Medlin, LLC had 7 SuperLawyers and 2 Rising Stars for 2015.

In the area of professional liability, Kim M. Jackson was a SuperLawyer and Billy Davis was a Rising Star.


Great ethics and professionalism seminar today

Special thanks to David Lefkowitz of The Lefkowitz Firm for putting on a great seminar at the State Bar of Georgia this morning.

Kim M. Jackson joined the initial panel of the morning, along with Hon. Herbert E. Phipps, Presiding Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals; Hon. Christopher S. Brasher, Judge, Superior Court of Fulton County; and Jonathan W. Hewett, Senior Assistant General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia.

The hypotheticals were interesting, and great panelists and interesting and relevant topics continued all day.  If you need ethics hours, professionalism hours, or any hours because it is March, this is a great seminar each year.


No negligent contempt

What is an appeal worth? In this case, $100 and the removal of a contempt order.

In a story by the Fulton County Daily Report (may require subscription), an attorney that missed an arraignment was fined $100 for contempt of court by the Henry County State Court Judge. The attorney explained that he had calendared the hearing in one electronic devise that, he later realized, did not synch with the calendar on his phone. The Judge found that the attorney had not willfully missed court, but that his conduct was negligent. The Judge found the attorney in contempt and issued a $100 fine.
The attorney appealed.

“I am worth appealing.” – Ben Franklin

The Court of Appeals held that there was no such thing as “negligent contempt” under Georgia law.  Accordingly, the contempt and the fine were reversed.

One lesson from this is to ensure that your multiple electronic calendar devises are properly synchronized.  Missing court can cause your client, and you, problems in both civil and criminal matters.

Kim Jackson Cleans Up The Mess

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