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Institute for City and County Attorneys

CLE Hours: 12 including 12 General, 1 Ethics, 1 Professionalism, 3 Trial Practice

Ethics |  Professionalism |  Trial Practice
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel - Athens, Georgia

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  • Speakers, session times and credit hours are subject to change.
  • Ethics | Professionalism | Trial Practice


  • Jessica W. O'Connor, Program Co-Chair; City Manager, City of Griffin, Griffin, GA

    DECEMBER 13, 2023

  • 7:30

  • 8:00
  • Introduction
  • Damon E. Elmore, Executive Director, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

  • 8:05
  • Welcome and Program Overview
  • Jessica W. O'Connor

  • 8:10
  • Legislative Update
  • Ryan R. Bowersox, Assistant General Counsel, Georgia Municipal Association, Atlanta, GA
  • Larry W. Ramsey, Jr., General Counsel, Association County Commissioners of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

  • 9:10
  • Judicial Update
  • James E. “Jim” Elliott, Jr., Of Counsel, Butler Snow LLP, Macon, GA

  • 10:10

  • 10:25
  • Petition/Referendum Process for Cities and Counties – Camden County and Kemp Cases
  • Pearson K. Cunningham, Hall Booth Smith PC, Atlanta, GA
  • Rusi C. Patel, General Counsel, Georgia Municipal Association, Atlanta, GA

  • 11:10
  • Planning Commission – Board of Zoning Appeals – HB 1405 Update Trial Practice CLE Hour
  • Kirk R. Fjelstul, Counsel, Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP, Atlanta, GA

  • 12:10
  • Lunch

  • 1:10
  • Business Meeting of the Local Government Law Section

  • 1:30
  • Debate and Decorum During Meetings
  • Viviane H. Ernstes, Deputy County Attorney, DeKalb County Law Department, Decatur, GA

  • 2:00
  • Affirmative Action for Local Government and Employment Issues in Light of Harvard Decision
  • Hon. Leah Ward Sears, Partner, Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP; Former Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

  • 2:30
  • Break

  • 2:45
  • Professional Responsibility in Using AI Professionalism CLE Hour
  • Alanna G. Clair, Partner, Dentons US LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Sarah Hannah Phillips, Senior Managing Associate, Atlanta, GA

  • 3:45
    Sharing Economy for Housing Becoming Multi-Family – Update (PadSplit)
    Angela C. Couch, Partner, Carothers & Mitchell LLC; Assistant City Attorney, City of Lilburn; Assistant City Solicitor, City of Lilburn and City of Johns Creek; City Solicitor, City of Berkeley Lake and City of Stone Mountain, Buford, GA
    Hon. L’Erin B. Wiggins, Chief Judge, Cities of Pine Lake and Stone Mountain; Attorney, L F Barnes Law, LLC, Atlanta, GA

  • 4:15
  • Recess

    DECEMBER 14, 2023

  • 7:30

  • 8:00
  • Greeting
  • Program Co-Chair TBD

  • 8:05
  • Regulatory Fees – Alcohol License Fees
  • John M. Hawkins, Athens-Clarke County Attorney's Office, Athens, GA

  • 8:35
  • Elections Issues – Ballots; Under Seal; Preparing for 2024
  • Hon. Jonathan R. Fordham, Judge, Bleckley County Probate Court, Cochran, GA
  • Karen Pachuta, Associate, Jarrard & Davis, LLP, Cumming, GA

  • 9:35
  • Rivian – Impact on Bond Transactions and Economic Development
  • Thomas P. “Tom” Lauth, Partner, Kutak Rock LLP, Atlanta

  • 10:05
  • Break

  • 10:20
  • Ethics: Who is Your Client? Ethics CLE Hour
  • William D. “Bill” NeSmith, III, Deputy General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

  • 11:20
  • Homelessness – Legal Issues (with virtual appearances)
  • Hon. Judge Lisa G. Colbert, Judge, Chatham County Superior Court, Savannah, GA
  • Matt Wechter, Supervising Attorney, San Diego Public Defender, San Diego, CA

  • 12:05
  • Lunch

  • 1:05
  • Appellate Practice after the Superior and State Court Appellate Practice Act Trial Practice CLE Hour
  • Darron J. Enns, Assistant General Counsel, Judicial Council of Georgia / Administrative Office of the Courts, Atlanta, GA
  • Hon. Gary E. Jackson, Judge, City of Atlanta Municipal Court, Atlanta, GA
  • Hon. Christopher J. McFadden, Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta, GA

  • 2:05
  • Break

  • 2:20
  • Labor Issues for Public Safety Personnel and Litigation Trial Practice CLE Hour
  • Rebecca J. “Becky” Dobras, Staff Attorney, DeKalb County Law Department, Decatur, GA
  • Nikisha L. “Niki” McDonald, Staff Attorney, DeKalb County Law Department, Decatur, GA
  • R. David Ware, Partner, Hall Booth Smith PC, Atlanta, GA

  • 3:20
  • Adjourn

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Ms. Megan Nicole Martin Related Seminars and Products

Association County Commissioners of Georgia

Mr. Larry Wayne Ramsey Jr. Related Seminars and Products

Association County Commissioners of Georgia

Hon. Christopher J. McFadden's Profile

Hon. Christopher J. McFadden Related Seminars and Products

Georgia Court of Appeals

Presiding Judge Christopher J. McFadden was elected in November 2010 for a term beginning January 1, 2011 and reelected in 2016. He is a son of the late Isabel McFadden and the late Judge Donald B. McFadden, who served for twenty years as a trial court judge in Akron, Ohio.


Presiding Judge McFadden graduated from Oglethorpe University in 1980 and from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1985. He opened his own law office in 1988 and remained a sole practitioner until he joined the Court of Appeals. For most of that time, he practiced in Decatur and focused on appellate litigation. Before joining the Court of Appeals as its 74th judge, he appeared as appellate counsel before 26 of the judges who preceded him.


In 1996, along with the late Professor Edward C. Brewer and attorney Charles R. Sheppard, he published Georgia Appellate Practice through the Harrison Company of Norcross, Georgia. With Mr. Sheppard and attorneys Charles M. Cork, III, David A. Webster, Kelly A Weathers, and formerly with the late attorney George W.K. Snyder, Jr., Judge McFadden continues to update it for West, which now publishes it in annual editions.


With attorney Laurie Webb Daniel, he is a founding past Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Georgia. For twelve years, Judge McFadden served as an officer or director of the Atlanta Bar Association. He is a past chair of its Sole Practitioner/Small Firm and Judicial Sections and is a recipient of the its Distinguished Service and Charles E. Watkins, Jr. Awards.


Judge McFadden is a member of The American Law Institute. He presently serves as Vice-Chair  the Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association and chaired its 2018 Appellate Judges Education Institute, which was held in Atlanta. He has served as a volunteer attorney for the Innocence Project and the Election Protection Project. In addition to the Atlanta Bar Association and American Bar Association, he is a member of the DeKalb Bar Association, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Gate City Bar Association, Federalist Society, American Constitution Society, Saint Thomas More Society and of Oglethorpe University’s Stormy Petrel Bar Association. He served for more than six years on the State Bar of Georgia’s Committee on the Judiciary. He chaired a committee of the Judicial Council of Georgia that drafted the Superior and State Court Appellate Practice Act.


He is a parishioner at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur, Georgia and has served as a lector since 1988. Judge McFadden is married to Dr. Linda Hyde, Professor of Biology at Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia. They have a son.

Mr. Darron Jacob Enns Related Seminars and Products

Administrative Office of the Courts

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