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CLE Hours: 6 including 6 General, 1 Ethics, 0 Professionalism, 3 Trial Practice

Ethics |  Trial Practice



  • Speakers, session times and credit hours are subject to change.
  • Ethics | Professionalism | Trial Practice
  • Presiding:
  • Jarome Gautreaux, Program Co-Chair; Gautreaux Law, LLC, Macon, GA
  • John D. Hadden, Program Co-Chair; Penn Law, Atlanta, GA

  • 8:30
  • Greeting
  • Julia Neighbors, ICLE Director, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

  • 8:35
  • Welcome and Program Overview

  • 8:40
  • Pre-Filing Case Preparation
  • Jarome Gautreaux

  • 9:10
  • Planning and Tactics
  • Sachi Cole, Penn Law, Atlanta, GA

  • 9:40
  • Experts
  • Jesse A. Davis, III, Davis Adams, Decatur, GA

  • 10:10
  • Break

  • 10:25
  • Evidence Issues at Trial 
  • Katherine G. Hughes, Wagner Hughes, Atlanta, GA

  • 10:55
    Defending the tort case 
    Erica L. Morton, Swift Currie, Atlanta, GA

  • 11:25
  • Lunch

  • 12:10
  • Ethics Ethics CLE Hour
  • Frank J. Beltran, The Beltran Firm, Atlanta, GA

  • 1:10
  • Effective Trial Strategy & Tactics
  • Charles Adams, Adjunct Professor, Mercer Law School, Macon, GA

  • 1:40
  • Motions Trial Practice CLE Hour
  • John D. Hadden

  • 2:10
  • Break

  • 2:25
  • Countdown to Trial Trial Practice CLE Hour
  • Madeleine N. Simmons, Stewart Miller Simmons, Atlanta, GA

  • 3:25
  • Tips from the Bench
  • Hon. Jason Ashford, Judge, State Court of Houston County, Perry, GA

  • 3:55
  • Adjourn


Mr. Jarome Emile Gautreaux's Profile

Mr. Jarome Emile Gautreaux Related seminars and products

Gautreaux Law, LLC

Jarome Gautreaux is an attorney, professor and author.  He has practiced in the area of torts and personal injury for 23 years, and he teaches Advanced Torts at Mercer Law School.  He also is the co-author of Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation and Practice.  

Jarome has tried numerous cases to verdict, and has obtained multi- million dollar verdicts and settlements. He has also authored numerous publications covering such topics as trial practice, evidence, torts, and persuasion. He served as a federal law clerk in Illinois prior to starting his private practice of law.  

Ms. Alexandra Catherine Cole's Profile

Ms. Alexandra Catherine Cole Related seminars and products

Penn Law LLC

Alexandra is a partner at Penn Law where she specializes in cases involving childhood sexual abuse, wrongful death, products liability, catastrophic personal injury, employment discrimination, and civil rights litigation. Alexandra has litigated cases in both state and federal court and been on the forefront of litigating childhood sexual abuse cases in Georgia. These cases include claims against private and public institutions such as the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America. Prior to joining Penn Law, Sachi worked at litigation firms in Atlanta and Savannah and at the ACLU of Georgia.


Alexandra currently serves on the board for Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers. Alexandra has served as a Chair of GTLA’s LEAD Program and Membership Committee.


Outside of work, Alexandra is involved in her local community in Decatur and the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, which provides no-cost services to childhood victims of sexual abuse.

Ms. Katherine G. Hughes's Profile

Ms. Katherine G. Hughes Related seminars and products


Wagner Hughes LLC

Kate Hughes is a founding member of Wagner Hughes, LLC.   She focuses exclusively on handling long term care cases, including cases against skilled nursing homes, assisted living facilities, personal care homes, long term acute care hospitals and other similar facilities. 

After obtaining her undergraduate degree in criminal justice from the University of Georgia in 1999 and her law degree from Emory University in 2002, where she was a member of the Moot Court Society and the Moot Court Review Board, Kate clerked for two years as a staff attorney for Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jack Goger, where she was also formally trained as a mediator. 

For the following ten years, Kate worked for a large civil litigation defense firm, where she made partner, defending long term care cases before starting her own firm focused on representing victims of nursing home abuse and their families.  Her defense experience representing several large nursing home chains gave her a behind the scenes insight into the mechanics of how nursing homes operate, including both the economics and politics of the nursing home business, in addition to how insurance companies made their decisions when defending long term care cases.

Ms. Erica L. Morton Related seminars and products

Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers LLP

Mr. John David Hadden's Profile

Mr. John David Hadden Related seminars and products

Penn Law LLC

John D. Hadden is a trial and appellate litigator with Penn Law in Atlanta, where he handles catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases across the state. He is author of Georgia Law of Torts - Trial Preparation and Practice and Green's Georgia Law of Evidence, both published by Thomson Reuters. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. John is president of the Atlanta Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the Atlanta Bar Association Board of Directors and past chair of the Atlanta Bar’s Litigation Section, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Bar Lawyer Referral and Information Service, and a past chair of the Litigation Committee of the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division. John is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review. John has been named one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend, recognized by Atlanta Magazine in its annual list of Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers, and holds an AV/Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been recognized by the Fulton County Daily Report as one of its “On the Rise — Top 40 Under 40.”

Ms. Madeleine Norine Simmons Related seminars and products

Stewart Miller Simmons Trial Attorneys

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