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War Stories and Georgia Evidence Update

CLE Hours: 2.5 including 2.5 General, 1 Ethics, 0 Professionalism, 1 Trial Practice

Original Program Date:
Jun 08, 2023



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


  • David B. Bell, Program Co-Chair; Co-Chairperson, Bench and Bar Committee; David Bell Law Firm, Augusta, GA
  • Hon. Robert W. Chasteen, Jr., Program Co-Chair; Co-Chairperson, Bench and Bar Committee, Chief Judge, Superior Court, Cordele Judicial Circuit, Fitzgerald, GA

  • 2:00

  • 2:05
  • David B. Bell

  • 2:15
  • Michael S. “Mike” Carlson, Executive District Attorney, Major Crimes Division, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, Atlanta, GA

  • 3:15

  • 3:20
    Moderator: David B. Bell
    Darren W. Penn, Penn Law LLC, Atlanta, GA
    Jonathan A. “Jon” Pope, Hasty Pope LLP, Canton, GA
    Laura W. “Laurie” Speed, Speed & King LLC, Atlanta, GA
    Michael B. “Mike” Terry, Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP, Atlanta, GA

  • 4:20

  • 4:25
  • Moderator: Hon. Robert W. Chasteen, Jr.
  • Panelists:
  • Hon. Joe C. Bishop, Senior Judge, Dawson, GA
  • Hon. Christopher J. McFadden, Presiding Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta, GA
  • Hon. R. Rucker Smith, Chief Judge, Superior Court, Southwestern Judicial Circuit, Americus, GA
  • Hon. Russell W. “Rusty” Smith, Chief Judge, Mountain Circuit Superior Court, Toccoa, GA

  • 5:05

  • Hosted by the Bench and Bar Committee




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 and 2022. 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.


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, as well as its Judicial Section’s Romae Turner Powell Judicial Service Award.


Judge McFadden is an elected member of The American Law Institute. He presently serves as Chair-elect of  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.

Hon. Joe C. Bishop Related Seminars and Products

Senior Superior Court Judge Joe Bishop was appointed to the Pataula Circuit Superior Court bench on May 16, 1991 and served over 27 years. He was Chief Judge for 23 years. He was appointed as a Senior Judge on January 9, 2019.  He created and presided over the Pataula Felony Drug Court from 2001 until his retirement. He served as President of the Council of Superior Court Judges in 2000. Judge Bishop grew up in Southwest Georgia where he practiced law, raised his family, and still lives. He has been married to Dr. Carol Bishop, DBA, for 45 years. They have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. Judge Bishop received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Speech Communication from Valdosta State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Hon. R. Rucker Smith Related Seminars and Products

Southwestern Circuit Superior Court

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