April 2014
The Information Exchange
Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section
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Mark your calendars for the following SPSF Section Events

Details are subject to change. Check your emails and the Atlanta Bar Association website for updates.

Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section Breakfast
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. 
"Legislative Update on the 2014 General Assembly Session" 
Speakers: Zach Johnson, State Bar of Georgia and Thomas Worthy, State Bar of Georgia

Section Member
: $18 in advance, $21 at door
Non-Section Member: $23 in advance, $26 at door
Law Student/ in practice for one year or less: $5

Procedural Pitfalls and Winning Appeals
Strategies for Success in the Appellate Courts
By John L. Bunyan

The appeals process is mired with procedural deadlines and requirements that, if not complied with, can lead to the dismissal of an appeal and the loss of a client's opportunity for review. This process can be overwhelming for lawyers, particularly those who focus on trial practice and do not handle many appeals. By
developing appellate practice skills, lawyers can help their clients either preserve victories in the trial court or minimize the damages from a loss through a reversal or settlement.
1. Questions To Ask Before An Appeal

1.1. Is it an appealable order?
An attorney must first determine whether an order is: (1) a directly appealable final order that resolves all of the claims against all of the parties; (2) an
order listed in O.C.G.A. 5-6-35(a) that is subject to discretionary appeal; (3) an order of "such importance to the case that immediate review should be had" through an interlocutory appeal; or (4) simply not appealable.

1.2. What other orders are appealable?
The appeal of a final order allows for review of all previous non-final orders entered. Think back through the case's history to recall any prior orders that should be appealed. Reviewing the docket sheet is helpful to jog the memory.


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In This Issue
2013-2014 Section Board of Directors

Newsletter Editor
James L. Yeargan Jr.

James A. Attwood

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Beth E. Rogers

Rob Huestis

Clark A.D. Wilson

Immediate Past Chair
Katherine Adams-Carter

Members at Large
Christopher N. Armor
Christopher S. Badeaux
The Hon. T. Jackson Bedford, Jr.
Louis Cohan
Timothy M. Curtin
Frank G. Goldman
Joseph Gottlieb
Elaine Levine
Rachel Platt
James L. Yeargan Jr.
Robert G. Wellon 
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