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A Letter from Your
TLA’s Listserv is a unique and valuable resource for all GTLA members.
Unfortunately, the amount of non-litigation
related trafﬁc has increased to the point that many
GTLA members, including some of our most experienced trial lawyers, have opted-out of the Listserv.
It is to the detriment of all members that we are
missing their valuable input and advice. Therefore,
GTLA’s Executive Committee recently formed a committee to make and to enforce the rules governing
the Listserv, and to eliminate abuse that has driven
many people away.
Ultimately, the goal of this committee is to preserve the Listserv as a user-friendly resource for all
members rather than an annoying source of junk
e-mail. To help us reach our goal, it is important
that everyone understand what the Listserv is and
more importantly, what it is not. It was created to
facilitate the exchange of litigation-related information among members and to assist members in
the practice of law by sharing valuable information
such as recent developments in the law, new defense
strategies, jury verdicts, possible referrals and law
ofﬁce management tips. It is a professional Listserv.
It is not a social network or a chat room. It is not
a vehicle to tell jokes, to make lunch plans, or to
engage in philosophical or religious discussions.
With nearly 1,500 attorney members, it only takes a few
violations to ruin the experience for everyone.
To that end, we recently revised the rules which
govern participation in the Listserv. We also set
up a separate email account, listproblemsgtla@
gmail.com, to which we encourage members to
send suggestions, criticisms, complaints, and rule
violations. Please do not address violations of the
rules on the Listserv or with GTLA staff members,
as we now have a committee created speciﬁcally for
Please note, these rules must be followed by
all individuals participating in the Listserv,
and failure to adhere to these rules will result in
discipline pursuant to Paragraph 14 of the Rules.
The Committee will be actively monitoring the
Listserv to enforce these rules and to administer the
appropriate sanctions. Listserv access is a privilege
offered to members who comply with the rules; it
is not a right given to members simply by virtue of
their membership in GTLA. (Section 1.01(c)). Rule
violations will initially be brought to the member’s
attention privately, but repeated infractions will
result in a public reprimand and can ultimately
result in the temporary or permanent suspension
of Listserv membership.
The Listserv rules are currently available on the
GTLA website at www.gtla.org/listrules. The number
one complaint received is the inundation of irrelevant
and/or personal emails. These rules are designed to
eliminate unnecessary emails which bury valuable
content and thoughtful responses, and otherwise
curb Listserv abuse. The rules identify exactly what
type of conduct is prohibited, but below are a few
speciﬁc rules that are violated on a daily basis and
deserve special emphasis:
Personal Messages, Such as “Thank You” or
“Congratulations,” Should NOT be Sent to the Entire
Listserv: Messages where the only content is “thank
you,” or “congratulations” should not be sent to the
1,500 Listserv members, and should be sent directly
to the appropriate individuals.
Check the GTLA Archives Before Asking for
Information: The GTLA Archives contain all prior
Listserv posts (so be mindful of all of your posts!). If
you want information about a mediator or an expert,
or a go-by complaint for a dog attack case, your ﬁrst
step should be to check the archives. Nearly every
mediator in Georgia and most experts have been the
subject of a previous request. Do not post a request
unless and until you have searched the archives, yet
still require additional information. You may search
the archives by going to GTLA’s website at www.gtla.
org and logging into your account.
Avoid Duplicative or Cumulative Responses: Unless
you have new or additional information, do not
simply repeat what others have already said. There
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Summer 2013
A Primer on Birth Injury Cases and How to Keep Them “Simple” for the Jury
Online Research of Potential Jurors: A Survey of Resources and Ethical Boundaries
Jury Selection and The Millennials
Confessions of a Trial Lawyer Geek: Great iPad Apps for Trial
GTLA Out & About
Ten Ways to Protect Clients Through Workers’ Compensation Settlements
A Letter from Your Listserv Committee
Case Updates: What’s New?
Workers’ Comp: Recent Developments
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Court Reporters Marketplace
Notes: What’s New with GTLA Members
Verdict - Summer 2013