Verdict - Summer 2013 - (Page 7)
GTLA has Many Success Stories, but
There is Still Much Work to Do
BY BUCK ROGERS
ach year, a new president is elected to lead our organization and do what is best for the advancement of
our collective cause. However, one year seems a short
timeframe within which to affect much lasting change. A wise
former president of GTLA – and still current leader – advised
me to “pick one thing to focus on” and not be distracted by
trying to do too much. This, however, is difﬁcult advice to
follow, as this organization has accomplished, and continues
to accomplish, much.
Our Continuing Legal Education programs are ﬁrst-class,
well-attended and feature many diverse practice areas, expert
speakers and interesting topics. The Amicus Committee is
striving to increase the volume of briefs submitted, with
respect to a broader range of issues faced by our members. And
our Communications and Public Relations Committees have
spearheaded several successful initiatives this year, including
a full-scale media outreach program.
So, how can you help
make GTLA better?
That’s easy. Recruit new
members. We need to
bring more attorneys into
our fold and help them
become better lawyers.
In the legislative arena, our 236 Program, with the support
of Past President Geoff Pope, is successfully building more
lasting relationships with State Senators and Representatives;
and with 25 active Local TLA’s across the state, our Grassroots
Initiative is helping to foster those relationships through meetings between legislators and local lawyers. Our Civil Justice
PAC and Directed Giving Program also continue to support
those candidates who are defenders of the Civil Justice System.
Thus, we are cultivating working relationships that encourage
open communication during the legislative session and produce
results on behalf of our clients.
While each president faces the constant threat of possible
attacks on the Civil Justice System, we cannot be paralyzed
by our fear. We must prepare and work throughout the year
to counter any measures that may
restrict access to justice. We will, of
course, continue to work on all of our
efforts, but if you feel that there is
something speciﬁc that we are missing, I hope you will reach out to your
GTLA staff and leadership.
Good lawyers make good law and GTLA makes lawyers
better. Past President Robin Clark’s mantra is “a rising tide
lifts all boats.” In that light, it is undeniable that our members
beneﬁt from each other. Other state Trial Lawyer organizations
envy our unity and willingness to help each other, and strive
to mirror our efforts. We must remember, though, that there
is always room for improvement. The listserv, for instance, is
a tremendous resource; however, we recently initiated a regulatory committee to ensure that it remains a useful forum for
the exchange of information and helpful advice. The point is
that usually our members are doing it right, and they do so
with the aid and beneﬁt of our entire organization’s support
as they navigate the obstacles to justice. When coupled with
sound advice on the listserv, CLE’s, amicus support, shared
briefs and so much more, the advantages offered to GTLA
members are truly second-to-none.
So, how can you help make GTLA better? That’s easy.
Recruit new members. We need to bring more attorneys into
our fold and help them become better lawyers. Butler, Wooten
& Fryhofer recently sponsored 10 new members who attended
the State Bar’s Transition Into Law Practice Program (TILPP)
to join GTLA. In that same vein, each of you could encourage
a practicing attorney who is not yet a GTLA member to join
our Association. You could set aside part of a fee to sponsor
a lawyer who cannot currently afford to join. We all know
lawyers who would beneﬁt tremendously from being a part of
GTLA. If each member who reads this (10 or so is my guess)
would reach out to a non-member colleague, then we would
have 10 new members. However, if all 2,000+ of us were to do
so, we would double our collective voice and the strength of
that voice. Don’t just encourage, don’t just tell them about it…
get them to join. It’s really not much different than asking a
client to sign a fee contract or asking a jury for justice. We do
it each and every day in our profession.
Story continues on page 9
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