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GDLA Trial & Mediation Academy

Schedule: August 21 - 24, 2024
Credits: CLE/Ethics/Professionalism/Trial: 12/2/1/9
Location: Callaway Gardens Lodge & Spa
Address: 4504 Southern Pine Dr
Pine Mountain, GA, 31822
Members Registration: $495
Non-Members Registration: $495
This Academy is for the experienced attorney who has not tried a case in a while and wants a refresher course, or those newer to the practice who want to develop their skills.

Participants first observe experienced lawyers (see faculty below) demonstrating opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, and closing arguments and then practice those skills in breakout sessions with faculty observation and feedback. We are expanding the mediation component this year and students will see a mock mediation. We are grateful to GDLA Platinum Sponsors BAY Mediation and Henning Mediation for their participation in that portion. Also, for the first time, we will present awards based on performances during the Academy.

Fulton State Court Judge Susan Edlein will offer professionalism insights at dinner on the opening night. In addition, there is ample time for networking with the faculty and other students.


Participants will be sent a mock case and are expected to prepare in advance as if preparing for an actual trial – i.e., be ready to mediate, deliver mock opening statements, cross examinations, closing statements, etc. during breakout sessions.

Trial & Mediation Academy offers 25 CLE hours, including 2 ethics, 1 professionalism and 9 trial hours. The registration fee includes one full year’s worth of CLE (12 hours including 6 trial, 2 ethics and 1 professionalism). You may choose to purchase the remaining 13 hours at $4 per credit hour by paying with a check on-site at the seminar.

The registration fee of $495, which includes course materials; 12 CLE hours, including 6 trial, 2 ethics and 1 professionalism; your first year of GDLA membership (if you have not yet been a member); Wednesday’s reception and dinner; lunch on Thursday and Friday; Thursday dinner; evening hospitality suite; daily breakfasts and all-day beverages/snacks. Register by July 26; full registration fee refunds available for cancellations up to August 14.

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Book directly with Callaway Gardens Lodge & Spa by calling (844) 357-1239 and mentioning GDLA Trial Academy. Deadline to reserve is July 26; room rate is $390 + tax/fees for single or $290 + tax/fees for double occupancy. Rates are per person, per night, 3-night minimum. Registrants who share a room (double occupancy rate) or do not stay the 3-night minimum will be charged a per diem ($120) to cover meeting/AV expenses. Because rooms are a "conference rate" they must be booked directly through Callaway and not through a third-party like Expedia or AAA.

Note: We reserve rooms based on historical attendance.  If more than usual register, our room block may fill and the rate may not be available until July 26, so book as soon as you can.

Anne D. Gower, Academy Chair, Gower Wooten & Darneille, Atlanta
Brannon J. Arnold, Academy Vice-Chair, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial, Atlanta 
Jerry A. Buchanan, Buchanan Law Firm, Columbus
Douglas Burrell, Chartwell Law, Atlanta
William T. "Bill" Casey, Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers, Atlanta 
Carrie L. Christie, Rutherford & Christie, Atlanta
Matthew G. Moffett, Gray Rust St. Amand Moffett & Brieske, Atlanta
Richard H. "Dick" Willis, William Mullens, Columbia, SC

Sarah Stottlemeyer, BAY Mediation & Arbitration Services
Nick Moraitakis, Henning Mediation & Arbitration Services
Download: 2024_TAMA_Agenda.pdf

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