|Introduction and Program Overview
Peter C. Canfield
|Uncovering and covering Georgia Police Shootings
The team that reported “Over the Line,” a comprehensive look at the last six years of Georgia police shootings, details the difficulties in the reporting, the suprising findings and the likely impact on Georgia law enforcement.
Ken Foskett, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta
Jeff Ernsthausen, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta
Jennifer Peebles, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta
Brad Schrade, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta
Jodie Fleischer, WSB-TV, Atlanta
|The View from The Street of The Cop on the Beat
How the tension between police and citizens is changing the way police approach and view their jobs. This is not a panel to discuss what police should do; it’s a raw look at what they are doing, a real-world context that should inform journalists, lawyers and judges who intersect with law enforcement.
Ed Bean, Senior Vice President & Editor, Poston Communications LLC, Atlanta
Theodore “Ted” Jackson, Sheriff, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Atlanta
Ken Allen, President, Local 623, International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Atlanta Steve Gaynor, Retired, Cobb County Police Department; President, Fraternal Order of Police, Kermit Sanders Lodge #13, Marietta
Dan Grossman, Law Office of Daniel J. Grossman, Atlanta
Lawrence J. “Lance” LoRusso, LoRusso Law Firm, PC, Atlanta
|21st Century Public Housing?: Covering the Continuing Construction of Atlanta’s Sports Stadia
A panel discussion of the issues and coverage of some of the state’s most celebrated and controversial public works projects.
Jonathan Ringel, Managing Editor, Daily Report, Atlanta
Ron Thomas, Director, Journalism & Sports Program, Morehouse College, Atlanta
Lisa Cupid, District 4 Commissioner, Cobb County, Marietta
Dan Klepal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta
Bruce Seaman, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Georgia State University, Atlanta
Han C. Choi, Ballard Spahr LLP, Atlanta
|The Story of a College Football Fix: A Look Back at Georgia’s Contribution to the Law of Libel in The World of Bear Bryant
Did an Atlanta insurance salesman accidentally overhear a telephone conversation in which Georgia’s athletic director sold out the Bulldogs to Alabama’s Bryant? After the rout on the field that followed, the Saturday Evening Post reported that he had, and the libel suit that ensued shook Atlanta and the region and made United States Supreme Court history. A retrospective by a historian of the case and a local lawyer who participated.
Hank Klibanoff, Director, Journalism Program, Emory University, Atlanta
Emmet J. Bondurant, Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP, Atlanta
David Sumner, Professor Emeritus, Department of Journalism, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
|Justice for Judges
In this Fred Friendly-style hypothetical, we explore the work of the Judicial Qualifications Commission. How does the Commission investigate and discipline problem judges? Where does a judge go to get justice when accused of wrongdoing? We examine the tension between the public’s right to know and the judge’s right to maintain dignity of office. We’ll again return to Lizard Lick, Georgia, to work through a couple of imaginary examples involving the newly legendary and totally imaginary Frog County Superior Court Judge Lawless Stevens.
Richard T. Griffiths, Editorial Director, CNN, Atlanta
Hon. Lawton E. Stephens, Judge, Superior Court, Western Judicial Circuit, Athens
S. Lester Tate, III, Chairman, The Judicial Qualifications Commission; Akin & Tate, P.C., Cartersville
Josh B. Belinfante, Robbins Ross Alloy Belinfante Littlefield LLC, Atlanta
Robin McDonald, Daily Report, Atlanta
|Live From the Bar, It’s GPB’s “Political Rewind”
On the eve of “SEC Tuesday,” in the midst of the most freewheeling presidential primary campaign in memory, GPB’s “Political Rewind” team of pollsters and pundits go live and on-air from the Conference to answer what is happening and why.
Bill Nigut, Senior Executive Producer, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Atlanta
Jim Galloway, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta
Tharon L. Johnson, Director, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Atlanta
Jackie Gingrich Cushman, Speaker, Columnist, Socialpreneur & Author, Atlanta
Todd Rehm, President, Sand Mountain Communications, LLC; Editor, GaPundit.com, Atlanta
|Georgia and the Death Penalty: Changing Perspectives?
In 2016, there were 28 executions nationwide, with Georgia, along with Texas and Missouri, performing the lion’s share. But is there change in the air? A panel discussion
Jason Carter, Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP, Atlanta
Hon. Norman S. Fletcher, Retired Chief Justice, Georgia Supreme Court; Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis, LLP, Rome
Hon. Danny J. Porter, District Attorney, Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, Lawrenceville