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NYDEO: Are We Ready: Georgia Elections in 2020 02/28/20

Posted: March 9th, 2020, 1:10 pm
by Nydia Tisdale

Are We Ready: Georgia Elections in 2020

Is the State ready for Election Day 2020?

• Jonathan Ringel, Daily Report, Atlanta

• Mark Niesse, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta
• Andrea Young, ACLU of Georgia, Atlanta
• Josh Belinfante, Robbins Firm, Atlanta
• Bruce Brown, Bruce P. Brown LLC, Atlanta

29th Annual Georgia Bar, Media & Judiciary Conference
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 2:45 p.m.
State Bar Headquarters / Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia Judges, Journalists and Lawyers And the First Amendment
A Primer on Recurring and Emerging Issues and the Law

Conference AGENDA and panelists’ BIOGRAPHIES.

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Jonathan Ringel, Daily Report, Atlanta — biography

Posted: March 9th, 2020, 1:12 pm
by Nydia Tisdale
JONATHAN RINGEL is managing editor of the Daily Report, the Atlanta legal newspaper. As a reporter for 10 years, he covered the U.S. Supreme Court and Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, and, in Atlanta, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the General Assembly and law firm business. In 2005, he became the Daily Report’s managing editor, and he became its top editor in 2014. He holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Emory University.

Mark Niesse, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta — biography

Posted: March 9th, 2020, 1:14 pm
by Nydia Tisdale
MARK NIESSE covers Georgia government for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously covered DeKalb government and Atlanta schools. Before coming to the AJC, he worked for The Associated Press and The Daily Report.

Andrea Young, ACLU of Georgia, Atlanta — biography

Posted: March 9th, 2020, 1:16 pm
by Nydia Tisdale
ANDREA YOUNG is the executive director of the 22,000 member American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. She is a life-long advocate for civil and human rights. The ACLU of Georgia is a trusted, ethical, nonpartisan defender of our civil liberties: opposing threats to civil liberties; combatting voter suppression; supporting criminal justice reform; protecting freedom of speech, immigrant rights, and women’s rights, especially reproductive freedom. Under her leadership, the ACLU of Georgia has reimagined its work on a framework integrating legal action, policy, advocacy, civic engagement and communications.

Prior to taking the helm of the statewide affiliate of the ACLU in January 2017, Young was an Adjunct Professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. For many years, she served as executive director at the Andrew J. Young Foundation producing a nationally-syndicated series of documentary films and other programs on themes of civil and human rights.

Young has devoted her career to promoting policies to defend and extend civil and human rights. In the arena of national legislation, Young served as legislative assistant to Senator Edward Kennedy contributing to significant civil rights and international policy including the Martin Luther King Holiday Act and South Africa sanctions legislation. She later worked with the United Church of Christ in global mission and advocacy, returning to the Capitol to serve as Chief of Staff for the first woman to represent Georgia in Congress, Cynthia McKinney. She served as Vice President for External Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, defending a woman’s right to reproductive healthcare. As Vice President of the National Black Child Development Institute, Young led a school readiness initiative that increased local investments in early care and education and led to a commitment to universal pre-kindergarten in Washington, DC.

Young is the author of Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me; co-author of Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta and collaborated with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young in writing, editing and researching An Easy Burden: Civil Rights and the Transformation of America. She has been recognized, nationally for her work as an advocate for civil and human rights.

Young is a graduate of Swarthmore College and received her law degree from Georgetown University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Young is married to attorney and art consultant, Jerry Thomas. She has one daughter and one granddaughter.

Josh Belinfante, Robbins Firm, Atlanta — biography

Posted: March 9th, 2020, 1:18 pm
by Nydia Tisdale
JOSH BELINFANTE is a partner with Robbins, a litigation and regulatory law firm, representing governmental and non-governmental clients, and those in the highly regulated fields of healthcare, gaming, land use, and energy. Josh brings to bear his experience in all three branches of government, having served as the Executive Counsel or Chief Legal Advisor to Governor Sonny Perdue, Georgia’s 81st Governor (2007-2009), Legal Counsel to the Georgia House Judiciary Committee (2006), and Law Clerk to Judge J.L. Edmondson of the Eleventh Circuit (2004-2005).

In litigation matters, Josh’s practice involves commercial disputes and representation of government and those challenging governmental acts. He has successfully argued cases that have shaped the Georgia healthcare and gaming industries. Josh also represents clients involved in procurement matters and bid protests, cases before the public service commission, and in precedent-setting challenges to annexations and local ordinances. He has long been a go-to lawyer of the State of Georgia in numerous high stakes cases against the United States Department of Justice, and private parties challenging Georgia’s Medicaid and special education programs.

Outside of litigation, Josh has significant experience in campaign finance and election law matters. He represents entities governed by federal and state campaign finance laws, including campaigns and political action committees. He also has specific experience drafting laws governing Certificate of Need, gaming, the Georgia Lottery, restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements, and eminent domain.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle described Josh as the “go-to guy for Georgia healthcare policy and legislation.” In 2011, the Atlanta Business Chronicle named Josh one of the 40 Under 40 of Atlanta’s Rising and Business Leaders. In 2010, The Fulton County Daily Report named Josh one of 10 attorneys “On the Rise,” and Georgia Trend named him one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite.” Atlanta Magazine named Josh a “Super Lawyer” since 2015, and it frequently named him a Georgia “Rising Star Super Lawyer.” James Magazine has repeatedly identified Josh as one of the “Best Lawyers in Georgia.”

Josh serves on the University of Georgia Law School Alumni Council, the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter of the Federalist Society, and he is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta (2012), Leadership Sandy Springs (2015), and the Coverdell Leadership Institute (2007). Josh is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Georgia School of Law. He also taught high school at Pace Academy in Atlanta.

Bruce Brown, Bruce P. Brown LLC, Atlanta — biography

Posted: March 9th, 2020, 1:20 pm
by Nydia Tisdale
BRUCE P. BROWN is an Atlanta attorney who had 26 years of litigation experience at McKenna Long & Aldridge (now Dentons) before opening his own practice in 2012. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law with an A.B. from Davidson College, he was a law clerk to Judge Edward A. Tamm of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Chief Justice Warren Burger of the United States Supreme Court.