Creed & Gowdy successfully represented a plaintiff in an attempted appeal of an order granting new trial by defendant. In the personal injury case, the trial court granted plaintiff's motion for new trial based on the court's failure to strike a juror. Plaintiff offered race-neutral reasons for striking the juror which the trial court found to be credible and not pre-textual in the order granting new trial. Defendant attempted to appeal the trial court's order granting new trial. As a result of the denial of interlocutory review, plaintiff will have a new trial. Attorneys Jennifer Richardson and Gray Thomas are licensed to practice law in Georgia and admitted in the Court of Appeals of Georgia.
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On September 19, 2013, Rebecca Creed will speak at the Florida Justice Association's seminar on jury selection, to be held as part of the FJA's "Masters of Justice" event. Ms. Creed will discuss "The Right and Wrong Way to Select a Jury: Tips from an Appellate Practitioner."
The Bencher, the magazine for The American Inns of Court, reported on a mock oral argument and CLE presented by members of the First District American Appellate Inn of Court. Bryan Gowdy and Rebecca, both members of the Inn, participated. The CLE was for trial attorneys representing low-income and vulnerable clients, including primarily the attorneys of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, of which Bryan is currently the board president. Bryan was an advocate during the mock oral argument, and Rebecca served as a panelist to answer questions from the trial attorneys. The Inn consists of judges from the First District Court of Appeal and attorneys from northern Florida who regularly practice before the court. The Inn strives to promote professionalism amongst the court's bar.
Bryan Gowdy will be one of two speakers at the Florida Justice Association's Case Law Insider Seminar on August 9, 2013. Bryan will discuss the impact of the new Florida Supreme Court decision of Franks v. Bowers, which invalidated an arbitration agreement in the medical malpractice context. SC11-1258, 2013 WL 3064807 (Fla. 2013). This arbitration decision protects the rights of Florida's patients subjected to medical malpractice. Bryan authored amicus briefs filed in support of the patient's estate at both the Supreme Court of Florida and the First District Court of Appeal.