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Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant Checks In At The Georgia Association Of Law And Politics

Second Annual Symposium Hosted By The University Of Georgia


Atlanta, Georgia -- Atlanta legal nurse consultant Liz Buddenhagen attended The Second Annual Georgia Symposium of Law & Politics at the University of Georgia (UGA) on October 19, 2012. The symposium provided informative, policy driven discussions on three topics important to Georgia’s future: criminal justice reform, ethics in government and transportation.

Criminal Justice Reform

The Georgia Legislature has researched and considered various reform measures aimed at better protecting the public while also implementing cost savings measures in the criminal justice system, so the discussion focused on upcoming and already passed proposals.

Panel members advocated for a statewide system of post release accountability and pointed out that returning a convict to his pre-incarceration environment practically guaranteed recidivism. Accountability and supervision for at least eighteen months post release decreases recidivism panel members emphasized.

Sara Totonchi of the Southern Center for Human Rights graphically explained that all doors except prison are closed to a ex-con once they are released from prison and that some of the stigma needs to be reduced in order to prevent recidivism whereas Sheriff Scott Berry pointed out that he believes employers have a right to know if the person they hire is a ex-con. UGA Law Professor Tom Eaton of the Athens Justice Project noted that employment is a big issue for an ex-con.

Ethics in Government

Members of this panel shared their thoughts on changes regarding the filing of campaign disclosure reports and whether lobbyists gifts to legislators should be capped. The discussion was moderated by Professor Lori A. Ringhand of the UGA School of Law.

This panel talked about the lack of trust of the voters in government and lack of participation in government by the voters. The panel strongly encouraged voters to email, phone or write a letter to their state representative and state senator when concerned about issues. State Senator McKoon said that a state elected official is more likely to pay attention to a citizen than a lobbyist.


The  T-SPLOST Transportation Referendum was discussed by this panel moderated by Dr. Charles S. Bullock, III, Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science, University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs.

This panel pointed out that Atlanta’s Mayor Reed and Georgia’s Governor Deal are working hand in hand on Georgia’s transportation issues. Topics discussed included failure of the T-SPLOST referendum to pass in all but three regions of Georgia in July of 2012, various types of transportation needed in the state, the need for “complete streets” which encompass a wide range of uses including pedestrian and bicyclists in addition to motor vehicles and increased use of “hot lanes” on some of the metro Atlanta roads.

The panel noted that 7% of Atlantans currently telecommute their jobs, 50% of metro Atlanta traffic comes from non-events such as car wrecks (events meaning Falcons and Tech games and so on), that the Hero Units respond to and remove car wrecks quickly and that the traffic lights on the on ramps to the Atlanta interstates do improve traffic congestion during peak periods.

About the Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant

Liz Buddenhagen travels to Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Augusta and Savannah in the course of the year on business and says “I am very interested in how Georgia handles transportation issues related to population growth.” Buddenhagen & Associates assists Atlanta attorneys with any case in which health is at issue. For more information, view website, email or call 770-725-2997 today. 


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