Jan. 29, 2015 – Entertainment Attorney Matthew Schwartz

Entertainment Attorney - Matthew Schwartz

Entertainment Attorney – Matthew Schwartz

This Thursday, we welcome Entertainment Attorney Matthew Schwartz, to talk about the effect of tax incentives on the Georgia film industry, the history of leftward tilt in American movies, and the impact of films on culture.

Matthew H. Schwartz is a native of Long Island, New York. He
graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. and Highest Honors in American
Studies from Brandeis University in 1988. Having thereafter
accepted an academic scholarship from Pepperdine University
School of Law, he graduated in the top 25% of his class and a was a Moot
Court champion in 1992. Simultaneously, Matt became a graduate
of the inaugural class of what is now known as the internationally
acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in Malibu, California.

Upon passing the California Bar Exam in December 1992, Matt
chose the entrepreneurial road less traveled and established his own law firm in Los Angeles, California. Just prior to that, he was accepted into the highly coveted “Producer’s Program” at the UCLA Graduate school of Film & Television. As he developed his legal clientele by day, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree Summa Cum Laude at UCLA by night.

In 1995, Matt became an embroiled fixture in the “Trial of the Century,” i.e., the O.J. Simpson Double Murder Trial. Matt was counsel of record for Laura Hart McKinney, the North Carolina-based screenwriter who recorded the storied “Fuhrman Tapes” which became a spectacular evidentiary lightning rod in that historical case. As part of this engagement, Matt became admitted pro hac vice in North Carolina and defeated both Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey in a nationally televised hearing by which he successfully quashed a key defense subpoena on behalf of Ms. McKinney. Later on, Matt appeared before Judge Ito in Los Angeles to oppose a motion to quash a protective order that was issued to protect Ms. McKinney’s intellectual property rights. In a televised debate that lasted in excess of two hours, Matt argued against the defense, the prosecution, the City of Los Angeles (then represented by future Los Angeles mayor James Hahn), the ACLU and Mark Fuhrman to uphold Judge Ito’s protective order – and he prevailed. Following Simpson’s acquittal, trial legend F. Lee Bailey was so impressed with Matt that he began to refer cases to him regularly.

Matt’s practice grew substantially as he represented a wide array of clients in the real estate and entertainment businesses. He was lead counsel in numerous trials ranging in subject matter from real estate fraud to defamation. Along the way, Matt gave legal commentary on several national news programs and was a featured professional on Fox Television’s “Power of Attorney.”

Matt has been published on numerous occasions and has been a featured public speaker regarding such issues as Copyright law, product distribution agreements, administrative law, clergy misconduct, protection of political art and diversity in the workplace.

In 2007, Matt relocated to Atlanta for family reasons where he quickly passed the Georgia Bar Exam and reconstituted his private practice, maintaining his West Coast clientele while welcoming new clients in his new home city of Atlanta.

More Info:
http://www.schwartzlawgroup.com

Come join the discussion this Thursday evening at 7pm!

Meeting Info

Time: EVERY Thursday night, 7-9 pm
Location: 900 Roswell ST, Marietta, GA
(Roswell Street Baptist Church office building, east of the church campus, west of the Big Chicken)

Judicial Conversations Meeting (aka JudiCon)

The NEW Judicial Conversations group will give us a chance to learn about the Judicial Courts and process in Georgia, and meet with Judicial candidates. We will come to understand their background and credentials, their judicial philosophy, and have an exchange that allows us to share our political philosophy and ask questions.

JudiCon meets the 2nd Monday of most months. We look forward to hearing from Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens on Monday, February 9.

GA. Attorney General - Sam Olens

GA. Attorney General – Sam Olens

As Attorney General, Olens is committed to serving Georgians by defending the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions and upholding the rule of law. Olens has also worked to protect Georgia’s rights and natural resources. He led Georgia’s legal challenge against the Affordable Care Act and continues to defend Georgia from federal regulatory overreach. Olens has represented the State in crucial litigation to preserve Georgia’s water rights and removed legal barriers that were delaying the critical deepening of the Savannah Harbor.

We meet at The House of Lu Restaurant just north of the Marietta Square. You can come for fellowship and dinner at 6:30pm, the meeting begins at 7:00pm.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Judicial Conversations group, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings, please contact GTP Board Member JD Van Brink

The Georgia Tea Party does not endorse or support candidates, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Officials and Candidates are invited to our Committee Meetings to learn of their views.

County and State Watch

Our next meeting will be Monday, February 16 at 6:30pm, at the House of Lu Restaurant on Marietta Square.

Mr. Chris Ragsdale - Interim Cobb County School District Superintendent

Mr. Chris Ragsdale – Interim Cobb County School District Superintendent

At our recent meeting, our speaker was Cobb County Interim School Superintendent Chris Ragsdale.

Mr. Ragsdale is Interim Superintendent for the Cobb County School District, the second largest public school system in Georgia, and 24th largest in the United States, with an enrollment exceeding 109,000 students. Mr. Ragsdale previously served the District as Deputy Superintendent for Operations from 2011-2014 and Chief Technology Officer from 2006-2014.

Mr. Ragsdale has more than two decades of experience in school operations and information technology in the public and private sectors. Born at Kennestone Hospital, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Kennesaw State University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from Shorter University in Rome GA.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s County and State Watch, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with County or State officials or candidates, please contact GTP Board Member Steve Covert.

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

Federal Task Force

Our next meeting will be held Monday, February 23, at 7:00pm, at The House of Lu Restaurant on Marietta Square.

State Senator Ed Sezler representing Jack Kingston

GA. State Representative – Ed Setzler

At our recent meeting, our speaker was State Representative Ed Setzler. He told us about the drive to fund Transportation needs in Georgia, and presented his plan to raise needed revenue for infrastructure without raising taxes. He also explained how his plan would fit in with the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA) bill in the national Congress devised by North Georgia Congressman Tom Graves.

More info:

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Federal Task Force, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other candidates, please contact GTP Board Members Jim Jess or Ronny West

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

Invitation from one of our valued Strategic Partners

The Georgia Faith & Freedom Coalition would like to invite you to the 2nd Annual Georgia Faith & Freedom Coalition Legislative Luncheon on Thursday, February 5th, at 11:30 AM. Invited guests include recently fired Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, all of Georgia’s constitutional officers, The Kendrick Brothers (known for their movies Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous) and other notable legislators. Contact Robert Potts for information on sponsorships if interested, and how to reserve a table.
To purchase your tickets, go to Georgia Faith & Freedom Coalition Legislative Luncheon.

We hope you will be able to join us!
678-205-7282 or Robert@ffcoalition.com

Town Hall Meetings

State Senator Judson Hill and State Representative John Carson will be holding Town Hall meetings each month during the General Assembly legislative session.
Future dates are:
Monday February 16 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Monday March 23 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Mountain View Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta

Future Thursday Meeting Speakers
February 5 – David Heavener, actor, director – Film and Culture

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“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance.”
– C. S. Lewis