Carlton Fields’ Atlanta office and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia hosted a Supreme Court Update Continued Legal Education (CLE) program on Thursday, April 29, 2010. The program took place over lunch at the Carlton Fields’ Atlanta office in One Atlanta Center.

National Legal Director of the ACLU Steven R. Shapiro and Civil Rights Activist Alvin J. Bronstein were the special guest speakers. Shapiro has moderated the Supreme Court briefing for over 17 years. During the Supreme Court update he provided the audience with an overview of the current Supreme Court and a comparison of the current Court to its predecessors. Bronstein spoke on “Ethical Obligations When the Client is a Worthy Cause.” His presentation also included a look at his work during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.

Carlton Fields’ Atlanta associate Gail E. Podolsky helped to organize this event. Podolsky currently serves as a board member of the ACLU of Georgia. She focuses her legal practice on intellectual property, entertainment law, and general litigation. Podolsky has significant experience in trademark, trade dress, copyright and patent infringement, anti-counterfeiting, false advertising, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition. Podolsky received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 2004 and her B.B.A. from Emory University in 2001.

As the nation’s oldest and largest civil liberties organization, the ACLU handles a variety of civil liberties cases around the country including free speech, racial justice, religious freedom, due process, privacy, reproductive and women’s rights, immigrant’s rights, gay rights, voting rights, prisoner’s rights, and the death penalty. To learn more about the ACLU of Georgia, please visit

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