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2011WLMLogo.jpgFor the sixth year in a row, Ragland Law Firm, LLP will support MADD Georgia by sponsoring its annual “Walk Like MADD” campaign. This year, Ragland Law Firm, LLP will serve as a “Mission” corporate sponsor by making a contribution in the amount of $2,500. The law firm has sponsored MADD’s annual 5k walk every year since 2006. During the last six years, Ragland Law Firm, LLP has made corporate sponsorship contributions to MADD Georgia totaling $17,500. The 2011 “Walk Like MADD” event will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held at the State Farm Atlanta Operations Center, 11350 Johns Creek Parkway, Johns Creek, Georgia 30098.

Ragland Law Firm, LLP recognizes that drunk driving poses a serious risk to the safety of motorists and pedestrians in Georgia and throughout this country. In 2009, alcohol related crashes caused nearly 11,000 fatalities in the United States. Therefore, the trial attorneys at Ragland Law Firm, LLP are committed to helping Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) achieve its mission to “stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.” Attorney Daniel A. Ragland has served on the State Advisory Counsel to MADD Georgia since 2002. He is the chairman of the Victims Services Committee.
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MADD Georgia recognized Ragland Law Firm, LLP as the “Top Fundraiser” at its “Walk Like MADD” campaign held on September 20, 2008 at Zoo Atlanta. This is the second year in a row that Ragland Law Firm, LLP has received the “Top Fundraiser” award at MADD Georgia’s annual walk campaign. Last year, the event was called “Strides for Change” and was held at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. In 2007, Ragland Law Firm, LLP sponsored the “Strides for Change” event with a corporate donation of $2,500. In addition, Ragland Law Firm, LLP raised another $6,000 in contributions from other trial lawyers. This year, Ragland Law Firm, LLP sponsored the “Walk Like MADD” campaign with a corporate contribution of $5,000. In connection with the 2008 “Walk Like MADD” campaign, the Ragland Law Firm, LLP team exceeded its pre-walk goal and raised nearly $7,000 from other attorneys and law firms throughout Georgia. The firm was also a corporate sponsor of the “Strides for Change” walk in 2006.

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On behalf of Ragland Law Firm, LLP, Daniel Ragland (right) accepts the “Top Fundraiser” Award from MADD National President, Laura Dean-Mooney (left)

During the three years (2006-2008) that Ragland Law Firm, LLP has sponsored and participated in the annual fundraising walks held by MADD Georgia, the firm has contributed and raised over $22,000 in funds to support MADD Georgia. The stated mission of MADD is to “stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.” Ragland Law Firm, LLP is dedicated to safety advocacy, and is particularly dedicated to supporting MADD Georgia.

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Daniel A. Ragland, a founding partner at Ragland Law Firm, LLP, has been invited to attend the 2008 MADD National Conference to be held in Dallas, Texas on September 4-6, 2008. The highlight of MADD’s annual conference is always its National Victim/Survivor Tribute which is a candlelight vigil held to honor deceased and injured victims of DUI crashes. This year, that important event will be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas during the evening of Friday, September 5, 2008. Also scheduled is a keynote address by the current MADD National President, Laura Dean-Mooney, during the evening of Thursday, September 4.

Mr. Ragland will attend many of the workshops planned during the day on September 5 and September 6. Some of these workshops will address various topics including, among other things, understanding and meeting the needs of persons suffering a traumatic brain injury, providing support to those grieving the death of a family member, understanding the role of alcohol interlock technology to prevent convicted offenders from repeating their drunk driving, methods to reduce access to alcohol by underage drivers, and the use of Victim Impact Panels to help show convicted offenders that innocent persons are victimized by their impaired driving.

Daniel Ragland is a civil trial attorney who regularly represents victims of drunk driving in lawsuits against the DUI offender. He has also handled many dramshop liability cases against persons or businesses who have negligently served or sold alcohol to an underaged youth or a noticeably intoxicated adult. Mr. Ragland has been an active member of MADD Georgia since 1990. He served as “Legal Advisor” and as a member of MADD Georgia’s Board of Directors during 1992-1998. Currently, he is a member of the State Advisory Council of MADD Georgia, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Ragland has been asked on many occasions to conduct training workshops for MADD victim advocates on topics relating to civil law claims against drunk drivers, as well as civil claims based upon negligent entrustment, vicarious liability, dramshop liability or social host liability. Mr. Ragland has been invited to make presentations about civil law remedies available to victims of an alcohol-related traffic collision at training workshops conducted by MADD chapters in Georgia, Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Washington.

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Ragland Law Firm, LLP, a law firm focused on serious injury and wrongful death litigation, announces that it has agreed to be a corporate sponsor for MADD Georgia’s 2008 “Walk Like MADD” 5k walk to be held at the Atlanta Zoo on September 20, 2008. Walk_MADD_LogoTag.jpg The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is “To stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.” Ragland Law Firm, LLP agrees that drunk driving is a violent crime which results in the needless death of and serious injuries to thousands of people every year. Accordingly, the law firm strongly supports the mission of MADD and has, for several years, supported the Georgia Chapter of MADD with significant financial contributions. This year, Ragland Law Firm, LLP has agreed to be a corporate sponsor of the 2008 “Walk Like MADD” event by contributing $5,000. Ragland Law Firm, LLP has also formed a “Walk Like MADD” walk team with the goal of raising an additional $5,000 in contributions from other lawyers and law firms. Additional information about the September 20, 2008 “Walk Like MADD” campaign and about the Ragland Law Firm, LLP walk team can be found at www.walklikemadd.com or by calling the firm at (770) 407-7300.

Last year, Ragland Law Firm, LLP also sponsored MADD’s 3rd Annual “Strides for Change” walk held on September 13, 2007 at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. The law firm had a walk team which raised nearly $6,000. In fact, in 2007, Ragland Law Firm, LLP was given an award for being the “Top Corporate Team” for its fundraising achievements for MADD in connection with the 3rd Annual “Strides for Change” 5k walk. Ragland Law Firm, LLP was also a corporate sponsor of the 2nd annual “Strides for Change” campaign in 2006.

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On July 30, 2008, MADD Georgia’s State Advisory Council will hold its quarterly meeting at the law offices of Ragland Law Firm, LLP located in the South Terraces at 115 Perimeter Center Place, Suite 425, Atlanta, GA 30346. The Georgia chapter of MADD is overseen by its 14 member State Advisory Council. The Chairman of MADD Georgia’s State Advisory Council is Rebecca Watson who is employed by AutoTrader.com. Ms. Watson has served as chairman since 2002. The purpose of the State Advisory Council is “To provide leadership and insight on issues related to drunk driving, victim services and underage drinking and refine MADD Georgia’s systems and methods of service to assure the greatest benefit possible for citizens in Georgia.”

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Daniel Ragland, an attorney with Ragland Law Firm, LLP, has been a member of the State Advisory Council since 2002. He serves on the Victim Services Committee. Previously, Mr. Ragland served as Legal Advisor to MADD Georgia and was a member of its Board of Directors during 1991-1998. In lieu of a Board of Directors, MADD Georgia is now overseen by its State Advisory Council. Mr. Ragland has been an active member of MADD since 1990.

Daniel Ragland is a civil trial attorney whose legal practice in Atlanta focuses upon severe injury and wrongful death litigation. Mr. Ragland has many years of experience representing victims of drunk driving. He is considered one of Georgia’s leading legal experts in the area of dramshop liability and the pursuit of civil claims against DUI offenders. He has handled many personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against drunk drivers, as well as bars, night clubs, restaurants and other businesses which negligently or illegally sold alcohol to an intoxicated adult or underaged motorist. Personal injury lawyer Daniel Ragland has represented drunk driving victims in Atlanta and throughout all parts of Georgia for nearly 20 years.

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Ragland Law Firm, LLP announces that it has made a significant financial contribution to the Brain Injury Association of Georgia. With this contribution, Ragland Law Firm, LLP has now become a “Sustaining Member” of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG). The BIAG is comprised of survivors, family members, friends, and professionals who understand that a brain injury impacts not only the survivor, but his or her family members and caregivers as well. It is the mission of the BIAG “to improve the quality of life for people with brain injury and their family and friends.” BIAG is the Georgia State affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America. Trial attorneys at Ragland Law Firm, LLP have handled numerous personal injury lawsuits in Georgia, Florida, and other states on behalf of persons who have sustained traumatic brain injury. These cases present particular challenges in terms of educating judges and juries about the profound effects a brain injury has upon the survivor and his or her family.

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“The Brain Injury Association of Georgia gratefully acknowledges Ragland Law Firm, LLP for its contributions to the community of survivors of traumatic brain injury. Ragland Law Firm, LLP is generously “giving back” to the brain injury community by donating money which will enable BIAG to continue its ongoing mission to provide help and services to the TBI community.”

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The Georgia Mock Trial Competition helps high school students gain an understanding of the legal system by providing opportunities for teams of high school students to compete in “mock trials” where the participating students assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical court case. The Georgia Mock Trial Competition is sponsored and conducted by the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia. Daniel A. Ragland will again serve as one of the volunteer attorney coaches for the Mock Trial team from the Wesleyan School located in Norcross, Gwinnett County, Georgia.mock%20trial%20logo.gifMr. Ragland also coached the Wesleyan School Mock Trial Team in 2004 and 2005. Each of these teams will compete at the Regional Competition to be held on February 22-23, 2008 at the Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, GA. This year, the Georgia Mock Trial Competition will concern a criminal case about a high school senior who allegedly sold drugs to an undercover police officer. The fictional defendant claims entrapment as his primary defense. The Georgia Mock Trial Competition is designed to help participating students improve their proficiency in such basic skills as listening, speaking, reading, and reasoning. Mock trials help students gain a basic understanding of the legal process through which our society chooses to resolve many of its disputes. And, while obtaining this knowledge, high school students develop useful questioning, critical thinking, and oral advocacy skills, as well as significant insight into the area of law in question.
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Personal injury attorneys at Ragland Law Firm, LLP have always been strong supporters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) whose mission is “To stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.” The firm’s commitment to MADD was demonstrated most recently by its contributions to the 3rd Annual “Strides for Change” 5k walk which was held this Saturday, September 15, 2007, at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. For the second year in a row, Ragland Law Firm, LLP was a corporate sponsor of this event with a sponsorship donation of $2,500. In addition, at the walk this past Saturday, Ragland Law Firm, LLP received the “Top Corporate Sponsor Award.” This award recognized that the law firm’s walk team raised more money than any other corporate walk team participating in the event. Attorneys and staff at Ragland Law Firm, LLP raised nearly $6,000 in additional contributions from other lawyers throughout Georgia. Combined with its corporate sponsorship donation of $2,500, Ragland Law Firm, LLP was responsible for raising over $8,000 for MADD Georgia. The law firm was delighted with the success of its fundraising efforts and with the opportunity to help MADD support the victims of drunk driving and make our roads safer for everyone.

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