ATLANTA (December 1, 2006) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces the opening of the new Elbert P. Tuttle Courtroom, located in the firm’s Atlanta office.
The state-of-the-art courtroom, complete with a jury box, judges’ chambers and jury rooms, will give Sutherland’s lawyers and clients a competitive edge, including the opportunity to refine their advocacy skills in a traditional courtroom setting. The resources invested in the courtroom are but the latest evidence of Sutherland’s ongoing commitment to professional development.
"We are excited to open our new courtroom, which is one of the most advanced in the Southeast," said Litigation Partner Thomas W. Curvin. "Just as pilots use flight simulators to prepare for takeoff, our attorneys will be able to utilize this new space to hone their courtroom skills."
Designed to respond and adapt to emerging trends, the space boasts the latest features in courtroom technology. This technology was provided by United Technology Service, Inc. of Cumming, Ga. Digital evidence presentation systems serve as the technology control center of the courtroom, supporting real-time reporting, videoconferencing, web-access and total evidence presentation capabilities. Another unique component of the courtroom is its ability to mimic the layout of most state and federal courts, serving as a unique tool for trial preparation sessions, training and seminars. The courtroom will be further utilized as a resource for local mock trial and moot court teams.
Courtroom namesake Elbert P. Tuttle, one of the firm’s founding attorneys, served on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1954 to 1968. Judge Tuttle's bold and courageous rulings during his years on the bench exercised great influence during the Civil Rights Era, improving American society for future generations.
"Judge Tuttle was the model professional, setting a valuable standard that continues to inspire Sutherland attorneys to this day," noted Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. "His legacy of courage and commitment is the foundation of our firm and the Elbert P. Tuttle Courtroom is the embodiment of those principles."
A dedication ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1. Keynote speaker is Anne S. Emanuel, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at Georgia State University. Emanuel, who clerked for Judge Tuttle in 1975–1976, is the author of an upcoming biography profiling Judge Tuttle.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 450 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington. For further information about the firm, please visit sutherland.com.