Kyle Wallace, partner in Alston & Bird’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, has been named to a 12-member Appellate Jurisdiction Review Commission formed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to examine the jurisdictional split between the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and potential reforms to advance best practices and efficiencies within Georgia’s appellate court system.
Wallace is the co-author of an influential 2014 Georgia State Law Review article that proposed a new jurisdictional framework for the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals and recommended measures to ease the excessive caseload of the state appellate courts. One recommendation was to add three judges to the Court of Appeals, which has since been adopted in the 2015 legislative session. Governor Deal’s office has noted that the article was the catalyst for creating the commission.
The commission is due to report its findings by December 15.
Other members of the commission are: Supreme Court Justices David Nahmias and Keith Blackwell; Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sara Doyle and Judge Steve Dillard; state Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert; state House Majority Leader Jon Burns; Gov. Deal's executive counsel, Ryan Teague; Chuck Spahos, executive director of the state Prosecuting Attorneys Council; Bryan Tyson, executive director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council; Thomas Worthy, director of governmental affairs for the State Bar of Georgia, and Atlanta attorney and State Bar Appellate Section Chair Darren Summerville.