IALDA at RSA 2024

Lary Zucker (Board Member/Past President), David Daly (Board Member/Past President), Paul Cavanaugh (President), Tom Brown (Board Member), Sara Mazzolla (Board Member), and Alicia Caridi (Board Member) attended the Annual RSA Convention and Trade Show in Orlando on May 7th, 2024. They hosted Breakfast with IALDA and presented the Legal Roundtable, which explored how adherence to the Risk Management Guidelines can impact claim valuation.

Gaylee Gillim Inducted into WWA Hall of Fame

In recognition of her decades of experience and dedication to the industry, IALDA’s very own Gaylee Gillim (Secretary/Past President) was inducted into the World Waterpark Association Hall of Fame on October 25, 2023. Congratulations to Gaylee on this much-deserved honor!

Induction Ceremony Tribute Video

IALDA at WWA 2023

IALDA Board Members Lary Zucker (Past President), Gaylee Gillim (Secretary/Past President), Alicia Caridi, and Rudie Baldwin attended the World Waterpark Association Symposium & Trade Show in New Orleans on October 25th, 2023. They presented a seminar titled “Brand Mindful Litigation Strategies in the Era of Cancel Culture.” The discussion included examples and stories of how litigation can take a turn for the worse and negatively affect your reputation/brand, strategies to avoid such pitfalls, and future-focused recommendations of how to stay in front of PR nightmares.

Lary Zucker, Alicia Caridi, and Rudie Baldwin

IN MEMORIAM: Jerry Landers, Esq.

It is with profound sadness that IALDA shares the passing of Board Member and Past President Jerry Landers.

Jerry Austin Landers, Jr., 64 of Mableton, passed into the arms of his Jesus on Sunday, October 8, 2023.  Jerry was born April 24, 1959 in Atlanta, to the late Jerry Austin Landers, Sr. and Beverly Vining Landers.  He graduated from South Cobb High School, the University of Georgia (B.A. 1981), and the Emory University School of Law (JD, 1984).  Jerry began his legal career at UGA serving on the Student Judiciary as a main and resident justice. Upon graduation, he began practicing in Marietta, Ga. as a trial lawyer, a Probate and Estate attorney, and a certified Mediator.  He served as a past president and board member of the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association.  Jerry loved his Savior and teaching, preaching, and sharing the Word of God.  Raised Baptist, Jerry joined Northside UMC after his marriage.  He faithfully served Northside all of his adult life in numerous leadership positions.  He was a frequent Bible study teacher, a certified Lay Speaker, and the first Worship Leader of the Contemporary Worship Service.  He loved music and sang in both Traditional and Contemporary Worship choirs and was an active member of the NUMC Drama Ministry.  Jerry served Whitefield Academy as both the football and the basketball announcer, continuing with basketball through 2023.  He was recognized for his service as “The Voice of the Wolfpack.”  Those who knew Jerry remember his integrity, his wit, and his love for God and for others.  Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Anne; his daughters Margaret Graton (Jason) and Morgan Landers; his brother Dr. Bill Landers (Teresa); his sister Leslie Pair; his brothers-in-law Dave Jollay (Cindy) and Tom Jollay (Kathy), and eight nieces and nephews. A brother-in-law, Rex Pair, preceded him in death.  Celebration of life services will be Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Northside UMC, 2799 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Jerry Landers to the Music Ministry of Northside UMC. A private family burial is planned.

Roller Skating Safety & Liability Statutes

Read the handout prepared by IALDA’s Lary Zucker (Board Member/Past President) and Alicia Caridi (Board Member) below.

IALDA at 2023 RSA Convention

Jerry Landers (Board Member/Past President), Lary Zucker (Board Member/Past President), Jeff Johnson (President), Paul Cavanaugh (Vice President), Joshua Greer (Board Member), Sara Mazzolla (Member), and Clodagh Lane attended the Annual RSA Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas on May 2nd, 2023. They hosted the Breakfast with IALDA event and presented a seminar titled “Risk Management Is More Than Accident Prevention.” Covered topics included discrimination and harassment, preserving the corporate form, cyber security, and social media.

Photo Credit: Roller Skating Association International
Pictured: Clodagh Lane, Jerry Landers, Sara Mazzolla, Jeff Johnson, Paul Cavanaugh, Lary Zucker, and Joshua Greer

IALDA Files Amicus Brief in the Eleventh Circuit

IALDA, as a nationwide, non-profit association of lawyers and other professionals actively engaged in representing the interests of members of the amusement and leisure industry, recently filed a brief as Amicus Curiae in the Eleventh Circuit. There is currently a case pending in the Eleventh Circuit, the outcome of which could have a significant impact on the industry for both operators and manufacturers alike. The plaintiff, Dylan Campbell, who was born without a right forearm and hand, was denied access to various waterslides at a water park in May of 2019.  Campbell sued alleging violation of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) in the Middle District of Florida. Following cross motions for summary judgment, the District Court ruled in favor of the defendant, Universal City Development Partners, Ltd., granting summary judgment. The plaintiff has appealed to the Eleventh Circuit.

Briefing in this appeal began back in June of 2022. After the plaintiff filed his brief on June 2, the U.S. Department of Justice filed its brief as Amicus Curiae in support of the plaintiff on June 9. In September, IALDA’s Board of Directors formed an Amicus Committee to be tasked with submitting an Amicus brief on IALDA’s behalf in support of the defendant. IALDA’s motion requesting leave to file an Amicus brief, with the proposed Amicus brief attached, was filed on September 30. The Eleventh Circuit granted IALDA’s motion, thereby accepting the proposed Amicus brief, on October 21. Jerry Landers, IALDA Board Member and Past President and a practicing Georgia attorney, signed the brief on behalf of IALDA. In addition, Paul Cavanaugh (IALDA Board Member and Vice President), David Daly (IALDA Board Member and Past President), and Clodagh Lane from Daly Cavanaugh LLP are appearing pro hac vice. IAAPA and WWA also filed a joint Amicus brief in support of the defendant.

To read the Amicus brief filed by IALDA, please click here.