Beasley Allen Annual Retreat to draw 900 lawyers to Downtown Montgomery for continuing education

posted on:
November 20, 2008

author:
Wendi Lewis

MONTGOMERY, ALA. – Beasley Allen law firm will hosts its second annual Beasley Allen Retreat at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center beginning Friday, Nov. 21 and continuing on Saturday, Nov. 22. The retreat provides continuing education credits and is open to all Alabama lawyers in private practice. More than 900 attorneys from throughout the state are expected to attend.

The meeting will feature a keynote opening address from Beasley Allen Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley on the topic “Why I am a Trial Lawyer.” Other featured speakers include Judge Charles Price, Mark White, President of the Alabama Bar Association; State Senator Roger Bedford; Ted Hosp of Maynard Cooper; and Jeremy McIntire from the Alabama State Bar. Beasley Allen shareholders Greg Allen, Dee Miles, Cole Portis, Rhon Jones, Julia Beasley Kendall Dunson, Andy Birchfield, LaBarron Boone, and Dana Taunton also will speak during the seminar.

Friday’s luncheon will feature special guest speaker, popular sports commentator and columnist Paul Finebaum. A dinner Friday evening will feature special guest speaker Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, who will address the topic “The Future of Alabama and the Laws that Apply.”

On Saturday, Congressman Artur Davis will present a keynote address on National Politics and the Law.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this program as a service for lawyers from throughout the state of Alabama,” said Tom Methvin, Managing Shareholder of Beasley Allen, who also will be a presenter during the event. “This is a valuable opportunity for continuing education, as well as providing the chance for networking and building business relationships with other attorneys.”

According to Dawn Hathcock, Vice President for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau, the direct economic impact of the conference is a quarter million dollars. Beasley Allen has booked every available hotel room in the downtown area for the event, as well as rooms at several other properties throughout the city.

“A revitalized downtown with an expanded Convention Center allows Montgomery to host larger groups than ever before, and the economic impact is significant,” Hathcock says. “This includes hotel room nights, as well as revenue generated from people dining, shopping and visiting attractions during their stay. That’s all money that goes back into the community and supports the infrastructure and quality of life for our residents. We are excited about having these attorneys and their families visit Montgomery.”

Beasley Allen held its first Retreat last year, which drew about 300 attorneys.

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