MONTGOMERY, ALA. (November 18, 2011) – Beasley Allen Law Firm hosted its fifth annual Legal Strategies Conference & Expo at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 18. The event provides continuing legal education (CLE) credits and is open to all Alabama lawyers in private practice. The conference has grown steadily each year, from about 400 lawyers in 2007 to nearly 1,300 in attendance this year.
“Nationally acclaimed law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis and Miles, P.C. continues to support the local community while showcasing the city they so heavily invest in,” said Dawn Hathcock, Vice President of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitor Bureau. “Each year their Legal Strategies Conference, the largest of its kind within the state of Alabama, creates a huge boost to the River Region, contributing roughly a million dollars in economic impact. Events of this stature are extremely important, as we continue to market Montgomery as a true meeting destination.”
Popular at this year’s conference was a keynote address by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. He addressed a near-capacity crowd gathered in the Montgomery Performing Arts Center Thursday morning, saying, “Those of you who every day do the work of an attorney, you do the people’s business.” The topic of his comments was “The Importance of a Strong Judiciary.” He said, “The judicial branch … is the one that keeps our state, the one that keeps our nation, on the right track.”
Other highlights of the conference this year included remarks from Judge Charles Price, Attorney General Luther Strange, Morris Dees, Founder and Chief Trial Counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Mary Bauer, Legal Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Beasley Allen’s own Founding Shareholder, Jere L. Beasley. John Croyle, founder and director of the Big Oak Ranch, was a special guest speaker for the third year in a row at the Prayer Breakfast held Friday morning, and brought audience members to tears with stories of the children helped by this special ministry, which provides a loving Christian home and family for youngsters in need.
Other legal issues addressed at the conference included Product Liability, Mass Torts and Fraud. Special programs included the topic of Legal Ethics, presented by Tony McLain, General Counsel, Alabama State Bar; and an address by Jim Pratt, President, Alabama State Bar, who spoke on the topic of tort reform and the importance of lawyers becoming involved with the Bar’s activities.
At the Legal Services Expo, vendors provided demonstrations of products and answered questions about how attorneys can best enhance their practice. Event platinum sponsors were LexisNexis, Carr, Riggs & Ingram; Freedom Court Reporting and Jackson Thornton Valuation & Litigation.
Legal and community groups including the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program, Alabama Law Foundation, Alabama Civil Justice Foundation and Jones School of Law also were present to speak with attorneys in attendance.
Friday morning, the firm’s Managing Shareholder, Tom Methvin, announced the winner of the third annual Beasley Allen Pro Bono Award. The award was established in 2009 during Mr. Methvin’s term as President of the Alabama State Bar, to underscore his working theme of increasing participation in the ASB Volunteer Lawyer Program. The first recipient was the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program. In 2010, the award was presented to the Birmingham VLP. This year, Beasley Allen was pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements of the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program. On hand to accept the award, which comes with a $10,000 grant, were Linda Lund, director of the ASB VLP and Emily Marks, committee chair for the ASB VLP program.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this conference as a service for lawyers throughout the state of Alabama,” Methvin says. “This is a valuable opportunity for continuing education, as well as providing the chance for networking with other attorneys.”
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