Beasley Allen Law Firm hosted its sixth annual Legal Conference & Expo at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center Thursday, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec.7. 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 more than 1,400 who attended 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 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.”
A highlight of the conference is the presentation of the Beasley Allen Pro Bono Award and Grant. Established in 2009, this award recognizes the outstanding work of volunteer lawyer programs throughout the state. Volunteer lawyers donate their time to provide legal services to those who would not otherwise be able to afford a lawyer. The award is accompanied by a grant of $10,000 to help support and enhance volunteer lawyer programs. Past recipients are the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program, Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program.
This year’s award and grant was presented to the Montgomery County Bar Association. MCBA President Mike Winters was on hand to accept the award.
Practice areas addressed at the conference included Product Liability, Mass Torts and Fraud. Special programs include the topic of Legal Ethics. The meeting featured speakers including Beasley Allen Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley; Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange; Dr. David G. Bronner, Chief Executive Officer , RSA; Judge Joel F. Dubina, United States Court of Appeals; Judge Charles Price; Phillip McCallum, President, Alabama State Bar; Clay Hornsby, President, Alabama Association for Justice; and Mark Moody, Assistant General Counsel, Alabama State Bar. Bryan Kelly from Common Ground Montgomery Ministry was the guest speaker at the prayer breakfast Friday morning.
A special feature of this year’s conference was an area dedicated to providing information about the BP Oil Spill litigation and settlement. The table was staffed with Beasley Allen attorneys who could answer questions about the settlement. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, almost any business in any part of the state of Alabama may qualify for compensation. Depending on the business’s records, compensation could be substantial.*
An important part of the conference is the Legal Services Expo, where vendors provide demonstrations of products and answer questions about how attorneys can best enhance their practice. Event platinum sponsors were Jackson Thornton Valuation & Litigation Consulting Group , LexisNexis; Carr, Riggs & Ingram; and Freedom Court Reporting.
Legal and community groups including the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program, Alabama State Bar Lawyer Referral Program, Alabama Law Foundation, Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, Alabama Association for Justice, and Jones School of Law also had representatives present.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this conference as a service for lawyers throughout the state of Alabama,” said Beasley Allen Managing Shareholder Tom Methvin. “This is a valuable opportunity for continuing education, as well as providing the chance for networking with other attorneys.”
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