Beasley Allen Law Firm hosted its third annual Legal Strategies Conference & Expo (formerly called the Beasley Allen Retreat) at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21. 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 1,200 this year.
Practice areas addressed included Product Liability, Mass Torts and Fraud. Special programs included the topics Ethics and Politics. The meeting featured speakers including Beasley Allen Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley; former Alabama Governor Albert P. Brewer; trial consultant Greg Cusimano; Morris Dees, Founder and Chief Trial Counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center; U.S. Senator Richard Shelby; Congressman and Gubernatorial candidate Artur Davis; Tony McLain, General Counsel of the Alabama State Bar; John Croyle, founder of Big Oak Ranch; and sports commentator Paul Finebaum.
A new feature of the Conference this year was a Legal Services Expo, where vendors provided demonstrations of products and answered questions about how attorneys can best enhance their practice. Event sponsors were LexisNexis, LexisNexis/Lawyers.com, Freedom Reporting, MediConnect, Asbury Newton, LegalTube, Forge Consulting, Boosters, The Garretson Law Firm, Alcohol Solutions LLC, Jackson Thornton Valuation and Litigation Consulting Group, Service Printing and Berney Office Solutions.
The Expo also featured the BeasleyAllen.com Racing ARCA car, and driver Grant Enfinger. Legal and community groups including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program, Alabama Law Foundation and the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation were also present to speak with attorneys in attendance.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this program 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.” Methvin is current President of the Alabama State Bar and also will be a presenter during the Conference.