Montgomery based law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., hosted its seventh annual Legal Conference & Expo at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center Thursday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22. 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, with about 400 lawyers attending in 2007 and 2,000 preregistered to attended this year. It is one of the top five legal conferences in the United States.
Highlights of the conference this year included an Update on the Issues Affecting the State of Alabama by Governor Robert Bentley, and a panel discussion led by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and featuring Associate Justices Lyn Stuart and Michael Bolin.
Attendees also enjoyed hearing from Beasley Allen’s Founding Shareholder, Jere L. Beasley, who covered a variety of legal topics including a review of the recent case against Toyota Motor Company for serious injury and death linked to sudden unintended acceleration in its vehicles. The trial resulted in a landmark verdict and confidential settlement in favor of the Plaintiffs. A jury in that case found the vehicle’s electrical system at fault, a position Plaintiffs’ attorneys had long held against Toyota’s argument that the problems were caused by faulty floor mats and sticky accelerator pedals.
The conference also addressed legal practice areas of Product Liability, Mass Torts and Fraud, and there was a special program on the topic of Legal Ethics. Dr. David G. Bronner, Chief Executive Officer , RSA, was the luncheon speaker on Friday. Jay Wolf, Pastor of First Baptist Church was the guest speaker at the prayer breakfast Friday morning.
Those in attendance also enjoyed a 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; Freedom Court Reporting and Baker Reporting Services.
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 were also 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.”