Law school offers successful continuing education session

More than 80 attorneys and students attended a two-day course over the first weekend of December to learn more about jury persuasion, trial work, electronic discovery and products liability issues.

Speakers included Charleston School of Law President Ed Bell; Atlanta, Ga. attorney Don C. Keenan; S.C. Court of Appeals Judge Aphrodite Konduras; Colorado attorney James L. Gilbert; and Charleston School of Law Professor Allyson Haynes Stuart.

“Our packed Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar featured legal stars who stimulated the dozens of attorneys and students who attended,” saidCLE attendees Bell. “Our goal was to provide a very practical seminar for participants – and we exceeded beyond my expectations.”

For example, a seasoned attorney commented after the session hosted by the law school: “I have many years of experience and thought that I knew almost everything about the topics being discussed. After listening to these speakers, I now know that there is still much for me to learn.”

A newly-licensed attorney found the discussions just as stimulating: “After attending this seminar, I feel much better prepared for the practice of law.”

Nationally-recognized speakers presented to participants, including:

  • Bell, a prominent trial attorney based in Georgetown, led a two-hour discussion on jury persuasion. A litigator who has tried more than 300 major cases throughout the United States, Bell is also an owner of Garden & Gun magazine.
  • Keenan joined Bell in sharing information on persuading juries. Keenan, who became the youngest president of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 1992, has secured more than 327 verdicts and settlements over $1 million in his 40 years of practicing law.
  • Konduros, who is an adjunct professor at the law school, offered a one-hour presentation about trial work.
  • Gilbert of Arvada, Colo., led a two-hour session on products liability issues. With 40 years of litigating complex cases against some of the world’s largest corporations, Gilbert and his firm specialize in product defect litigation, primarily automotive and truck products.
  • Stuart, former legal department director of Sony Corporation of America, discussed electronic discovery issues. She is a frequent speaker and scholar on issues ranging from privacy and Internet law to e-discovery and intellectual property.