Upcoming SEABOTA Annual Conference In Birmingham Boasts Full Roster Of Notable Speakers

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Birmingham, AL., April 14, 2016 - The Southeastern Chapter of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (SEABOTA) announces that it will hold its annual conference in Birmingham, AL at the Mountain Brook Grand Bohemian Hotel April 14-17th.

Burr Partner and SEABOTA president, Ed Hardin serves as host of this year's conference. This is the first time in the organization's history it is holding its conference in Birmingham.

"We are excited to host the Annual SEABOTA meeting in Birmingham and share our incredible city with the top trial lawyers from the nine southeastern states," said Ed Hardin, President of SEABOTA from Birmingham.

The conference will cover topics such as preserving the 7th Amendment rights, maintaining judicial independence, strategic leadership, the art of communication, and dealing with ethical battles.

The conference will feature several notable speakers from the bench including the Honorable William G. Young, U.S. District Court Trial Judge in Boston, the Honorable Gary R. Wade, retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Thomas Marten, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court in Kansas and the Honorable John Carroll, former Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge for Middle District of Alabama and former Dean of the Cumberland School of Law. National ABOTA President Charles Baumberger from Miami and Mike Atchison, Esq., will also address the members.

In addition, the conference will include entertainment and other famed speakers from outside the legal industry including entertainment from two-time Grammy winner singer-songwriter Don Schlitz, who along with Grammys for The Gambler, sung by Kenny Rogers, and Randy Travis' Forever and Ever, Amen, has won three CMA Awards and two ACM Awards. Schlitz, a four-time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993 and the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Along with Schlitz, the conference will feature General Charles Krulak, the 31st Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and member of The Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as Dr. James R. Andrews, leading sports medicine physician.

Burr partner and Mobile Office Managing Partner, Ed Bowron also serves as Treasurer of the Southeastern Chapter.


The Southeastern Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (SEABOTA) was formed in 2004 to unite the members of local American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) chapters in the ten states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Western North Carolina, and Virginia.

The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial guaranteed by the preservation and promoters of the civil jury trial guaranteed by the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Membership in ABOTA is by invitation only and is extended only to trial lawyers of high personal character with proven courtroom skills.



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