There's a bit of news coverage and blogging about the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association having Erin Brockovich address its annual convention this week. Brockovich speaks to lawyers! Fancy that. At least Brad Warthen's blog post at The State.com lets readers provide a few mythbusting comments. (For more of the Brockovich reality versus myth, see Ted Frank's post at Overlawyered.) And Brockovich's speaking fee is affordable, we'll give her that.
Beyond the supposed glamor, the conference agenda is informative enough, especially given South Carolina's prominence in the history of excessive litigation. Good interaction between judges and attorneys, lots of nuts and bolts sessions, and here are the talks that caught our eye:
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. "Toxic Tort: It's all about Causation, But don't forget Liability." W. Mullins McLeod Jr., Esq. Charleston, SC
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 "The Evolving Landscape of Environmental Litigation: Lessons from the Kivalina Lawsuit" Wm. Michael Gruenloh, Esq., Charleston, SC
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. "Business Court, A Slippery Slope" Gary W. Jackson, Esq., Charlotte, NC
Slippery? Funny. That's what we would have said about Kivalina.