Friday, October 12, 2012

NBI CLE De-Brief and What's On The Horizon

Edisto is my favorite South Carolina beach.  My law school roommate, Matthew Richardson, has a family home down there.  The Richardsons are great, great folks, and Matthew was always kind enough to have us all down to his house on many a law school weekend or during the summer.  As a result, I love Edisto, and I continue to take my family there from time to time.  The picture to the right seemed appropriate for a "what's on the horizon" post since it is an Edisto horizon.

First things first, on Wednesday I did a one-and-a-half hour teleseminar CLE for the National Business Institute, blogged about earlier here.  Whew...I am glad it is over.  Make no mistake, I enjoyed the opportunity to speak, and it involved subject matter that is (obviously) of high interest to me.  However, it is pretty challenging to speak non-stop for an hour and a half to an "audience" from your telephone.  I got about two-thirds of the way through my prepared material, and I still had 45 minutes to fill.  (Translated: enter the art of "ad lib.").  I hit my time limit on the nose, but the audience got a nice long account of the "trends and developments" in South Carolina's products liability law for the last half of the presentation.  Thanks to NBI for this opportunity.  My understanding is that the CLE was recorded so that it can be heard "on demand" if you need some CLE credit.  Try this link for more details.

Next week, I hope to get up a case brief of Graves v. CAS Medical Systems, which was issued by the South Carolina Supreme Court on August 29, 2012.  This case represents the third state appellate court products liability case this year, and it is pretty interesting.  Long story short, our state courts continue to scrutinize expert testimony in products liability cases, but there is some language in this case that makes me knit my brow a bit.  More on Graves next week.

I am scheduled to speak on November 9, 2012 at the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association Annual Meeting at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island.  I am in my second year as the Products Liability Substantive Law Committee Co-Chair, and our committee is scheduled to do a 45 minute breakout session at 10:15 a.m.  I am planning to give an overall survey of South Carolina's products liability cases that have been issued in 2012.  Although there have only been three state appellate court cases, there have been quite a few cases in the district court.  Therefore, I hope to provide a good overview of the latest developments and case law.

Finally, I am talking with a friend from the Defense Research Institute about co-authoring an article that does a broad survey of national warnings law.  This is a larger project, and we have not undertaken it...yet.  However, it is in the planning stages.

We are heading into my favorite time of year when it (finally) gets cooler in Columbia, college football season is in full swing, and the holidays are not far off.  Keep checking back, and thanks for following the blog.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for speaking, Brian! We appreciate your time and expertise.