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48th Annual Meeting South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association November 5-8, 2015 The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida
president’s letter Dear Friends:
On behalf of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association and the SCDTAA Board of Directors, I am pleased to invite you to our Annual Meeting at the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton on November 5-8, 2015. With a beautiful venue and fantastic program, we are looking forward to an outstanding weekend. The Ritz has undergone significant renovations since our last visit there, and Amelia Island always provides a wonderful setting to enjoy a beautiful fall weekend visiting with old friends and making new ones.
Thanks to the tremendous efforts and planning of the Annual Meeting Co-Chairs, Jamie Hood and Ryan Earhart, and their fellow committee members, we have a fantastic and entertaining CLE program in addition to many opportunities for fun. Our meeting begins with our The President’s Welcome Reception on Thursday evening followed by dinner at one of the Ritz’s amazing restaurants or one of the other fine dining establishments in Amelia. Friday morning then begins with regional breakfasts honoring the South Carolina Judiciary, followed by the kick-off of our educational programs including a discussion of the latest issues involving HIPAA led by Trey Suggs, a presentation by Dick Willis on effective use of science in trying product liability claims, a judicial panel featuring state and federal judges moderated by Molly Craig, and an ethics presentation from Barbara Seymour. Chief Justice Toal will provide us with her annual address on the state of the judiciary. We are also pleased to have Sheila Bias with us to discuss emerging liability trends.
Friday afternoon offers an array of social opportunities to help you relax and re-charge. In addition to our annual golf tournament, fishermen will have an opportunity to test their luck in the local tidal creeks, those wishing to learn more about Amelia Island can attend an island tour, and others may simply want to relax in the spa or enjoy the other amenities the hotel has to offer. The fun continues Friday evening with our formal banquet (black tie optional) featuring the Atlanta Rhythm and Groove band. Those of you who were with us in Savanah a couple of years ago will no doubt remember the great show put on by this band.
The Saturday CLE program is one you won’t want to miss. In addition to an appeal panel featuring Justice Toal and Justice Pleicones, moderated by Mitch Brown, we will also hear from Gray Culbreath on assignability of legal malpractice claims. We are also honored to have Jay Lucas, Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives, who will present to us on legislative issues and preview the upcoming legislative session. Last, but certainly not least, we will hear from G. Robert Blakely, former member of the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations, who will speak with us about the unanswered questions relating to the JFK assassination.
As always, Saturday afternoon will provide opportunities for your leisure and enjoyment. The hospitality room will be open and ready to host those interested in catching the college football action. We will also offer tennis and a wine tasting/cooking outing for those looking for something other than football. We will then conclude the evening with a low country dinner at the Ritz.
We encourage you and your spouse or guest to attend this wonderful meeting. Enclosed is a registration packet. Becky and I look forward to seeing you in Amelia!
Warmest regards,
Activities Please register for these activities on the enclosed registration form
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2015 12:30 p.m. Golf Tournament The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach Emerald greens, sapphire skies and the brilliant azure waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the shore are certainly the dream course of an avid golfer. Designed by golf professional Mark McCumber and Gene Littler, The Golf Club of Amelia Island’s course is as beautiful as it is challenging. Carved out of the island’s lush and undisturbed beachfront, fairways are framed by live oaks, palm trees and pristine sand dunes while greens offer an extra measure of difficulty with the addition of the cool Atlantic breeze. Boxed lunch included $375.00 per person
12:30 p.m. Coastal Fishing Charter Amelia Island is the Florida coast’s best place for year round fishing. Guests will be transferred to Fernandina Harbor Marina to board their exclusive, 4-passenger inshore charter. The experienced captains will put guests in prime waters that will have the best opportunity to catch the big one. Giant sea trout showcase Amelia Island’s coastal fishing during the spring fishing season. Spotted sea trout weighing over 6-pounds are commonly taken with top water plugs, live shrimp, or finger mullet. Redfish, flounder, black drum and sheepshead are plentiful as well. Box lunch included Minimum of 4 people required and a maximum of 16 $400.00 per person
12:30 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour & Lunch Start the tour with lunch at Café Karibo. After lunch take a step back into time with a scenic trolley tour along the historic streets of Fernandina Beach and Old Town Fernandina. The tour will take you around the Historic District to view the beautiful homes and Victorian buildings while our experienced tour guide gives you a lovely narrative of the local history.
After touring the Historic District, your guide will take you to the north end of our island to Old Town Fernandina, originally platted by the Spanish in 1811. Your guide will point
out the historical points of interest such as Plaza Fort San Carlos, the Pippi Longstocking House and Ladies Street just to name a few. Minimum of 10 people required and a maximum of 20 people $155.00 per person
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2015 2:00 p.m. Tennis Doubles and Social Come enjoy an afternoon of tennis, round-robin style. Get a good work out and enjoy cold drinks in the warm sun, as we serve-up lots of fun. All abilities welcome! Minimum of 5 people required $40.00 per person
2:00 p.m. Salt Infusion & Wine Tasting Join us for an afternoon of tasting! The Ritz Carlton experienced Chef’s infuse herbs, citrus and other flavors to make our house made gourmet salts. Participants can taste a diverse array of salts from all over the world and learn the secrets of cooking on a salt platter that’s 250 million years old.
The Sommelier will share cooking tips and the healthy benefits of these infused salts as well as pair our finest wines alongside them. Tasting includes four different pre-selected wines and light hors’ d’oeuvres. Minimum of 10 people required $175.00 per person
Hotel Information The Ritz Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, Florida 32034. Group reservations for the meeting can only be made for registered seminar attendees. Guaranteed reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or major credit card. The Ritz Carlton will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of the above methods. The room rate at the Ritz Carlton is $289.00/night plus tax. To request hotel room reservations please fill out the HOTEL RESERVATION FORM and return to SCDTAA headquarters with your Annual Meeting registration form. Meeting registration forms with payment must accompany hotel reservation form. Hotel form will not be accepted unless you have submitted a registration prior to or along with the hotel form. Confirmation information will be sent by email within three weeks of receiving registration. Please note there is no resort fee for SCDTAA.
All deposits are refundable up to 7 days prior to arrival. Availability of rooms at the group rate is subject to the SCDTAA room block and for reservations made on or
before, Monday, October 12, 2015 the cut off date. Reservations requests received after the room block is has been fully reserved or after the release of unused rooms on October 12, 2015 will be accepted based on a space and rate availability basis.
Dining The hotel’s spectacular restaurant SALT will be available to our group on Thursday night with seating beginning at 7:00pm. There is a maximum of 8 people per reservation for dinner. You must register for the meeting before you will be able to make reservations for SALT restaurant. To make reservations for SALT please email Taylor Thompson at [email protected] There are also other great restaurants on Amelia Island, as well as in nearby Fernandina Beach.
If you need transportation for dinner Thursday night, please call the Ritz Carlton Concierge at (904) 321-5019 and they can help arrange it.
Directions Directions to the Ritz Carlton can be found on their website www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland under the “hotel information” section.
Meeting Cancellation Policy A refund, less $200.00, will be given to cancellations before October 15, 2015. No refunds will be given after October 15, 2015.
Conference Attire Dress for the sessions will be casual, business casual for the President’s Welcome Reception, and Saturday evening’s event will be held outside and is resort casual. Friday night’s dinner is black tie optional. Attire for the hotel is resort casual.
Future Meeting Dates 2016 Summer Meeting 2016 Annual Meeting July 28-30 November 8-11 The Asheville Renaissance The Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation Asheville, North Carolina Greensboro, Georgia
2017 Summer Meeting 2017 Annual Meeting July 14-16 November 9-12 The Omni Grove Park Inn The Cloister Asheville, North Carolina Sea Island, Georgia
Tentative Agenda Thursday November 5, 2015 3:00pm – 5:00pm Board of Director’s Meeting
4:00pm – 6:00pm Registration Desk Open
5:00pm – 6:00pm Nominating Committee Meeting
5:00pm – 6:00pm Young Lawyer’s Meeting
6:30pm – 7:30pm President’s Welcome Reception
Dinner on your own
Friday November 6, 2015 7:45am – 8:20am Breakfast Honoring the South Carolina Judiciary
8:20am – 8:30am Membership Meeting - Election of Officers & Board of Directors
8:30am – 8:40am President’s Welcome Remarks 8:40am – 9:00am HIPPA – Are You Protecting Your Clients? Fred W. Suggs III
9:00am – 9:20am Emerging Liability Sheila M. Bias
9:20am – 9:40am Understanding is Believing: Teaching Science to Product Liability Juries Richard H. Willis
9:40am – 10:10am State of the Judiciary Honorable Jean H. Toal Chief Justice South Carolina Supreme Court 10:10am – 10:25am Break
10:25am – 11:10am Judicial Trial Panel Honorable J. Michelle Childs, United States District Court Honorable DeAndrea G. Benjamin, South Carolina Circuit Court Honorable Roger M. Young, Sr., South Carolina Circuit Court Honorable Doyet A. Early, South Carolina Circuit Court Moderator: Molly H. Craig
11:10am – 12:10pm Ethics Hour Barbara Seymour
12:30pm Coastal Fishing Charter
12:30pm – 1:30pm Women in Law Reception
5:30pm Past President’s Reception (By Invitation Only)
6:30pm Cocktail Reception
7:30pm Friday Night Banquet and Dancing (Black tie optional)
Saturday November 7, 2015 8:15am – 8:30am Membership Meeting Continued
8:30am – 8:50am Assigning Legal Malpractice Claims? What You Should Know Gray T. Culbreath
8:50am – 9:50am The JFK Assassination: The Unanswered Questions G. Robert Blakey, Professor of Law Emeritus University of Notre Dame Law School Former Chief Counsel and Staff Director United States House Select Committee on Assassinations
9:50am – 10:10am Legislative Update Honorable James H. Lucas Speaker of the House
10:10am – 10:25am Break
10:25am – 11:10am Judicial Appellate Panel Honorable Jean H. Toal, Chief Justice South Carolina Supreme Court Moderator: C. Mitchell Brown
11:10am – 12:00pm Panel Discussion: The Evidence is Closed – Now What? Jocelyn T. Newman Moderator: J. Michael Montgomery
2:00pm Salt Infusion & Wine Tasting
2:00pm Tennis Doubles and Social
7:00pm Lowcountry Cuisine Dinner
SCDTAA 48th Annual Meeting ♦ November 5-8, 2015 The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL
PHONE: FAX: EMAIL: SPOUSE/GUEST NAME (as to appear on nametag):
SPOUSE/GUEST EMAIL (to receive meeting updates & information):
Please Return This Registration by OCTOBER 9th as SCDTAA will be Making Your Hotel Reservations for You and Rooms May NOT be Available After the 9th. I/We will be staying: Please mark appropriate days and preferences
Thursday, November 5th One King Bed Friday, November 6th Two Double Beds Saturday, November 7th Handicap Accessible Room Activities Registration: (Please check all that apply)
I plan to attend: President’s Welcome Reception Friday Night Banquet Lowcountry Cuisine Dinner
Spouse/Guest plan to attend: President’s Welcome Reception Friday Night Banquet Lowcountry Cuisine Dinner
Optional Events: (Please check all that apply)
Golf Tournament – Friday, November 6th Me Spouse/Guest $375.00 per person - Includes green fees, cart fees, lunch and beverages (spouse/guest fee)
My handicap Spouse/Guest handicap
Coastal Fishing – Friday, November 6th Me Spouse/Guest $400.00 per person - Includes box lunch and transportation (spouse/guest fee) - Minimum of 4 people required & maximum of 16 people
Lunch & Historic Trolley Tour – Friday, November 6th Me Spouse / Guest $155.00 per person
- Minimum of 10 people required & maximum of 20 people (spouse/guest fee) Salt Infusion & Wine Tasting – Saturday, November 7th Me Spouse / Guest $175.00 per person
- Minimum of 10 people required (spouse/guest fee) Tennis Doubles & Social – Saturday, November 8th Me Spouse/Guest $40.00 per person
- Minimum of 5 people required (spouse/guest fee)
Total Registration to cover guest/spouse activities $ Please return this form to:
SCDTAA, 1 Windsor Cove, Suite 305; Columbia, SC 29223 (803) 252-5646 / (800) 445-8629 Fax (803) 765-0860
Revised 4/28/15
Concierge Suggestions for Dining on Amelia Island SALT, The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton- Simple elements from the earth and sea. Properly seasoned. Artfully prepared. And served in a contemporary coastal setting. Over 500 wines. The Salt Lounge offers expertly made cocktails and small plates. Reservations required. Open Tuesday - Sunday evenings – 6pm - 9:30pm Dress Code: Smart business casual for ladies and gentlemen. Gentlemen: No hats, T-shirts, shorts, open-toed shoes, sandals, or flip-flops. Dress hats for ladies are acceptable. Denim is not preferred. Please refrain from using cell phones and laptops; all audio visual equipment prohibited. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/AmeliaIsland/Dining/Salt/Default.htm Café 4750 at The Ritz-Carlton- Relaxed Southern charm. Menu inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients from regional farms and coastal influences. Local fish, Mayport shrimp, seasonal vegetables, farm-raised, grass fed beef and lamb. Pastas, breads and gelatos are house made. Daily: Breakfast 6:30-11:30am Lunch 11:30am -5:30pm Dinner 5:30-10pm http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/AmeliaIsland/Dining/Cafe4750
Eight Burger Bar & Sports Lounge – Reservations Not Accepted Contemporary sports lounge ,. Enjoy sliders, local beer, and beverages. Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 12am Monday – Friday 4pm – 12am After 9:30 pm – Ages 21 and Over http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/AmeliaIsland/Dining/Eight_Burger_Bar_Sports_Loun ge/Menu.htm The Ritz-Carlton Lobby Lounge – Reservations Not Accepted Limited lounge menu - Saturday 12pm – 2am Sunday Friday 12pm – 2am http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/AmeliaIsland/Dining/TheLobbyLounge
************************************************* Barzin –American Bistro and Wine Bar. Lunch: Monday – Saturday 11:30am – 2pm Happy Hour: Monday – Saturday 4pm - 6pm Dinner: Monday- Saturday 5:30pm – 10pm Sunday - Closed 4924 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 310-6620 www.barzin-bistro-winebar.com Brett’s Waterway Café- Plenty of seafood and pasta dishes as well as a beautiful harbor view. Full Bar. Daily – Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm. - Dinner Nightly 5:30pm – until 1 South Front Street, Fernandina Beach (904) 261-2660 www.brettswaterway.com Ciao Bistro- Authentic Italian cuisine. Home made recipes. Dinner Nightly 5:pm - 9pm 302 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 206-4311 www.Ciaobistro-luca.com
Cucina South- Italian Bistro. Brick-oven pizza – seafood, beef, poultry Dinner: Tuesday – Sunday - 5:30p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday - Closed 4828 1st Coast Hwy #1, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 432-7920 http://www.cucinasouth.com David’s Restaurant – Upscale dining – Specializing in Steaks and Seafood. Lounge open 5pm Dinner: Daily 6pm - Close 802 Ash Street. Fernandina Beach, FL ( 904) 310-6049 www.ameliaislanddavids.com España – Spain’s Old World cuisine. Authentic Tapas, Homemade Sangria and desserts from celebrated family recipes. Fresh seafood. Nightly 5pm - 10pm 22 S. 4th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL (904)261-7700 www.espanadowntown.com Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro-. Enjoy the cozy dining room or the New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Local fresh seafood, steaks, game, desserts! Lunch Wednesday – Monday 11am – 3pm Dinner Wednesday – Monday 5:30pm – 9:30pm Tuesday - Closed 14 S. 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL (904)321-2558. www.joesbistro.com/dinner La Mancha - Mixture of contemporary and traditional authentic Spanish Cuisine. Classic bar and lounge. Fresh seafood, beef, and tapas. Dinner: Daily 5pm - 10 pm 2709 Sadler Rd, Fernandina Beach FL (904) 261-4646 http://www.lamancharestaurant.net LeClos- French Provencal Cooking at its best. Dine in historic Victorian Cottage and enjoy some of the best food on Amelia Island! Monday - Saturday 5pm-9pm Sunday - Closed 20 S. 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 261-8100 www.leclos.com/menu PLAE – Unique and innovative menu catering to the playful at heart. Dinner: Monday - Saturday – 6pm- 9pm Sunday - Closed. Lounge – Entertainment – Thurs - Sat. 80 Amelia Village Circle at the SPA & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation (904) 277-2132 www.plaefl.net/menu2 Verandah - Specializing in southern inspired fare and fresh traditional seafood in a family-friendly setting. Dinner: Nightly 5pm - 10pm. 142 Racquet Park Drive, Amelia Island, FL 32034 (904) 277-5958 http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/AmeliaIsland/Dining/TheVerandah.aspx 29 South – A chic neighborhood bistro. Farm-to-Table dining. Lunch: Wednesday-Saturday 11:30am-2:30pm Brunch: Sunday only 10am-2pm Dinner: Daily 5:30pm – 9:30pm 29 South Third Street, Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 277-7919 www.29southrestaurant.com
Judge's Reg Form_15_fillable
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL
Please Return This Registration by OCTOBER 9th as SCDTAA will be Making Your
Hotel Reservations for You and Rooms May NOT be Available After the 9th.
I/We will be staying: Please mark appropriate days and preferences
Thursday, November 5th One King Bed
Friday, November 6th Two Double Beds
Saturday, November 7th Handicap Accessible Room
SALT, The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton- Simple elements from the earth and sea. Properly
seasoned. Artfully prepared. And served in a contemporary coastal setting. Over 500 wines. The Salt Lounge offers expertly made cocktails and small plates. Reservations required.
Dinner: Tuesday – Sunday - 5:30p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday - Closed
Thursday, November 5th: Off