2013-02-08 / Society

Trial lawyers hold annual dinner

By Warner M. Montgomery, Ph.D.


Pictured are (front, l-r:) D. Reece Williams III, 2000 president ABOTA National; Joel Collins Jr., vice president ABOTA National; H. Sam Mabry, National Board Representative; and T. Brown Parkinson, South Carolina chapter. (back) T.S. Stern Jr., president elect; Robert W. Foster, president; Samuel W. Outten, president of the S.C. Chapter of ABOTA; and John T. Lay, secretary. Pictured are (front, l-r:) D. Reece Williams III, 2000 president ABOTA National; Joel Collins Jr., vice president ABOTA National; H. Sam Mabry, National Board Representative; and T. Brown Parkinson, South Carolina chapter. (back) T.S. Stern Jr., president elect; Robert W. Foster, president; Samuel W. Outten, president of the S.C. Chapter of ABOTA; and John T. Lay, secretary. The South Carolina Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) held its Annual Black Tie Dinner at the Palmetto Club in Columbia, January 31, 2013.

Samuel W. Outten, president, presided over the election of new officers for 2013-2014:

• President Robert W. Foster;

• President Elect T. S. Stern Jr;

• Secretary John T. Lay;

• National Board Representatives Luther J. Battiste III, and H. Sam Mabry III.

President-elect Foster introduced new members who were sworn in by The Honorable Costa M. Pleicones, Justice of the S.C. Supreme Court:


New ABOTA members are (l-r) Dana C. Mitchell III, Paul D. Harrill, Karl A. Folkens, and John E. Cuttino. New ABOTA members are (l-r) Dana C. Mitchell III, Paul D. Harrill, Karl A. Folkens, and John E. Cuttino. • Dana C. Mitchell III (Mitchell Law Firm),

• John E. Cuttino ( Turner Padget, Graham & Laney),

• Paul D. Harrill (McNair Law Firm), and

• Karl A. Folkens ( Folkens Law Firm).

David A. Fedor presented the Jeter E. Rhodes Jr. Tr ial Lawyer of the Yea r Award to Mark W. Buyck (Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A., Florence).

Foster presented the SC Chapter President for 2011 Awa rd to Susan McWilliams (Nexsen Pruet) and the SC Chapter President for 2012 to Samuel W. Outten ( Womble Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, Greenville).

T. Brown Parkinson Jr. presented the Senior Life Fellow D. Michael Parham Recognition to Parham’s wife Judy. Mike Parham, founding partner of Parham and Smith Law Firm in Greenville, died in September 2012.


Lewis Cromer (r) presents the Senior Life Fellow J. Marvin “Bo” Mullis Jr. Recognition to Mullis’ wife Bonnie (l) and daughter Pamela. Lewis Cromer (r) presents the Senior Life Fellow J. Marvin “Bo” Mullis Jr. Recognition to Mullis’ wife Bonnie (l) and daughter Pamela. J. Lewis Cromer presented the Senior Life Fellow J. Marvin “Bo” Mullis Jr. Recognition to Mullis’s wife Bonnie and daughter Pamela. Bo Mullis, founder of the Mullis Law Firm in Columbia, died in October 2012.

D. Reece Williams III, 2000 National ABOTA President, presented the Chapter Ser vi ce Awa rd to H. Sam Mabry (Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.) for his many activities including being a fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of ABOTA National Board of Directors, and being listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Joel W. Collins Jr., vice president of ABOTA National, presented the Jurist of the Year Awa rd to The Hon. Joseph F. Anderson Jr., U.S. District Court Judge. Judge Anderson was appointed U.S. District Judge by President Reagan in 1986. Prior to that, he practiced law in Edgefield and served as a member of the S.C. House of Representatives. Judge Anderson is a graduate of Clemson and the USC School of Law. He currently serves as a member of the Committee on Criminal Law of the U.S. Judicial Conference and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Collins introduced the speaker for the evening, Michael T. Callahan, president of ABOTA National and a partner of Callahan & Martinez, LLC, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Callahan, a graduate of the University of Florida Law School, was recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer in 2010 and 2011 and as a member of the Florida Legal Elite in 2011.

Callahan expounded on the mission of ABOTA which includes promotion of the civil jury trial right as provided by the U.S. Constitution; elevating the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession; aiding in the education and training of trial lawyers; and cultivating a spirit of loyalty, fellowship, and professionalism among its members.


Patti Cavanaugh, executive director of SC ABOTA, and William Byrd. Patti Cavanaugh, executive director of SC ABOTA, and William Byrd. The mission of ABOTA which includes promotion of the civil jury trial right as provided by the U.S. Constitution: elevating the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession; aiding in the education and training of trial lawyers; and cultivating a spirit of loyalty, fellowship, and professionalism among its members.



Reece Williams III (l), 2000 National ABOTA President, presents the Chapter Service Award to Sam Mabry. Reece Williams III (l), 2000 National ABOTA President, presents the Chapter Service Award to Sam Mabry.

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