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Norris Serves on Panel at SEABOTA Conference; Justice O’Connor Attends as Guest Speaker


Adams and Reese Special Counsel and Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris served on a Civil Litigation panel for the 2014 SEABOTA (South East Chapters of Abota American Board of Trial Advocates) Annual Conference, held May 1-4, at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor also attended the conference as a guest speaker.

The topic of the conference was “Civics, Civility and Trial by Jury.” Norris served on the panel for “Cutting Edge Efforts to Address the Crisis in Civics Education and Why It Matters in Civil Litigation.”

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 10 states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Western North Carolina, and Virginia. As a regional chapter, SEABOTA promotes the goals of preserving the Seventh Amendment and the enhancement of the honor of the legal profession through ideals of professionalism and civility in the practice of law.

At Adams and Reese, Norris has practiced law since 1980 and is special counsel with the firm in the Memphis and Nashville offices. He was first elected to the Senate in 2000 and as Majority Leader in 2007. Norris has a diverse civil litigation and business practice. His commercial litigation caseload regularly includes products liability, petroleum marketing and franchise litigation, defense of professional liability claims, and condemnation/eminent domain cases.