The South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (SC ABOTA) presents the Tenth Annual James Otis Lecture Series in observance of National Constitution Day. The topic for the 2019 James Otis Lecture is “The Role of Citizens in the Administration of Justice.” Two students from every high school in our state have received invitations to attend and will be recognized as James Otis Scholars. Broadcast from the State House, the program’s featured speakers are: South Carolina Supreme Court Justice John Cannon Few, and Judge Aphrodite Konduros, of the SC Court of Appeals. The James Otis Lecture is the American Board of Trial Advocates’ contribution to our state’s education system whereby they hold a program every year around Constitution Day. For federally funded schools, it is a federal mandate to have a program every year on or around Constitution Day, which is officially Sept. 17.
Host Kirby D. Shealy, III, Esq., President of South Carolina’s ABOTA Chapter, introduces this year’s speakers. Shealy also elaborates on ABOTA’s roles, and its mission.