James Otis Lecture 2022 (Full Program)


Richard H. Willis, Esquire, the immediate past President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) SC Chapter is the host for the 2022 James Otis Lecture series.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee for the South Carolina House of Representatives discusses what the SC State House building symbolizes, what it means to be a lawyer and legislator, the SC Constitution and the rule of law in today’s world. Anthony W. Livoti, Esquire, the President-Elect of ABOTA’s SC Chapter joins to talk about James Otis’ importance and legacy. Luther J. Battiste III, Esquire, ABOTA National Board Representative elaborates on the life and legacy of Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr. The Honorable Sherri A. Lydon, U.S. District Court Judge calls attention to the very first legislative act performed by the first U.S. Congress – the oath of office. S.C. Court of Appeals Honorable D. Garrison Hill talks about the significance of George Washington’s chair in Independence Hall.