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Lectures and Presentations

Sharing Industry Knowledge 

As leaders in the field of asbestos, litigation partners Daniel Speights and Alan Runyan regularly spoke at seminars and presented information about their work in order for the public to benefit from the work the firm had accomplished. Below is a representative list of seminars and presentations presented by Speights & Runyan.

Daniel A. Speights, Partner

  • “Survey as a Function of Cost Recovery,” interdisciplinary aspects of asbestos detection and management, sponsored by the Survey Group, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, June 1982
  • “Asbestos Health Hazards in the Schools: Legal Recovery for Cost of Abatement,” North Carolina School Boards Association, Raleigh, North Carolina, January 1983
  • “Dealing with Asbestos,” South Carolina Association of School Business Officials, Charleston, South Carolina, February 1983
  • “Cost Recovery Concepts/Attorney General’s Liability Report,” asbestos symposium, sponsored by Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1983
  • “Legal Action Planning,” asbestos abatement training course, sponsored by Arizona Center for Occupational Safety and Health (ACOSH), San Diego, California, August 1983
  • “Uncovering the Asbestos Hazard,” sponsored by National School Boards Association, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, September 1983
  • “Asbestos Materials in Buildings Seminar,” sponsored by the Survey Group, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, January/February 1984
  • “Uncovering the Asbestos Hazard,” sponsored by National School Boards Association, Vail, Colorado, February 1984
  • “The Legal Rights and Risks of School Board Members,” sponsored by the American School Board Journal, Orlando, Florida, July 1984
  • “Legal Aspects of Asbestos in Schools,” 1984
  • “I Care” Conference, sponsored by American Association of School Administrators, Washington, D.C., September 1984
  • “Asbestos Litigation in Public Schools,” Legal Conference of the National Association of State Boards of Education, Dearborn, Michigan, October 1984
  • “Annual Symposium on Managing Asbestos in Buildings – Legal Considerations,” sponsored by the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1984 - 1989
  • “Meeting on Asbestos,” sponsored by the National School Boards Association, Alexandria, Virginia, October 1984
  • “Asbestos Litigation Considerations – The School District as Plaintiff,” sponsored by Tennessee School Boards Association, Knoxville, Tennessee, November 1984
  • “Asbestos Update: The Johns-Manville Bankruptcy, History of the Pennsylvania Class Action, and Trying a School Asbestos Case,” sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards, Austin, Texas, November 1984
  • “Asbestos Litigation,” sponsored by the Washington Council of School Attorneys, Seattle, Washington, November 1984
  • “Legal Recovery for Cost of Abatement,” sponsored by the Iowa Association of School Boards, Des Moines, Iowa, December 1984
  • “Asbestos – Did the Manufacturers Really Know?,” sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators, Orlando, Florida, December 1984
  • “The Mechanics on an Asbestos Property Damage Suit,” sponsored by the American Council on Education, Washington, D.C., February 1985
  • “The Asbestos Problem: Potential Personal Liability of Superintendents,” sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators, Dallas, Texas, March 1985
  • “Asbestos Property Damage Litigation,” sponsored by Law & Business, Inc., New York City, New York, April 15-16, 1985; San Francisco, California, May 1985; and New Orleans, Louisiana, October 1985
  • “Asbestos Abatement and School Construction/Renovation,” sponsored by American School Board Journal, Montreal, Canada, July 1985
  • “Asbestos in Public Buildings,” sponsored by the National Association of Counties, Orlando, Florida, July 1985
  • “Building Management Conference,” sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore, Maryland, September 1985
  • National Educational Conference of the American School Board Journal, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 1985
  • “Non-Occupational Exposure to Asbestos in Schools and Other Buildings,” presented by Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, March 1986
  • “Building Survey/Hazard Assessment – Cost Recovery Options,” sponsored by Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1986
  • “Asbestos and the Building Owner/Operator,” sponsored by Central Illinois Employers’ Association, Peoria, Illinois, April 1986
  • “The Trial of a Property Damage Claim – Testing and Inspection: The Plaintiff’s Response,” sponsored by Defense Research Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 1986
  • “Asbestos Control, Mitigation and Litigation,” sponsored by Airport Operators Council International, Denver, Colorado, September 1986
  • “Pre-trial and Trial Management,” JCLE Circuit Court – Construction Litigation Seminar, sponsored by the South Carolina Bar, Columbia, South Carolina, October 1986
  • “Asbestos Symposium – General Session: Legal and Insurance Issues,” sponsored by Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1987
  • “Non-Occupational Exposure to Asbestos in Schools and Other Buildings,” presented by The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, March 1987
  • “Fifth Annual Toxic Tort Advocacy Institute Seminar,” sponsored by Prentice-Hall Law & Business, New York City, New York, April 1987; and San Francisco, California, May 1987
  • “Asbestos Management Seminar – Legal Ramifications on Asbestos,” sponsored by BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association International), New York City, New York, March 1988
  • “Asbestos Management Seminar – Litigation and Liability,” sponsored by BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association International), Sacramento, California, April 1988
  • “Asbestos Management Seminar – Litigation and Liability,” sponsored by BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association International), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 1988
  • “School & College Law: Legal Implications of Asbestos in Buildings,” sponsored by The Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, September 1988
  • “Asbestos in Buildings: Legal and Management Planning,” sponsored by The Environmental Institute, San Francisco, California, January 1989
  • “Asbestos in Buildings: Executive Summary Seminar,” sponsored by Gobbell Hays Partners, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, March 1989
  • “National Asbestos Council Fall Technical Conference – Mock Trial,” sponsored by The Environmental Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, September 1989
  • “Asbestos in Buildings,” sponsored by Defense Research Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, June 1990
  • “Current Issues in Asbestos in Buildings,” sponsored by Defense Research Institute, Orlando, Florida, January 1992
  • “Status of Asbestos Building Cases,” sponsored by the South Carolina Chapter of the National Asbestos Council, Inc., Charleston, South Carolina, December 1992
  • “Demonstrative Evidence,” sponsored by the New Hampshire Bar Association, The Balsams, Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, March 1993
  • “South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention 1994: Discovery Abuse – The Solution,” Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, August 1994
  • “Sweet Potato Law – Ethics Beyond the Code” (Panel Member):
  • “Federal Practice in the District of South Carolina: New Directions in Civil Practice, Procedure & Evidence,” South Carolina Bar, Columbia, South Carolina, July 1995
  • “Ethics at Trial” (Panel Member), South Carolina Bar, Columbia, South Carolina, December 2000
  • “Effective Courtroom Advocacy,” South Carolina Bar, Columbia, South Carolina, November 2002

C. Alan Runyan, Partner

Author

  • “The Safe Buildings Alliance: For Whose Safety?,” published in the July/August 1990 issue of Asbestos Abatement Magazine
  • “Liability Perspective,” published in the July, 1989 issue of Asbestos Issues ’89
  • “Asbestos Removal: A Question of When, Not If,” published in the April 1989 issue of Asbestos Issues ’89
  • “The Prosecution and Defense of Construction Claims: The Owner’s Perspective,” published in the March/April 1985 issue of The Bulletin, a Trial Lawyers Association Publication
  • “The New Federal Rules of Evidence and South Carolina Evidentiary Law: A Comparison and Critical Analysis,” published in February 1977 in Volume 28, South Carolina Law Review, Page 481
  • “Debate for Abatement — Reasons for Asbestos Removal,” published in the October 1992 issue, Volume 6, Number 5, Indoor Pollution Law Report

Moderator and Lecturer

  • “The Safe Building Alliance: Falling from Grace,” sponsored by California Asbestos Abatement Business League, held in San Francisco, California, October 1990
  • “Making the Asbestos Companies Pay for Asbestos Abatement,” sponsored by National Asbestos Council, held in Anaheim, California, March 1989
  • “Preparing a Defense Against Future Plaintiffs” sponsored by Environmental Management Group, Inc., held in San Francisco, California, January 1989
  • “Cost Recovery Litigation for Schools” sponsored by Hall-Kimbrell Environmental Sciences, held in Richmond, Virginia, December 1988
  • “Cost Recovery Litigation for Schools” sponsored by Hall-Kimbrell Environmental Sciences, held in White Plains, New York, October 1988
  • “Multi-Party Construction Litigation: Duties and Theories of Liability,” presented at a Continuing Judicial Education Seminar for the South Carolina judiciary sponsored by the South Carolina Bar and held in Columbia, South Carolina, October 1986
  • “The Fundamental Rights of the Owner: A Legal Perspective,” presented at a Continuing Legal Education Seminar open to members of the bar of all states which dealt with the problems associated with construction disputes, held in Columbia, South Carolina, August 1981
  • “The Leaking Roof Syndrome: Claims and Defenses,” presented at a Continuing Legal Education Seminar open to members of the bar of all states which dealt with construction litigation, held in Columbia, South Carolina, October 1980