Annual Meeting 2018 Highlight:
General Session: “Hot Coffee! Is Justice Being Served?” with Susan Saladoff
Attorney-turned-filmmaker Susan Saladoff will present a deeply engaging session regarding the famous McDonald’s “Hot Coffee” lawsuit. This session will take place at the 2018 State Bar of Nevada Annual Meeting on Thursday, July 12 at 10:45 a.m. Don’t miss out – register now!
Praise for this Presentation from Peter Chase Neumann, 2015 recipient of the State Bar of Nevada’s Presidential Award:
Having recently retired after 50+ years of trial law, I thought I might not be attending law-related events very often. But when I read a notice from the State Bar of Nevada describing its 2018 Convention theme as “The Rule of Law” I changed my mind. That subject is so obviously relevant now, as much or more than ever.
And when I read that Susan Saladoff, trial lawyer – turned – film producer, was one of the featured speakers at the SBN Convention in Chicago July 12th, it was an easy decision to sign up for attendance. Susan first appeared on my radar scope in 2011, when I heard about her legal documentary titled “Hot Coffee” which examined the infamous case of Stella Liebeck vs. McDonald’s Corporation. This was the case of the lady who was grievously burned in an especially sensitive area of her body, when a cup of McDonald’s scalding-hot coffee accidentally collapsed on her lap. The true, unvarnished story of how Mrs. Liebeck made legal history in a trial court in Albuquerque, and then became the poster child for the American Tort Reform Association and the United States Chamber of Commerce, was brought vividly to life by a sole practitioner lawyer from Ashland, Oregon.
Susan Saladoff had heard the story proffered by the tort reform industry enough times that she thought she knew the facts. But when she personally researched the case, she found that what she had heard about it was 180 degrees off center from what actually happened. And being a lawyer herself, and also interested in television journalism, Susan decided to set the record straight about the “McDonald’s Coffee Case.” Using her own talent and financial resources, Susan gave up her legal practice in Oregon, and started the project which ultimately resulted in her smash hit titled “Hot Coffee” which received numerous documentary film awards including those from the Sundance Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and others. HBO thought so much of this film that it insisted on airing its premier television debut, which was broadcast in 2011.
Every lawyer and judge owes it to himself or herself to view Susan Saladoff’s “Hot Coffee” on Netflix, HBO, Amazon, or a DVD player. The film is that good, and the fact that a lawyer produced and directed it is very satisfying.
I can’t wait to hear Susan describing the process she went through in giving up her law practice to produce and direct this documentary. I think it will be very inspiring. I am so glad that the Nevada State Bar is bringing Susan to the Annual Convention this year, at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, 2nd week of July. I know from watching the film how good it is. And I really look forward to hearing from the lawyer who conceived of it, then dropped everything to actually make it happen. Mark Twain famously stated that “everybody complains about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it!” Susan Saladoff actually did do something about it, with her movie “Hot Coffee.”