Bill Speaks

Speaking Topics

Book Bill for any of the following topics below.

  • Seersucker and Civility

Bill discusses how to dress like a heroic lawyer, such as Atticus Finch, and how to behave like one too!

  • Daddies: An Endangered Species (Why kids need their dads, any why men need to be dads to their kids)

Bill’s speech starts with a tribute to the greatest dads of all time (Jim “Father Knows Best” Anderson, Danny “Make Room for Daddy” Thomas, Sheriff Andy Taylor, Fred Flintstone, Ben Cartwright), and ends with an inspirational plea for “Daddy” to make a comeback!

  • Answering the Call: Finding Joy, Meaning and Purpose in the Practice of Law

Bill comes from a long line of preachers who got “the call” to the ministry. But Bill didn’t get the call. Or did he? And did you? Bill’s speech will inspire you to answer a call you may not even know you received.

  • In Search of Hamilton Burger: How a Trial Lawyer Copes with Defeat

Bill begins this speech by remembering  America’s  famous“winning” trial lawyers from Perry Mason to my cousin Vinnie to Elle Wood. But the speech ends with a moving tribute to a trial lawyer who lost the biggest case of his career…Atticus Finch.

  • Is a Happy Lawyer an Oxymoron? Lawyering for Fun and Profit

Bill will tell you how to  quit buying lottery tickets, relax, laugh, and enjoy yourself by focusing on what makes a life in the law rewarding.

  • Be Sweet: A Lawyer’s Guide to Civility in the Courtroom…and out

Do nice lawyers finish last? Bill tells you why civility (being sweet) is the key not only to being a happy lawyer, but also a successful one.

  • Power: How to get it and what to do with it! (A leadership seminar)

In this funny but insightful leadership program, Bill gives you a sure-fire formula for becoming a powerful person who gets things done: Avoid powerful positions, and when forced to take one, give the power away!


Bill Haltom gives a speech to the American College of Trial Lawyers, Annual Meeting, 2007

Bill Haltom is a father, husband, lawyer and award-winning writer. He is the author of three books and has been a newspaper and magazine humor columnist for over 20 years. He has served as chair of the editorial boards for 4 magazines, including the ABA Journal, the flagship publication of the American Bar Association. A popular speaker, Bill has delivered commencement addresses and has been the featured speaker at conventions, banquets and leadership seminars. Bill lives in Memphis with his wife (Judge Claudia), his daughter (Princess Margaret) and his two beagles (Atticus and Scout).

Inside Politics: Bill Haltom

2015 | Inside Politics

Nashville, TN

Bill joins host Pat Nolan to discuss his book The Other Fellow May Be Right: The Civility of Howard Baker.
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