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SCAJ Annual Convention

Each year in August, SCAJ members gather together for three exciting days at the Marriott Resort and Spa on Hilton Head Island. Featuring a dozen seminars delivered by leading legal experts, the convention provides members a chance to qualify for 12 CLE credits which includes two ethics credits. Seminar topics range from ethics, torts and negligence, workers compensation, employment law, social security, criminal law to environmental law. The convention is also an excellent networking opportunity, allowing you to meet with leaders in your areas of practice and join the lively exchanges that take place during dozens of various events, including a welcoming reception on Thursday, dinner and drinks by the beach on Saturday, a live band party on Friday, and culminating with the Judicial Portrait presentation at the Saturday morning breakfast.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the
2020 Annual Convention has been
rescheduled as a virtual seminar.






2020 SCAJ Virtual convention:
August 7-20, 2020

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Per CLE Regulations, this seminar has been broken into five parts, each part consisting of two CLE credit hours for a total of ten (10) credits. 
You must register for the entire event and log in each day to receive full credit hours. 
All Meetings will be held via Zoom per the following schedule




Monday, August 3, 2020

10:00 a.m.     SCAJ New Board Orientation


Thursday, August 6, 2020

2:00 p.m.     SCAJ Board of Governors Meeting

3:30 p.m.    SCAJ Annual Business Meeting


Friday, August 7, 2020

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.     Ethics Seminar  -  Michael J. Virzi, Chair 
(1 Ethics credit and 1 SA/MH credit)
                         “Ethics Update”
                                              Michael J. Virzi, Esq.
                         "Positive Psychology Hacks for Lawyers”
                                              Beth Padgett


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   Workers Compensation Seminar - Gerald E. Reardon, Chair
                              Round Table Discussion -
                                                The Honorable Melody L. James,
                                                     S.C. Workers Compensation Commission
                                                The Honorable Aisha Taylor,
                                                     S.C. Workers Compensation Commission
                                                Stephen B. Samuels, Esq.
                                                Allison Sullivan, Esq.
                                                Derrick Williams, Esq.
                                                Sarah C. Sutusky, Esq.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon   Criminal Law Seminar - Heath P. Taylor, Chair
                              "Hot Tips For Criminal Practitioners"
                                              The Honorable Robert E. Hood, S.C. Circuit Court
                              “Defending DUI Death and Injury Cases”
                                              C. Andrew Carroll, Esq.


Thursday, August 13, 2020

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   Family Law Seminar - Ashby Lawton Jones, Chair
                              “Houston, We Have a Problem" - Avoiding Impasse in
                              Family Court Mediations”
                                             Karl A. Folkens, Esq.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon   Social Security Seminar - Stacy E. Thompson, Chair
                              “Rulings, Regulations and Case Law Update 2020”
                                             Stacy E. Thompson, Esq.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   Employment Law Seminar  -  J. Paul Porter, Chair
                              “How to Spot the FCA Case in Your Employment Dispute”
                                         Christopher P. Kenney, Esq.
                              “Comprehensive Employment Law Update”
                                 Jennifer Stark, Esq. and Elizabeth Marie Bowen, Esq.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon   Consolidated Seminar
          Consumer Securities - Graham, L. Newman, Chair
          Environmental Law - Thomas A. Killoren, Jr., Chair
          Real Estate Law - John C. Hayes, IV, Chair 

                              “Complex Litigation from the Practitioner and the Bench” 
                                       John C. Hayes, IV, Esq. and Judge John C. Hayes, III
                              “Selling Out the Stockholders: Derivative Actions and Corporate Mergers”
                                Graham L. Newman, Esq.
                              “Mass Action Predatory Lending Cases in NC” 
                                        Jeffrey K. Peraldo, Esq
                              “The Top Five Consumer Issues Addressed on the List Serve This Year”
                                Thomas A. Killoren, Jr., Esq.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   Torts & Negligence Seminar - David B. Lail, Chair
                              “Dissecting a Trial Loss” -
                                    Lee D. Cope, Esq., Moderator
                                         The Honorable Margie Bright Matthews, S.C. Senate
                                         Kenneth M. Suggs, Esq.
                                         John Eric Fulda, Esq.
                                         Stephen G. Lowry, Esq.

.11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon   Young Lawyers Seminar - Sydney J. Lynn

                              “What Trial Lawyers (young and old) Should Know
                                                   - From a Judge's Perspective"
                                 The Honorable Jocelyn Newman, S.C. Circuit Court

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