2013 SCAJ Convention Program


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. New Board Orientation

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. SCAJ Presidents Council

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. SCAJ Board of Governors Meeting

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Registration

Thursday, August 1, 2013
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. Coffee Break – Compliments of Robson Forensic

9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SEMINARS

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Social Security Seminar - Stacy E. Thompson., Esq., Chairperson
“ObamaCare and Access to Treatment for Low to No Income Clients – Other Public Benefits and What You Need to Know to Assist Your Client Beyond the Courtroom” - Sue Berkowitz, Esq., Columbia, SC
“District Court and 4th Circuit Appeals: Preparing Your Case to be winnable on Appeal and Identifying Issues for Appeal” - Paul McChesney, Esq., Spartanburg, SC
“Social Security Update – What’s New in the Past Year” - Stacy Elizabeth Thompson, Esq., Columbia, SC

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m: Computer Technology Seminar - J. Benjamin Stevens, Esq., Chairperson
"How We Do the Digital Law Thing" - Thomas A. Pendarvis, Beaufort, SC
"How Litigation Apps Can Make You a Better Trial Lawyer" - James T. McLaren, Esq., Columbia, SC

10:00 a.m. Coffee Break – Compliments Thomson Reuters Business

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Consumer Securities Environmental and Real Estate Seminar - Andrew S. Radeker, Esq. and Badge Humphries, Esq. and William E. Applegate, IV, Esq. Chairpersons
“Real Estate Law: Recent Developments and Ethical Considerations” -James Graham Padgett, III, Esq., Greenwood, SC
“What Can Be Learned from the Largest Class Action Settlement in U.S. History?” -Joseph F. Rice, Esq., Mt. Pleasant and Frederick C. Baker, Esq., Mt. Pleasant
“Arbitrate This: A Compelling Panel Discussion”- Panelists: The Honorable David C. Norton, Charleston, SC; The Honorable Clifton B. Newman, Kingstree, SC; William H. Narwold, Esq., Hartford, CT, Stephen R. Suggs, Esq., Columbia, SC; Brian L. Boger, Esq., Columbia, SC - Moderators: Badge Humphries, Esq., Mt. Pleasant, SC and Andrew S. Radeker, Esq., Columbia, SC

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. “Criminal Law Seminar - Heath P. Taylor, Esq., Chairperson
“Hot Topics from the Bench, Defense, and Prosecution” - The Honorable John C. Few, Chief Judge, South Carolina Court of Appeals; W. Walter Wilkins, III, Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor; Beattie B. Ashmore, Esq.
“Practical Immigration Tips” - John E. Duncan, Esq., Lexington, SC, Charles A. Phipps, Esq., Columbia, SC
“Criminal Law Legislative Update” - Heath P. Taylor, Esq., West Columbia, SC

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 a.m. Employment Law Seminar - Candy Maria Kern-Fuller, Esq., Chairperson
“Social Media evidence in the Employment Law Context” - The Honorable J. Michelle Childs
“Mediation Communication: How to Improve Your clients Chances of Success at an Employment Law Mediation” - Eric K. Englebardt, Esq.
“Wage Theft: The State of Wage & Hour Law in South Carolina” - Joseph M. Epting, Jr., Esq., Columbia, SC, Jennifer Munter Stark, Esq., Charleston, SC
“Through the Looking Glass: Observations from the Bench” - The Honorable J. Michelle Childs

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Family Law Seminar - Bryan W. Braddock, Esq., Chairperson
"Perils and Pitfalls of the Indian Child Welfare Act "- The Honorable Deborah A. Malphrus, Ridgeland, SC
"Judges Are Human, Too: (Unspoken Thoughts at a Final Hearing)" - The Honorable A. Eugene Morehead, III, Florence, SC
"Rules of Procedure and Effective Advocacy at an Order of Protection Hearing"- The Honorable Vicki J. Snelgrove, Aiken, SC and The Honorable Jerry D. Vinson, Jr., Florence, SC
“ABC, Easy as 1, 2, 3” - The Honorable Kaye G. Hearn, Columbia, SC and The Honorable Lisa A. Kinon, Conway, SC
"Oops, They Did It Again: an Annual Review of South Carolina Family Law - Appellate Opinions (with a Pop Princess Perspective)" - Ashby Lawton Jones, Esq., Lexington, SC
“Temporary Hearings: Practical Considerations under the New Guidelines " - Robert N. Rosen, Esq., Charleston, SC
“Getting Paid or Getting Out” - David C. Shea, Esq., Columbia, SC

2:45 p.m. Refreshments – Compliments of Forge Consulting

1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Workers’ Compensation Seminar - Stephen B. Samuels, Esq., Chairperson
“What Workers’ Comp Lawyers Need to Know About Social Security” - Stacy E. Thompson, Esq., Columbia, SC
“What Civil Trial Lawyers Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation” - James Gary Christmas, Esq., Mt. Pleasant, SC
“What Workers’ Comp Lawyers Need to Know About Civil Trials” - W. Hugh McAngus, Jr., Esq., Columbia, SC
“Case Law and Legislative Update” - Stephen B. Samuels, Esq., Columbia, SC
Panel Discussion with the SC Worker’s Compensation Commissioners

4:00 p.m. Refreshments – Compliments of Thaxton Barclay

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Young Lawyers Seminar - Graham L. Newman, Esq., Chairperson
“Don’t be a Richard” - John Thomas Lay, Esq., Columbia, SC

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Business Meeting and Presidents Remarks

9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Welcoming Reception: Matthew T. Richardson, Esq., President and Rodney C. Jernigan, Jr., Esq., President Elect - Compliments of the Diamond Sponsors: The Bell Legal Group, Furr & Henshaw, McGowan, Hood and Felder, Motley Rice, Wyche Law Firm, FindLaw, Forge Consulting, Gibson & Associates, ML Healthcare, Robson Forensic, Thaxton Barclay, and West, a Thomson Reuters

Friday, August 2, 2013
7:45 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Litigation at Sunrise – A One Day Seminar in One Hour - Justin S. Kahn, Esq., Moderator
“Five Essential Apps for Trial Lawyers” - J. Benjamin Stevens, Esq., Spartanburg, SC
“New Developments in Insurance Laws” - Bert G. Utsey, III, Esq., Walterboro, SC
“Sexy Employment Issues” - Jennifer Munter Stark, Esq., Charleston, SC
“Guilty Pleas- The PCR Protection Plan” - John T. Mobley, Esq., Columbia, SC
“Professional Conduct Rules Update” - Thomas A. Pendarvis, Esq., Beaufort, SC
“Evidence and Procedure Tips” - Justin Kahn, Esq, Charleston, SC

8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Registration

8:30 a.m. Coffee and Danish – Compliments of ML Healthcare

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Torts & Negligence Seminar - Susan F. Campbell, Esq., Chairperson
“Digging for Gold in 1983 Cases” - Robert V. Phillips, Esq., Rock Hill, SC
“Nursing Home Litigation – Pre-Trial and Trial Considerations” - John G. Felder, Jr., Esq., Columbia, SC
“Inside the Enemy Camp: Personal Injury Valuation Through the Eyes of the Adjuster” - F. M. "Nick" Cotten, Jr, Esq., Chester, SC

10:45 a.m. Coffee Break – Compliments of ML Healthcare

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Ethics Seminar - John S. Nichols, Esq., Chairperson
"2013 Ethics & Discipline Update: Succession Planning, Identity Theft, and the Unauthorized Practice of Law” - Barbara M. Seymour, Deputy Disciplinary Counsel Supreme Court of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
"To Fee or Not to Fee: Protecting Yourself When Collecting Fees from Your Client” - Peter Protopapas, Esq., Columbia, SC

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Beach Volleyball – Compliments of the Philpot Law Firm, PA

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PAC Reception – Compliments of SCAJ Political Action Committees

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday Night at the Pavilion (Ticketed Event) - Dinner, Drinks and Light Music by the Beach

9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. DANCE-LIVE BAND (Ticketed Event) - You asked and we brought it back! Come have some fun and show your stuff on the dance floor

Saturday, August 3, 2013
7:30 a.m. For Early Birds Only –2013 Ruth Shafer Annual Fun Run - Compliments of Lester & Hendrix Law Firm

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. “Breakfast with the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commissioners, Panel Discussion” - South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commissioners

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. SCAJ Gala Breakfast – Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow attendees at this casual, hearty breakfast that has become a true highlight of the Annual Convention. Compliments of our Diamond; Gold and Silver Sponsors

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Awards and Portrait Presentation, The Honorable Donald W. Beatty

1:30 p.m. Golf Tournament – Compliments of Attys Lee, Eadon, Isgett, Popwell and Reardon

1:30 p.m. Tennis Tournament – Compliments of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, PC

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Kids Program – For children 4-16.

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Judicial Reception honoring all members of the Judiciary

10:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. Young Lawyers Party – Come enjoy the fun and meet the future generation of leaders of the South Carolina Association for Justice!

***A special “thank you” to J. Ed “Punky” Holler, Convention Chair; Vice-Convention Chair Catherine Hendrix; Pamela R. Mullis and Pamela M. Secrest Co-CLE Chairperson, for all of their hard work.***




The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) was founded over 50 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers. Since then, our mission has been to serve our members and those we are sworn to protect.  We work to uphold and defend the constitutions of our state and nation. We fight tirelessly to protect the rights of the individual; to seek justice through open and fair courtrooms; to resist unjust laws; to support policies that hold wrongdoers accountable; to strengthen the civil justice system through education; and to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in the legal profession.

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