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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.

2020 annual convention: August 6-8, 2020

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Wednesday,August 5, 2020

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.    New Board Orientation

2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.      SCAJ Board of Governors Meeting

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

Thursday, August 6, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.      Registration

8:00 a.m.                           Coffee

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

Computer Technology Seminar

Kenneth E. Berger, Esq., Chairperson

9:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.     Driving Discovery with Technology - Tim Thames, Columbia, SC

9:40 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.    Should I or Shouldn't I?: Effective Tech Presentations in Mediations - Karl A. Folkens, Esq., Florence, SC

10:20 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. What to Use and How to Use it: Trial Technology to Engage and Persuade the Modern Jury - Lloyd N. Bell, Esq., Atlanta, GA

9:00 a.m.                           Coffee –

Criminal Law Seminar

Heath P. Taylor, Esq., Chairperson

9:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.            TBD

9:40 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.           TBD

10:20 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.           TBD

Trial Lawyer Skills Track - Settlement Negotiations & Mediation

Amanda Pittman, Esq., Chairperson

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.         Recommendations on Things We can do Prior to Trial Based on What He has Seen on the Bench - Judge Walton J. McLeod, IV, S.C. Circuit Court, Lexington, SC

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.      Things He Has Heard at Mediations About What Adds Value to the Case - Harry L. Goldberg, Esq., Columbia, SC

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.     Creative Ideas to get the Cases Settled - Austin H, Crosby, Esq., Hampton, SC

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.       TBD

Trial Advocacy

Daniel W. Luginbill, Esq., Chairperson

9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.      TBD

1:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.         TBD

Employment Law Seminar

J. Paul Porter, Esq., Chairperson

11:00 a.m. - 11:35 p.m. Trying Employment Cases – From Fee Agreement to Final Judgment (A View From The Bench) - Judge Donald C. Coggins, Jr., U.S. District Court of SC, Spartanburg, SC

11:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. How to Spot the FCA Case in Your Employment Dispute - Christopher P. Kenney, Esq., Columbia, SC

12:05 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Comprehensive Employment Law Update - Jennifer Stark, Esq., Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Elizabeth Marie Bowen, Esq., Columbia SC

11:30 a.m.                        Coffee –

Social Security Seminar

Stacy E. Thompson, Esq., Chairperson

11:00 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. TBD

11:35 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. TBD

12:10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. TBD

Consumer Securities, Environmental Law & Real Estate Seminar

Graham L. Newman, Esq. , Thomas A. Killoren, Esq. and John C. Hayes, IV, Esq., Chairpersons

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.      Complex Litigation from the Practitioner and the Bench - John C. Hayes, IV, Esq., Charleston, SC and Judge John C. Hayes, III, S.C. Circuit Court Retired, Rock Hill, SC
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    TBD

12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.    TBD

10:00 a.m.                        Coffee

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.    Lunch provided to seminar attendees in the Sabal Palm Room

Trial Lawyer Skills Track - Settlement Negotiations & Mediation

Andrew S. Radeker, Esq., Chairperson

1:45 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.     Depositions - Thomas C. Nelson, Esq., Mt. Pleasant, SC

2:35 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.     Class Actions - Graham L. Newman, Esq., Columbia, SC

3:25 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.     Motions - Andrew Sims Radeker, Esq. Columbia, SC

Family Law Seminar

Ashby Lawton Jones, Esq., Chairperson

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.      The Effects of Opioid Abuse on Families - Darra James Coleman, Esq., Columbia, SC

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.     The Psychological Aspects of Mediations and How to Keep Momentum Going - Karl A. Folkens, Esq., Florence, SC

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.      TBD - Richard S. Rosen, Esq., Charleston, SC

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.     TBD - Mary Fran Quindlen, Esq., Beaufort, SC

4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.     TBD - Brian Dumas, Esq., Columbia, SC

2:15 p.m.                           Refreshments

Workers’ Compensation Seminar

Gerald E. Reardon, Esq., Chairperson

1:45 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.      TBD

3:25 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.      What is Happening at the Commission? – S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commissioners

4:00 p.m.                           Refreshments – Compliments of Oasis Financial

Young Lawyers Seminar

Sydney J. Lynn, Esq., Chairperson

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.      TBD

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.      SCAJ Annual Business Meeting

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.      Women’s and Minority Caucus Reception

9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.    President and President-Elect Welcome Reception - James L. Ward, Jr., Esq., President and J. Richards McCrae, III, Esq., President-Elect

Friday, August 7, 2020

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

8:00 a.m.                           Coffee and Danish –

9:00 a.m.                           Coffee –

Litigation at Sunrise – A One Day Seminar in One Hour

Justin S. Kahn, Esq., Moderator

7:45 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.      TBD

7:55 a.m. - 8:05 a.m.      TBD

8:05 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.      TBD

8:15 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.      TBD

8:25 a.m. - 8:35 a.m.      TBD

8:35 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.      TBD

10:00 a.m.                        Coffee .

Torts & Negligence Seminar

David B. Lail, Esq., Chairperson

8:50 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.       TBD

9:15 a.m. -  9:40 a.m.      TBD

9:40 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.    TBD

10:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  TBD

10:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.  TBD

10:55 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.  TBD

11:20 a.m.                        Coffee

Ethics Seminar

Michael J. Virzi, Esq., Chairperson

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ethics Update - Michael J. Virzi, Columbia, SC

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Positive Psychology Hacks for Lawyers - Beth Padgett, Columbia, SC

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

8:30 p.m. - Midnight       LIVE BAND PARTY  • Enjoy the music of Liquid Pleasure (click to view band)

Saturday, August 8, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.      Coffee with the S.C. 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

9:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Awards Presentation:

Outstanding Contribution to Justice Award (Portrait) - The Honorable Clifton B. Newman, S.C. Cicuit Court (Kingstree, SC)
2020 Founders Award - Ronald A. Maxwell (Aiken, SC)
Matthew J. Perry Public Citizen Award - Karl A. Folkens (Florence, SC)
2020 Worthy Adversary Award - G. Michael Smith, Sr. (Conway, SC)

1:30 p.m.                           Tennis Tournament – Compliments of Harrison/White, PC

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.      The Judicial Reception honoring all members of the Judiciary

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.      Family Cookout to Celebrate the Close of the 2020 Convention




A Special Thank You to Our 2020
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Convention Sponsors
Without Whom This Event Would Not be Possible


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