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SCAJ Annual Convention

Each year in August, SCAJ members gather together for three exciting days at the Westin 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.

2019 annual convention: August 1-3, 2019

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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 1, 2019

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

8:00 a.m.                           Coffee – Compliments of Cherokee Funding

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

Computer Technology Seminar

Mark D. Clore, Esq., Chairperson

Marketing Through Technology

9:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.     Combining Grassroots Marketing with Technology to Save Time and Money  -  Kenneth E. Berger, Esq., Columbia, SC

9:40 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.    Using Technology to Market and Assist Your Practice - Larry Simon, Esq., New York, NY

10:20 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Marketing in the 2020’s:  What You Back When Won’t Work Now - Mark Zamora, Esq., Decatur, GA

9:00 a.m.                           Coffee – Compliments of Ferlisi Jolley Associates,.Inc.

Consolidated Section: Seminar To Enhance Your Practice

William E. Hopkins, Jr., Esq. and Graham L. Newman, Esq. and James Graham Padgett III, Esq. Chairpersons

9:00 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.      Taxation Plaintiff’s Lawyers Need to Know – J. Aaron Nelson Jr., Esq., Bluffton, SC

9:35 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.    SCANA Litigation - Graham L. Newman, Esq., Columbia, SC

10:00 a.m.                        Coffee – Compliments of Hope Funding

Employment Law Seminar

Jeremy R. Summerlin, Esq., Chairperson

11:00 a.m. - 11:35 p.m. “Hot Topics” in Employment Law - The Honorable J. Michelle Childs, U.S. District Judge, Columbia, SC

11:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Uniform Anti-Discrimination Act (H. 3239) - Rep. J. Todd Rutherford, Columbia, SC

11:00 a.m.                        Coffee – Compliments of Robson Forensic

12:05 p.m. - 12:25 p.m. If They Shorted One, They Shorted Them All: Key Considerations to Take Advantage of the FairLabor Standards Act Collective Action Mechanism in Wage and Hour Litigation - Jacob J. Modla, Esq., Rock Hill, SC

12:25 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Fight the Power!  How to Sue the Government and Win or at least not Lose - James Paul Porter, Esq., Columbia, SC

11:30 a.m.                        Coffee – Compliments of Medical Vision

Social Security Seminar

Stacy E. Thompson, Esq., Chairperson

11:00 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Federal Court Updates – What You Need to Know - Daniel Mayes, Esq., Aiken, SC

11:35 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Not Dead Yet – The Treating Physician Rule - Robertson H. Wendt Jr., Esq., Charleston, SC

12:10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Know the Code! - Stacy Elizabeth Thompson, Esq., Columbia, SC

Criminal Law Seminar

Heath P. Taylor, Esq., Chairperson

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Holding Our Own: Rethinking Independent State Constitutional Law Grounds - The Honorable D. Garrison Hill, Court of Appeals, Columbia, SC

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Representation of the Guilty and the Rule of Law - John I. Mauldin, Esq., Greenville, SC

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Jurors' Reactions to Courtroom Facility Dogs: Implications for Due Process - Dawn McQuiston, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. 2019 Criminal Law Legislative Update - Heath P. Taylor, Esq., West Columbia, SC

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

Family Law Seminar

Ashby Lawton Jones, Esq., Chairperson

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.      Grandparent Visitation in Light of Brown v. Key - Brooke C. Evans, Esq., Florence, SC

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.      Practical Trial Preparation Tips - Amber Cary Fulmer, Esq., West Columbia, SC

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.      Tips for Mediation from a Mediator’s Perspective - Anthony J. Charles, Esq., Columbia SC

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.      Domestic Violence and Family Court - -Professor Lisa V. Martin, Columbia, SC

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.      Judicial Pet Peeves - S. Murry Kinard, Esq., Lexington, SC

3:40 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.      Something’s “Off” – How to Figure Out What Seems Off Before the First Hearing - Ashby Lawton Jones, Esq., Lexington, SC

2:15 p.m.                           Refreshments – Compliments of Forge Consulting

Workers’ Compensation Seminar

Gerald E. Reardon, Esq., Chairperson

1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.      How Does Your Client’s Workers’ Compensation Settlement Affect Social Security Benefits? Where do we Stand on Setoffs? - Vernon R. Sumwalt Jr., Esq., Charlotte, NC

2:05 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.      How to Prepare Your Client for a Hearing and the Big Bad Defense Lawyer - Jarrel L. Wigger, Esq., N. Charleston, SC

2:25 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.      Top 5 Things to Make Your Case Stronger - Stephen B. Samuels, Esq., Columbia, SC

2:45 p.m.                           Refreshments – Compliments of Dixon Hughes Goodman

2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.      Hot Topics at the Commission - Donald E. Kamb Jr., Esq.,

3:05 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.      ERISA Claims and your Workers Compensation Practice - John R. Peace, Esq., Greenville, SC

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.      Cases Every Young Personal Injury Lawyer (and the Old Ones Too) Should Know by Heart - Francis M. "Brink" Hinson IV, Esq., Columbia, SC

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 Recpetion - Theile B. McVey, Esq., President and James L. Ward Jr., Esq., President Elect

Friday, August 2, 2019

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

8:00 a.m.                           Coffee and Danish – Compliments of The Westin Resort & Spa

9:00 a.m.                           Coffee – Compliments of Thomson Reuters

Litigation at Sunrise – A One Day Seminar in One Hour

Justin S. Kahn, Esq., Moderator

7:45 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.      The Current State of Statutory Employees and Third Party Cases - Thomas A. Killoren Jr., Esq., Spartanburg, SC

7:55 a.m. - 8:05 a.m.      The ABC’s of Special Education - Elizabeth Hyatt, Esq., Lancaster, SC

8:05 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.      Don’t Bury the Lede: Tips from the Newsroom for the Courtroom - Wes B. Allison, Esq., Charleston, SC

8:15 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.      Ethics - Thomas A. Pendarvis, Esq., Beaufort, SC

8:25 a.m. - 8:35 a.m.      The Basics of Ridesharing Collision Litigation - Bert G. Utsey III, Esq., Charleston, SC

8:35 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.      Dental Mal - Olivia C. Palmer, Esq., Charleston, SC

10:00 a.m.                        Coffee – Compliments of Applied Building Sciences, Inc.

Torts & Negligence Seminar

David B. Lail, Esq., Chairperson

8:50 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.      Strategies for Presenting Noneconomic Damages - William E. Applegate IV, Esq., Charleston, SC

9:15 a.m. -  9:40 a.m.     Strategies for Handling Experts - Ronnie L. Crosby, Esq., Hampton, SC

9:40 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.    Preparing the Difficult Client for Trial - Luther J. Battiste III, Esq., Columbia, SC

10:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Strategies for Developing Damages Witnesses - Theile B. McVey, Esq., Columbia, SC

10:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Strategies for Storytelling and Theme Development - Carl B. Grant, Esq., Orangeburg, SC

10:55 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Strategies for Resolution -    Terry E. Richardson Jr., Esq., Barnwell, SC

11:20 a.m.                        Coffee – Compliments of ML Healthcare

Ethics Seminar

Michael J. Virzi, Esq., Chairperson

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. SignificantDecisions of the Past Year (Maybank, etc.) - Stephanie Nichole Weissenstein, Lexington, SC

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.    Screening Non-Lawyer Staff Moving Between Firms (and other Staff Issues) Panel: Cathy Boete, NMRS Paralegal Manager, Columbia, SC; Melissa G. Mosier, Esq., Lexington, SC; Moderator -Michael J. Virzi, Esq., Columbia, SC

1:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.      Top 5 Unknown or Misunderstood Rules  - Michael J. Virzi, Esq., 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       BAND PARTY - LIVE BAND • Men of Distinction

Saturday, August 3, 2019

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

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Awards and Portrait Presentation, The Honorable John Cannon Few

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 2019 Convention




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