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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.

2021  SCAJ  Annual convention Information
August 5-7, 2021

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2021 Convention Schedule

 

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The SCAJ 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 Friday, a live band party on Friday evening, and culminating with the Judicial Portrait presentation at the Saturday morning breakfast.


Location

The Marriott Resort & Spa • One Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928

Reservations: Please call the Marriott reservations at 888-511-5086 (request "SC ASSOC FOR JUSTICE" room rate), to make your Convention Reservations, or click here for online reservations.


Cancellation Policy

  • Written cancellations received prior to Wednesday, July 7, 2021 will be refunded in their entirety.
  • Written cancellations received from Wednesday, July 7, 2021 through Wednesday, July 14, 2021 will be refunded less a $25.00 service charge.
  • After Wednesday, July 14, 2021, no refunds will be given.

Upon written notice received by the SCAJ by Monday, August 31, 2021, any registrant who does not attend the seminar may receive hand-out materials.

 

 

2021 SCAJ Convention Schedule

Wednesday, August 4

 

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – New Board Orientation
2:30 PM – 6:00 PM – SCAJ Board of Governors Meeting
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Registration


Thursday, August 5

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Registration
8:00 AM – Coffee – Compliments of Cherokee Funding
9:00 AM – 5:15 PM – CONCURRENT SEMINARS
9:00 AM – Coffee – Compliments of Ferlisi Jolley Associates, Inc.

Computer Technology Seminar

Kenneth E. Berger, Chairperson

9:00 AM – 9:40 AM – Driving Discovery with Technology – Tim Thames, Columbia, SC
9:40 AM – 10:20 AM – Should I or Shouldn’t I?: Effective Tech Presentations in Mediations – Karl A. Folkens, Esq., Florence, SC10:20 AM – 11:00 AM – What to Use and How to Use it: Trial Technology to Engage and Persuade the Modern Jury – Lloyd N. Bell, Esq., Atlanta, GA


Criminal Law Seminar

Heath P. Taylor, Chairperson

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Puff-Puff-Pass: Cannabis & Driving – Patrick J. McLaughlin, Florence, SC
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Introduction to Federal Criminal Practice – Alexandra M. Benevento, Columbia, SC
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Straight to Jail – The Honorable Bentley Price, SC Circuit Court, Charleston, SC
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Criminal Law Legislative Update – Heath P. Taylor, West Columbia, SC


10:00 AM – Coffee – Compliments of Injury Finance, LLC
11:00 AM – Coffee – Compliments of Robson Forensic


Employment Law Seminar

J. Paul Porter, Chairperson

11:00 AM – 11:35 AM – Trying Employment Cases – From Fee Agreement to Final Judgment – The Honorable Donald C. Coggins, US District Court, Spartanburg, SC
11:35 AM – 12:05 PM – The Right to Riot? Returning to Work after the 1/6/21 Capitol Insurrection – Nekki Shutt, Columbia, SC
12:05 PM – 12:45 PM – State and Federal Court Update – Shannon Polvi, Columbia, SC and Elizabeth Bowen, Columbia, SC


11:30 AM – Coffee – Compliments of Amicus Funding


Social Security Seminar

Stacy E. Thompson, Chairperson

11:00 AM – 11:35 AM – View from the Bench – Federal Court – The Honorable Shiva V. Hodges, US Magistrate Court, Columbia, SC
11:35 AM – 12:10 PM – View from the Bench – ALJ – The Honorable Walter C. Herin, Jr., Administrative Law Court, Columbia, SC
12:10 PM – 12:45 PM – 2020/2021 Social Security Update – Stacy Elizabeth Thompson, Columbia, SC


Consumer Securities Environmental and Real Estate Seminar

Graham L. Newman, John C. Hayes, IV, Chairpersons

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Qui Tam: How to Make It Expensive to Steal from the Government – William N. Nettles, Columbia, SC
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM – Complex Litigation and ADR: A Panel Discussion – John C. Hayes, IV, Charleston, SC; William Gordon Lyles, III, Charleston, SC; Kevin W. Mims, Charleston, SC


12:45 PM – 1:45 PM – Welcome to the New Venue Luncheon


Medical Negligence Seminar

Lee D. Cope, Chairperson

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM – Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: Investigation through Litigation – Theile B. McVey, Columbia, SC; Raymond P. Mullman, Jr., Spartanburg, SC and Matthew W. Christian, Greenville, SC
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM – Abuse of Special Needs Children – Senator Ronnie Sabb, Kingstree, SC; Ronnie L. Crosby, Hampton, SC; and Lee D. Cope, Hampton, SC


Family Law Seminar

Ashby Lawton Jones, Chairperson

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM – Assisting Clients with COVID-19 Related Mental Health Issues – Darra James Coleman, Columbia, SC
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM – “Impressions from the Bench: Tips for Practitioners from a Newly-elected Family Court Judge” – The Honorable Ernest Joseph Jarrett, Kingstree, SC Family Court
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – A Few Hot Tips on Potential Problems in Drafting Agreements – Robert N. Rosen, Charleston, SC
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM – Federal Issues in Your Family Court Case? – Brian Dumas, Columbia, SC
3:50 PM – 4:15 PM – Case Law Update – Mary Fran Quindlen, Beaufort, SC


2:15 PM – Refreshments – Compliments of Forge Consulting


Workers’ Compensation Seminar

Gerald E. Reardon, Chairperson

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM – Mediation Magic – Derrick L. Williams, Columbia, SC
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – COVID 19 as a Workers Compensation Claim – William L. Smith, II, Columbia, SC
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Third Party Claims and Comp Liens—How to Resolve In Your Client’s Favor – Stephen B. Samuels, Columbia, SC and Jason Reynolds, Columbia, SC
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM – Laugh and Learn with the Commissioners – SC Workers’ Compensation Commissioners


2:45 PM – Refreshments – Compliments of Physician Life Care Planning
4:00 PM – Refreshments – Compliments of Marrick Medical


Young Lawyers Seminar

Liam D. Duffy, Chairperson

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM – Tips from the Bench with an Extended Q&A Session – The Honorable Bentley Price, SC Circuit Court, Charleston, SC
4:45 PM – 5:15 PM – Keep Calm and Question On: Deposition Tips for Young Lawyers – David B. Lail, Charleston, SC


5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – SCAJ Annual Business Meeting


6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Women and Minority Caucus Reception
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM – President’s Reception – J. Richards McCrae, III, President & Bert G. Utsey, III, President Elect
(Compliments of Diamond Sponsors)


Friday, August 6

8:00 am – 1:30 PM – Registration
8:00 AM – Coffee and Danish – Compliments of The Marriott
9:00 AM – Coffee – Compliments of MoveDocs

Litigation at Sunrise – A One Day Seminar in One Hour

Justin S. Kahn, Moderator

7:45 AM – 7:55 AM – The Current Status of Corporate Succession Liability Law in SC – Thomas A. Killoren, Jr., Spartanburg, SC
7:55 AM – 8:05 AM – Getting Effective Discovery Responses from the Defendant – Robert V. Phillips, Rock Hill, SC
8:05 AM – 8:15 AM – Statutory Employer Defense and Co-Employees – Bert G. Utsey, III, Charleston, SC
8:15 AM – 8:25 AM – The Ethics of Virtual Law Practice: We’ve Got to Draw the Line on Ethics Somewhere; at Least in Pencil – Thomas A. Pendarvis, Beaufort, SC
8:25 AM – 8:35 AM – Getting Your Feet Wet (So Your Client Doesn’t Get Soaked): Beginner’s Tips for Dealing with ERISA Plans – Wes B. Allison, Charleston, SC
8:35 AM – 8:45 AM – Rules Update – Justin S. Kahn, Charleston, SC


10:00 AM – Coffee – Compliments of Applied Building Sciences, Inc.
10:30 AM – Coffee – Compliments of Oasis Financial


Torts & Negligence Seminar

Mark J. Bringardner, Chairperson

8:50 AM – 9:15 AM – The Corporate Negligence Case in Nursing Home & Medical Malpractice Litigation – Perry McPherson Buckner, IV, Charleston, SC
9:15 AM – 9:40 AM – Out of State Expert Depositions and Covid-19 Trial Considerations – Bert G. Utsey, III, Charleston, SC
9:40 AM – 10:05 AM – The Defense Perspective: A view from the other side – Breon C. M. Walker, Columbia, SC
10:05 AM – 10:30 AM – Learning to Live the Life of a Trial Lawyer – Virginia Watson Williams, Orangeburg, SC
10:30 AM – 10:55 AM – A View from a SC MDL and the Statehouse – Senator Marlon E. Kimpson, Mt. Pleasant, SC
10:55 AM – 11:20 AM – Written Discovery Law and Motion – The Honorable Roger M. Young Sr., SC Circuit Court, Charleston, SC


11:20 AM – Coffee – Compliments of Medivest Benefit Advisors, Inc.


Ethics Seminar

Michael J. Virzi, Chairperson

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Bias in the Legal Profession – Moderator: Jan Baker Panelists: Barbara Seymour, Columbia, SC, Clifford L. Bourke, Jr., Columbia, SC, Teckla Henderson, Blythewood, SC and Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty, SC Supreme Court
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Medical Liens, Assignments & Rule 1.15 – John S. Nichols, Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Columbia, SC


2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Volleyball by the Pool – Compliments of the Philpot Law Firm, PA


8:30 PM – Midnight – BAND PARTY – LIVE BAND • Liquid Pleasure Band


Saturday, August 7

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Coffee with the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commissioners, South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commissioners
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – 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 AM – 11:30 AM – Awards and Portrait Presentation


1:30 PM – Tennis Tournament – Compliments of Harrison/White, PC


5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – The Judicial Reception honoring all members of the Judiciary
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM = Family Cookout to Celebrate the Close of the 2021 Convention



A special “thank you” to J. Ed “Punky” Holler, Convention Chair and
Pamela R. Mullis CLE Chair, for all of their hard work.

 


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