COURSE # 181282

6.5 hours of credit with 2.5 in Ethics and 1.0 in Substance Abuse/Mental Health

Morning Session
 

Morning Session

 
 
 

8:30-8:45

Welcome Remarks

+ Lance Crick

Lance Crick currently serves as the First Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina as well as the Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney for the Greenville USAO. Since joining the United States Attorney’s Office in August 2001, Lance has advanced the prosecution of Project CeaseFire cases, the South Carolina component of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). As the statewide coordinator for PSN/Ceasefire, Lance’s responsibilities include working with local, state, and federal authorities in order to target violent felons who continue to possess and use firearms as well as coordinating efforts with communities and schools on gun safety.

Over the years, Lance has also handled OCDETF (Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force) drug prosecutions, cases which focus on the activities of drug trafficking operations which span multiple jurisdictions. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Lance worked for three years as a state prosecutor in the 13th Judicial Circuit, handling a variety of violent crime and narcotics cases in Pickens County, South Carolina. Lance received his undergraduate degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1995 and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1998.

Lance and his wife, Cindy, a former state prosecutor in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, who currently serves as Chief of Staff for Congressman Trey Gowdy, live in Greenville with their eight-year-old son, Smith.

  

President’s Address and Greenville Bar Update

+ Jennifer Howe

The SC Bar Foundation
(15 Minutes CLE)

+ Venus Poe


8:45-9:15

Commission on the Profession and supreme court Update
(30 minute cle ethics)

+ The Honorable John Kittredge

John W. Kittredge is married to Lila Graham Hewell, and they have three adult children, Lila Marian, Will and Zay and one grandchild, Jeff. John graduated from the University of South Carolina, summa cum laude. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Academic honors include Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif, and Wig and Robe.

Justice Kittredge began his legal career as a law clerk to The Honorable William W. Wilkins, Jr. He practiced law in the firm of Wilkins, Nelson and Kittredge. Justice Kittredge was actively involved in community and state service: Governor’s Committee on Crime and Delinquency; Governor’s Juvenile Justice Task Force; Greenville Technical College Foundation (Vice-President); City of Greenville Civil Service Commission (Chairman); Greenville County Crime Stoppers (President); Board of Directors of Child Evangelism Fellowship. In addition to his admission to the South Carolina Bar, Justice Kittredge is also admitted to practice before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, United States Court of Military Appeals, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Justice Kittredge serves in various roles in support of the legal profession, including Chairman of the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Profession.

Justice Kittredge has served as a family court judge, circuit court judge, court of appeals judge, and since 2008, has served as a justice on the South Carolina Supreme Court. He is the only person ever to serve on all the major courts in South Carolina.


9:15-10:15

What Resilient lawyers do differently
(1 hour cle ethics, substance abuse and mental health)

+ Stuart Mauney

Stuart Mauney is a shareholder in the Greenville SC office of Gallivan White & Boyd. His practice is focused on the defense of business and commercial clients in the professional negligence, personal injury, and trucking law practice areas. Additionally, he serves the South Carolina legal system as a certified mediator. Stuart defends trucking companies in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. This defense includes coordinating the emergency response to trucking and industrial accident scenes, the investigation that follows, and the subsequent litigation and trial of those matters. His professional negligence practice is centered on the healthcare industry, especially representing nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Stuart has spent many years as a mental health advocate, including serving on the board of directors and as President of Mental Health America of Greenville County. He later served on the board and as an officer of Mental Health America of South Carolina. He currently serves on the board of Gateway, a local non profit clubhouse that provides rehab services to the chronically mentally ill in the Greenville community. Stuart also volunteers with the SC Bar Lawyers Helping Lawyers program, which provides resources, education and support to lawyers and judges who have a substance abuse disorder or mental health problem. He just recently served on the national ABA Advisory Committee for the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.


10:30-11:30

The pro-bono program
(1 hour CLE ethics)

+ The Honorable John C. Few

John Cannon Few graduated from Duke University with an A.B. Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Economics. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of The Order of Wig and Robe and The Order of the Coif. He also served as Student Works Editor of the South Carolina Law Review.

Justice Few began his legal career as law clerk to The Honorable G. Ross Anderson Jr., United States District Judge. He practiced law in Greenville from 1989 until 2000, and is admitted to practice in South Carolina, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Justice Few served as a trial judge on the Circuit Court of South Carolina from July 2000 until February 2010. He then became the Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, a position he held until February 2016. He was elected as a Justice on the Supreme Court of South Carolina on February 3, 2016, and he was sworn in on February 9, 2016.

Justice Few is a frequent public speaker. He now teaches at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Before becoming a judge, he read to pre-school children on a weekly basis for years in the Greenville Head Start program, tutored middle-school children through Save our Sons, taught middle and high school classes as part of the Junior Achievement program, and served on the board of Friends of the Reedy River. While he was a circuit judge, he served on the 2003-04 Governor’s Water Law Review Committee. Justice Few now chairs the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission.

Justice Few has three children: Reed, Anna, and Cannon


11:30-12:00

Update from the south cArolina court of appeals
(30 minute cle)

+ The Honorable Aphrodite K. Konduros

Judge Aphrodite Konduros is a member of the S.C. Court of Appeals. She currently serves as vice-chairman of the Chief Justice's Commission of the Profession, a member of the S.C. Senate Judiciary Sentencing Reform Commission, subcommittee chairman of the Supreme Court Family Court Docketing Committee, a member of the Supreme Court E-Filing Committee, a member of the S.C. Bar's Vulnerable Adult Task Force, and a member of the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Board. She is also the 2013 recipient of the American Board of Trial Advocates' Jurist of the Year Award. She was elected to the Family Court in February 2002 to fill the unexpired term of the Hon. Amy C. Sutherland, retired. On February 6, 2008, Judge Konduros was elected to the S.C. Court of Appeals to finish the unexpired term of Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty. She was reelected to the S.C. Court of Appeals in 2015. She and her husband, Sam Konduros, live in Greenville and Seabrook Island, South Carolina.


12:15-1:00

From the foothills to capitol hill: a federal update
(45 minute CLE)

+ Congressman Trey Gowdy

Representing South Carolina’s 4th District, Trey Gowdy entered Congress with a resolute commitment to the conservative principles that have guided him throughout his years in public service. At the core of those principles lies a firm belief in a limited government that inspires trust and demands accountability.

In June of 2017, Representative Gowdy became Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He also serves on the House Committees on Intelligence, Ethics, and Judiciary. In these capacities, Representative Gowdy has fought to highlight facts, uphold the Constitution, rein in the ever-expanding scope of the federal government, and restore America’s trust with a renewed spirit of honesty, fairness and reason.

Trey graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982, Baylor University in 1986 with a degree in history, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989 where he was a member of the scholastic honor society “Order of the Wig and Robe.”

For 6 years as a federal prosecutor, Trey prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness. He was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. He also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – two years in a row.

As 7th Circuit Solicitor, Trey led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees. During his tenure, he started a Violence Against Women Task Force and a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and implemented a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction.

He has been recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights and drunken driving enforcement and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions.

Trey is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy, and they have two children: Watson and Abigail. The Gowdy family also includes two dogs: “Jury” and “Bailiff.”

+ Cindy Crick

Cindy Crick graduated from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia with a BA degree in Biology in 1994. She attended the University of South Carolina School of Law and graduated with a J.D. in 2002.

Cindy is currently the Chief of Staff for Congressman Trey Gowdy, who represents the 4th Congressional District of South Carolina. She began working for the House of Representatives in 2010 when Mr. Gowdy was elected to the US Congress. She helps develop and implement policy objectives, strategies and operating plans for the Member's offices, manages and directs all activities and staff in the Member's Washington D.C. and district offices, and helps coordinate and staff the activities of the Congressman Gowdy while he is in the district.

Prior to becoming Congressman Gowdy’s Chief of Staff, Cindy served eight years as an Assistant Solicitor in the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. While there, she coordinated and supervised the Violence Against Women Unit. She prosecuted cases involving violence against women including criminal domestic violence, arson, burglary, sexual assaults, domestic homicides, and a death penalty case.

Cindy also facilitated prosecution of magistrate level cases in both Spartanburg and Cherokee County centralized CDV courts. She provided training to law enforcement, judges, medical providers, and community agencies including Family Violence Conference training, Solicitor’s Conference victim advocate training, and Safe Homes Rape Crisis Coalition annual volunteer training.

Cindy is married to Lance Crick who is an Assistant U.S. Attorney. They have a 8-year-old son named Smith, and are also parents to a sweet pug named Pearl.

 

For the afternoon session, participants may choose between the Civil, Corporate, Criminal or Family Law tracks.  Participants are free to attend any track and/or switch tracks. 

 

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Civil
 

CIVIL SECTION AFTERNOON SESSION

 

1:15 - 1:45

Update from the commission
(30 Minute CLE)

+ t. Scott Beck

Commissioner Beck was appointed to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission on June 30, 2008 by Governor Mark Sanford. In 2010, he was elected by the Commission as Interim Chairman and subsequently nominated by Governor Haley for reappointment in 2012, 2014, and 2016 as Chairman. He graduated with a BS Degree from Penn State University in 1981 and from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1999. Prior to joining the Commission, he served in various positions in law enforcement from 1979-1996 and most recently as an Assistant Attorney General from 2000-2008 prosecuting healthcare fraud cases. Commissioner Beck served as a City Councilman in North Augusta, South Carolina from 1993-1996, and was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, serving from 1996-2000. Commissioner Beck currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary and the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators.


1:45 - 2:15

Civil mediation
(30 minute CLE)

+ Jack D. Griffeth

Jack centers his law practice on defense trial work, representing employers in employment-related litigation and mediation. Jack serves as General Counsel to Wofford College and Spartanburg Methodist College. As a certified circuit court mediator by the South Carolina Bar, Jack has built an extensive mediation practice over the years where he conducts civil court mediations on a wide variety of cases including torts, contracts, and employment. His mediation experience has garnered him membership to the South Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, an invitation-only organization of professional mediators and arbitrators who are well established as trusted neutrals amongst the legal community within their state of practice. In addition to mediation, Jack regularly represents private institutions of higher learning in employment, student disciplinary action, faculty cases, and contracts with vendors, entertainers, and other partners in accordance with regulatory acts including FERPA, HIPPA, and the Clery Act. Jack is also skilled in defending employers, insurance carriers, and self-insured groups in cases involving challenging employment issues, such as workplace safety, workers’ compensation, discrimination, sexual harassment, and unemployment compensation. Jack is considered one of South Carolina’s pre-eminent attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell with an AV Distinguished Rating, and he has been named by his peers a South Carolina Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer in America.

Among his many civic leadership roles, Jack is Past President of the Greenville Bar Association, a Past President of the S.C. Bar Foundation Board of Directors, and is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Jack is a summa cum laude graduate of Wofford College and received his Juris Doctor from Duke University. In 1976, Duke University created the Charles Murphy Award for Jack, in recognition of his unique collegial contributions to the Duke Law School community. He is also the 2008 recipient of the Greenville Bar’s most prestigious honor, the Tommy Thomason Award.

+ Vernon F. Dunbar

Vernon Dunbar began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Ernest A. Finney, Jr., Associate Justice and later, Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. By virtue of a gubernatorial appointment, Vernon served as a commissioner and later as chairman of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission from 1989 to 1995. His duties required him to adjudicate workers’ compensation claims and regulate workers’ compensation insurance carriers and self-insured businesses.

Vernon entered into private practice in 1995, initially concentrating his practice in the areas of workers’ compensation and insurance defense. This aspect of Vernon’s practice allowed him to develop an appellate practice before South Carolina’s appellate courts, and the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Vernon’s practice is currently concentrated in business litigation matters and complex workers’ compensation matters involving occupational disease claims.

Vernon represents clients, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in the areas of business litigation disputes and breach of contract claims. He represents clients in regulatory proceedings and investigations before the South Carolina Administrative Law Court, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, Physical Therapy Board, Architectural Board, Funeral Board and other administrative agencies. Vernon’s experience in matters before judges, commissioners and juries has enabled him to provide his clients with the best information regarding expected monetary outcomes in cases.


2:15 - 2:45

social security: practice tips and 4th circuit update
(30 Minute CLE) 

+ THe Honorable Jacquelyn D. Austin

Jacquelyn D. Austin attended the University of South Carolina, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Judge Austin went on to attend law school at the University of South Carolina School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1996. While in law school, Judge Austin was a member of the John Belton O’Neal Inn of Court and the National Moot Court Team. She was also a recipient of the Student Compleat Lawyer Award and served as Student Notes Editor on the Environmental Law Journal. Following law school, Judge Austin clerked for the Honorable Matthew J. Perry. Upon completing her clerkship, she entered private practice for fourteen years, most recently with the law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, before being sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of South Carolina. Judge Austin spent three years of private practice drafting and prosecuting United States and European patent applications and eleven years in commercial litigation matters, including patent litigation and cases involving racial discrimination, the Fair Housing Act, engineering design, product liability, real estate matters, and other contract disputes.

Judge Austin has been active in the bar and in the community. She served as President of the Carolina Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Law Association from 2004 through 2005, a member of the Judicial Qualifications Committee from 2009 through 2011, the Greenville Bar Editor, and on a church committee establishing a charter school for troubled teens and dropouts. Additionally, Judge Austin has been a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, International Trademark Association, Defense Research Institute, ABA Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections, BESLA, Trial and Appellate Advocacy Board, Jack & Jill Incorporated, and Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.

+ Timothy Clardy

Timothy Clardy attained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Carolina in 2000, graduating summa cum laude from the South Carolina Honors College and receiving the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. He attained a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2005, graduating magna cum laude and receiving the Compleat Lawyer Award. While in law school, Mr. Clardy was a member of the South Carolina Law Review. Before entering private practice, Mr. Clardy was a law clerk for the Honorable G. Ross Anderson, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge for the District of South Carolina. Mr. Clardy manages the Social Security Disability practice of the McCravy, Newlon & Sturkie Law Firm, representing Social Security claimants across the Upstate of South Carolina with offices in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson and Greenwood. He represents Social Security claimants at all levels of appeal including the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Clardy has obtained two published decisions from the Fourth Circuit, creating case law favorable to Social Security claimants: Brown v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration, No. 16-1578 (4th Cir. 2017); Bird v. Commissioner of Social Sec. Admin., 699 F.3d 337 (4th Cir. 2012). Mr. Clardy is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives and has been recognized by Super Lawyers in the area of Social Security Disability from 2015 to present.

+ Ashley Thompson

Ashley Thompson has served as a law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Shiva V. Hodges since July 2014. She graduated summa cum laude from Presbyterian College and cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2007. Prior to working for the court, she was an associate with Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado, LLC, where she primarily represented claimants in Social Security disability cases at the administrative level.

Mrs. Thompson is currently a member of the School Improvement Council at Nursery Road Elementary School in Columbia. She previously served as a volunteer guardian ad litem for vulnerable adults and as a member of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (“PAIMI”) Advisory Council and the South Carolina Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee.

Recent Fourth Circuit Cases

Practice Tips


3:00-3:30

What do you do if you spot a criminal issue in a civil case?
(30 Minute CLE)

+ Lane Davis



+ Bill Watkins

Mr. Watkins graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1999. He then clerked for the Honorable William B. Traxler, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Upon completion of his clerkship, Mr. Watkins practiced in the areas of civil and criminal appeals. In December 2009, he joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina where he prosecutes white collar criminal matters.

Mr. Watkins also serves as a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute in Oakland, California. He is the author of Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy. Published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2004, this book is a unique blend of history, constitutional law and political theory centered around the importance of the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions as constitutional documents. Mr. Watkins’s scholarship has appeared in a variety of journals, including the South Carolina Law Review, the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, and the Independent Review.

Discovery issues in civil practice
(30 Minute CLE)

3:30-4:00

 

+ THe Honorable Timothy M. Cain

Federal Judicial Service
• United States District Court, District of South Carolina. Nominated by President Barack Obama on February 16, 2011 upon Recommendation of U. S. Senator Lindsey O. Graham; confirmed by the Senate on September 20, 2011.

State Judicial Service
• Elected by the South Carolina General Assembly in February 2000 as Family Court Judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit

Education
• University of South Carolina, B.S. (1983).
• University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., (1986).

Professional Experience:
• Assistant Public Defender, Oconee County, 1987.
• Assistant Solicitor, Tenth Judicial Circuit, 1988-1990.
• County Attorney, Oconee County, 1993-2000.
• Private Practice (Civil and Criminal), 1986-88, 1990-2011

+ THe Honorable Donald Coggins

The Honorable Donald C. Coggins, Jr. is a United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina sitting in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Nominated by President Trump on August 3, 2017, Judge Coggins was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on November 16, 2017 and assumed his duties effective November 30, 2017. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Coggins was a founding shareholder in the firm of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C. For more than thirty years, he practiced law in the Spartanburg community and surrounding area focusing on civil litigation in both state and federal courts. Judge Coggins earned his B.A. degree in Economics from Clemson University in 1981 and his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1984.

+ THe Honorable Kevin McDonald

Judge McDonald serves in Greenville as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of South Carolina. Prior to his appointment to the bench in June 2010, he worked at the United States Attorney’s Office for ten years, with the last six years as a supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney, including two terms in 2008 and 2010 when he was appointed by the Department of Justice to serve as the Acting United States Attorney for South Carolina. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he was in private practice in Columbia for seven years, handling a variety of cases that included banking and insurance litigation, workers compensation, real estate, and federal criminal defense. He holds a journalism degree from the University of South Carolina, and a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

+THe Honorable Letitia H. Verdin

Judge Verdin graduated from Furman University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina in 1997. While in law school, she was a member of the National Moot Court team and was named the outstanding student volunteer at the University of South Carolina.

After graduation from law school, she became an Assistant Solicitor with the Office of the 13th Circuit Solicitor, and later, the Office of the 8th Circuit Solicitor. It was during this time that she headed the Family Court unit for juvenile prosecution in both circuits. In 2000, she accepted a position as an Associate Attorney with the firm of Clarkson, Walsh, Rheney, & Turner, P.A. in Greenville, SC, practicing in the areas of governmental and general civil liability defense. In 2005, she returned to the Office of the 13th Circuit Solicitor where she prosecuted cases in the areas of child abuse and domestic violence.

Judge Verdin was elected to the Family Court as a resident judge in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in 2008. In 2011, the South Carolina Legislature elected her to the Circuit Court, Seat 2, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.

She is married to Chuck Verdin, an attorney with Nelson, Mullins, Riley, and Scarborough, LLP in Greenville, South Carolina. They are the proud parents of twin sons, and they also have three dogs, a cat, and a frog.

+Tom Vanderbloemen

Tom Vanderbloemen’s practice focuses on matters involving trademarks, patents, copyrights, franchising, business disputes, and appeals. Tom also provides outsourced general counsel services to growing and entrepreneurial businesses.

Tom currently serves as President of the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and as a committee member of the International Trademark Association. He has previously chaired the South Carolina Bar’s Trial & Appellate Advocacy Section Council and served as an officer of the Carolina Patent Trademark & Copyright Law Association. Tom was selected by Best Lawyers® as “Lawyer of the Year” in Greenville for Appellate Practice in 2018 and for Intellectual Property Litigation in 2014. He has an AV-Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell® and has been ranked in Super Lawyers® and Greenville Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite.”

Prior to forming his firm, Tom Vanderbloemen was a shareholder with Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A., where he was leader of the firm’s Business & Commercial practice group. Tom also previously practiced with King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta and served as a law clerk to the Hon. William B. Traxler, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He graduated from Duke University School of Law and Davidson College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Corporate
 

corporate section afternoon session

 

immigration fundamental an federal update
(30 Minute CLE)

1:15-1:45

 

+ Garrett D. Steck

Garrett Steck is a member of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s corporate and employment practice groups where he represents international and domestic clients with regard to the cross border movement of goods and personnel. He has experience in managing cases and representing multinational corporations, healthcare facilities, small businesses and individual clients before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, US Department of State and US Department of Labor. His practice facilitates the movement of key executives, management and technical workers and their family members into the US by obtaining and maintaining temporary and permanent visas for specialty occupation workers, NAFTA professionals, intra-company transferees, investors/traders, nonagricultural workers, exchange visitors and for aliens possessing extraordinary ability. He provides strategic consulting and advice concerning foreign workforce availability for new US start-up operations and the impacts to foreign workforce associated with mergers, acquisitions, restructuring and other downsizing efforts. He also provides counseling and guidance with regard to E-Verify, I9 and SCIIRA employment verification compliance matters. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and frequent lecturer on employment-based immigration topics.

Garrett also offers a broad range of transactional services to his clients with a focus on economic development, corporate formation and governance, restructuring, foreign sourcing and distribution, and contract drafting and negotiation. He assists clients in complying with the Federal International Traffic in Arms Regulation and US export control laws as regulated by OFAC, BIS and DDTC, including regulation and licensing of noncitizen nationals.


+ Suyash Raiborde

Suyash Raiborde’s practice focuses on corporate and business immigration matters. His corporate practice includes representing and advising newly-formed and established companies in commercial transactions, corporate governance and foreign in-bound investment matters. As a business immigration advisor, Suyash enjoys staying abreast of the evolving immigration regulations under the current administration and finding effective solutions for employers’ immigration needs.

Prior to joining Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, Suyash worked at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Court of Appeals as a Legal Extern and the Emory University School of Law as a Teaching Assistant. In addition, he worked in Mumbai, India assisting international companies on cross-border foreign direct investments.


Compliance and HR Issues for Small Businesses
(30 Minute CLE)

1:45-2:15

 

+ Stephanie E. Lewis

Stephanie E. Lewis is the Office Managing Principal of the Greenville, South Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is the Co-Chair of the Pay Equity Resource Group. Ms. Lewis represents employers in employment litigation and advises clients on preventive practices and policies to avoid litigation. Ms. Lewis has handled all aspects of employment law but focuses on sexual harassment, pay discrimination, and disability discrimination issues in the automotive, manufacturing, retail, and pharmaceutical industries. She regularly presents on employment-related topics to Bar and industry groups.

Ms. Lewis served as a law clerk for Karen Johnson Williams of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and Patrick Michael Duffy of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

While attending law school, she served as Articles Editor of the North Carolina Law Review and received the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Award for Character and Service.


Handling the sale of a business
(30 minute cle)

2:15-2:45

 

+ Todd R. Davidson

Todd is a member of Nexsen Pruet, LLC where he serves as the practice group leader for the corporate and tax practice group. Todd is based out of Nexsen Pruet’s Greenville office where he focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, economic development incentives, and commercial real estate transactions. Todd has over 28 years of experience handling commercial transactions and serves in the role of outside general counsel for many companies across the region.

Todd graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1989 and from Furman University with bachelor in Business Administration in 1985.


HANDLING THE SALE OF A BUSINESS


business and tax update
(30 Minute CLE)

3:00-3:30

 

+ David A. Merline, Jr.


+ Douglas B. O'Neal


+ Andy Merline


incentives for economic development in SC: An introduction for the non-Specialist
(30 minute cle)

3:30-4:00

 

+ Jay Rogers

Jay Rogers is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Greenville office. He provides corporate counsel to businesses, advising as to economic development incentives, corporate structure, cross-border business and legal strategy, mergers and acquisitions, consumer finance (including CFPB and state consumer finance law) and vendor/customer contracting.

 
Criminal
 

Criminal Section Afternoon Session

 

working with SCDC
(30 minute cle)

1:15 - 1:45

 

+ Bryan Stirling

Bryan P. Stirling was appointed Director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections by Governor Nikki Haley October 1, 2013. Prior to Joining the Correctional System, Director Stirling served Governor Haley as Chief of Staff from October, 2012 to September 2013 and served the state of South Carolina as Deputy Attorney General from January, 2006 to October 2012. Prior to public service, he was a lawyer in the private sector with a focus on Government Affairs, Civil Litigation and Real Estate. As Director, Stirling is committed to public safety, reducing recidivism and rehabilitation through education, jobs training and effective programs and services.


DUI Update: A Review of Recent Decisions and Trends in DUI Defense for the Practitioner
(30 minute CLE)

1:45 - 2:15

 

+ Steve Sumner

Steve graduated from the USC School of Law in 1992. As a student, he was named to the “Order of the Wig and Robe” for superior academic achievement. Additionally, Steve was part of the “Mock Trial Competition” winning team at USC, which represented USC in the Southeastern regional of the national competition. Steve served as a state court prosecutor from 1992 to 1994. His primary case load consisted of prosecuting DUI, Felony DUI, Reckless Homicide and Traffic offenses.

In 1997, Steve opened his own practice as a criminal defense attorney, with a special focus on defending clients accused of DUI, Felony DUI, all driving offenses and drug cases. These recognitions include the following: South Carolina Super Lawyers - DUI Defense, Best Lawyers in America - DUI Defense and Best Attorneys of America - Lifetime Charter Member. Steve also holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau of the Upstate - and was named winner of the 2012 “Business of Integrity Award for Customer Service.”


2:15 - 2:45

 

Domestic Violence update/operation "Home Front"
(30 minute CLe)

+ Jennifer Wells

Jennifer Wells is an Assistant Solicitor in the 7th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties in upstate South Carolina. She currently leads a joint Federal-State task force on domestic violence on behalf of both the Solicitor’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for South Carolina. She supervises the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit for the 7th Judicial Circuit. Prior to working in South Carolina, Jennifer was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of North Carolina, where she served in the OCDETF unit for just over eight (8) years. She has prosecuted cases in both state and federal court for over fifteen (15) years.


3:00 - 3:30

Is this WHAT THE COURT WANTS? perspectives and tips from career law clerks
(30 Minute CLE)

 

+ Alec Smith

Alec Smith currently serves as a career law clerk to the Honorable Bruce H. Hendricks, United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina. Since joining Judge Hendricks' staff in 2015, Alec has prepared written rulings of the Court in every manner of civil and criminal case and served as legal advisor to Judge Hendricks on a broad spectrum of issues. In addition, Alec assists the Court in operating the BRIDGE Program, a federal drug court which has received national acclaim as a model for new problem solving courts around the country.

Prior to his current position, Alec served as a Captain and Judge Advocate on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. As a trial attorney in the Defense Services Organization at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, he litigated a broad range of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases from inception to conclusion, handling every aspect of trial preparation and execution. In that role, Alec's legal writing and oral advocacy were recognized when he was selected as Defense Counsel of the Year for the Marine Corps' Eastern Region.

Alec received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, in 2004 and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2011. He and his wife Jill live in Greenville with their four children.

+ Valerie McDonald

Valerie is from Myrtle Beach and graduated in 1987 from Coastal Carolina with a B.A. in Political Science. She graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1990 where she was a member of the Law Review. Since 2010, Valerie has served as the Career Law Clerk for United States District Judge Timothy M. Cain in Anderson, SC. Prior to that, she clerked for United States Magistrate Judges Bruce H. Hendricks for five years and William M. Catoe, Jr., for three years. Valerie has also worked as a temporary law clerk for United States District Judge Henry M. Herlong, Jr., while his career clerk was on maternity leave. Valerie has clerked for two South Carolina Supreme Court Justices: Justice James E. Moore for nine years and Justice John H. Waller for two years. She has also worked as an Adjunct Legal Writing Instructor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Valerie lives in Greenville. She is married to Kevin McDonald and they have three children.

+ Christine M. Schanen

Christine graduated from Clemson University and the Marquette University Law School. Christine practiced for three years as a litigation associate at Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough in Greenville. In 2004, Christine accepted a federal clerkship with the Honorable Henry M. Herlong, Jr., Senior United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.

+ Carrie Fisher Sherard

Carrie Fisher Sherard is an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Carolina. Carrie joined the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2008. She is a graduate of Furman University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorneys Office, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Karen J. Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Carrie currently works as the asset forfeiture attorney for the office and she also serves as the human trafficking coordinator and the tribal liaison for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Carolina


3:30 - 4:00

tales and tips from the bench
(30 minute CLE)

 

+ The honorable perry Gravely

Perry Gravely was born in the hamlet of Pickens in 1960 during times when the land was covered with Kudzu and local whiskey was used for “medicinal purposes” only. He later graduated from Wofford College as a History Major (1983) and earned his law degree at the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating in 1986. He started his legal career at Leatherwood, Walker, Todd & Mann in Greenville before returning to Pickens to be a country lawyer. In 2015, he was elected as Circuit Judge for the 13th Circuit to fill the unexpired term of Hon. G. Edward Welmaker.

He is married to Kathryn Gravely and they have 4 children, all of whom are allegedly grown, but one has provided him with a grandson. Judge Gravely enjoys music, playing his guitar, reading, outdoors and has served as Scoutmaster for Troop 51 in Pickens for more than 15 years.

 
Family Law
 

Family Law Section Afternoon Session

 

1:15 - 1:45

Special Needs and DSS Kinship Care Update
(1 Hour Cle)

 

+ Jennifer B. Gilmer

Jennifer is from Lyman, SC, but she has lived in several areas of South Carolina having grown up as the daughter of a United Methodist pastor. She graduated in 1988 from Wofford College with BA in Sociology. She has worked for the SC Department of Social Services since 1989 & is a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW). She has worked in many areas of the agency to include Economic Services, Child Protective Services/Foster Care within the specialized sexual abuse unit, & the Intensive Foster Care & Clinical Services offices in Spartanburg, Aiken, Anderson, & Greenville. She specialized in working with emotionally disabled children in foster care & their families. Since February 2014 she has been the Region I Kinship Care Coordinator serving as a liaison between the agency’s kinship care providers in the upstate & their DSS caseworkers & supervisors. Jennifer is married to the Rev. Brian Gilmer (yes, she was crazy enough to marry a Methodist minister even after growing up as a Preacher’s Kid). They have a 16 year old daughter Bryson.

+ Kimaka Nichols-Graham

Kimaka Nichols-Graham is the Managing Attorney of the Greenville Office and the Education Unit Head for South Carolina Legal Services where she has worked for over 19 years practicing primarily family and education law. South Carolina Legal Services provides civil legal services to low income families. As the Managing Attorney in Greenville, she is responsible for the provision of civil legal services in Anderson, Greenville, Pickens, and Oconee counties, the quality of legal services provided, and maintaining connections with the community and private bar. As the Education Unit Head, Mrs. Nichols-Graham has represented clients in education cases across the state, trains attorneys to practice education law, and works to develop this practice area at legal services. Mrs. Nichols-Graham attended Winthrop University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She attended Rutgers University and earned a Master of Science in Public Policy with a concentration in Education Policy. She also attended the University of South Carolina, School of Law and earned a Juris Doctor. Ms. Nichols-Graham is the 2014 Ellen T. Hines Smith South Carolina Legal Services Lawyer of the Year, a past recipient of the South Carolina Bar’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award, and a past Commissioner for the South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on CLE & Specialization.

Mrs. Nichols-Graham serves on the SCBAR Children’s Law Committee, the SCBAR Education Law Committee, the South Carolina Children’s Justice Act Task Force, and on the advisory board of The Center for Educational Equity (CEE). Mrs. Nichols-Graham is a member of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), the Greenville Bar Association and the South Carolina Black Lawyers Association.


1:45 – 2:45

Utilizing financial experts and forensic accountants
(1 hour cle)

 

+ Danielle Mitchell

Danielle Metoyer Mitchell is a partner in the firm Mitchell Ramseur, LLC, in Greenville, South Carolina where she handles family law cases. She joined the firm as an associate at its inception in 2011.

A native of the Bayou State, Ms. Mitchell graduated from the Louisiana Scholars College in 1998. She earned a Juris Doctor from University of South Carolina School of Law. In the years immediately following law school, Ms. Mitchell served in staff attorney positions at South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center and the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Since her move to the Upstate in 2005, Ms. Mitchell has been a family court litigator, handling primarily complex custody cases in which she has represented individuals, the State, as well as served as guardian ad litem for minor children. She represents individuals of all perspectives (grandparents, husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, stepparents, mothers and fathers) in domestic relations cases including those related to stepparent adoption, de facto custodians, child support,visitation, and equitable division.

Ms. Mitchell is a Certified Family Court Mediator and Arbitrator, serving as a neutral to assistparties in resolving their family law disputes by agreement. She enjoys working with families to customize solutions to issues from support to parenting plans.

Ms. Mitchell is a member of the South Carolina and Greenville Bar Associations, a volunteer mediator at Upstate Mediation Center, and a graduate of the Upstate Class XV Spring 2013 class of Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative. She has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent.

She is married to attorney Kirby Mitchell, and they live in Greenville with their two kiddos.

+ Catherine Stoddard

Catherine B. Stoddard is a Certified Public Accountant and a Senior Manager at DHG, a full-service, top 20 accounting firm with more than 2,000 professionals in 12 states. She has almost 30 years of experience in the field of accounting and over 18 years working as an expert in litigation. Her practice specializes in domestic litigation, shareholder disputes, contract disputes, fraud, complex commercial litigation, and business valuations. She is a member of DHG’s Forensic, Litigation Support, and Valuation Services Group, a team of over 50 professionals holding a combination of more than 135 credentials specific to forensics and valuation work. Catherine holds the Accredited in Business Valuation, Certified Valuation Analyst, and Certified Fraud Examiner credentials. She has testified in family court and circuit court and has served as both a joint expert and a court appointed expert. She has been a frequent speaker on topics related to valuation, accounting, and litigation support. Catherine grew up in Columbia but settled in Greenville after graduating from Furman University. She served as past chair of the South Carolina Association of CPA’s Business Valuation/Litigation Services committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville and Leadership South Carolina.

She has served on the boards of Centre Stage, South Carolina Children’s Theater, Upstate Community Mediation Center, Visit GreenvilleSC, Foothills Presbytery, and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.


+ Peter Tiffany

Peter Tiffany is the managing partner of Bradshaw, Gordon & Clinkscales in Greenville, South Carolina, where, along with tax services for business and individuals, he also specializes in business valuation and litigation support. He graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina at Aiken in 1994 and received a Masters in Accounting from the University of South Carolina in 1995. He has been a CPA since 1997, became Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) in 2003, Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) in 2008 and a Certified Global Management Accountant since 2014. He started his career in Greenville in 1995 with George Short & Associates in 1995. In 1997 he joined Bradshaw Gordon & Clinkscales as a staff accountant and worked his way up.

He is married with 2 children and enjoys woodworking, playing guitar and sailing


3:00 – 3:30

Mediation
(30 minute cle)

 

+ Hannah Rogers Metcalfe

Hannah Rogers Metcalfe is in private practice with the law firm of Metcalfe & Atkinson, LLC, which she co-founded in 2011 with her partner, Courtney Atkinson, past president of the Greenville Bar. Ms. Metcalfe’s litigation practice includes civil litigation on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, business litigation, family law, federal criminal defense, media and first amendment, and appellate law.

Ms. Metcalfe received her Bachelor of Science of Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University in 1999. She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2002, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, President of the Student Senate, and a member of the Columbia Law Review. After law school, she clerked in Philadelphia for the Honorable Anita B. Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She went on to clerk for The Honorable William B. Traxler, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After toiling in the salt mines of a larger firm (Wyche) for several years, Ms. Metcalfe embarked on her current small-firm adventure in 2011.

Ms. Metcalfe is admitted to practice in New York and South Carolina, as well as in the Eastern District of New York, the District of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Services. A past president of the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Ms. Metcalfe now serves as the elected Circuit Vice-President for the Fourth Circuit for the Federal Bar Association and is a member of the board of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association. A member of the Haynsworth Perry Inn of Court, Ms. Metcalfe serves as the Chair of the Fourth Circuit Rules Advisory Committee.

Hannah is also the mother of two beautiful children, Marshall and Riley, and is married to Logan, an entrepreneurial Kiwi who is the founder of Arkiver, a technology startup that provides families and businesses a way to digitally collect and curate life’s memories. In her spare time, Hannah likes to get out of town and return to her roots in the Dark Corner.


3:30 - 4:00

Tips from the bench
(30 Minute CLE) 

 

+ The honorable Thomas T. Hodges

Thomas Tredway Hodges was born in Conway, South Carolina in 1959 to Dr. Rupert E. Hodges and Eunice Purnell Hodges.

Tommy grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina and graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1978. He attended Georgia Tech before graduating from USCS with a degree in Business Administration. He graduated from USC School of Law in 1987. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar on November 23, 1987. After graduation from law school Judge Hodges worked as an associate with Haynsworth Baldwin Johnson and Greaves, a nationally renowned labor and employment law firm. He became a partner in that firm in 1994. In 2003 he and Marsh Robertson formed what would later become Robertson & Hodges, LLC where he practiced family law exclusively. After Marsh Robertson was elected to the Family Court bench in 2010, Judge Hodges formed Thomas T. Hodges, P.A. where he continued his exclusive Family Court practice until his election on February 1, 2017.

Judge Hodges is a member of the Greenville County Bar, the South Carolina Bar, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. While in private practice he was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of family law and held an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Judge Hodges married the former Erroll Anne Yarbrough in 1988. She is a partner with McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC. They have two sons, Walker, a graduate of Ole Miss, and Heyward, a graduate of The University of Georgia.

+ The Honorable Karen S. Roper

Judge Karen Sanchez Roper was elected to the 13th Circuit Family Court for Pickens County in May 2016. She is a native of Valdosta, Georgia and a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina School of Law. After graduation from law school, she was employed as an associate with the Charleston firm of Laddaga, Crout and Drachman, P.A. Upon moving to the upstate, she and her husband, attorney Ken Roper, worked together for over 15 years as partners in Roper Law Firm, LLC. Her primary practice always has been in Family Court, where her experience includes serving as a DSS prosecutor, defense counsel through the Office of Indigent Defense, Guardian ad Litem, and Certified Family Court Mediator. She also is admitted to practice before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court.

Judge Roper and her husband are the proud parents of two sons; one attending the University of South Carolina, and the other a student at Pickens High School. She and her family are members of Pickens Presbyterian Church. She enjoys reading, following SEC football, and spending time on Lake Keowee with her family and her two dogs.

+ The Honorable Katherine Tiffany

Judge Tiffany was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1970, to Stuart and Kay Hall. She was raised in Gaffney, South Carolina with her fraternal twin sister (Eleanor Caroline). While attending Spartanburg Day School, she spent most of her free time with horses, competing in horse shows and participating in fox hunts in Tryon, North Carolina. After graduating from Spartanburg Day School in 1988, Judge Tiffany attended the University of South Carolina Honors College, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She graduated in 1992 Magna Cum Laude with a Major in English and a minor in South Carolina Studies, and then attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating in 1995 and becoming the fourth generation in her family to enter the practice of law.

From 1995 to 1996, she clerked for the Honorable Henry Floyd, then Circuit Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. In 1996 she joined Carter, Smith, Merriam, Rogers & Traxler, P.A. as an Associate, and then became partner in 2006. During her twenty years of private practice, she focused almost exclusively on family court with an emphasis on custody, support and complex issues both in her practice and as presenter at numerous continuing legal education seminars. From 2009 to 2016 she served as a member of the South Carolina Bar Family Law Council, serving as Co Course Planner for the Family Law Intensive CLE in 2011 and 2013, and as Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair Elect.

In 1995, Judge Tiffany married Peter Clifford Tiffany, a native of Aiken, South Carolina who works as a Certified Public Accountant. She and her husband have two sons, Brice Baskin and Barron Joseph; a dog, Grace and a cat, Banjo. They are members of St. James Episcopal Church, where Judge Tiffany has served as a nursery volunteer and Children’s Church leader. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading a wide variety of books, watching old movies, and trying to stay active.

On May 25, 2016 Judge Tiffany was elected to succeed the late Honorable Harry L. Phillips as Judge of the Family Court, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit

+ Danielle M. Mitchell

Danielle Metoyer Mitchell is a partner in the firm Mitchell Ramseur, LLC, in Greenville, South Carolina where she handles family law cases. She joined the firm as an associate at its inception in 2011.

A native of the Bayou State, Ms. Mitchell graduated from the Louisiana Scholars College in 1998. She earned a Juris Doctor from University of South Carolina School of Law. In the years immediately following law school, Ms. Mitchell served in staff attorney positions at South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center and the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Since her move to the Upstate in 2005, Ms. Mitchell has been a family court litigator, handling primarily complex custody cases in which she has represented individuals, the State, as well as served as guardian ad litem for minor children. She represents individuals of all perspectives (grandparents, husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, stepparents, mothers and fathers) in domestic relations cases including those related to stepparent adoption, de facto custodians, child support,visitation, and equitable division.

Ms. Mitchell is a Certified Family Court Mediator and Arbitrator, serving as a neutral to assistparties in resolving their family law disputes by agreement. She enjoys working with families to customize solutions to issues from support to parenting plans.

Ms. Mitchell is a member of the South Carolina and Greenville Bar Associations, a volunteer mediator at Upstate Mediation Center, and a graduate of the Upstate Class XV Spring 2013 class of Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative. She has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent.

She is married to attorney Kirby Mitchell, and they live in Greenville with their two kiddos.