Greenville County Bar “Year-End” CLE


SC Course # 192210- February 8, 2019

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

 

Probate Court/Elder Law AFTERNOON SESSION- Room 203

 

1:15 - 2:00

Wrongful Death Settlements/PI Settlements/Special needs Trusts
(45 Minute CLE)

materials

+ The honorable Debora Faulkner

Judge Debora Faulkner is serving her sixth consecutive term as Probate Judge.

Prior to her judicial service, Judge Faulkner practiced law for 13 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa from the University of South Carolina in 1979. In May, 1982, she received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law; and, was admitted to the S. C. Bar in November, 1982. She has been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Her memberships in professional organizations include the county, state and American Bar associations; the S. C. Probate Judges Association, the National College of Probate Judges, and the S. C. Women Lawyers.

By appointment of the Chief Justice of the S. C. Supreme Court, she serves on the Probate Court Advisory Committee to the Supreme Court, the S.C. Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, the S.C. Supreme Court and Commission on Judicial Conduct. She has recently been appointed to a Supreme Court Committee to study court technology.

She has been published in various S. C. Bar Publications and other professional magazines. She was chairperson of the S.C. Supreme Court’s Task Force on State Courts and the Elderly. In that effort, she oversaw an in depth study and published a comprehensive report detailing how the court system can be more responsive to seniors. The report was accepted nationally as a resource for other state courts and organizations.

Her office has been innovative in promoting public education, protecting incapacitated adults, and providing a user-friendly Probate Court. Some of these innovations include town halls on estate planning, classes on estate administration, an award winning website, helpful how-to estate videos, step-by-step brochures on how to use court services, volunteer court visitors to monitor the well-being of incapacitated adults under the court’s jurisdiction, and an online complaint process for reports of abuse or neglect regarding incapacitated adults under the court’s jurisdiction to facilitate early intervention by the Court if needed.

In the marriage license division, Judge Faulkner oversaw the implementation of bi-lingual marriage license information to be responsive to the needs of the Hispanic and Latino communities.

For the legal community, Judge Faulkner presents a probate seminar which is accredited by the S. C. Bar. In 2016, Judge Faulkner conceived the idea of providing online access to attorneys of the Court’s case management system. This very popular free service has promoted efficiency and savings for attorneys, clients, and court resources. She makes an annual presentation to new leaders in county government on the makings of a good leader.

Judge Faulkner has received numerous awards including an Award from the S. C. Attorney General’s Office for her work on behalf of South Carolina’s Senior citizens the Scales of Justice Award for her innovative work in educating the public, lawyers and legal support staff on probate practice and procedures.

She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Class XXVI, and a graduate of Furman University's Riley Institute for Diversity, a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum Board. She has been a professor in the Paralegal Program at the Greenville Technical College.

+ Gene Covington

Eugene (“Gene”) C. Covington, Jr. is a managing partner and founder of Covington, Patrick, Hagins, Stern & Lewis, LLC in Greenville. He has tried hundreds of personal injury, product liability and insurance litigations in his 41 years of practice. After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1976, He was the second law clerk for Chief Justice Bubba Ness. For 14 years, he worked with Richard J. Foster, President Emeritus of the SCAJ. For 7 years he served on the SC Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline of the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Since 1995, Gene has been listed annually in the Best Lawyers in America publication and was awarded the 2009 and 2012 Best Lawyer, Lawyer of the Year, for Personal Injury Litigation, in Greenville, South Carolina. In 2006, he was listed as one of the Best Lawyers in the Upstate in Greenville Magazine, and, in 2008, he was listed as one of the Top 25 Lawyers in South Carolina, by the South Carolina Super Lawyers. Gene is a National Board of Trial Advocacy Certified Civil Trial Specialist since 1998. He is the author of South Carolina Damages - Collateral Source, 2004, S.C. Bar, and a co-author of The Law of Automobile Insurance in South Carolina, 2nd through 5th Editions, 1992 - 2002, S.C. Bar. Since 1981, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory has continuously listed Gene an AV rating.

Gene is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a Diplomate in the American Board of Trial Advocates and a member of the American Association for Justice and the South Carolina Association for Justice and the Haynsworth-Perry American Inn of Court.

2:00-2:45

What Say You Doctor? Capacity Assessments, Taking Grandma’s Driver’s Lincense, etc.
(45 minute CLE)

Presentation

+ Dr. Melissa Bailey, do, mph,cmd,

Dr. Melissa J Bailey-Taylor is a Family Medicine and Fellowship-trained Geriatric physician who trained at the North Philadelphia Health System- St. Joseph Hospital and the Philadelphia college of Osteopathic Medicine respectfully. She has a certification in Post-Acute Rehabilitation and Long-term Care. She earned a Master’s Degree of Public Health from The Ohio State University with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Her additional qualifications include teaching, research, and community service. She had worked for companies such as Boehringer Ingelheim and Westat and its various governmental partners such the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Spelman College. Currently, she is a clinical Assistant Professor at Clemson University and The University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville.

She has been involved in eliminating health disparities throughout her career in different positions and programs including: volunteering with the State of Ohio Commission on Minority Health Affairs, serving communities in South Texas (La Colonia) and Matamoros, Mexico providing health screening, education, diagnosis, and care. She managed the care of new immigrants for the Federal Immigration Health Program, leading health professional students in serving communities in the "bad lands" of Philadelphia. More recently, she serves as a Medical Director for Post-Acute Rehabilitation Health Care and Long-Term care facilities include serving the underserved and disenfranchised. She is on the Admissions and the Student evaluation and promotion committees via the Levi Kirkland Society (LSK) with the intent to diversify physicians -in training at the GHS health system. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of the University South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville. She has applied for major funding to increase access to care for health disparity communities with respect to the growing geriatric population with Cognitive Impairment and has secured a Duke Endowment Grant to expand care to the rural communities of Oconee County, SC. Lastly, she is the Physician Campion for the First, in the State of South Carolina, Geriatric Medical Legal Program. She is in the Riley Institute at Furman University Disparity Leadership Institute and helping to lead Prisma Health in the area of Culture and Inclusion as a Co-Chair for the Enhancing the Practice of Medicine via the Transformative Health Institute. She is committed to impacting the health of communities that have often been left behind and shaping the future where health disparities have been dramatically reduced.

+ Dr. Katharine (Katy) Few, DNP, FNP-c

Dr. Katharine Few is a family nurse practitioner at the Center for Success in Aging. She has a masters and doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s from Clemson (GO TIGERS!). Prior to working at the Center for Success in Aging, Katy worked as a primary care nurse practitioner for 3 years. She is passionate about caregiver education, advancing general knowledge of dementia, and supporting her patients as their disease progresses.

+ Dr. Omar Win

Break with refreshments

2:45-3:00

3:00-3:30

Reality check- Update on Greenville’s opioid issues, emergency rooms, suicide rates, etc, and the related legal issues
(30 Minute CLE)

+ Dr. Karen Lommel, DO, MHA, MS



Judges panel: Various Issues & Updates
(30 Minute CLE)

PRESENTATION

3:30-4:00

 

 

+ The honorable Debora Faulkner

Judge Debora Faulkner is serving her sixth consecutive term as Probate Judge.

Prior to her judicial service, Judge Faulkner practiced law for 13 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa from the University of South Carolina in 1979. In May, 1982, she received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law; and, was admitted to the S. C. Bar in November, 1982. She has been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Her memberships in professional organizations include the county, state and American Bar associations; the S. C. Probate Judges Association, the National College of Probate Judges, and the S. C. Women Lawyers.

By appointment of the Chief Justice of the S. C. Supreme Court, she serves on the Probate Court Advisory Committee to the Supreme Court, the S.C. Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, the S.C. Supreme Court and Commission on Judicial Conduct. She has recently been appointed to a Supreme Court Committee to study court technology.

She has been published in various S. C. Bar Publications and other professional magazines. She was chairperson of the S.C. Supreme Court’s Task Force on State Courts and the Elderly. In that effort, she oversaw an in depth study and published a comprehensive report detailing how the court system can be more responsive to seniors. The report was accepted nationally as a resource for other state courts and organizations.

Her office has been innovative in promoting public education, protecting incapacitated adults, and providing a user-friendly Probate Court. Some of these innovations include town halls on estate planning, classes on estate administration, an award winning website, helpful how-to estate videos, step-by-step brochures on how to use court services, volunteer court visitors to monitor the well-being of incapacitated adults under the court’s jurisdiction, and an online complaint process for reports of abuse or neglect regarding incapacitated adults under the court’s jurisdiction to facilitate early intervention by the Court if needed.

In the marriage license division, Judge Faulkner oversaw the implementation of bi-lingual marriage license information to be responsive to the needs of the Hispanic and Latino communities.

For the legal community, Judge Faulkner presents a probate seminar which is accredited by the S. C. Bar. In 2016, Judge Faulkner conceived the idea of providing online access to attorneys of the Court’s case management system. This very popular free service has promoted efficiency and savings for attorneys, clients, and court resources. She makes an annual presentation to new leaders in county government on the makings of a good leader.

Judge Faulkner has received numerous awards including an Award from the S. C. Attorney General’s Office for her work on behalf of South Carolina’s Senior citizens the Scales of Justice Award for her innovative work in educating the public, lawyers and legal support staff on probate practice and procedures.

She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Class XXVI, and a graduate of Furman University's Riley Institute for Diversity, a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum Board. She has been a professor in the Paralegal Program at the Greenville Technical College.

+ The honorable Caroline Horlbeck

Hon. Caroline M. Horlbeck, Esquire. Caroline graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in South Carolina. She moved to Greenville, South Carolina and began practicing law as an Assistant Public Defender in Greenville County. In 2003, she served as law clerk for Circuit Judge Edward W. Miller. She entered private practice in 2004 and specialized in criminal, family and probate law. In 2014, Judge Horlbeck was sworn in as Associate Probate Judge with the Greenville County Probate Court. She presides over guardianship, conservatorship, commitment and estate cases as well as the Greenville County Mental Health Court. She enjoys cycling, hiking and kayaking with her husband, Dean, and spending time with family, friends and their beloved pets.

+ The honorable Elizabeth Wiygul

Elizabeth Wiygul has been an Associate Probate Judge with the Greenville County Probate Court since 2016. She maintains a private criminal defense practice representing both adults and juveniles. She received her associate’s degree from Greenville Technical College and her BS and JD degree from the University of South Carolina. She also clerked for the Honorable G. Ross Anderson prior to beginning the practice of law.

+ Moderator: Kirby Mitchell