COURSE # 171500

 

Morning Session

 
 
 

8:30-8:45

Welcome Remarks

+ Lance Crick


Lance Crick is 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 state-wide 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 education and outreach efforts with community partners and schools on gun safety. Lance also handles 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 seven-year-old son, Smith.

  

President’s Address and Greenville Bar Update

+ Bill Wilson


Bill represents both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation matters with an emphasis on commercial, real estate, and construction litigation. He has experience in cases involving construction, trucking, products liability, breach of contract, antitrust, defamation, negligence, personal injury, Fair Credit Reporting Act, environmental, copyright, banking, creditor rights, ERISA, telecommunications, insurance coverage, wage payment, and foreclosure and has tried numerous cases to verdict. Bill views the practice of law as a high calling and is committed to its traditional standards of honor, integrity, and justice. Bill also is devoted to his wife and family and strives to play with his four young children on a daily basis. In those rare moments of free time, Bill enjoys the guitar, movies, and ultimate frisbee.


8:45-9:00

Commission on the Profession Update

+ The Honorable John Kittredge


John Kittredge was born and raised in Greenville County. 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. John is the first person ever to serve on all South Carolina courts, which include the family court, circuit court, court of appeals, and currently the supreme court. John is in his twenty-sixth year as a member of the South Carolina judiciary.


9:00-9:15

Greenville’s New Medical Legal Partnership

+ Anne Ellefson


Anne S. Ellefson is Deputy General Counsel for Academics and Community Affairs for the Greenville Health System. Prior to joining GHS in February of 2014, she was a shareholder at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. where she practiced commercial real estate law for many years and served as the managing shareholder for 6 years. She is Immediate Past President of the South Carolina Bar and Immediate Past President of ETV Endowment of SC. She currently serves on numerous boards, including Southern First Bank, Greenville Local Development Corporation, SC TAC, Hollingsworth Funds and Verdae Development, Inc. Prior activity in the community includes service as Chair of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Board Chair and Campaign Chair of the United Way of Greenville County, as well as board service on many boards. She received the Lifetime of Charitable Giving Award in 2015 from the Community Foundation of Greenville and received the Chamber’s Athena Award in 2016.

+ Kirby Mitchell


Kirby Mitchell is a senior litigation attorney at South Carolina Legal Services. A graduate of Furman University and University of Georgia School of Law, he is a member of the South Carolina Bar in which he serves in the House of Delegates, State Bar of Georgia, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court and U.S. Tax Court. Representing low-income clients in a wide variety of civil cases, Kirby appears in federal and state courts—including family, probate, circuit, magistrate and appellate courts. He teaches a popular “Poverty and the Law” class at Furman (2011-2016), most recently focusing the class on medical-legal partnerships (MLP), and he has presented and co-presented to lawyers and Bar members -- in South Carolina as well as nationally – many times, including at The Riley Institute, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (“Representing Individuals and Families Struggling with Autism Spectral Disorders”) and the South Carolina Judiciary (“Turner v. Rogers and the Role of the Family Court Judge”).

Kirby has received the Furman Heritage Alumni Award (2009), the S.C. Bar and Access to Justice Commission’s Legal Services Lawyer of the Year Award (2013), and in 2016, he was selected as the only “legal aid” lawyer in the United States to by invited to the 44th Annual Trial Academy of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, CA.

+ Stinson Ferguson


Stinson Woodward Ferguson currently serves as Treasurer and Apprentice Funeral Director at the J.W. Woodward Funeral Home, Inc. in Spartanburg. Prior to her leadership at the Funeral Home, Ms. Ferguson worked as an attorney at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. Prior to joining Haynsworth, Ms. Ferguson clerked for the Honorable Kristi L. Harrington, South Carolina Circuit Court, Ninth Judicial Circuit. She also worked at the S.C. Environmental Law Project in Pawleys Island as part of a fellowship program. Ms. Ferguson has developed and presented seminars and continuing legal education courses on topics including End of Life Issues, Strategies for Legal Research, Law and Philosophy, Post-Trial Motions, and civic leadership for the professional woman for local and national organizations. She currently serves the SC Bar as a 13th Judicial Circuit Representative in the SC House of Delegates.


Presentation


9:15-9:30 

What’s Going on at the South Carolina Bar

+ Anne Ellefson


Anne S. Ellefson is Deputy General Counsel for Academics and Community Affairs for the Greenville Health System. Prior to joining GHS in February of 2014, she was a shareholder at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. where she practiced commercial real estate law for many years and served as the managing shareholder for 6 years. She is Immediate Past President of the South Carolina Bar and Immediate Past President of ETV Endowment of SC. She currently serves on numerous boards, including Southern First Bank, Greenville Local Development Corporation, SC TAC, Hollingsworth Funds and Verdae Development, Inc. Prior activity in the community includes service as Chair of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Board Chair and Campaign Chair of the United Way of Greenville County, as well as board service on many boards. She received the Lifetime of Charitable Giving Award in 2015 from the Community Foundation of Greenville and received the Chamber’s Athena Award in 2016.


9:30-9:45

The Roll Out:  GCBA’s new website

+ Chris Schoen


Chris is a litigation associate at Wyche, P.A., where his practice is focused on First Amendment media defense, intellectual property disputes, False Claims Act cases, and a range of other complex litigation including shareholder oppression and antitrust litigation. He enjoys trial work and has tried a number of criminal matters on a pro bono basis. He is also interested in technology and issues related to digital evidence.

Chris is a graduate of Furman University and the University of Virginia School of Law and has served as a law clerk for the Honorable C. Weston Houck and the Honorable Bruce H. Hendricks, both of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Chris serves on the Board of the Federal Bar Association and the Executive Committee of the Greenville Bar Association.


9:45-10:15

Perspectives from the Bench: Ethical Considerations

+ The Honorable Tim Cain


Judge Timothy M. Cain was born and raised in Oconee County, attended the public schools, and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1983. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1986.

He served as an Assistant Public Defender for Oconee County, and, thereafter, as an Assistant Solicitor for the Tenth Judicial Circuit prosecuting cases in Anderson and Oconee Counties. While in private practice, he engaged in the general practice of law and served as County Attorney for Oconee County and its various boards and commissions from 1992 until 2000. He also represented several municipalities and public service districts during this time. In 2000, he was elected by the South Carolina General Assembly to serve as Family Court Judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit. During his tenure in this position, Judge Cain conducted trials in seventeen counties throughout the state. He also served, by designation of the Chief Justice, as an Acting Associate Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court on several occasions.

On February 16, 2011, Judge Cain was nominated by the President to serve as a United States District Judge. He was confirmed by the Senate on September 20, 2011 and commissioned on September 26, 2011.

Judge Cain is married to the former Renee Patterson. Judge and Mrs. Cain have one son, Martin, a junior at the University of South Carolina.

Judge Cain’s office is located in the G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Anderson, South Carolina.

+ 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 Ned Miller


Judge Miller was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 24, 1952. He gratuated high school from Spartanburg Day School in 1970 and college with a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1974. Judge Miller completed Law School at the University of South Carolina in 1978. He worked for the Southern Bank and Trust Company from 1978 – 1980, the Greenville County Public Defender Office from 1980 – 1981, and Miller and Paschal from 1981 - 2000. Since 2000, he has served on the SC Circuit Court.


10:30-11:30

Addiction–What Every Attorney Needs to Know

+ Rich Jones


A senior healthcare and non-profit executive and director since 2002, Richard has experience across multiple domains, including mental health services, substance use disorder treatment, and recovery support services. He has led various human service programs and directed administrative functions in a variety of behavioral healthcare settings ranging from inpatient drug and alcohol services to community based mental health programs. Richard is a Certified Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, CoOccurring Disorder Professional, NAADAC DOT Substance Abuse Professional, Certified ARISE Interventionist and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. Richard is an adjunct faculty member in Sociology at Greenville Technical College and has also been adjunct faculty in several other college/university settings. He has presented many original papers and spoken at more than 100 addiction/recovery related conferences and workshops.

Rich received his BS in Business Management at St. Vincent College, his MA in Sociology with concentration in Addiction Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management at the University of Scranton. Other professional credentials include:

  • Masters Arts (MA) Sociology with Concentration in Addiction Studies
  • MBA with Concentration in Healthcare Management
  • Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS, # 4752)
  • Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional (CCDP, # 5492)
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS, # 4752)
  • Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC, #114793)
  • Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor (ICADC, # 600033)
  • Internationally Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (ICADC, #300087)
  • Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP, #13546)
  • Certified ARISE Interventionist

How Lawyers Helping Lawyers Can Help You

+ John Devlin


As a litigator, John has effectively handled a wide variety of cases involving countless legal issues. His practice includes construction litigation, commercial and business litigation, insurance disputes and real estate litigation. John has also represented numerous governmental entities, from the state level to local municipalities.

Over his career, John has successfully represented a wide array of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, regional and local businesses, and individual business owners. John has been an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell since 2001, and has also been selected to South Carolina Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Greenville’s Legal Elite.

In his spare time, John is an avid reader, an enthusiastic if not particularly talented competitive swimmer, and a truly terrible poker player.

+ John “Jack” Howard, III


John W. "Jack" Howard, III is a sole practitioner who has been in practice over forty-five years. He focuses his practice in the areas of domestic litigation, domestic mediation and arbitration and personal residential real estate matters. Mr. Howard is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the South Carolina Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Court of Appeals. He is also ceritfied as a Family Court Mediator and Circuit Court Arbitrator. Mr. Howard earned his JD Degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.


Presentation

Substance use Disorders Handout

The Lawyers' Epidemic Handout


11:30– 12:00

E-Filing: Update and Practice Tips

+ Paul Wickensimer


Paul Wickensimer is the Clerk of Court for Greenville County. Prior to holding this position, he served 15 ½ years on Greenville County Council and was the former Council Chairman. He was also associated with BellSouth Corporation for 26 ½ years. There he worked in customer services, marketing, training, management, and community relations. Since becoming Clerk of Court on July 1, 2000, Paul has been involved in numerous government and community organizations as well as church boards and committees.

+ Jason Bobertz


Jason Bobertz is the Deputy Clerk of Court for the Supreme Court of South Carolina. Among other responsibilities, Mr. Bobertz has been involved in assisting the Judicial Department in implementing the E-Filing Pilot Program.

Mr. Bobertz has served as a Staff Attorney with the Supreme Court and as a law clerk to the Honorable John H. Waller, Jr. Mr. Bobertz was also previously an associate attorney with the Columbia law firm of Callison, Tighe, & Robinson, LLC, where he concentrated on litigation, including ERISA, title insurance, personal injury, and workers' compensation matters.

Mr. Bobertz is a 1998 graduate of the University of Georgia, where he majored in criminal justice. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2002. Mr. Bobertz served as an adjunct legal writing professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law from 2003 to 2004, and as an adjunct professor at Midlands Technical College from 2007 to 2008, where he taught Introduction to Civil Litigation in the Paralegal Program.



E-filing handout


12:15-1:00

State and Federal Legislative Update

+ The Honorable Karl Allen


Senator Allen has practiced law in excess of thirty (30) plus years in downtown Greenville. His practice is General with emphasis in Personal Injury, Criminal Defense and Domestic Relations. He enjoys litigation whether it is a Death Penalty, Slip and Fall or § 1983 Civil rights violation.

Senator Allen was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives in 2000 and was quickly elevated by Speaker David Wilkins to the powerful Judiciary Committee. In 2012 he was elected to the S.C. Senate and has become the Senior weighted Senator for Greenville County. As a show of his consensus bi-partisan strength he was elected Vice-Chairman of his Senate Class and currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Greenville County Legislative Delegation.

Senator Allen enjoys a reputation of fighting for the less fortunate and being a voice for the voiceless, our seniors and children.

Committees: Powerful Finance Committee and serves on Roads Infrastructure Sub-Committee, Corrections and Penology Labor, Commerce and Industry, Rules and General Committee.

+ The Honorable Bruce Bannister


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+ The Honorable Scott Talley


Scott Talley has been in private practice in Spartanburg since 2002. During this time, he's assisted clients with legal matters throughout the United States. His practice focuses on cases involving complex real estate law, contract or corporate matters in Upstate South Carolina; family court matters, and personal injury litigation.

In addition to his work on behalf of numerous corporate and individual clients, Scott has served as local counsel to national law firms on class action matters pending in the state of South Carolina. He's tried cases in Circuit Court, Family Court and Magistrate Court, and has appeared on behalf of clients in federal courts in both South Carolina and Illinois. Along with his trial practice, Scott has assisted clients with governmental affairs issues at both the local and state level in South Carolina and beyond.

Scott is a Certified Civil Mediator in the state of South Carolina and is frequently retained by parties or their attorneys to resolve disputes. A graduate of Wofford College, Scott was awarded the prestigious Presidential International Scholarship, and spent much of 1998 traveling throughout 13 developing nations across the globe.

In 2000 while attending law school, Scott was elected to represent House District 34 in the South Carolina House of Representatives, a position he held through 2008. During his service in the House, he served as chairman of the Election and General Laws Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. In 2016, Scott won a four person primary for South Carolina Senate District 12. In the Senate, Scott serves on the Judiciary, Education, Agriculture and Natural Resources, General and Fish, Game and Forestry Committees.

Scott received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2002. He is admitted to practice law in South Carolina and before the U.S. District Courts for the District of South Carolina, the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago) and the District of Colorado. Scott resides with his wife and three sons in Moore, S.C.

+ The Honorable William Timmons


William Timmons is an attorney and entrepreneur living in Greenville. He is the State Senator for District 06 in South Carolina. In four years with the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s office, he prosecuted crimes including murder, white-collar crime and domestic violence. Timmons owns multiple small businesses: Swamp Rabbit CrossFit, Timmons & Company, LLC, and Soul Yoga. A native of Greenville, Timmons attended George Washington University, where he earned a degree in International Affairs and Political Science, and the University of South Carolina, completing his law degree and at the same time, earning a Masters in International Studies

+ Van Cato


Van Cato has worked for Lundsey Graham since January 1995, first during his service as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina's Third Congressional District and later as United States Senator from South Carolina. During Van's career he has held a variety of titles in Senator Graham's office, starting as a constituent liason, before being promoted to Upstate Director, and later, State Director. As State Director, he is responsible for the day to day operations of six regional office and the state staff.

Van is a 1992 graduate of Presbyterian College. He is married to the gormer Lisa Ouzts and they have three daughters.

+ 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 7-year-old son named Smith, and are also parents to a sweet pug named Pearl.