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Straight Talk from the Bench: A Conversation with S.C. Federal Judges
presented by the
South Carolina Bar-Continuing Legal Education Division

Live Only at the
Bar Conference Center
1501 Park Street
Columbia, SC 29201


Also available via individual Live Webcast


This program qualifies for 3.0 MCLE credit hours, including up to 1.0 LEPR

About the Seminar

Join your colleagues on Friday, December 20 for a powerful half-day forum featuring insights, guidance and the answers to your questions on the hottest topics in federal practice and procedure from four of South Carolina’s federal judges.   This practical program permits judges to respond freely and clearly to a wide range of questions - both from our Moderator, noted author and lecturer Mark Curriden, as well as from you, the audience, on how these judges run their dockets and their courtrooms. The forum will address key criminal and civil topics and trends in a relaxed and informal setting. 
As an added bonus, following the forum, Mark Curriden, author of the award-winning book Contempt of Court will tell the story of the University of South Carolina School of Law’s first African-American graduate Styles Hutchins and the often overlooked US Supreme Court case that forever changed the way justice is carried out in the United States. This story will inspire you and remind you why you became a lawyer!
Got questions for the judges? Don’t wait until the seminar to ask! Email questions to tburnett@scbar.org
8:50 a.m.      Welcome and Program Overview
Hon. Joseph F. Anderson Jr.
U.S. District Court
9 a.m.         Straight Talk from the Bench – A Conversation with South Carolina Federal Judges

Moderator – Mark S. Curriden, Dallas, TX

Hon. Joseph F. Anderson Jr.
U.S. District Court
Hon. Richard M. Gergel
U.S. District Court
Hon. J. Michelle Childs
U.S. District Court
Hon. Bruce H. Hendricks
U.S. Magistrate Judge
Hon. Kaymani D. West
U.S. Magistrate Judge
11 a.m.             Break
11:15 a.m.       “Contempt of Court” – a Century Old Case Study in Professionalism
Mark S. Curriden      

12:15 p.m.       Adjourn

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