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Bar Conference Center
Anatomy for Lawyers
featuring Sam Hodge
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


Seminar Credit Hours
This seminar qualifies for 6.0 MCLE credit hours.

About the Seminar  
The neck bone’s connected to the backbone, and the shoulder bone’s connected to the arm bone. You know that much — but to efficiently, elegantly and effectively handle a back or knee injury case (by far the largest category of personal injury, worker’s comp and disability claims), or a shoulder injury case (accounting for the most time lost from work), you need enhanced knowledge and skills. Sam Hodge is your most effective guide to achieving them. Prof. Samuel D. Hodge brings boundless enthusiasm to the topic of anatomy. He is a skilled litigator who has taught medical topics for than 25 years.
Hodge is a successful lawyer-litigator who has benefited from serious medical training. He is also an award-winning professor at Temple University and one of the most popular professional development speakers in the USA. In the last 4 years alone, this entertaining, informative and highly-acclaimed seminar has been presented more than 56 times in 27 states!
In plain-English, and with a sharp focus on the challenges you face in your law practice, Sam covers handling back, shoulder, hand and knee injury cases. He makes practical, case-clarifying sense of complicated medical injuries, terms and conditions. He provides the essential tools that you need to properly evaluate and articulate your case to make it persuasive to 1) your client, 2) opposing counsel 3) the judge and, if need be, 4) the jury.
Illustrated with vivid photos and detailed video, ANATOMY FOR LAWYERS carefully and thoughtfully covers all of the details you need to know — including the parts of the body most susceptible to injury (and how those injuries most often occur). You’ll discover how diagnoses are made, and learn the practical details of medical tests and surgical procedures from the unique perspective of a very successful lawyer.
Your ability to evaluate cases and to prosecute or defend them will be immeasurably enhanced in one dynamic, entertaining and information-packed day. Discover why bar associations, law firms, insurance companies and government agencies consistently call on Sam Hodge to diffuse the inherent mystery of medical cases. Put his unique expertise, dynamic experience and very special teaching gift to work in your practice!
Program Highlights
• How to parse medical jargon.
• The difference between soft tissues: muscles, ligaments and tendons.
• The mechanism of trauma to the neck, back, knee and upper extremity.
• The nature of today’s common diagnostic tests (X-rays, CT-scans and MRIs).
• Journey inside the dissection lab and the operating room!
Attendee Comments
“I’ve actually lost count of how many depositions of doctors that I have attended that involved neck and back injuries, Professor Hodge provided the best overview of the anatomy of the spine that I’ve ever heard.”
Should be a required seminar for all plaintiffs’ personal injury and defense/insurance lawyers. Will give a running start to evaluate medical records and medical reports.
“Funny—better than the doctors that give dry and boring talks over our head!”
Program Agenda
8:30 a.m.       Registration
8:50 a.m.       Welcome and Opening Remarks
9 a.m.             Building Blocks to Human Anatomy
Systems of the Body
      • Skeletal System
      • Nervous System
10:30 a.m.     Break
10:45 a.m.     Systems of the Body—continued
      • Nervous System
      • Integumentary System
12:15 p.m.     Lunch
1:30 p.m.       Systems of the Body—continued
      • Muscular System
      • Circulatory System
      • Respiratory System
      • Gastrointestinal System
      • Urinary System
      • Endocrine System
3 p.m.             Break
3:15 p.m.       The Back, Arm and Knee
4:45 p.m.       Adjourn
About the Speaker
Samuel D. Hodge, Jr. is a professor and chair of the Legal Studies Department at Temple University where he teaches both law and anatomy. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Sam has been named one of the most popular continuing legal education instructors in the country and he lectures frequently on behalf of the Professional Education Group to attorneys, judges, physicians and governmental agencies on medical/legal issues. He has received multiple teaching awards including being named a Temple University Great Teacher and his Anatomy for Lawyers course was the recipient of the ACLEA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Continuing Legal Education. Sam’s interactive teaching style has received national media attention including stories in The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Philadelphia Inquirer, National Public Radio and television.
He is also a skilled litigator who enjoys an AV rating and was named a Top Lawyer in Pennsylvania in 2013.
Sam is the co-author of The Spine, ABA (2013), Clinical Anatomy for Attorneys, ABA (2012), and the award winning book, Anatomy for Litigators, ALI-CLE (2007). He also wrote Law for the Business Enterprise, McGraw Hill (2011), Law in American Society, McGraw Hill (2008), and Thermography and Personal Injury Litigation, Wiley Law (1987). He has co-authored several of the annual supplements to Orthopedic Disability and Expert Testimony, Wiley Law, and has written chapters in litigation texts on how to examine and cross-examine the medical expert. Other writing endeavors include the authoring of over 100 articles in a variety of medical and legal journals.
Professor Hodge is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Graduate Division of the Law School. He is a member of the American College of Legal Medicine.


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