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Seminar: ABOTA Masters in Trial - 2/1/2013
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University of South Carolina School of Law
ABOTA Masters in Trial
presented by the
South Carolina Bar-Continuing Legal Education Division

Live at the
The University of South Carolina School of Law
701 Main Street
Columbia
 
and via
Video-CLE sites: Aiken, Charleston (FULL), Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Greenwood and Pendleton


Abouth the Seminar
This year’s Masters in Trial demonstration presents a powerful look at the claims and counterclaims between a lawyer and his client over unpaid but agreed-upon legal fees, court-imposed monetary sanctions against both the attorney and client, and allegations of malpractice and serious ethical misconduct. The dramatic facts of this real-life case include the lawyer leaving a foreign country by early morning light without notifying opposing counsel, thereby canceling depositions which were scheduled to last for a month, failing to turn over relevant documents, failing to prepare witnesses, allegations of lack of candor with the tribunal, and engaging in serious deposition misconduct. Does it change the outcome if the lawyer maintains his clients were not only responsible for much of the alleged misconduct, but also encouraged him to keep his reasons for some of the conduct from the court?

Come see how premiere ABOTA lawyers handle the dramatic question whether the conduct of one of our own still entitles him to his fee in light of his own alleged unethical conduct and legal malpractice. Whether you are a novice or seasoned litigator, or plaintiff or defense counsel, this seminar is designed to teach by example the skills you will need in your next trial and reinforce for you the ethical conduct you are obligated to demonstrate as an officer of the court.Come see how the Masters handle it!

This program qualifies for 6.75 MCLE credit hours, including up to 6.75 LEPR credit hours.

7:30 a.m. Registration
 
8:15 a.m. Welcome - South Carolina Chapter President
Samuel W. Outten, Esquire, Greenville, SC
 
8:20 a.m. Overview of Trial
The Hon. John Cannon Few, Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals
 
8:30 a.m. Opening Statements
Plaintiff Christina M. Habas, Esquire, Denver, CO
Defense Samuel W. Outten, Esquire, Greenville, SC
 
9:15 a.m. Examination of Plaintiff
Direct Clarence Davis, Esquire, Columbia, SC
Cross S. Keith Hutto, Esquire, Columbia, SC
Redirect Clarence Davis, Esquire, Columbia, SC
 
10:00 a.m. Mid-morning Refreshment Break
 
10:15 a.m. Examination of Plaintiff Expert Witness
Direct Keith M. Babcock, Esquire, Columbia, SC
Cross William C. Cleveland, Esquire, Charleston, SC
Redirect Keith M. Babcock, Esquire, Columbia, SC
 
11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion on Strategy & Technique
Trial Team Members
 
11:30 a.m. Lunch (On your own)
 
12:45 p.m. Examination of Defendant
Direct Samuel W. Outten, Esquire, Greenville, SC
Cross Christina M. Habas, Esquire, Denver, CO
Redirect Samuel W. Outten, Esquire, Greenville, SC
 
1:30 p.m. Examination of Defense Expert
Cross Charles L. Henshaw, Jr. Esquire, Columbia, SC

 
2:15 p.m. Mid-Afternoon Break
 
2:30 p.m. Closing Argument
Plaintiff John D. Kassel, Esquire, Columbia, SC
Defense Thornwell F. Sowell, Esquire, Columbia, SC
Rebuttal John D. Kassel, Esquire, Columbia
 
3:30 p.m. Jury Instructions
 
3:45 p.m. Jury Deliberations - Shown live on-screen
 
4:15 p.m. Panel Discussion on Strategy & Technique and the Ethical Implication of Deposition Misconduct, Disagreeing with Clients on the Production of Documents, Violation of the Oath of Civility and Candor to the Tribunal.
 
5:30 p.m. Adjourn