Uniform Certificate of Attendance - 2020 It's All A Game: Top Trial Lawyers Tackle Evidence

As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2020, the Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg and Rock Hill satellite sites for the February 21 It’s All A Game: Top Trial Lawyers Tackle Evidence seminar are open. If you are scheduled to attend at one of these locations and would like to transfer your attendance to a different seminar or you would like to change your attendance to the individual live webcast, please contact 803-771-0333, ext. 110. We must hear from you by 5 pm today, February 20.  




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The South Carolina Bar-CLE Division is proud to present the 2020 edition of one of our most popular seminars.   Designed by Supreme Court Justice John Cannon Few, this innovative, powerful, and practical seminar always takes an entertaining and insightful look at some of the thorniest evidence problems any trial lawyer or judge could face, and this year is no exception.  This program also includes an hour of Mental Health/Substance Abuse content!

If you are a South Carolina litigator who wants to sharpen your evidence skills and knowledge, or you simply want to come to the most exciting CLE program you have ever attended, then you don’t want to miss It’s All a Game: Top Trial Lawyers Tackle Evidence!

This seminar is an intermediate level program.

8:30 a.m. Registration

8:55 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

9 a.m.Thinking Through the Structure of Evidence
Honorable John C. Few, Associate Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court
This presentation advances a framework for analyzing evidentiary issues. The Rules of Evidence render all relevant evidence admissible unless the Constitution, statutes, or other rules say otherwise.  This framework first addresses the issue of whether the evidence sought to be introduced is relevant, and next asks whether the unless applies to potentially exclude the relevant evidence.

10 a.m. “The Sound of Silence”- The Fifth Amendment and the Right to Remain Silent: Preventing the creation of evidence and using the assertion of the right as evidence
Andrew B. Moorman, Sr., Esquire, Moorman Law Firm, LLC, Greenville
This presentation focuses on the viability of asserting one’s right to remain silent in different contexts, on using the assertion as evidence, and other evidentiary issues the assertion of the Right to Remain Silent implicates.

11 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Preserving Evidence Issues for Appeal
Kathleen Barnes, Esquire, Barnes Law Firm, Hampton
Trial lawyers sometimes focus exclusively on the impact evidence will have on the trial. This presentation focuses on evidence in the appellate context, issue spotting and preservation when trying to admit and exclude evidence, trial examples, and tips for how to translate evidence from the trial court to an appellate court.                       

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. “A whole ‘nother world: evidence in Magistrates Court”
Daniel Coble, Richland County Magistrate Judge, Columbia
Magistrate trials move quickly and often-times involve a non-attorney judge or an attorney who does not frequently try cases.  This presentation focuses on managing and simplifying the rules of evidence in Magistrates Court so that attorneys can make proper objections that are clear and concise for the judge.  With an understanding of the most commonly used rules, attorneys can be prepared to make proper objections and respond to arguments with clear and concise rebuttals.  

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m."Rap was the Case That They Gave Me": The Admissiblity of Rap Lyrics at Trial
Cory B. Patterson, Haynsworth, Sinkler, and Boyd, Greenville
This discussion will take a deep dive into the use and admissibility of rap lyrics, and the evidentiary analysis used to offer those lyrics during trial.  The presentation will discuss how the State/Government has offered the lyrics in previous cases, more specifically, hearsay and/or character evidence, and will further detail whether the presentation of the lyrics are relevant.  During the presentation we will discuss certain cases from federal and state courts across the country, while also reviewing a few South Carolina cases that have addressed the issue. 

3:45 p.m. Momsense: Practical Advice About Taking Responsibility, Building Resilience, and Being a Better Lawyer
Barbara Seymour, Esquire, Clawson and Staubes, LLC, Columbia
Ms. Seymour’s mother is a pragmatic and resilient woman who raised her own children with a strong sense of responsibility using a matter-of-fact, no-nonsense approach.   In this program, Ms. Seymour shares her mother’s philosophy with lawyers interested in self-reflection and improvement.  Within the framework of her mother’s sage advice, Ms. Seymour will help the participants learn how to accept responsibility for their own circumstances without judgment or excuses, to develop skills to build resilience and better cope with the stresses of the practice of law, and to reignite the spark that inspired them to become lawyers.

4:45 p.m. Adjourn

All registrations must be pre-paid. Need to cancel or transfer your registration? Simply notify us in writing no later than 24 hours prior to the published start time of the seminar at registrar@scbar.org. You will be eligible to receive a full refund, be transferred to the live webcast or archived online version of the same seminar (if available), or to a live seminar of equal or lesser value - all with no cancellation or transfer fee.  Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made within 24 hours of a seminar start time, but all other options listed above are available with no transfer fee.

  • Columbia
    In-Person Seminar
    Bar Conference Center
    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201
  • Aiken
    In-Person Seminar
    Aiken (USC)
    471 University Parkway Room 124, Aiken, SC 29801
  • Anderson
    In-Person Seminar
    Anderson - Center for Excellence
    200 Bleckley St. Room 112, Anderson, SC 29625
  • Beaufort
    In-Person Seminar
    Beaufort Town Center
    2015 Boundary St. Training Room, Beaufort, SC 29902
  • Charleston
    In-Person Seminar
    Charleston School of Law
    81 Mary Street Room M101, Charleston, SC 29403
  • Florence
    In-Person Seminar
    Florence - South Eastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology
    1951 Pisgah Rd. Room 249, Florence, SC 29501
  • Greenville
    In-Person Seminar
    Greenville University Center
    225 S. Pleasantburg Dr. Room 514, Greenville, SC 29607
  • Hilton Head Island
    In-Person Seminar
    Hilton Head Island Public Library
    11 Beach City Rd. Sm Conf. Room, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
  • Myrtle Beach
    In-Person Seminar
    Myrtle Beach-Horry Georgetown Tech, Grand Stand Campus
    950 Crab Tree Lane Room 601, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
  • Rock Hill
    In-Person Seminar
    Rock Hill Getty's Center
    201 E. Main St. , Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • Spartanburg
    In-Person Seminar
    Spartanburg County Public Library
    151 S. Church St. Hoechst-Celanese Room, Spartanburg, SC 29306
  • Sumter
    In-Person Seminar
    200 Miller Rd. , Sumter, SC 29150