Early Bird Both Days (rcv’d by 10/6): $445
Early Bird Friday Only (rcv’d by 10/6): $295
Early Bird Saturday Only (rcv’d by 10/6): $195

Both Days (rcv’d after 10/6): $495
Friday Only (rcv’d after 10/6): $345
Saturday Only (rcv’d after 10/6): 245

HOTEL INFORMATION - Deadline is September 19!
A block of rooms has been reserved at Wild Dunes Resort (Boardwalk Inn Hotel and Luxury Villas). The program will be held at Sweetgrass Pavilion Conference Center (across from the hotel and villas). Click here for reservations or call (877) 624-3654 and mention the NC/SC Labor & Employment Law Conference, booking code 3H17D2. Deadline for making reservations is September 19! Reservations received after this date will only be filled on a space-and-rate available basis.

This advanced level program highlights topics such as recent Supreme Court cases impacting the workplace, tax issues arising in employment law, pay equity analyses and LGBT rights. This year’s ethics panel will consist of lawyers from North and South Carolina covering ethical issues in federal employment cases. Topics include discovery, conflicts of interest with multiple clients, and fees. We’ll also hear a judge’s perspective and thoughts from U.S. Magistrate Judge Kaymani West. As always, there will be substantive updates from the Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the North and South Carolina updates followed by District Court updates.


7:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:25 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
John T. Merrell, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, Greenville, SC
J. Griffin Morgan, Elliot Morgan Parsonage, Winston-Salem, NC
M. Ann Anderson, Pilot Mountain, NC

8:30 a.m. Fourth Circuit Update
Brian S. Clarke, Charlotte, NC    

9:30 a.m. EEOC Update
Ylda Kopka, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Charlotte, NC

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Fundamentals of Pay Equity Analyses
M. Malissa Burnette, Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA, Columbia, SC
Leigh M. Nason, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, PC, Columbia, SC
Paul F. White, Resolution Economics, LLL, Washington, DC
11:30 a.m. Tax Issues in Employment Law
Murphy Horne Fletcher, McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A., Asheville, NC
Richard A. Kort, McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A., Asheville, NC
12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch (provided)
1:30 p.m. Interplay of the FMLA and ADA

Michael M. Shetterly, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, PC, Greenville, SC
2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Supreme Court Review
Jonathan Harkavy, Patterson Harkavy, LLP, Greensboro, NC

3:45 p.m. Understanding How Recent Supreme Court Cases Impact the Workplace: Pleading, Class Actions and Punitive Damages
Prof. Joseph A. Seiner, USC School of Law, Columbia, SC

4:45 p.m. Adjourn

5 p.m. Networking Reception – Palmetto Hall
Sponsored in part by the South Carolina Bar Employment & Labor Law Section
Dinner on your own


7:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. Ethical Issues in an Employment Practice
Moderator: Regina Lewis, Gaffney Lewis & Edwards, LLC, Columbia, SC
Beverly A. Carroll, Beverly A. Carroll LLC, Rock Hill, SC
Kevin P. Murphy, Van Kampen Law, Charlotte, NC
Paul E. Smith, Patterson Harkavy, LLP, Chapel Hill, NC
9:15 a.m. LGBT Rights After G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board
Susan M. Huber, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., Charlotte, NC
Charles E. Johnson, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., Charlotte, NC
10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Breakouts
Option 1: NLRB Update
John T. Merrell, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, Greenville, SC

Option 2: The Intersection of Immigration and Employment Law
Melissa L. Azallion, McNair Law Firm, PA, Hilton Head Island, SC
Penni P. Bradshaw, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, Winston-Salem, NC
Helen Parsonage, Elliot Morgan Parsonage, Winston-Salem, NC
11:30 a.m. North Carolina Annual Meeting / South Carolina Annual Meeting

11:45 a.m. Breakouts    
Option 1: North Carolina State and District Court Update
Laura J. Wetsch, Winslow Wetsch, PLLC, Raleigh, NC
Melissa A. Essary, Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh, NC

Option 2: South Carolina State and District Court Update
Charles F. Williams “Fred” Manning II, Fisher & Phillips, Columbia, SC

1 p.m. Adjourn

All registrations must be pre-paid. All fax and Internet registrations must include a credit card number. Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds, less $50.00 administrative processing fee, will be made for cancellations received in writing to SC Bar-CLE Division at or by fax to (803) 252-8427 by 5 p.m. one week prior to the seminar. If you register but do not cancel by 5 p.m. one week before or register but do not attend, you will receive the course materials in consideration of payment. Designated substitutes may take the place of registrants unable to attend.


  • Isle of Palms
    In-Person Seminar
    Wild Dunes Resort
    5757 Palm Blvd. , Isle of Palms, SC 29451