8:30 a.m.    Registration

8:55 a.m.    Welcome and Overview
Christopher G. Samellas, Chief Deputy Solicitor, 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office

9 a.m. Breakouts
Managing Clients and Cases
Bradley M. Kirkland, Bradley M. Kirkland, LLC

Avoiding Prosecution Pitfalls
Robert Elam, Assistant Solicitor, 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
April Sampson, Assistant Solicitor, Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office

10:15 a.m. Break

10:25 a.m. Pending Case Matters: Bond Hearings/Preliminary Hearings/Indictments
Benjamin A. Stitely, Williams, Stitely & Brink, PC

10:55 a.m. Pending Case Matters: Discovery
Nancy Jo Thomason, Thomason & Pracht, LLP

11:40 a.m. Networking Lunch

12:10 p.m. Plea Negotiations: Diversion Programs
Brooke Lewis Velazquez, Director of Diversion Programs, 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
Connie Garner, 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office

12:55 p.m. Plea Negotiations: Probation/Collateral Consequences
Nicole L. Singletary, The Law Office of Nicole Singletary

1:40 p.m. Guilty Pleas
Hon. Robert M. Madsen, 11th Circuit Public Defender     

2 p.m. Break

2:10 p.m. Pre-Trial and Trial Motions
S. Harrison Saunders, The Law Office of S. Harrison Saunders, VI, LLC

2:40 p.m. Practical Trial Advocacy Tips
Hon. David M. Stumbo, Eighth Circuit Solicitor
Arie D. Bax, The Bax Law Firm, PA

3:20 p.m. Straight from the Bench - What Judges Want from Lawyers
Hon. Roger M. Young, S.C. Circuit Court

4 p.m. Panel Discussion with Faculty: Questions and Answers
Moderator: Arie D. Bax

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Pursuant to SCACR Rule 408(a)(3), attorneys in their first MCLE reporting year after admission are required, unless they fall within one or more of the exemptions outlined in Rule 408 (a)(3)(A)-(D), to complete one of the SC Bar CLE “Essentials Series” courses. The series is comprised of eight full-day courses that will cover major South Carolina practice areas, as well as law office management. Each course is led by experienced South Carolina practitioners whose goal is to provide you with practical advice on how to handle cases in designated areas. The courses are process oriented, not substantive law oriented, and are specifically designed to provide you with step-bystep guidance and the opportunity to interact with the faculty.

In order to promote maximum interactivity, the courses are only offered at the SC Bar Conference Center in Columbia. Each course includes detailed materials, with heavy emphasis on forms and checklists. Many courses offer deep discounts on SC Bar books and software related to the practice area.

Each course is limited to a maximum of 100 attendees. Register early to secure a spot for a particular course or courses!

If you believe you are exempt from the Essentials course requirement or have any questions about the series or any of the individual courses, please contact SC Bar CLE Director Terry Burnett at or (803) 576-3780. For the full text of the Essentials requirement, including exceptions, see Rule 408(a)(3) SCACR.

All registrations must be pre-paid. Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds, less $25 administrative fee, will be made for cancellations received in writing to the CLE Registrar at by 5 p.m., one week prior to the seminar. Cancellations will not be accepted within one week of seminar date. One-time transfers to seminars of like value or to the live webcast of the seminar (if available) will be accepted for a $25 administrative fee in lieu of cancellations within one week of seminar. Requests to transfer to the live webcast must be received by 1 p.m. the day prior to the program. Designated substitutes may take the place of registrants unable to attend.

If you have a disability, please call ahead to let us know how we may accommodate your needs.

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    Bar Conference Center
    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201