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This full day program, will feature practitioners and authorities in their fields whose goal is to provide you with practical advice on how to handle cases in the criminal arena.

8:20 a.m.  Registration

8:40 a.m.  Welcome and Overview
April Sampson, Deputy Solicitor
Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office

8:45 a.m. Managing Clients and Cases from the Defense Perspective

Heath P. Taylor
Taylor Law Firm, LLC
Alicia D. Goode
Richland County Public Defender’s Office

Avoiding Prosecution Pitfalls
Robert J. Elam
S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Rhonda W. Patterson, Assistant Solicitor
Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Pending Case Matters: Bond Hearings/Preliminary Hearings/Indictments
Dayne C. Phillips
Price Benowitz LLP

11 a.m. Plea Negotiations: Diversion Programs
Brooke Lewis Velazquez, Director of Diversion Programs
Connie Garner

Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office

11:45 a.m. Lunch (on your own)

12:45 p.m. Plea Negotiations: Probation/Collateral Consequences
Nicole L. Singletary
The Law Office of Nicole Singletary

1:45 p.m.  Guilty Pleas
Bennett E. Casto
Eleventh Circuit Tri-County Public Defender

2:05 p.m. Discovery, Pre-Trial and Trial Motions
S. Harrison Saunders, IV
The Law Office of S. Harrison Saunders, VI, LLC

2:50 p.m. Panel: Questions & Answers
Moderator: April W. Sampson

3:05 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. Practical Trial Advocacy Tips
April W. Sampson
S. Harrison Saunders, IV

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

4:30 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
  • Charleston
    In-Person Seminar
    Charleston School of Law
    81 Mary Street Room M101, Charleston, SC 29403
  • Greenville
    In-Person Seminar
    Greenville Technical College - Northwest Campus
    8109 Whitehorse Rd Room 111, Greenville, SC 29617
  • Myrtle Beach
    In-Person Seminar
    Myrtle Beach-Horry Georgetown Tech, Grand Stand Campus
    950 Crab Tree Lane Room 601, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577