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The 28th Annual Criminal Practice in South Carolina seminar is back and better than ever.  Course Planner Amie Clifford has again assembled an outstanding faculty of judges, legislators, solicitors and prosecutors, public defenders, appellate defenders, agency attorneys and private practitioners.  This important program features presentations on significant state and federal criminal law developments, legislative initiatives and rule changes for 2019, a primer on expungements, and a “speed round” on trending issues, juvenile cases, and PCR-proofing your next case.  Finally, there will be a full hour of LEPR credit focusing on ethics issues in criminal defense.
If you are looking for a practical criminal law program with substantive materials, insights on recent cases and legislation, a “sneak peak” into what’s next for criminal practice in South Carolina, and a faculty that is second to none, then the 28th Annual Criminal Practice in South Carolina CLE program from the South Carolina Bar-CLE Division is the seminar for you!

This seminar is an (intermediate to advanced) level program.

8:30 a.m.Registration

8:55 a.m. Welcome and Program Overview

9:00 a.m. State Criminal Practice:  Significant Developments in 2018
Honorable John C. Few, Justice
Supreme Court of South Carolina

Honorable Barry J. Barnette, Solicitor
Seventh Judicial Circuit
Robert M. Dudek, Chief Appellate Defender
South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense
Honorable Ernest A. Finney III, Solicitor
Third Judicial Circuit
Jonathan Eric Fox, Chief Public Defender
Horry County Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
Christopher D. Scalzo, Deputy Circuit Defender
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
Donald J. Zelenka, Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General of South Carolina

10:45 a.m.Break

11:00 a.m.Federal Criminal Practice:  Significant Developments in 2018
Honorable J. Michelle Childs, Judge
U.S. District Court for the District of
South Carolina

Robbie Carroll, Assistant Deputy Chief Probation Officer
United States Probation Office

Jessica Ann Salvini
Salvini & Bennett, LLC
Parks N. Small, Federal Public Defender
Federal Public Defender’s Office
William K. Witherspoon, Assistant U.S. Attorney
United States Attorney’s Office

12:30 p.m. Lunch(on your own)

1:45 p.m. LegislativeReview and Preview: Significant 2018 Legislation, Pre-Filed Bills for 2019, and Rule Changes
Amie L. Clifford, Education Coordinator/Senior Staff Attorney
South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination
Tommy E. Pope, Elrod Pope Law Firm
Speaker Pro Tempore, S.C. House of Representatives (Rep., Dist. 47)

2:15 p.m.Expungements Primer
Adam Whitsett, General Counsel
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Developments and Issues in Juveniles Justice
Laurel Eden Hendrick, Assistant Solicitor
Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office

3:30 p.m. Keeping Up with Trends and Issues in Criminal Defense
Christopher W. Adams
Adams & Bischoff, P.C.

3:45 p.m. PCR-Proofing Your Case
Tara D. Shurling
Law Office of Tara Dawn Shurling, PA

4:00 p.m. Ethics Issues in Criminal Defense
Susan Barber Hackett, Assistant Appellate Defender
Division of Appellate Defense, S.C. Commission on Appellate Defense

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

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 Technical College - Northwest Campus
    8109 Whitehorse Rd Room 111, Greenville, SC 29617
  • Greenwood
    In-Person Seminar
    Greenwood - County Solicitors Office
    600 Monument St. Ste. 203, Greenwood, SC 29646
  • 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 - New Port Fire Dept.
    5198 Hampton Ridge Rd. , Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • Spartanburg
    In-Person Seminar
    Spartanburg County Public Library
    151 S. Church St. Hoechst-Celanese Room, Spartanburg, SC 29306
  • Summerville
    In-Person Seminar
    Summerville - SC Mediation and Conference Facility
    1516 Old Trolley Rd. , Summerville, SC 29485
  • Sumter
    In-Person Seminar
    200 Miller Rd. , Sumter, SC 29150