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 tburnett@scbar.org or (803) 576-3780. For the full text of the Essentials requirement, including exceptions, see Rule 408(a)(3) SCACR.

8:30 a.m.        Registration

8:55 a.m.        Welcome and Announcements

9 a.m.             
Introduction and Program Overview
Nekki Shutt, Esq.
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA

Hagood Tighe, Esq.
Fisher & Phillips, LLP

9:10 a.m.       
Presentation of the Fact Pattern
Eugene H. Matthews, Esq. (Homer)
Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA

Debra Sherman Tedeschi, Esq. (Penelope Martinez- HHIT Supervisor)
S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce

Amy Gaffney, Esq. (Jane Williams- HHIT HR)
Gaffney Lewis & Edwards, LLC

9:20 a.m.       
Client Intake – Plaintiff’s Attorney
Nekki Shutt, Esq.
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA

10 a.m.           
Unemployment Claims in SC
Debra Sherman Tedeschi, Esq. (Penelope Martinez- HHIT Supervisor)
S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce

10:30 a.m.      Break

10:45 a.m.     
Client Intake – Defense Attorney
Hagood Tighe, Esq.
Fisher & Phillips, LLP

11:15 a.m.     
Labor Licensing and Regulation   
Darra Coleman, Esq.
S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Deidre D. Laws, Esq.
S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

11:45 a.m.     
Review and Discussion of Legal Issues Presented So Far
Hagood Tighe, Esq.
Fisher & Phillips, LLP     

Nekki Shutt, Esq.
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA

12 p.m.            Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m.     
SCHAC/EEOC Charge Process
Amy Gaffney, Esq.
Gaffney Lewis & Edwards, LLC

1 p.m.             
Discovery in Employment Cases
Eugene H. Matthews, Esq.
Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA

1:45 p.m.        Break

2 p.m.             
Litigating Employment Law Claims – A Perspective from the Bench
Hon. Shiva V. Hodges
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina        

3 p.m.   
Mediation,Settlement Agreements, and Separation Agreements
David McCormack, Esq.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

4 p.m.              Adjourn

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 registrar@scbar.org 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.

  • Columbia
    In-Person Seminar
    Bar Conference Center
    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201