About the Program
For those new to federal practice, or who practice in federal court infrequently, learn how to use the Court's available resources and the local rules for guidance. The discussion will also include pragmatic practice pointers and tips (as well as pitfalls to avoid) that will help you more effectively navigate through pleading, discovery, and motion practice.

About the Speakers
The Hon. Shiva V. Hodges
Molly Hamilton Cawley

Shiva V. Hodges has served as a United States Magistrate Judge since April 1, 2010. She serves as Fourth Circuit Director for the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.
Judge Hodges is a frequent speaker at bar events on a variety of topics, including e-discovery, ethics and social media, employment law issues, and evidentiary pitfalls. She has also served as judge in mock trials and arguments for the National Advocacy Center, the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorney Association, as well as middle and high school competitions. Judge Hodges recently spoke at the Magistrate Judges meeting at the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference on recent federal rule
changes. Additionally, she taught Advanced Legal Writing at the University of South Carolina School of Law from 2013-2016.
Prior to becoming a judge, she served for six years as Career Law Clerk to United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. Before committing her career to public service, she worked as a litigator at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP, in Columbia, South Carolina.

She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College, School of Law, and Darla Moore School of Business, where she obtained her Master in International Business Studies in the Italian track.

Judge Hodges is licensed in both South Carolina and North Carolina. Judge Hodges is married to Hayne Hodges, an employment lawyer whom she met in law school. They have four boys. 

Molly Hamilton Cawley, principal of MHC Law, LLC, has been advising clients and litigating cases — representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts — for more than 10 years.  She began her practice as a judicial law clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals, where she developed a strong interest in appellate work and honed her legal writing skills. Since clerking, Molly has been a business litigator whose practice is marked by a depth and breadth in many areas of the law, including contract matters, employment law, fraud and business torts, shareholder/partner/member disputes, and insurance law and ERISA. 

She has been honored as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics from 2007 to 2016, and was recently named a 2017 South Carolina "Rising Star." In 2011, Molly was named an “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer for her work representing 136 plaintiffs in a fraudulent investment case that uncovered one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Minnesota history.

Molly has a multi-jurisdictional practice — she is licensed in South Carolina, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, and admitted in the following federal courts: District of South Carolina, District of Minnesota, Southern and Northern Districts of Iowa, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and District of Nebraska. While MHC Law is based in South Carolina, Molly continues to practice in these jurisdictions and enjoys the opportunity to advise and co-counsel with attorneys in other states.

Molly’s South Carolina practice is focused on employment litigation; business litigation; life, health and disability insurance and ERISA litigation; and appeals.  She is the chair of the South Carolina CLE Committee, and a member of the Federal Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Charleston County Bar Association, South Carolina Women Lawyers, and Charleston County Lawyers Club. 

Clients appreciate Molly’s motto that “she takes her work seriously, but doesn't take herself seriously.” In that regard, she is known for her self-deprecating sense of humor and frequent laughter. In her free time, Molly enjoys Charleston’s sunshine, food, wine and charm with her husband and two dogs, Dingo and Lily. 

This seminar qualifies for 1.0 MCLE credit hour.

This seminar is Intermediate level.

Note: When submitting your compliance reports to the SC Commission on CLE and Specialization, please use this course code: 177364ADO