About the Seminar
The South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense is proud to announce the “2015 Appellate Practice Project.” The Commission is participating in this program and co-sponsoring the seminar with the SC Bar-CLE Division and with the approval of the Attorney General of South Carolina, the Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals in conjunction with the Chief Justice of South Carolina. The project is designed to meet two primary goals:

1. Assist the Commission's Appellate Division to control and hopefully reduce, its enormous caseload (consistently over 1400 active cases), which the Appellate Division currently handles with only ten attorneys.
2. Provide South Carolina practicing attorneys an unprecedented opportunity to gain appellate experience in actual cases argued before the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Participants in this program will:
Be appointed to represent one indigent criminal defendant on direct appeal to the South Carolina Court of Appeals
Participate in a CLE seminar on appellate practice, at a substantially reduced cost, taught by some of the preeminent leaders of the appellate Bar in South Carolina and sponsored by the SC Bar-CLE Division $2022; Receive up to 6.0 hours of MCLE credit for viewing a 4.0 hour On-Demand eCLE online program and attending a live, small group training session on October 27
Prepare the Appellant's brief and reply brief for filing with the Court of Appeals
Have the opportunity to consult with experienced appellate practitioners prior to filing the brief with the Court of Appeals
Orally argue the case before a panel of the Court of Appeals
Receive credit for the appointment under Rule 608, SCACR

Attorneys will be provided with a trial transcript for review prior to the seminar. The actual costs of producing the briefs and the Record on Appeal will be arranged by the Commission on Indigent Defense. However, no attorney's fees will be paid and attorneys will not be reimbursed for travel.

This is an excellent opportunity for some of the brightest lawyers in South Carolina to gain appellate experience while making a truly meaningful contribution to the criminal justice system. To qualify for participation in the 2015 Appellate Practice Project, participants must:

Be practicing members of the Bar in good standing who have complied with the requirements of Rule 403, SCACR
Commit to filing the Appellant's initial brief and designation of matter by December 8, 2015 and to comply with other deadlines in the Appellate Court Rules. The court will allow reasonable extensions

On-Demand, Online Program Agenda
Welcome and Opening Remarks
The Diverse Experience of a Great Lawyer

-Appellate Practice
The Honorable John Cannon Few - Chief Judge, South Carolina Court of Appeals

The Strategy of Appellate Practice
John S. Nichols - Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson and Delgado, LLC, Columbia

Understanding Issue Preservation
Kathleen Chewning Barnes - Barnes Law Firm, Hilton Head Island

Identifying Issues that Get Convictions Reversed
Robert M. Dudek, Chief Appellate Defender - South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense

Framing the Issue to Win the Case
C. Rauch Wise, Greenwood

Writing and Arguing to “Your” Audience
Laura A. Gregg - Law Clerk, South Carolina Court of Appeals

Motions Practice Before the Court of Appeals
Patricia Howard, Chief Staff Attorney
Kate H. Crater, Deputy Chief Staff Attorney
South Carolina Court of Appeals

What Your Opponent Doesn't Want to See
Salley W. Elliott - Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General

The Secrets of Oral Advocacy Revealed, At Last
Robert T. Bockman - Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law

For completion of the online program, you will receive 4.0 MCLE credit hours which will count toward your annual 6.0 hour maximum online limit. Attendance at the workshop will count as 2.0 MCLE “live” credit hours

Note: When submitting your compliance reports to the SC Commission on CLE and Specialization, please use this course code if you completed the program in 2017: 171256ADO 
 
Note: When submitting your compliance reports to the SC Commission on CLE and Specialization, please use this course code if you completed the program in 2018: 181686ADO