Past Events


Schoolhouse to Courthouse with Burke High School

On April 20, 2017, the South Carolina Chapter was privileged to sponsor a Schoolhouse to Courthouse event with Burke High School at the J. Waties Waring Judicial Center. The students enjoyed a BRIDGE drug court session with guest speakers Greg Mullen, City of Charleston Police Chief, and "Soni" Sonefield, former drummer for Hootie and the Blowfish. The students were addressed by the U.S. Marshals Service, and by Judge Hendricks and Judge Baker, who entertained their questions during lunch.

A special thank you to Cheryl Shoun and Chase McNair for organizing the event. Many thanks also to Judge Hendricks and her staff, Judge Baker, and to Deputy U.S. Marshal George Pack, who all made this event a huge success!


Bench and Bar Luncheon with the Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy—May 16, 2018

The SC FBA hosted a Bench and Bar Luncheon for members and nonmembers with the Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy in the J. Waties Waring Judicial Center in Charleston, South Carolina on May 16, 2018. Judge Duffy shared great advice and personal stories from his career as lawyer and judge with attendees. Thank you Judge Duffy and thank you to President-Elect Cherie Blackburn for coordinating this event.


Columbia Schoolhouse to Courthouse Keys Program—April 24, 2018

In Columbia, SC FBA members, Brook Andrews and Beth Richardson, hosted about twenty students and two faculty members from Eau Claire High School on April 24, 2018. First, the students toured the Matthew J. Perry Courthouse with an introduction to Judge Perry’s life and legacy. The students explored his statue and the case of Judge Perry memorabilia that sits in the entrance of the building. After a brief discussion about federal law and federal courts, the students observed a busy morning of pretrial conferences and plea hearings with Judge Margaret B. Seymour. The group then joined Judge J. Michelle Childs’ clerks for a tour of her chambers. The morning program finished over lunch in the jury assembly room, where Judge Mary Geiger Lewis, Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., Judge Cameron McGowan Currie, and Judge Shiva V. Hodges joined an extended Q&A session.

Charleston Schoolhouse to Courthouse Keys Program—April 19, 2018

In Charleston, the Schoolhouse to Courthouse program was held Thursday April 19, 2018. Twenty-two students from two local schools along with a faculty representatives from each were in attendance. The students had the opportunity to observe two detention/revocation hearings before the Honorable Mary Gordon Baker. During lunch at the courthouse thereafter, SC FBA members, including Cheryl Shoun, answered students’ questions regarding the United States District Court, such as subject matter jurisdiction, geographic area, and so forth. The students also observed a session of BRIDGE court before the Honorable Bruce Howe Hendricks. Before each proceeding the clerk of court, Robbie Shumate, fielded many questions from the students and their faculty advisors. The SC FBA chapter thanks Ms. Shumate in particular for a wonderful job in coordinating the proceedings observed by the students.


Charleston Greenville Schoolhouse to Courthouse Keys Program—April 17, 2018

On April 17, 2018, SC FBA members, Tom Vanderbloemen, Beattie Ashmore, Hannah Metcalfe, and Powers Price, hosted a high school class from JL Mann High School at the federal courthouse in Greenville, South Carolina. The students were able to observe criminal pre-trial proceedings presided over by U.S. District Court Judge Bruce H. Hendricks. The student then convened in the grand jury room for lunch, where they listened to judges and attorneys, including newly-appointed U.S. District Judge Marvin Quattlebaum, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Brewer, and Assistant Federal Defender in Charge Ben Stepp discuss the proceedings and the legal system and were able to ask questions regarding the same.


SC Federal Bar Association & South Carolina Bar Health Care Law Section CLE: False Claims Act/Qui Tam Whistleblower Litigation Involving Health Care Providers--April 13, 2018

On April 13, 2018, the Qui Tam section of the SC Federal Bar Association partnered with the South Carolina Bar Health Care Law Section to host a CLE entitled: False Claims Act/Qui Tam Whistleblower Litigation Involving Health Care Providers at the SC Bar Conference Center in Columbia, South Carolina. The CLE provided 5.75 MCLE credits. Over 60 participants were in attendance, which was due in no small part to a fantastic lineup of speakers with experience in a wide variety of False Claims Act cases. Attendees gained practical insights covering all angles including relators’ counsel, defense counsel, and prosecutors with the Department of Justice. The event was organized by FBA-SC Board members Joe Griffith and Matt Austin.

Investiture Ceremony and Reception for The Honorable Donald C. Coggins, Jr., United States District Court for the District of South Carolina--March 2, 2018

Judge Coggins was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate Thursday, November 16, 2017 as a U.S. District Court judge in South Carolina. Judge Coggins is a long-time member and supporter of the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Just before the Investiture ceremony, President Tom Vanderbloemen presented Judge Coggins a plaque from our chapter congratulating him “on his investiture to the federal bench, with great thanks and appreciation for his support of our organization.” Following the ceremony, the SC FBA co-hosted with the Spartanburg County Bar Association a reception for Judge Coggins at the Peidmont Club in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


United States District Court for the District of South Carolina adopts Standard Preference Number 14 entitled “Opportunities for Young Lawyers”--February 20, 2018

The South Carolina Federal Bar Association supported the United States District Court’s adoption of Standard Preference #14 entitled “Opportunities for Young Lawyers,” and added it to the USDC for the DSC’s Standard Filing Preferences’ website on February 20, 2018. Standard Preference #14 states:

The court is aware of a trend today in which fewer cases go to trial, and in which there are generally fewer speaking or "stand-up" opportunities in court, particularly for young lawyers (i.e.,lawyers practicing for less than seven years). The court strongly encourages litigants to be mindful of opportunities for young lawyers to conduct hearings before the court, particularly for motions where the young lawyer drafted or contributed significantly to the underlying motion or response. The court understands that there may be circumstances where having a young lawyer handle a hearing might not be appropriate - such as where no young lawyers were involved in drafting the motion, or where the motion might be dispositive in a "bet-the-company" type case. Even so, the court believes it is crucial to provide substantive speaking opportunities to young lawyers, and that the benefits of doing so will accrue to young lawyers, to clients, and to the profession generally. Thus, the court encourages all lawyers practicing before it to keep this goal in mind.

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