Event Registration Information and Presenters
Non-Members: $200, Includes a six month membership to SCACDL with many benefits, including our popular listserv
Regular Members: $200
Public Defenders: $100
Location:The Palmetto Club 1231 Sumter Street Columbia, SC 29201
CLE Information: This seminar qualifies for 5.75 hours of CLE credit that includes 1 hour of Substance Abuse/Mental Health (Ethics)
8:20-9:15 Registration and Light Breakfast
9:15-9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks Patrick McLaughlin
9:30-10:45 “Developing Themes and Theories” Beattie Butler
10:45-12:00 “Effective Closing Arguments” Shaun Kent
12:00-12:15 Break/Lunch buffet
12:15-1:15 Ethics Hour Lunch: “Alone in the Valley of the Shadow of Death”: A Frank Discussion about Survival Graham Newman and Aimee J. Zmroczek
1:15-2:30 “Federal Criminal Law 101” Cameron Blazer
2:30-3:30 “Defending the Accused: No Trivial Matter” Dayne Phillips - Moderator - John Delgado - Joe McCulloch - Bill Nettles - Jack Swerling
Please join our distinguished panel and faculty for cocktails at the conclusion of the program.
Cameron Blazer is a 2007 graduate of the Charleston School of Law. Since then, she has represented clients in local, state and federal courts, first as a county and federal public defender, then as an associate at the Savage Law Firm in Charleston. She has handled every kind of case, from traffic tickets to drug possession to assault to murder. In 2016, she formed the Blazer Law Firm in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Beattie Butler is a criminal defense lawyer in Charleston, SC. His career as a Public Defender spanned 18 years, working in Lexington, Richland, and Charleston Counties. He served as the Chief Litigator and training director for the Charleston office for 12 years. He has tried over 50 jury trials and teaches at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, a position he has held since 2005.
John Delgado graduated from Emory University and received his JD from the USC School of Law and began working for the Richland County Public Defender. He was the principal in his own practice, John Delgado, P.A., before becoming a partner in Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado, LLC in 2007. He limits his practice to criminal defense in State and Federal Court and plaintiff's personal injury claims. John is on the faculties of the National Criminal Defense College and the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Cardozo Law School.
Shaun Kent is the founding partner of the Kent Law Firm, LLC, located in Manning, SC. A 2000 graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Mr. Kent has tried hundreds of cases. A former Prosecutor for the 9th Judicial Circuit and a Public Defender for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, Mr. Kent’s practice currently focuses primarily on criminal defense. Mr. Kent has lectured nationwide on trial advocacy techniques.
Joe McCulloch is the senior lawyer in the Columbia based law firm of McCulloch and Schillaci, Attorneys at Law. He graduated from USC Law School in 1977, and worked with the Supreme Court and as a career criminal prosecutor with the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. He thereafter served as Associate General Counsel with USC, later going into private practice in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation of all types, and sports and entertainment representation. Mr. McCulloch has taught classes in Sports and Entertainment and Wrongful Convictions at the USC Law School. He served as president of SCACDL and established South Carolina’s Palmetto Innocence Project.
Patrick J. McLaughlin practices law in Florence, SC with the Wukela Law Firm. He graduated from USC in 1997 and received his JD from the USC School of Law in 2004. Mr. McLaughlin’s practice focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights violations and criminal defense. He is a past-President of SCACDL and is the co-Chair of SCACDL’s annual Criminal Defense 101 CLE. Mr. McLaughlin is NHTSA certified in DUI Detection & SFSTs, Drug Evaluation & Classification/Drug Recognition Expert, and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. He has presented on ethical issues to legal CLEs and lectured on constitutional issues in academia.
Bill Nettles graduated from The Citadel and earned his law degree at The Widener University School of Law, where he was on law review and was a member of the moot court honor society. Mr. Nettles was appointed United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina by President Obama and was sworn into that office on May 3, 2010. As the US Attorney, he dramatically overhauled the office to focus on public corruption, fraud and white collar crimes. He opened the Law Office of Bill Nettles in 2016.
Graham Newman‘s work has focused on commercial class actions, contractual litigation, insurance bad faith, and products liability in both state and federal court. He has briefed numerous appeals before the SC Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and US Supreme Court. A 2004 graduate of the USC School of Law, he is a member of SCAJ and SCACDL.
Dayne Phillips is a graduate of the USC of Law, the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC), and the NACDL Forensic College. Dayne is the 2018 President of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (former Vice President and Representative on the Board of Directors of SCACDL). He is also the Eleventh Circuit Representative in the SC Bar’s House of Delegates and SC State Delegate for the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). Dayne has defended the accused in felony jury trials and has advocated on behalf of the convicted before both the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of South Carolina. .
Jack Swerling is a graduate of the USC School of Law and is one of South Carolina’s most prominent criminal defense attorneys. He has made more than 250 presentations in the areas of criminal practice and criminal law. Mr. Swerling has participated in the Bridge the Gap program since its inception and has served as coordinator and moderator of the program since the 1990s. For 25 years Jack he has been honored to coordinate, moderate, and speak at the SC Bar's Annual Criminal Law Update.
Aimee Zmroczek graduated, with honors, in the second class of the Charleston School of Law in May 2008, where she was a member of the Law Review and Moot Court Board. She is the owner of A.J.Z. Law Firm, LLC. focusing on criminal defense, PCR’s, and Plaintiff’s cases in both state and federal courts. She sits on the Alumni Board for the Charleston School of Law, is a member of SCAJ, SCACDL, and is a member of both the Lexington and Richland County Bars. She actively participates in the Young Lawyers Division with focus on Mental Health concerns.
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