40th Annual Judges and Attorneys Substance Abuse and Ethics Seminar
Friday, December 15, 2023 | Registration Coming Soon


8:25 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.         Welcome and Introductions

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.       40 Years of Substance Abuse and the Latest Substance Abuse Epidemic (1.5hr)
John Magill, Former State Director, SC Department of Mental Health
Capers Barr, III, Lawyer, Barr, Unger & McIntosh, LLC
Thomas Lewis, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, MUSC

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.     Mid-Morning Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.     Panel Discussion: Working with Individuals who have Dual Diagnoses: What Does this Mean and How Can We Help? (1hr)
Joshua Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, MUSC
Margaret Garrett, Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
Jennifer Brush, LPC, CPM, Executive Director, Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center 

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     Personal Substance Abuse and the Effect on the Lawyer or a Practice: Case Studies (1hr)
Ronald L Richter Jr., Esq., Founder / Partner, Bland Richter LLP

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.       Lunch Break

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.        State-wide Resources for Mental Health and Substance Use (1.5hr)
Jan Nerud, Grants Administrator, SC Dept. of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
Robert DuPont, System Administrative Officer – Mental Health, MUSC Health
Deborah Blalock, Chief Deputy Director, SC Department of Mental Health

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.         Afternoon Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.         Importance of Sleep/Lawyers Helping Lawyers (1.5hr)
Beth Padgett. Co-Director, Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Allison Wilkerson, PhD, DBSM, Associate Professor, Clinical Director, Sleep and Anxiety Treatment and Research Program, MUSC

4:30 p.m.                            Closing Remarks and Adjourn