38th Annual Judges and Attorneys Substance Abuse and Ethics Seminar
Friday, December 3, 2021

Register Now for either In-person or Virtual attendance 

The South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization has approved this activity for 6.25 CLE credit(s) which includes 0.75 substance abuse/mental health credit(s). Course approval # 910698 (in-person) and Course approval #910699ADO (online)


7:30 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. Registration

8:25 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions from John H. Magill

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. The Impact of The Pandemic On Lawyers and Lawyer Assistance Programs’ Response  (45 min)
Beth Padgett, M.Ed., M.A., Co-Director, Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Jay McDonald, Attorney, Clawson and Staubes
Myesha Brown, Attorney and Founder, MLB Law Firm
Nikesh Amin - Law Student, University of South Carolina School of Law

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Update on Addictions: Background, Recent Trends, and Neurobiology   (60 min)
Speaker: Edward Thomas Lewis III, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina 

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Mid-Morning Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Specialty Courts/Drug Courts/Mental Health Courts/Veterans Treatment (45 min)
Honorable Tamara C. Curry
Honorable Bruce Howe Hendricks
Honorable Peter A. Kouten
Moderated by Honorable Irvin G. Condon

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Social Security, Presenting Psychiatric Evidence in Social Security Disability Case (45 min)
Robertson Wendt, J.D., Finkel Law Firm
Elizabeth Hutto, General Counsel, SCDMH

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch Break

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Effects of COVID on Mental Health: The Substance Use Disorder Perspective   (60 min)
J. Matthew Dorman, M.Ed, LPC, Executive Director, Berkeley Community Mental Health Center
Chanda D. Funcell, Ph.D., LMSW, Director, Charleston Center
Moderated by Honorable Tamara C. Curry 

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. The Intersection of Adolescent Mental Health and Juvenile Justice   (60 min)
Kenneth M. Rogers, MD, MSPH, MMM, DFAPA, State Director, S.C. Department of Mental Health
Stephen Scoff, LISW-CP, Juvenile Justice Program Manager, University of South Carolina – School of Law’s Children’s Law Center
Honorable Michèle Patrão Forsythe
Moderated by Amanda Whittle, J.D., CWLS, State Child Advocate and State Director, S.C. Department of Children’s Advocacy

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Emergency or Judicial Commitment? When might they be appropriate and what is the process? - A Panel Discussion  (60 min)
Honorable Peter A. Kouten
Edward Thomas Lewis III, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina
Diana Mullis, M.D., Medical Director, MH-ICCE, Medical University of South Carolina
Delynn Morgan, Mobile Crisis, Charleston/Dorchester Community MHC
Moderated by Vivian Fairbairn, J.D., Assistant General Counsel, Medical University of South Carolina

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Adjourn