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 of Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Michael Abro, J.D., Ed.S., Education and Outreach Coordinator for Lawyers Helping Lawyers

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Medical Presentation – Neurology/Treatment Options/etc. (60 min)
Speaker: Thomas Lewis, M.D.: Clinical Assistant Professor, MUSC 

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)
Moderated by Elizabeth Hutto, General Counsel, SCDMH

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch Break

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Effect of COVID on Mental Health (60 min)
Deborah S. Blalock, M.Ed, LPCS
Chanda D. Funcell, Ph.D., LMSW

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, SC Department of Mental Health
Stephen Scoff, LISW-CP, Juvenile Justice Program Manager, University of South Carolina – School of Law’s Children’s Law Center
The Honorable Michèle Patrão Forsythe

Moderated by Amanda Whittle, J.D., CWLS, State Child Advocate and State Director, SC 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
Thomas Lewis, M.D.: Clinical Assistant Professor, MUSC
Diana Mullis, M.D.: Medical Director, MH-ICCE, MUSC
Delynn Morgan, Mobile Crisis, Charleston/Dorchester Community MHC

Moderated by Vivian Fairbairn, Assistant General Counsel at Medical University of South Carolina

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Adjourn