SCLS Statewide Conference 2017

Posted on October 16, 2017


The week of October 9th, our staff came down to Myrtle Beach for South Carolina Legal Services’ annual conference and training.  Everyone had a chance to catch up, participate in team-building exercises and attend a number of informative training sessions.

This year, the attorneys were able to earn 7.5 hours of CLE credits.  They, along with support staff and administration, enjoyed learning sessions on a wide variety of topics.

From ADP Resource, Paula P. Rinnix, shared some tips and strategies for dealing with “bad apples.”  Sometimes, when working in a group, it can be challenging to deal with negative attitudes.  She also led a session on stress and time management.  Paula’s workshops equipped everyone with tools and strategies to overcome obstacles that sometimes get in the way of our day-to-day work.

Captain Eric DiLorenzo of Myrtle Beach Police Department led a session titled “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events.”  He shared some common mistakes that people sometimes make when faced with a dangerous situation.  He also provided staff with some safety rules and tips for ensuring their own, their colleagues’ and their clients’ safety.

Our Consumer Unit Head, Susan Ingles, teamed up with Sharon Young Ward on a panel with “Tips on Appeals: From Trial to Brief to Co-Counseling.”  Likewise, SCLS’ own Managing Attorney, Susan Firimonte, and Public Benefits Unit Head Jamie Bell led a panel discussion on “Attorney’s Fees in Social Security Cases.”

Outside legal experts were on hand to discuss some developments in state law and court system.  From The Supreme Court of South Carolina, Jason N. Bobertz, and from South Carolina Court Administration, Mary E. A. Lucas, presented on “E-Filing: Everything You Need to Know”.   Later, Gregory S. Forman, a Charleston attorney and blogger ( talked to staff about “Discovery in Family Court”.

A diversity training has become an important component of this annual conference.  This year, it was Tanya Douglas from Legal Services for New York City who made a presentation on “Cultural Competency, Diversity and Language Access.”  To be diverse is to be inclusive.  These two concepts allow SCLS to build trust with our community and represent our clients diligently.

During the stay, the staff also enjoyed speeches from esteemed local and national speakers.  Roland Boyd (AFLAC), Jeryl S. Salmond (The Salmond Group at Morgan Stanley), Megan Sweeney (SC Bar Foundation), Don Saunders (National Legal Aid and Defender Association) and Bernie Mazyck (SC Association of Community Economic Development).

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