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Sunday, October 3, 2021

2:00 pm – 8:00 pm                                              Registration Open

2:00 pm                                                                 Exhibitor Move In

5:00 pm                                                                 Exhibit Hall Open

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm                                              Kids’ Chance Silent Auction Reception


Monday, October 4, 2021


7:30 am – 8:30 am                                                Breakfast

7:30 am – 5:00 pm                                                Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 am – 5:00 pm                                                Registration Open


8:30 am – 9:00 am                                                 Opening Remarks and Welcome

Steven A. Yuhas, M.Ed., President, SCWCEA

SY Consulting, Inc., Mt. Pleasant, SC


9:00 am – 10:00 am                                               An Update:  Handling Burn Injuries in Workers’ Compensation

Steven A. Kahn, MD, Chief of Burn Surgery, MUSC, Charleston, SC    Burn injuries can be serious and treatment can be complex. Often, there is a need for extensive medical treatment which will vary due to the source and type of burn. These injuries can be from sustained flames, scalding, expo sure to chemicals, exposure to electricity, and contact with heated objects. Learn how MUSC’s new Burn Center is equipped to handle appropriate medical treatments.

10:00 am – 10:30 am                                             Networking Break


10:30 am – 11:30 am                                             Anatomic and Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

                                                                                    Who, What, When, and Why

Michael Hoenig, MD, Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Associates,

Spartanburg, SC

Dr. Hoenig will review procedures for total shoulder replacement and reverse total shoulder replacement. Both surgical procedures require the removal of portions of the shoulder which are replaced with artificial parts. Dr. Hoenig will be narrating an actual surgery. Please note that portions of this session will be very graphic.


10:30 am – 4:45 pm                                               Workers’ Comp Academy


11:30 am – 12:30 pm                                             Determining Jurisdiction for Georgia, North Carolina, and

                                                                                   South Carolina Workers' Compensation Claims                                                                                                                                                          Carolyn Marcus, Esq., Holder Padgett Littlejohn + Prickett, LLC, Raleigh, NC

Kelly Morrow, Esq., Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, Columbia, SC

Gregg Porter, Esq., Savell & Williams, LLP, Atlanta, GA

Jurisdiction for work injuries usually falls under the state in which the injury occurs. The intricacies of multi-jurisdictional workers’ compensation claims can be confusing for the worker and the employer. This panel will discuss the specifics of how jurisdiction is determined for Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.


12:30 pm – 1:45 pm                                                Lunch 


1:45 pm – 5:00 pm                                                   Professional Tracks                                                                                                                                                                                                          



1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Track A


Unconscious Bias: Its Prevalence in the Legal System
Barbara M. Seymour, Esq.,
Clawson & Staubes, LLC,
Columbia, SC

Unconscious bias can impact and interfere in good decision making. Attorneys who make good decisions help their firms achieve more. Learn how to identify and eliminate the hidden obstacles which can result in becoming a smarter and more effective attorney.
Ethics Session

Networking Break

Practicing Wellness in the Legal Profession
Andrew E. Haselden, Esq., Howser, Newman &
Besley, LLC, Columbia, SC
Karen Perlmutter, LISW-CP, Collaborative
Mt. Pleasant, SC

A healthy lawyer is a good lawyer. Often,
attorneys and law students suffer in silence while
experiencing prolonged stress and anxiety as well
as high rates of depression and substance abuse.
This presentation will review symptoms, resources
and available treatments to assist in overcoming
this problem in the legal community.
SA/MH Session

Roundtable with the SC Commissioners
Commissioners from the SC Workers’
Compensation Commission

An interactive question and answer session with
the Commissioners for the Claimant’s and
Defense Bars.

Attorneys practicing less than 12 years will meet with Commissioners from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm


Attorneys practicing more than 12 years will meet with Commissioners from 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Track B
Adjusters, Case Managers, Employers,
Medical & Rehab Providers
Non Attorney Track

Roundtable with the SC Commissioners
Commissioners from the SC Workers’
Compensation Commission

An interactive question and answer session with
the Commissioners to address those topics most
important to you and your profession.


Networking Break

Promoting Civil Advocacy
Barbara A. Cullum, Eastern Alliance Insurance
Group, Charlotte, NC
Shanda Mackey, Wright Rehabilitation,
Woodstock, GA
Ann Margaret McCraw, Midlands
Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, PA, Columbia, SC

Face-to-face and telephone conversations are a thing of the past….or are have they? With Communications via social media, we have turned to the world of highly-edited messages and online apps to interact. Humans are incredibly sensitive to changes in facial expressions, body language, tone, and a host of other cues to help establish new bonds.

Working Remotely – Part Two
Andrea C. Roche, Esq., Mickle & Bass, LLC,
Columbia, SC

Jason Lockhart, Esq., McAngus Goudelock &
Courie, LLC, Columbia, SC
Rachael Stephenson, SC Association of Counties,
Columbia, SC

Many professionals will continue to work
remotely after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. The
pandemic has changed the way millions of people
work. As we return to a “new normal,” the work
from home trend will not necessarily end. Learn
how this will affect workers’ compensation claims.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021


7:30 am – 8:30 am                                                Breakfast

7:30 am – 12:00 pm                                              Exhibit Hall Open


8:30 am – 9:15 am                                                 2021 Inspiration Award Presentation

Chairman Scott Beck, Esq., SC Workers’ Compensation Commission,  Columbia, SC                  

9:15 am – 10:15 am                                               Diversity in Workers’ Compensation

Kenya Miller, Esq., Dickie McCamey & Chilcote, PA, Lancaster, SC

Danny Vega, Esq., Chappell Smith & Arden, PA, Columbia, SC

Joe Wideman, Esq., Atkins Law Firm, LLC, Columbia, SC

According to the US Census Bureau, the U.S. is projected to become a majority minority  nation by 2043. Companies and organizations will need to implement diversity and inclusion strategies to be successful due to these population changes. This panel discussion will focus on promoting understanding facing minorities in workers’ compensation in South Carolina.


10:15 am – 10:45 am                                             Networking Break


10:45 am – 11:45 pm                                             The Effects of COVID-19 on Workers’ Compensation Claims

Lara Browne, Esq., Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, SC

Malcolm Crosland, Esq., The Steinberg Law Firm, Charleston, SC

Vernon Dunbar, Esq., McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC, Greenville, SC

COVID 19 workers’ compensation claims are a developing part of the law.  There may be certain scenarios where liability may arise as a result of the pandemic.  Learn how South Carolina is handling and resolving these cases.


Afternoon/Evening                                              Optional Activities – additional fee required

                                                                                                -  Ron Jebaily Fishing Rodeo

                                                                                                -  Bourbon Tasting

                                                                                                -  Cookies & Cocktails                                                     


9:00 pm – 12:00 am                                               Reception & Dance  - Joey Warren, DJ       


Wednesday, October 6, 2021


7:30 am – 8:30 am                                                 Breakfast

7:30 am – 11:00 am                                               Exhibit Hall Open


8:30 am – 9:30 am                                                 The Appeals Process and Workers’ Compensation

The Honorable Blake A. Hewitt, Esq.,

South Carolina Court of Appeals, Columbia, SC

The South Carolina Court of Appeals is the intermediate level appellate court for the state of South Carolina.  Judge Hewitt will discuss the appeals process of workers’ compensation cases.


9:30 am – 10:30 am                                               Commission Update

Commissioners from the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission


10:30 am – 11:30 am                                             The Intersection between Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law

Reginald W. Belcher, Esq., Turner Padget Graham & Laney, PA, Columbia, SC 

Amy L. Gaffney, Esq., Gaffney Lewis, LLC, Charleston, SC

Greg Martin, Manager, Plant HR, Komatsu, Newberry, SC

Employers need to carefully navigate the intersection between workers’ compensation  and employment laws.  They often overlap.  Work injuries requiring time-off can involve multiple laws.  Learn how to steer through these issues from employment law experts.


11:30 am                                                                  Closing Remarks

Steven A. Yuhas, M.Ed., President, SCWCEA

SY Consulting, Inc., Mt. Pleasant, SC


11:30 am – 11:45 am                                             Annual Business Meeting

                                                                                   Election of 2022 Board of Directors