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Live Webcast: Civil Rights Litigation Law

January 26, 2023

The SC Bar CLE Division and the SC Bar Civil Rights Law Section are proud to present a special and powerful "Civil Rights Litigation Law" seminar.  Planned by United States Magistrate Judge Sherri Lydon, this important program features panel discussions and presentations by Magistrate Judges Thomas Rogers, Kaymani West, Mary Gordon Baker, Shiva Hodges, Molly Cherry, Kevin McDonald and Paige Gossett, as well as experienced civil rights practitioners Chris Mills, Stuart Andrews, Daniel Plyler, Reed Colfax, and Kyle Hair.  Our outstanding faculty will provide authoritative and practical guidance on a number of issues critical to successful civil rights, and specifically Section 1983, practice in the United States District Courts.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from South Carolina's U.S. Magistrate bench and a several "in the trenches" practitioners.

This seminar is an intermediate level program. This program qualifies for 6.25 MCLE credit hours.

SC Supreme Court Commission on CLE Course #: 229397ADO.


Live Webcast hours DO NOT count as "live" hours. These hours are Alternatively Delivered Medium Hours (NON-LIVE Hours). 


Disclaimer: The views expressed in CLE programs and publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the South Carolina Bar, its sections, or committees.

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NameOrganizationSpeaking At


Continuing Education


8:30 a.m.                    

Introduction of Program


8:45 a.m.                    

Overview of Section 1983 Litigation-Panel Discussion

The Honorable Thomas E. Rogers, III, U.S. Magistrate Judge

The Honorable Kaymani D. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge

The Honorable Mary Gordon Baker, U.S. Magistrate Judge


9:45 a.m.

Writing for the Court

The Honorable Shiva V. Hodges, U.S. Magistrate Judge


10:15 a.m.

Morning break


10:30 a.m.

Qualified Immunity: Current state of the law and recent circuit court developments

The Honorable Molly H. Cherry, U.S. Magistrate Judge


11:15 a.m.      

Excessive Force Cases

Chris Mills – J. Christopher Mills LLC, Columbia


12:00 p.m.



1:30 p.m.       

Deliberate Indifference Standard

The Honorable Kevin F. McDonald, U.S. Magistrate Judge


2:00 p.m.       

Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies

The Honorable Paige J. Gossett, U.S. Magistrate Judge


2:30 p.m.

Litigating Conditions of Confinement

Stuart Andrews – Special Counsel at Burnette, Shutt & McDaniel, PA, Columbia


3:00 p.m.                   

Afternoon Break


3:15 p.m.                   

Litigation with a Pro Se Prisoner/Plaintiff

Daniel C. Plyler, Smith Robinson, Columbia


3:45 p.m.       

Trial talk: Discussion of NAACP v. City of Myrtle Beach: Equal Protection for Black Bike Week

Reed Colfax, Partner at Relman Colfax, Washington, DC

Kyle Hair, Former law clerk of the Honorable Sherri A. Lydon and Associate at Alston & Bird, Charlotte, NC


5:00 p.m.