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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
All Public Defenders and Indigent Defense Contract attorneys handling juvenile defense cases.
THIS SEMINAR IS ONLY OPEN TO SOUTH CAROLINA PUBLIC DEFENDERS AND INDIGENT DEFENSE CONTRACT ATTORNEYS
Free to eligible attendees.
5 hours MCLE credit.
CLE Course No.: 234518
||Aleksandra Chauhan, Ph.D, J.D.
Heather Scalzo, Esquire
||Advocacy in School Discipline Cases
||Jennifer Rainville, Esq.
Elliot Tait, Esq.
SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
||Advocacy in Special Education Cases
||Jennifer Rainville, Esq.
Elliot Tait, Esq.
PARKING and MILEAGE
SCCID does not reimburse for mileage or parking fees.
Paid parking is available in the lot located at 1527 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC. (The old Dunbar Funeral Home.)
This parking is operated by the Passport Parking app. The rate is $3 for the first hour and $2 thereafter.
Some metered spaces are also available in the Pendleton Street Garage located at the corner of Pickens and Pendleton Streets.
SCCID will provide beverages (coffee/water/soft drinks) and snacks in the morning and during breaks.
Lunch will be Provided: Sandwich boxes/salads from .
Please make your lunch selection when you register. For details see MENU LINKED HERE.
ALEKSANDRA CHAUHAN, Ph.D., J.D.
In the fall of 2019 Dr. Aleksandra Chauhan obtained an OJJDP grant to start a Juvenile Defender Advocate position at the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense. In that position Dr. Chauhan focuses on South Carolina juvenile justice data collection, training, and support of juvenile defense attorneys in the state. Prior to that, Dr. Chauhan was an assistant public defender in Richland County, SC. In 2015-2016, she obtained two federal grants to open a Youth Reentry Program at the Public Defender’s Office. The Youth Reentry team that she supervised consisted of a social worker, youth advocates and a civil attorney. It focused on holistic representation of the youth. Dr. Chauhan received her Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. During her doctoral studies she focused on researching the Convention on the Rights of the Child. After obtaining her Ph.D., she studied law and in 2013 received her J.D. at the USC School of Law. In addition to representing youth, Dr. Chauhan is on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Children’s Rights and Every Black Girl, Inc., and is on the Advisory Committee of the Southern Juvenile Defense Center. She chairs the Legal Innovations Subcommittee for the SC Human Trafficking Task Force and is a member of the SC Bar House of Delegates. Dr. Chauhan is a certified attorney trainer by the Gault Center and has presented keynotes and workshops on issues of reentry, trauma, and racial justice at local and national conferences. She is actively involved in creating systemic change in her community and raising awareness about needs and challenges youth face in their communities. Dr. Chauhan was recognized as a 2017 Juvenile Public Defender of the Year. She is a 2019 SC BAR Leadership Academy graduate and a 2020 Georgetown Law School Ambassador for Racial Justice.
JENNIFER RAINVILLE, ESQ.
Jennifer Rainville is the Education Policy Attorney at South Carolina Appleseed where she fights to end systemic barriers in education for all children in South Carolina. She works on Education Law issues such as school enrollment, school discipline, and special education matters.
Prior to working at South Carolina Appleseed, Jennifer was the Lead Education Discipline Law Attorney and Probate and Heirs’ Property Unit Head at South Carolina Legal Services. She has kept hundreds of children in school with appropriate services to help them be successful in their education.
Jennifer has spent her entire legal career fighting for low-income South Carolinians. She holds a law degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University.
Jennifer has served as the Chair of the South Carolina Bar Education Law Committee (2017-2019). She was selected as a Midlands Legal Elite in 2019, 2020 and 2021 in Education law by her peers. Jennifer is a graduate of the 2020-2021 class of the South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy. When not fighting for low-income South Carolinians, Jennifer loves to cross-fit, craft handmade soaps, and sew.
D. ELLIOTT TAIT, ESQ.
Elliott is the Education Unit Head and LEP Staff Attorney at South Carolina Legal Services in Charleston, SC. He attended law school at the University of South Carolina and graduated in 2012. Somehow, he’s been practicing law for 10 years, which he has done exclusively with South Carolina Legal Services. Prior to law school, Elliott worked for two years with a non-profit in Bolivia, South America. He is fluent in Spanish, proficient at walking, and incompetent at knowing when he’s annoying people. His practice includes special education cases, divorce and custody actions, unemployment benefit appeals, and simple immigration petitions for survivors of crime.
HEATHER SCALZO, ESQ.
Heather Scalzo is a seasoned family court litigator providing legal representation in all aspects of family law, including divorce, child and spousal support, child custody, adoption, abuse and neglect, and juvenile delinquency matters. Ms. Scalzo has extensive experience handling education matters, including school discipline and expulsion. She has been involved in child advocacy work since law school and received the Sera Ramcharitar Memorial Prize for her work on behalf of women, children, and families.
Ms. Scalzo is a certified attorney trainer by the National Juvenile Defender Center and served as a juvenile public defender for thirteen years. She also served on the Advisory Board for the Southern Juvenile Defender Center, the S.C. Supreme Court's Family Court Docket Committee as well as the S.C. Children's Justice Act Task Force. Ms. Scalzo is a member of the Junior League of Greenville and has served two terms on its Board of Directors.
HOW TO REGISTER
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU TRY TO REGISTER:
Public Defenders and Contract Attorneys:
- If you are a public defender or indigent defense contract attorney, you should have an SCCID account.
- If you have an SCCID account, you MUST log in to your account before you click the Register button.
- Use the blue USER LOGIN button at the top of the screen to log in.
If you are a public defender, and you do not have an SCCID public-defender account, please follow the SCCID Website Account Setup Instructions linked below to set up your account.
SCCID WEBSITE ACCOUNT SETUP INSTRUCTIONS
Other Eligible Attendees and Outside Faculty
- If you are NOT a public defender or Indigent Defense Contract Attorney, and you are eligible to attend this event, you should be able to register without logging in. You will be asked to create a password when you register to access certain parts of the webpage. If you get any error in registering, please contact LBrown@sccid.sc.gov or SHampton@sccid.sc.gov.
After you submit your registration for the event, you should receive a confirmation email.
For questions about registration, or if you need to update your registration information, please contact Lawrence Brown LBrown@sccid.sc.gov, 803-734-1244 or 803-270-7657(mobile) or Steve Hampton SHampton@sccid.sc.gov