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Last-Minute Ethics & SAMH CLE

Get the last-minute ethics and/or substance abuse/mental health hours you need for CLE compliance.
Friday | February 17, 2023 - Friday | February 17, 2023

Last-Minute CLE Info Block


This seminar is being offered as a live in-person event only.  No Webex option.




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CLE Credit:  

2 Hours LEPR (Ethics)

1 Hour SAMH (Substance Abuse/Mental Health)

CLE Course No.:  234850



Agenda:    Agenda PDF


10:00 am - 11:00 am

Ethics Update

Description:  This Ethics Update will provide the latest data on disciplinary cases from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022; an overview of disciplinary decisions the Supreme Court filed from July 2021 through December 2022; an overview of changes in the Rules of Professional Responsibility; and a snapshot of the issues facing practitioners every day.

John Nichols, Esq.


1 hour LEPR
11:00 am - 11:15 am Break    
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Ethics and Two Yoots

Description: My Cousin Vinny may be one of the best movies about lawyers ever made. That’s not an exaggeration...if you’re thinking about attorney ethics! Ethic and Two Yoots will explore and discuss various professional responsibility lessons that can be learned from this classic comedy.  The lessons include: competence (Rule 1.1), confidentiality (Rule 1.6), lies/deception (Rule 8.4), and more!   

Hervery Young

SCCID Deputy Director/General Counsel

1 hour LEPR
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Break


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Ending the Epidemic of Depression, Suicide, and Addiction in the Legal Profession

Description:  Much has been written in recent years about how lawyers are three times as likely to have depression than any other profession, how lawyers have substance use disorders at twice the rate of the general population, how suicide has been one of the leading causes of death among lawyers. Before we can help ourselves or others, we must understand why lawyers are vulnerable to these problems. Then we can discuss strategies we can employ as individuals and as a profession to reduce the risk of experiencing these issues.

Stuart Mauney

Partner, Gallivan White Boyd

1 hour SAMH



Speaker Information:



Shareholder, Gallivan White & Boyd

Stuart Mauney is a shareholder in the Greenville SC office of Gallivan White & Boyd. His practice is focused on defense litigation in the professional negligence, personal injury, and trucking law practice areas. His professional negligence practice is focused on the healthcare industry, especially skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health, and hospice providers.

Stuart has spent many years as a mental health advocate, including serving on the board of directors and as President of Mental Health America of Greenville County. He later served on the board and as an officer of Mental Health America of South Carolina. He also served on the board of Gateway, a non-profit clubhouse that provides rehab services to the chronically mentally ill in the Greenville community. Stuart also volunteers with the SC Bar Lawyers Helping Lawyers program, which provides resources, education and support to lawyers and judges who have a substance use disorder or mental health problem. He has previously served on the national ABA Advisory Committee for the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.

Stuart is a frequent speaker on ethics and mental health in the legal profession. He has presented at conferences sponsored by the ABA, State Bar Associations, and other industry groups.



John Nichols received a BS in mathematics from Francis Marion College in 1978 and a JD from the USC School of Law in 1985. He first worked with Rogers & Koon focusing primarily on property litigation. In 1986, the SC Court of Appeals hired John as a staff attorney, and he became chief staff counsel in 1993. John also served at times as a law clerk for Chief Judge Alex M. Sanders, Jr., Judge Randall T. Bell, and Acting Judge C. Bruce Littlejohn. From 1996 until 2000, John worked with Suggs & Kelly, primarily on pharmaceutical mass tort litigation around the country. In 2000, John and Marti Bluestein formed Bluestein & Nichols which is now Bluestein Thompson & Sullivan. John’s primary focus was on appellate practice, general tort litigation and representing attorneys before the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. In 2017, the Supreme Court of SC appointed John to serve as Disciplinary Counsel, and he served in that capacity from January 2018 until his retirement in January 2023.

John is admitted to practice in South Carolina’s state and federal courts as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, the Eleventh and the Federal Circuits, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

From 2003 to 2018, John served on the SC Board of Law Examiners by Supreme Court appointment. In 2012 Governor Nikki Haley appointed John to the SC Commission on Indigent Defense and was reappointed by Governor Henry McMaster.  From 2013 to 2017 John served as special counsel to the SC House Ethics Committee and the SC Senate Ethics Committee.

John has spoken at seminars for a number of groups, including the SC Bar, the SC Judicial Branch, SCAJ/SCTLA, the SCIWA, the SCDTAA, the SC Public Defenders Association, and the SC Prosecution Commission. He served on the Education Committee for the ABA’s Council of Appellate Staff Attorneys and assisted the SC Judicial Branch in developing orientation seminars for new members of the SC Appellate Courts, Circuit Court and Family Court as well as for attorneys employed by the Judicial Branch.

John has also authored, co-authored, or edited several books and other publications for Thomson Reuters (West) or the South Carolina Bar. From 1995 through 2000, John served as editor of “What’s New,” the case summaries prepared by law professors for the South Carolina Lawyer magazine (SC Bar). He also served on the South Carolina Lawyer magazine’s Editorial Board, serving as Editor-in-Chief from 2004 through 2006. John also served as editor of “The Bulletin,” the magazine for the SCAJ.

John serves on USC’s “B-Ball - Coaches versus Cancer” committee and is an officer with the Columbia USC Tip-Off Club. He enjoys painting, playing guitar, traveling and hiking with his wife, Michelle, and spending time with their grandson, Max.



Deputy Director/General Counsel

SC Commission on Indigent Defense

Hervery Young received his Bachelor’s degree from Johnson C. Smith University in English and Mathematics and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.  After one year in private practice, Hervery has worked continuously as a Public Defender on the state and federal levels. He currently works for the SC Commission on Indigent Defense as the Deputy Director/General Counsel. 

Over the course of his legal career, Hervery has tried numerous cases on the state and federal level including death penalty cases.  He has written and lectured on a variety of topics within the Criminal Defense area, including Ethics, Discovery, and Technology.  Hervery developed a course called CPR for Criminal Attorneys and Judges - a trial advocacy program designed to refresh and resuscitate those practicing in the criminal arena to avoid burnout.  He has been a radio guest for a number of stations sharing need to know information about protecting your rights when arrested.

Hervery is admitted to practice before all courts in South Carolina, the District Court of South Carolina, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.


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