Shutt helps lead Employment Law Essentials CLE for SC Bar

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA –Nekki Shutt served as a co-moderator and presenter at the recent Employment Law Essentials, a day-long South Carolina Bar continuing legal education seminar for recent law school graduates.

Shutt and another Columbia attorney, who, like Shutt is a certified employment law specialist, developed Employment Law Essentials. She continues to serve as co-organizer of the program, now in its third year.

The goal of the program is to provide information about the law and also to help recent graduates learn how to handle cases. Experienced professionals such as Shutt go step-by-step through the process.

Shutt’s role as a presenter this year involved covering client intake for plaintiff’s attorneys. She took the recent graduates through an initial meeting with a fictional 50-year-old man who had been fired after 30 years with his company. She covered topics such as unemployment claims, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints, “right to sue” letters, litigation and mediation.

Other experienced employment law attorneys addressed additional aspects of the same fictional case, including the EEOC process and best practices for settlement and separation agreements.

The CLE Essentials series consists of nine courses covering topics such as criminal law, real estate practices and law firm management. New law school graduates must complete a certain number of the courses before they begin practicing in South Carolina.

Shutt is a frequent presenter at CLE seminars, including a number of programs presented for the South Carolina Bar. This spring she was a presenter at a regional EEOC seminar, updating managers on current issues in employment law. She’s also authored chapters on ERISA and employee benefits in two editions of Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers, a publication of the SC Bar.

At Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, Shutt’s employment law practice includes ERISA and employee benefits such as pension plans and COBRA and other laws governing health insurance. She also represents clients in discrimination cases, including wrongful termination.