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Whipping Up Some Justice: Chili, Cornbread, and the Unforgiving Minute with Jim Blackburn

Credit(s): 1 CLE Credits
1 Ethics Credits
1 Substance Abuse/Mental Health Awareness (For SC Attorneys)
Course Number: DL-670
Original Program Date: November 14, 2012
Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes
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  • About the Seminar
    The SC Bar-CLE Division is proud to present the second installment of what promises to be the most deliciously delectable CLE series ever offered for your educational and dining consumption!  Join expert chef and retired Family Court Judge Leslie Riddle and guest chef Jim Blackburn as they show you how to “whip up” a delightful chili with cornbread.  Then join Leslie, Jim, and Lee Coggiola from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, as they discuss the warning signs and solutions of the kinds of attorney mental health problems that can ruin your career and personal life.


    This innovative program will not only feed your appetite for great food, but will also provide you with the real life story of Jim Blackburn who is living proof that even those who enjoy the most success in the legal profession can lose their way, and that no one is beyond help.  Although Jim appeared to be at the top of his profession, he succumbed to the pressures that often accompany such success.  In this powerful program, he shares insights from his personal battle with mental illness and depression, and rather than delving into the clinical aspects of mental health, he shares the feelings and perceptions that drove his actions, and his attempt to conceal his wrongdoing.  Take this opportunity to learn the truth about depression from a man who has fought it and live to tell the story.


    This program is accredited for 1.0 hour of MCLE/LEPR, but also meets the once-every-three-year requirement for 1.0 hour of Substance Abuse and Mental Health training. Best of all, you will also get great course materials and Chef Leslie’s and Chef Jim’s amazing Chili and Broccoli Slaw Cornbread recipe!


    So if you are hungry for something different from a CLE program, “Whipping Up Some Justice” is the perfect recipe!
    For more information or to view the first cooking segment, please click here.

    1 CLE Credits
    1 Ethics Credits  

    1 Substance Abuse/Mental Health Awareness (For SC Attorneys)  

    Jim Blackburn

    In 1993, Jim Blackburn pleaded guilty to state charges of ethical violations, surrendered his law license and prepared for a three and a half month stint in a state prison. He had appeared to be at the top of his profession, after his successful prosecution of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, who was accused of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters. However, he had succumbed to the pressures that often accompany such success. Upon his release from prison, Jim began to slowly rebuild his life, starting by waiting tables for tips. He now shares his cautionary tale in his book, Flame-out, and in seminars across the country, helping attorneys renew their passion for the profession and cope with the unique challenges they face.

    Lesley M. Coggiola

    Lee Coggiola is currently Disciplinary Counsel for the South Carolina Supreme Court, formerly Chief Staff Attorney for the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Before coming to the Court of Appeals she served as the Chief Public Defender of Richland County, Her Bar memberships include the South Carolina Supreme Court, United States District Court, District of South Carolina, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and received her JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1988, Prior to attending law school she spent eleven years with IBM in systems and marketing. Since admission to the Bar she served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Carol Connor, Assistant Public Defender, Assistant Appellate Defender, and Of Counsel at Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough. As chair of the Criminal Law Section, she served on the House of Delegates for the South Carolina Bar Additionally, she served on the board of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Lawyers, was former President of the South Carolina Public Defender Association, and a former member of the American Council of Chief Defenders, the Commission of the Office of Indigent Defense, the National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys and is a current member of the National Organization of Bar Counsel and the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Bar. She is co-editor of the Fifth Edition of The Criminal Law of South Carolina, Currently she is a member of the John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court and appointed to the Chief Justice's Commission on the Profession and is an adjunct instructor at USC School of Law.

    Hon. Leslie K. Riddle

    Leslie Kirkland Riddle was born on December 30, 1958 in Columbia, South Carolina. Her parents are Henry W. and Patricia Moorer Kirkland of Columbia, South Carolina. She has three brothers, H. Wesley Kirkland of Columbia, South Carolina, W. Keith Kirkland, of Charleston, South Carolina, William D. Kirkland of Atlanta, Georgia.

    She graduated from Irmo High School in 1977 and then went on to Clemson University where she graduated in 1981. She attended the University of South Carolina School of Law and graduated in 1984.

    Judge Riddle started her legal career as an Assistant Solicitor for the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office from 1982 to 1986. She worked for the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Project of Richland County from 1988 to 1990 while also in private practice with the law firm of Kirkland, Dodson, Rush and Riddle in Columbia, South Carolina until her election as Family Court Judge for the 5th Judicial Circuit in 1995 where she served until late 2012.  Leslie is a mediator in Family Court Mediation cases.

    She is a member of Saint Luke's Lutheran Church in Columbia.  She is married to Charles Dayton Riddle, III. They have three children.


    DescriptionPagesFile Size
    Mimis Chilli RecipeNA97 KB
    Cornbread RecipeNA175 KB
    Handout MaterialsNA114 KB
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