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Presenter: Charles Blackburn and 4 more

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Seminar Location: Online

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Log into Webinar:                8:00 - 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Break:                                 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT
Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 4:30 pm EDT

Development of Water Laws: Quantity, Quality and Usage
K. Crawford

   Development of the common law of water rights
   Statutory and regulatory limits on the exercise of water rights
   Federal, state and local regulators
   Development of the law on water quality preservation
   Comprehensive water planning

Update on PFAS and Other Contaminants in Water
J. King

   Overview/history of PFAS
   Regulatory efforts relating to PFAS
   Other contaminants in water

Understanding South Carolina Surface Water Rights
J. King

   Ownership of surface water
   Regulation of surface water rights
   Obtaining surface water rights
   Application and permitting process
   Amending surface water rights
   Current issues in surface water rights

Ethical Issues in Water Law and Regulation
M. Shahid

   Ethical issues related to ground water use
   Ethical issues related to surface water discharge and use
   208 Water Quality Management
   Environmental Justice

Water Utility Regulation
C. Terreni

   Types of water utilities
   Regulation of utility service areas
   Application and permitting process for service areas
   Utility construction design standards and approvals
   Current issues in utility service area regulation

Water Well Drilling Laws and Regulations
C. Blackburn

   High-capacity wells

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists

     6.5 South Carolina CLE Hours
       (1.0 Ethics)
     North Carolina CLE Pending

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

Professional Geologists

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is approved by the South Carolina Commission on CLE and Specialization for 6.5 CLE hours, which includes 1.0 ethics credit. Course approval for North Carolina attorneys is applied for and pending.

This seminar offers 6.5 PDHs to South Carolina professional engineers, to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in South Carolina.

HalfMoon Education has applied for continuing education course approval from the South Carolina Board of Board of Registration for Geologists. Geologists are encouraged to confirm course approval prior to registering for this event. Current approval status is available at www.halfmoonseminars.org.

Participation will be monitored, and completion certificates will be available after the webinar for individuals who complete the entire event, respond to all the monitoring prompts and earn 80% on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Charles Blackburn

Department Managing Attorney at Vernis & Bowling of Columbia

Mr. Blackburn serves as department managing attorney for Vernis and Bowling as well as attorney for the South Carolina Midlands Foundation for Foster Children and the attorney for the South Carolina Groundwater Association. With experience in construction and as a former registered professional geologist, he has represented insurance companies, contractors and individuals as a civil litigation trial attorney specializing in construction and environmental law since 2000.

Karen Crawford

Attorney and Partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Ms. Crawford practices in the areas of environmental law and litigation, toxic torts, and product liability. In 1997, the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice recognized Ms. Crawford as a Qualified Environmental Professional, a distinction awarded after 15 years’ experience and examination on a specific technical environmental project.

Jessica J.O. King

Attorney and Partner at Williams Mullen

Ms. King focuses her practice on environmental legal issues. A former chief attorney for the Environmental Quality Control Division of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), she has substantial experience helping companies and individuals obtain environmental permits, perform due diligence and negotiate business transactions.

Mary Shahid

Attorney and Member at Nexsen Pruet

Ms. Shahid served for a decade in the General Counsel’s office of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, as chief counsel of the coastal permitting office. There she advised multiple permitting programs including the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, the Bureau of Water, the Mining Division, and the Solid Waste Management Division. Since leaving DHEC in 2002 she has represented land owners, utilities, real estate developers, industry, and local governments in permitting and compliance issues arising from regulation by DHEC, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and zoning and land use authorities.

Charles L.A. Terreni

Attorney and Founder at Terreni Law Firm

Mr. Terreni has practiced law in Columbia, South Carolina, since 1990. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of South Carolina School Of Law. He earned his B.A. degree in International Studies with a minor in French from the University of South Carolina in 1985. Mr. Terreni practiced with Cooper, Beard & Dibble (1990-91) and with the Dibble Law Offices from 1991 to 1995. He served as executive assistant to the Lieutenant Governor from 1995 to 1996. In 1996, he returned to private practice, opening the Terreni Law Firm, LLC. In 2004, Mr. Terreni was hired by the S.C. Public Service Commission as the Chief Clerk and Administrator, and he held this position until February of 2010 when he returned to private practice.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.