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2013 Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners
presented by
The South Carolina Bar-Continuing Legal Education Division
Live at the
Bar Conference Center
1501 Park Street
Columbia, SC 29202
Video-CLE sites statewide: Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Florence, Greenville,
Greenwood, Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill and Spartanburg

About the Seminar

This program qualifies for 6.0 MCLE credit hours, including 0.5 LEPR creidt hour.
Hot Tips is back for 2013 and better than ever!  Course Planners Vance Stricklin and Melissa Brown continue a tradition of excellence with a program that promises to be entertaining, practical, and - as always - fast-paced and exciting!
This year’s edition of Hot Tips promises to “stir the pot” by giving you various and opposing perspectives on some of the most challenging issues and practices in Family Court. You will hear a point-counterpoint on the new Temporary Hearings Rule, and on the merits of Collaborative Law practice. In addition, you will get perspectives from recently retired Judge Leslie Riddle and from newly installed Judge Monet Pincus. You will get valuable insights on handling complex cases depending on whether your client has or doesn’t have the money to support that level of litigation, and on calculating child support for the haves and have-nots.
The 2013 program also features an adoption update under the Indian Child Welfare Act by John Nichols, an update on DOMA, practical tips on advocacy by Ken Lester and Sandi Parise, updates and insights on everything from emancipation, to name changes, to how to help your forensic accountant, the impact of electronically stored information, child custody, and a session on ethics.
Best of all, registrants for this year’s program will automatically receive the brand new 2013 South Carolina Family Court Handbook by Sandi Parise!  This valuable book will be significantly discounted for program registrants!


8:30 a.m.                 Registration
8:50 a.m.                 Welcome & Introduction                     
                                 Melissa F. Brown and C. Vance Stricklin Jr.
9:00 a.m.                 Perspectives from two Judges:  The New Temporary Hearings Rule
                                 Hon. Jerry D. Vinson Jr.
                                 S.C. Family Court
                                 Hon. Vicki Snelgrove
                                 S.C. Family Court
9:24 a.m.                 Trust Case or Ten Things You Wish You Did After the Fact
                                 Timothy E. Madden
                                 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
9:36 a.m.                 Perspectives from Appellate Judge and an Appellate Lawyer:  Mistakes That Can Derail your                                         Appeal.
                                 Hon. H. Bruce Williams
                                 S.C. Court of Appeals
                                 Charles D. Lee III
                                 McLaren & Lee
10:00 a.m.               Perspectives Backward and Forward: Reflections from a Retired Judge and a New Judge
                                 Hon. Leslie K. Riddle
                                 S.C. Family Court - Retired
                                 Hon. Monét S. Pincus
                                 S.C. Family Court
10:20 a.m.               Calculating Child Support for the “Haves and Have-Nots”
                                 Katherine H. Tiffany
                                 Carter Smith Merriam Rogers & Traxler, PA
                                 Thomas W. Traxler
                                 Carter Smith Merriam Rogers & Traxler, PA
10:45 a.m.               Break
11:00 a.m.               Top Tips for Handling Complex Financial Cases
                                 J. Mark Taylor
                                 Moore Taylor & Thomas, PA
11:12 a.m.                Top Tips for Handling Complex Cases When Clients Have No Money
                                 Kirby R. Mitchell
                                 S.C. Legal Services
11:24 a.m.                Notice of Hearings & Taking a Case When there is a Conflict with the Court Date
                                 Martha L. Hamel
                                 Martha L. Hamel, Attorney at Law, P.C.
11:29 a.m.                Problems with Collaborative Law
                                 James T.  McLaren
                                 McLaren & Lee
11:44 a.m.                The Simple Brilliance of Collaborative Law
                                 Shannon K.  Burnett
                                 The Law Office of Burnett & Cairns, Inc.
11:59 a.m.                Affidavit for Clients in Lieu of Appearance
                                 Melissa J. Emery
                                 Melissa Johnson Emery, LLC
12:04 p.m.               Update on DOMA
                                 David M. Collins Jr.
                                 Collins Law Firm, PC
12:14 p.m.               Adoption Update on Indian Child Welfare Case
                                 John S. Nichols
                                 Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado, LLC
12:30 p.m.               Lunch (on your own)
1:45 p.m.                 Impact of Electronically Stored Information in a Family Court
                                 Case:  Warnings and Tips
                                 Melissa F. Brown
                                 Melissa F. Brown, LLC
2 p.m.                      Ethics for the Family Law Practitioner
                                 Harvey M. Watson III
                                 Ballard Watson Weissenstein
2:30 p.m.                 Child Custody – Should the Judge Talk With the Children?
                                 Cely Anne Brigman
                                 Jebaily Law Firm, PA
2:35 p.m.                 Knowing Your Judge and Getting the Ruling You Want
                                 Kenneth H. Lester
                                 Lester & Hendrix
                                 Sandra R. Parise
                                 Parise Law Firm, PA
2:47 p.m.                 Statute of Elizabeth
                                 Reid T. Sherard
                                 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
2:59 p.m.                 How to Help Your Forensic CPA
                                 Tracy Amos
                                 McKay Amos, LLC
                                 Tricia Wilson
                                 Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
3:29 p.m.                 Break
3:44 p.m.                 Practical Application and Creative Extension of the Psychological Parent Doctrine
                                 J. Benjamin Stevens
                                 The Stevens Firm, P.A. Family Law Center
3:59 p.m.                 Emancipation
                                 William “Randy” Phipps
                                 Phipps & Brach, PA
4:14 p.m.                 One Page Order for a Name Change
                                 Julianne M. Stokes
                                 Stokes & Haselden, LLC.
4:20 p.m.                 Changes and Trends in Alimony Law across the Country
                                 Peter G. Currence
                                 McDougall & Self, LLP
4:35 p.m.                 Alimony Update
                                 C. Vance Stricklin Jr.
                                 Moore Taylor & Thomas, PA
4:45 p.m.                 Adjourn

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