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In the Best Interest of the Child: The 2014 Guardian ad Litem
Training and Update
presented by
The South Carolina Bar-Continuing Legal Education Division

*****Seminar will take place and all sites will be open*****
at these group locations:
Bar Conference Center
1501 Park Street
Columbia, SC 29201
and at:
Aiken - USC Aiken, Business & Education Bldg., 471 University Pkwy, Room 124
Anderson - The Center of Excellence, 200 Bleckley St., Room 132
Beaufort - One Beaufort Town Center, 2015 Boundary Street, Room 325
Charleston - Charleston School of Law, 81 Mary St, Mary 101 Room
Florence - South Eastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology, 1951 Pisgah Road, Room 249
Greenville - Greenville Technical College, Buck Mickel Center, 216 South Pleasantburg Dr., Room 188
Greenwood - Greenwood County Solicitors Office, 600 Monument Street, Suite 203
Monks Corner - Trident Tech-Berkeley Campus, 1001 S. Live Oak Drive, HWY 17A, Room 106C
Myrtle Beach - Horry-Georgetown Tech, Grand Strand Campus, 950 Crab Tree Lane, Room 601
North Charleston - Trident Tech, 2001 Mabeline Rd, Bldg. 910 Room 123
Rock Hill - The Baxter M. Hood Center, 452 South Anderson Rd, Dalton Room
Spartanburg - Spartanburg County Public Library, 151 S. Church Street, Hoechst-Celanese Room
Sumter - USC Sumter, 200 Miller Rd, Anderson Library Room 102

also available via individual live Webcast


About the Seminar
 The S.C. Bar CLE Division is pleased to present our annual children’s issues and Guardian ad Litem training seminar. The 2014 edition of “In the Best Interest of the Child” tracks a GAL case in its entirety with an emphasis on solving problems that guardians and attorneys are seeing.  
Course Planner Jenny R. Stevens has designed a powerful program that will begin with a presentation by Family Court judges Vicki Snelgrove and Kelly Pope-Black on what Guardians need to know as they take on a case. The faculty will shift its focus to best practices for dealing with culturally diverse cases, keys to handling parental interviews, tackling thorny financial issues, and situations where the Guardian is faced with allegations of child abuse or neglect. The morning will conclude with an important update on the Guardian’s role in adoption cases.
The afternoon will concentrate on the psychological red flags of custody cases, parental alienation, and examination of ethics and professionalism during the investigation process.  
The program will close with three discussions: a comprehensive look at an effective Guardian Report, a tutorial on creating a child-centered Parenting Plan and an update on custody and visitation case law.
This seminar is a great fit for current Guardians ad Litem in private custody cases or those in need of greater insight to contemporary guardian practice!
This program qualifies for 6.0 MCLE credit hours and 6.0 GAL credit hours, including up to 0.5 LEPR credit hour.
8:30 a.m. Registration 
8:50 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jenny R. Stevens
 The Stevens Law Firm, P.A. Family Law Center
9 a.m.
“What Family Court Judges Want the GAL to Know”
Hon. Vicki J. Snelgrove
S.C. Family Court
Hon. Kelly Pope-Black 
S.C. Family Court
9:30 a.m.
“GAL Best Practices for Working with Culturally Diverse Cases”
Sabine S. Boulware
The Law Office of Sabine Stevens Boulware
10 a.m.
“Interviewing Parents: He Said, She Said & Getting to the Truth”
Julianne M. Stokes
Stokes & Haselden, LLC.
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.
“Dollars & Sense: Investigating Child Custody Related Financial Issues”
Reid T. Sherard
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
11:15 a.m.
“Handling Allegations of Child Abuse and/or Neglect during the GAL Investigation”
Michele R. Krize
McGowan Rogers Stewart Hiller & Krize, PA
11:45 a.m.
“The GAL Role in Adoption Cases”
Shannon Jones
Shannon Jones Law Firm, LLC
12:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m.
“Child Psychological Development & Red Flags During/After Custody Cases”
Dr. Samantha Maierle
2 p.m. “Update on Parental Alienation”
Katherine H. Tiffany
Carter Smith Merriam Rogers & Traxler, PA
2:30 p.m.
“Ethics & Professionalism during the GAL Investigation”
David M. Collins Jr.
Collins Law Firm, PC
3 p.m. Break 
3:15 p.m.
“The GAL Report: What to Include, What to Exclude & Everything in Between”
Jenny R. Stevens
The Stevens Firm, P.A. Family Law Center
3:45 p.m.
“Putting the Pieces Together: Creating Child-Centered Parenting Plans”
Catherine S. Hendrix
Lester & Hendrix
4:15 p.m.
“Custody and Visitation Case Law Update”
Megan H. Dell
Dell Family Law, LLC
4:45 p.m. Adjourn


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