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Bar Conference Center
Representing Parents in DSS Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
presented by the
South Carolina Bar-Continuing Legal Education Division

Live at the
Bar Conference Center
1501 Park Street
Columbia, SC 29202
and via
Video-CLE sites: Greenville, Myrtle Beach and N. Charleston


About the Seminar
This program qualifies for 6.0 MCLE credit hours, including 0.5 LEPR credit hour.

Are you fully prepared for your next family court appointment? Appointed attorneys, as well as experienced family court practitioners, often find themselves in a very difficult position when representing parents in child abuse and neglect cases. DSS has the ability to marshal substantial resources in developing its case. This seminar is designed to provide practical knowledge and skills that will improve your ability to represent parents, both in defending the merits and securing the child’s return.


9 a.m.           Ethics: A View From the Bench
                      Justice John W. Kittredge
                      S.C. Supreme Court
9:30 a.m.     Section 19-1-180
                      Mary Jane Goodwin
                      M.J. Goodwin, LLC
10 a.m.         Advanced Tips in Defending Abuse and Neglect Cases
                      Frampton Durban
                      Attorney at Law
10:30 a.m.    Mid-morning Break
10:45 a.m.    Family Group Conferencing
                       Pat Patrick
                       S.C. Department of Social Services
11:15 a.m.    Triaging Your DSS Case
                      Gregory S. Forman
                      Gregory S. Forman, PC
11:45 a.m.   Helping Your Clients Avoid TPR
                      Mary Alice H. Godfrey
                      Godfrey Law Firm
12:15 p.m.   Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m.     What I Learned From Handling a Court Appointed TPR
                      Jason Scott Luck
                     The Seibels Law Firm, P.A.
2 p.m.           Forensic Evaluations and the Problems of False Positives and False Negatives
                      Allison M. Foster
                      S.C. Department of Mental Health
3 p.m.           Mid-afternoon Break
3:15 p.m.     Case Law Update
                      Cherie T. Barton
                      Dove & Barton, LLC
3:45 p.m.     Clarification and the Importance of Evidence Based Treatments
                      Dr. Don Elsey
                      Low Country Children's Center
4:15 p.m.     DSS Mediations
                      Karen E. McCormick
                      Karen E. McCormick, PA
4:45 p.m.      Adjourn

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