The SC Bar CLE Division is again proud to present the preeminent family law continuing legal education event of the year! Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners features updates on key substantive, procedural, evidentiary, and technology issues for the domestic practice attorney, as well as guidance from the Family and Appellate Court bench, sage wisdom from experienced practitioners, and fresh insights from new voices! But most of all, Hot Tips is fast-moving and practical. You’ll get practice-transforming insights, fantastic written materials, and an unbeatable networking opportunity!

This year’s edition features reflections and insights from Court of Appeals Judge Bruce Williams, Family Court Judges Jay Vinson and Vicki Snelgrove, guidance from Ken Lester on the new Family Court Rule 25, insights on changes in military retirements by Mary Fran Quindlen, advice on how to handle client case and financial expectations from Michael Gillen and Emily Johnson, and powerful tips from some of South Carolina’s leading domestic practice voices. New this year, Hot Tips will feature Q&A panels for the morning and afternoon sessions from our distinguished faculty.

We are also pleased to continue our practice of offering Hot Tips program materials in hard copy for those who register by 5pm on Friday, September 8. Please keep in mind electronic materials will also be available under your member login.  

This seminar is an intermediate to advanced level program.

8:30 a.m. Registration

8:55 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
C. Vance Stricklin Jr., Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A.
Melissa F. Brown, Melissa F. Brown, LLC

9:00 a.m. The Effect of In Re Fabri
C. Dixon Lee III, McLaren & Lee

9:15 a.m. Observations from the Appellate Bench
Hon. Harris Bruce Williams, SC Court of Appeals

9:30 a.m. And It Is So Ordered
Hon. Jerry D. Vinson Jr., SC Family Court

9:45 a.m. What Do You Mean When You Say I Am Not Being Civil?
Hon. Vicki J. Snelgrove, SC Family Court

10 a.m. Changes in Military Retirement
Mary Fran Quindlen, Quindlen Law Firm, P.A.

10:18 a.m. Impact of New Family Court Rule 25
Ken H.  Lester, Lester & Hendrix

10:30 a.m. Hot Tips on the Hot Seat: Q&A

10:40 a.m. Mid-Morning Break
10:55 a.m. Ethics—The Question of Spoilation of Evidence

Steven R. Kropski, Earhart Overstreet, LLC

11:25 a.m. Stipulations and Transcripts of Judgments
Kristina Parise Noë, Parise Law Firm, PA

11:37 a.m. Preparing Affidavits for Temporary Hearings
Nancy Jo Thomason, Thomason & Pracht, LLP

11:49 a.m. Expedited & Emergency Hearings: When & How to File
Martha L. Hamel, Martha L. Hamel, Attorney at Law, P.C.

12:02 p.m. Immigration Issues in Family Court
Patricia S. Ravenhorst, S.C. Victim Assistance Network

12:14 p.m. Spies Like iOS: Now That You’ve Found Spyware, What Are Your Remedies?
Max N. Pickelsimer, Payne, Black & Pickelsimer, LLC

12:26 p.m. Hot Tips on the Hot Seat: Q&A

12:36 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:51 p.m. How to Obtain GPS Electronic Information in an IT World
James T. McLaren, McLaren & Lee

2:03 p.m. 3 Tools for Managing Client Financial Expectations
Emily A. Johnson, Polaris Capital Advisors, LLC

2:18 p.m. Managing Client Case Expectations
Michael F. Gillen, Gillen Law Firm

2:30 p.m. The Difference Between Alimony & Separate Maintenance—Yes, There is One
Peter G. Currence, McDougall, Self, Currence & McLeod, LLP

2:42 p.m. Attorney Fees in Contempt Actions
Reid T. Sherard, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

2:54 p.m. What The Hague? (The Convention You’ve Heard Of—and All the Ones You Haven’t)
J. Benjamin Stevens, The Stevens Firm, P.A. Family Law Center

3:06 p.m. FOIA & Rights for Parents
Joshua M. Calder, McLaren & Lee

3:18 p.m. Beware the Rogue Legislator Lawyer in Family Court
Gary H. Smith III, Smith, Massey, Brodie, Guynn & Mayes, LLC

3:30 p.m. Hot Tips on the Hot Seat: Q&A

3:40 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:55 p.m. Keep Up the Pace—Using Body Cameras in Your Next Case

Cyril Berwyn Rush III, The Rush Law Firm, LLC

4:07 p.m. Social Media Hot Tips (Specific to Family Law Cases)
Karen L. Wingo, S.C. Department of Social Services

4:19 p.m. Family Law Case Law Update
Ashby L. Jones, Kinard & Jones, LLC
Rebecca P. Creel, Lester & Hendrix

4:34 p.m. Alimony Update
C. Vance Stricklin Jr., Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A.

4:46 p.m. Adjourn

All registrations must be pre-paid. Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds, less $25 administrative fee, will be made for cancellations received in writing to the CLE Registrar at registrar@scbar.org by 5 p.m., one week prior to the seminar. Cancellations will not be accepted within one week of seminar date. One-time transfers to seminars of like value or to the live webcast of the seminar (if available) will be accepted for a $25 administrative fee in lieu of cancellations within one week of seminar. Requests to transfer to the live webcast must be received by 1 p.m. the day prior to the program. Designated substitutes may take the place of registrants unable to attend.


  • Columbia
    In-Person Seminar
    Bar Conference Center
    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201
  • Aiken
    In-Person Seminar
    Aiken (USC)
    471 University Parkway Room 124, Aiken, SC 29801
  • Anderson
    In-Person Seminar
    Anderson - Center for Excellence
    200 Bleckley St. Room 112, Anderson, SC 29625
  • Beaufort
    In-Person Seminar
    Beaufort Town Center
    2015 Boundary St. Training Room, Beaufort, SC 29902
  • Charleston
    In-Person Seminar
    Charleston School of Law
    394 Meeting St. Room D101 or M101, Charleston, SC 29403
  • Florence
    In-Person Seminar
    Florence - South Eastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology
    1951 Pisgah Rd. Room 249, Florence, SC 29501
  • Greenwood
    In-Person Seminar
    Greenwood - County Solicitors Office
    600 Monument St. Ste. 203, Greenwood, SC 29646
  • Greenville
    In-Person Seminar
    Greenville Technical College - Buck Mickel Center
    216 S. Pleasantburg Dr. Room 135, Greenville, SC 29607
  • Hilton Head Island
    In-Person Seminar
    Hilton Head
    11 Beach City Rd. Small Conf. Room, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
  • Myrtle Beach
    In-Person Seminar
    Myrtle Beach-Horry Georgetown Tech, Grand Stand Campus, Auditorium
    950 Crab Tree Lane Room 601, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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    In-Person Seminar
    Rock Hill - New Port Fire Dept.
    5198 Hampton Ridge Rd. , Rock Hill, SC 29730
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    In-Person Seminar
    Spartanburg County Public Library
    151 S. Church St. Hoechst-Celanese Room, Spartanburg, SC 29306
  • Summerville
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    Summerville - SC Mediation and Conference Facility
    1516 Old Trolley Rd. , Summerville, SC 29485