GAL Uniform Certificate of Attendance

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Throughout South Carolina, dedicated Guardians ad Litem declare, “I am for the child!” Begin your journey to certification or update your knowledge base with the SC Bar CLE Division’s 2020 GAL Training and Update. Moderator Julianne M. Stokes, Esq. joins faculty from across the state to provide guidance on issues facing Guardians today. This seminar is an [basic to intermediate] level program.

8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast (Breakfast sponsored by Soberlink)

8:50 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Julianne M. Stokes, Esq.
Stokes Family Law & Mediation, LLC

9:00 a.m. Ethical Considerations for the Guardian
Barbara Seymour, Esq.
Clawson & Staubes, LLC

10:00 a.m. What I Learned in the Bojilov Case (and Child-related Caselaw Update)
Gregory S. Forman, Esq.
Gregory S. Forman, P.C.

10:45 a.m. Morning Break

11:00 a.m. Parenting Coordination
Jenny R. Stevens, Esq.
The Stevens Firm, P.A.
Family Law Center

12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:15 p.m. Substance Use Testing in Family Court
Michelle Bens Clare, M.D.
Marie-Louise Ramsdale, Esq.
Ramsdale Law Firm, LLC

2:15 p.m. Challenges Facing Guardians
MJ Goodwin, Esq.
Goodwin Law

3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break

3:15 p.m. Judges Panel: “Answers from the Bench”
Hon. Cely Anne Brigman
Hon. Michèle Patrão Forsythe
Hon. Rosalyn Frierson-Smith
Hon. Jessica Ann Salvini

4:15 p.m. How Guardians Help (or Hinder) DSS
Deanne M. Gray, Esq.
Dorchester County Managing Attorney, SC Department of Social Services

4:45 p.m. Adjourn

If you have a disability, please call ahead to let us know how we may accommodate your needs.

All registrations must be pre-paid. Need to cancel or transfer your registration? Simply notify us in writing no later than 24 hours prior to the published start time of the seminar at You will be eligible to receive a full refund, be transferred to the live webcast or archived online version of the same seminar (if available), or to a live seminar of equal or lesser value - all with no cancellation or transfer fee. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made within 24 hours of a seminar start time, but all other options listed above are available with no transfer fee.

  • 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
    81 Mary Street Room M101, Charleston, SC 29403
  • Florence
    In-Person Seminar
    Florence - South Eastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology
    1951 Pisgah Rd. Room 249, Florence, SC 29501
  • Greenville
    In-Person Seminar
    Greenville University Center
    225 S. Pleasantburg Dr. Room 514, Greenville, SC 29607
  • Greenwood
    In-Person Seminar
    Greenwood - County Solicitors Office
    600 Monument St. Ste. 203, Greenwood, SC 29646
  • Hilton Head Island
    In-Person Seminar
    Hilton Head Island Public Library
    11 Beach City Rd. Sm Conf. Room, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
  • Myrtle Beach
    In-Person Seminar
    Myrtle Beach-Horry Georgetown Tech, Grand Stand Campus
    950 Crab Tree Lane Room 601, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
  • Rock Hill
    In-Person Seminar
    Rock Hill - New Port Fire Dept.
    5198 Hampton Ridge Rd. , Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • Spartanburg
    In-Person Seminar
    Spartanburg County Public Library
    151 S. Church St. Hoechst-Celanese Room, Spartanburg, SC 29306
  • Sumter
    In-Person Seminar
    200 Miller Rd. , Sumter, SC 29150