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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 2018 GAL Training and Update. Faculty from across the state will provide guidance on issues facing guardians today. This year’s edition includes advice from renowned psychologists Allison Foster, Marc Harari and Helen Wheeler; a child-related caselaw update from James Fletcher Thompson; a panel discussion with distinguished family court judges; and insight on: how domestic abuse impacts children from Leslie Fisk of SC Legal Services, handling child and parent meetings from Katherine Ferguson, reflections on helping the mediator from Sean Keefer, balancing expectations between the lawyer and guardian from Greg Forman, and autism-related issues from Meredith Manley and Lorri Unumb of Autism Speaks.

This seminar is an intermediate to advanced level program.

8:30 a.m. Registration

8:50 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Julianne M. Stokes, Stokes & Haselden, LLC, Charleston

9:00 a.m. Child-Related Case Law Update
James Fletcher Thompson, James Fletcher Thompson, LLC, Spartanburg

9:30 a.m. Autism and Family Court Issues
Meredith Hastings Manley, Hastings Law Firm, LLC, Mt. Pleasant
Lorri Shealy Unumb, Autism Speaks, Lexington

10:00 a.m. Interviewing Parents, Witnesses and the Child
Katherine G. Ferguson, Law Office of Katherine G. Ferguson, LLC, Beaufort

10:30 a.m. Morning Break

10:45 a.m. Balancing Expectations Between the Guardian and Attorneys
Gregory S. Forman, Gregory S. Forman, PC, Charleston

11:15 a.m. Visitation Refusal: When is it Parental Alienation?
Leslie Armstrong, The Center for Families, LLC, Charleston
Helen Elliott Wheeler, The Center for Families, LLC, Charleston

12:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m. Working with a Forensic Psychological Expert
Allison M. Foster, Ph.D., Forensic Family Associates, LLC, Columbia
Marc J. Harari, Ph.D., Comprehensive Psychological Services, LLC, Richland County

2:30 p.m. How the GAL Can Help the Mediator
Sean Keefer, Keefer & Keefer, LLC, Charleston

3:15 p.m. Afternoon Break

3:30 p.m. Judges Panel: “What Family Court Judges Want from the GAL”
Hon. Melissa J. Buckhannon, Conway
Hon. Rochelle Y. Conits, Greenville
Hon. Randall E. McGee, St. Matthews
Hon. Monet S. Pincus, Columbia
Hon. Alice Anne Richter, Charleston

4:15 p.m. Domestic Violence and its Impact on Children
Leslie Fisk, SC Legal Services, Greenwood

4:45 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
  • Greenville
    In-Person Seminar
    Greenville Technical College - Buck Mickel Center
    216 S. Pleasantburg Dr. Room 135, 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, Auditorium
    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
  • Summerville
    In-Person Seminar
    Summerville - SC Mediation and Conference Facility
    1516 Old Trolley Rd. , Summerville, SC 29485
  • Sumter
    In-Person Seminar
    200 Miller Rd. , Sumter, SC 29150