This program also qualifies for 6.0 GAL credit hours. 

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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 2019 GAL Training and Update. Course planner Julianne M. Stokes, Esq. joins faculty from across the state to provide guidance on issues facing Guardians today. This year’s edition includes a panel discussion with distinguished family court judges; advice from mental health professionals Davis Henderson, Ph.D., and Heather Smith, LPW; updated information on parental alienation issues from Leslie Armstrong, Esq., LPC/I, and Helen Wheeler, LPC; a child-related caselaw update from Brooke Evans, Esq.; insight on how domestic abuse impacts children from Leslie Fisk, Esq.; and in-depth discussions from experienced Guardians John Means A’Hern, Esq., Almand Barron, Esq., and Michele Dahl Sturkie, Esq. 

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 

9:00 a.m. Domestic Violence and its Impact on Children 
Leslie Fisk, Esq. 
South Carolina Legal Services

10:00 a.m. Guardian Actions and Reactions 
Michele Dahl Sturkie 
Sturkie Law, LLC

10:30 a.m. Morning Break

10:45 a.m. Dollars and Sense: A Practical Look at Financial Aspects of Guardian ad Litem Work from Two Practicing Guardians ad Litem 
Almand J. Barron, Esq. 
Law Offices of Shea & Barron 

John Means A’Hern, Esq. 
The A’hern Law Firm, LLC

11:15 a.m. Parental Alienation: Don’t Be Fooled 
Leslie Armstrong, Esq., LPC/I 
Sahn Law Firm, LLC 

Helen Elliot Wheeler, LPC 
The Center for Families, LLC

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

1:30 p.m. Handling Abuse Allegations 
Heather M. Smith, LPC 
Metropolitan Children’s Advocacy Center

2:30 p.m. Caselaw Update 
Brooke Evans 
Dusenbury, Snow & Evans, PA

3:00 p.m. Judges Panel: “Answers from the Bench” 
Hon. Angela W. Abstance 
Hon. Tarita A. Dunbar 
Hon. Robert Newton 
Hon. Jerry D. Vinson

3:45 p.m. Afternoon Break

4:00 p.m. Decoding Psychological Evaluations in Custody Cases 
Davis Henderson, Ph.D.

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 Technical College - Northwest Campus
    8109 Whitehorse Rd Room 111, Greenville, SC 29617
  • 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
  • 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