Since first hosting this groundbreaking seminar three years ago, the modern family has become even more modern! There have been statutory, regulatory and case law developments in numerous areas impacting government, corporate, and individual clients while the political and judicial landscape continues to shift.

The SC Bar CLE Division is pleased to present “Modern Family II: The Fundamentals of Representing Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Clients.” This program will not only help you navigate the often complex challenges that many of your lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients face, but will also update you on developments locally, regionally and nationally since the 2014 seminar.

Course planner Nekki Shutt has again recruited an experienced faculty of attorneys, judges, professors and other key professionals who will provide a comprehensive overview of issues and solutions in such key areas as domestic relations law, probate/estate, tax law, employment discrimination and issues related to individual transitioning. The seminar will cover key nonmarriage relational issues including drafting domestic partnership agreements, estate planning hospital visitation, property ownership and tenancy and probate. Marriage issues, post-DOMA will also be covered, including employee and social security benefits, elder care and related issues, and various legal challenges to same sex marriage across the nation. The distinguished panel of authorities will analyze a broad array of issues regarding children such as invitro-fertilization and adoption. Family Court Judge Rochelle Conits will provide a valuable analysis of same sex family break-ups. In addition, you will learn critical information about employment discrimination, name changes, passports and restroom access. This cutting-edge program culminates with a fast-paced overview of “breaking news” from across the nation.

If you represent LGBT clients, government agencies, or corporate entities, you won’t want to miss this important seminar!

8:30 a.m. Welcome: Introducing the “Modern Family” II (Moderator: Nekki Shutt)

8:45 a.m. The Honeymoon Phase: Partnered But Not Married (Panel Discussion)
WM. Bert Brannon, LLM, MBA, Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC
Dianne Odom, CPA, PFS, Dianne Odom, CPA, LLC
· Drafting domestic partnership contracts to protect assets
· Estate planning (i.e., wills, trust, healthcare powers of attorney, etc.)
· Hospital visitation
· Joint tenancy for real property and bank accounts
· Deciding whether to get married – “the marriage penalty”
· Probate issues

9:45 a.m. Getting Married
Beth Littrell, Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal
(On the historic battle for marriage equality in SC and beyond and the benefits and obligations that stem from it)
· Impact of the Windsor case and striking down of DOMA
· Impact of the Obergefell case and marriage equality
· Employee benefits
· Social Security benefits
· Elder care issues such as Medicaid applications for longterm care
· Legal distinction between marriage and domestic partnerships
· Legal challenges being mounted across the nation

10:45 a.m. Break

11 a.m. Having a Baby (Panel Discussion)
Prof. Derek Black of USC School of Law
Frederick “Rick” M. Corley, Frederick M. Corley, P.A.
James Fletcher Thompson, James Fletcher Thompson, LLC
Allie Bullard, Harling & West, LLC
· Issues surrounding invitro-fertilization
· Assisted reproductive technology
· Surrogacy issues
· Same-sex adoption
· Same-sex parenting in the education system

12 p.m. Lunch (included)
Attendees to work in caucuses through hypotheticals that will be handled in the afternoon

1:15 p.m. Breaking Up
Hon. Rochelle Y. Conits, Family Court Judge
Robert A. Clark, Robert A. Clark, Attorney at Law
· Who has jurisdiction: Family Court, Common Pleas or Master in Equity
· Division of assets – what causes of action to plead
· Are gay parents as good as straight ones; what the studies say
· Child visitation and custody issues
· Same-sex paramours

2:15 p.m. Fired Because You Are Gay
Malissa Burnette, Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC
· Title VII protection: EEOC strategic enforcement goals
· Status of executive orders affording LGBT employment protection
· Cities and counties in SC with employment non-discrimination policies
· Contracts created by employee handbooks
· Federal employment

3 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Representing Transgender Clients: From Transition through Bathroom Access, and Employment Issues
Colleen Condon, Condon Law Firm, LLC
Alex Karydi, Ph.D., SC Dept. Mental Health, Program Director, SC Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative
· Name changes through family court
· Gender markers at DMV, passport, etc.
· How to obtain a new Social Security card
· Employment issues
· Mental health challenges
· Bathroom access

4:15 p.m. Breaking News and Cases to Watch in South Carolina and Across the Nation Which Impact Our LGBT Clients
Susan K. Dunn, Legal Director for the ACLU of South Carolina

5 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 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.

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

  • Columbia
    In-Person Seminar
    Bar Conference Center
    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201