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2021 Family Law Intensive

October 22, 2021 - October 24, 2021


Come join us for the 2021 Family Law Intensive CLE in Charleston taking place October 22rd through 24th, 2021.  A significant portion of every family court attorney’s practice involves drafting various agreements.  This Intensive CLE will provide an interactive format where we will delve into the art of drafting these agreements.  It will feature some of South Carolina’s leading family law authorities, including Jim McLaren, John McDougall and Robert Rosen.  Participants will receive valuable up-to-date forms, including templates for the family court practitioner to incorporate into their practice.  This three-day CLE put together by the Family Law Section Council provides you with over 11.75 hours of CLE credits, and is designed to address situations you may have or may yet encounter in your practice.  All of this will take place in our beautiful city of Charleston, an area rich in culture, history and world-class restaurants.  Come join us for this informative CLE, while relaxing and enjoying your chance to socialize with your colleagues outside of the office.  This CLE is limited to the first 60 registrants, so don’t delay and miss out on this opportunity!

Join us at the Hyatt Place + Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District

560 King Street, Charleston, SC

King or Queen/Queen Guest Rooms

Rate $259.00

Click the link below to reserve a room:

The cutoff date to book in this block is September 22, 2021


Special Thanks to our sponsors:

Welcome reception Sponsored by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP



 Saturday Lunch Sponsored in part by 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in CLE programs and publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the South Carolina Bar, its sections, or committees.

Registration Fees

Family Law Section Member Registration
Non-Family Law Section Member Registration
Non-member Registration
Price Description Amount



NameOrganizationSpeaking At
Chris Paton
Chris Paton LLC  -
Emily Johnston
Law Office of Emily G. Johnston  -
James McLaren
McLaren & Lee  -
Jeremy Gilbert
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP  -
Jessica Christophillis
Christophillis & Gallivan, P.A.  -
Jill HaLevi
Office of Jill E.M. HaLevi, Mediation & Legal Svc.  -
John McDougall
McDougall, Self, Currence & McLeod, LLP  -
Kevin Barth
Barth, Ballenger & Lewis, LLP  -
Marie-Louise Ramsdale
Ramsdale Law Firm  -
Mary Quindlen
Quindlen Law Firm, P.A.  -
Nancy Thomason
Thomason Mediations  -
Reid Sherard
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA  -
Robert Rosen
Rosen Law Firm, LLC  -
Sean Markham
Markham Law Firm, LLC  -
Stephanie Brinkley
Brinkley Law Firm, LLC  -
Taylor Long
Law Office of Taylor E. Long  -


Continuing Education


Friday, October 22nd 

1:30 p.m.                   


1:50 p.m.

Welcome and opening remarks

Course Planners:

Melissa M. Frazier, Frazier Law Firm, PC

Chris Paton, Chris Paton LLC

Ashlin B. Potterfield, Taylor/Potterfield 

2:00 p.m.                   

The Art of Drafting Agreements

John O. McDougall, McDougall, Self, Currence & McLeod, LLP

James T. McLaren, McLaren & Lee

Reid T. Sherard, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA                                 

3:30 p.m.                   


3:45 p.m.                   

The Art of Drafting Agreements - Continued

John O. McDougall, James T. McLaren and Reid T. Sherard 

4:45 p.m.                   


5:00 - 6:30 p.m.       

Welcome Reception Sponsored by  Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP


Saturday,  October 23rd   

8:00 a.m.                   

Registration and Breakfast 

9:00 a.m.                  

The Do’s and Don’ts for Custody/Visitation Provisions

Marie-Louise Ramsdale, Ramsdale Law Firm 

9:30 a.m.                   

ADR Issues

Chris Paton, Chris Paton LLC 

10:30 a.m.                


10:45 a.m.                

The Right Language for Retirement Issues in your Agreement

Taylor Long, QDRO Professionals 


Military Issues

Mary Fran Quindlen, Quindlen Law Firm, P.A.                                   

12:00 p.m.                


Sponsored in part by SOBERLINK 

1:00 p.m.                   

Thinking Ahead-Estate/Probate Issues and How to Address

Jessica Christophilis, Christophillis & Gallivan, P.A. 

1:30 p.m.                   

How to Address Bankruptcy in your Agreement

Sean P. Markham, Markham Law Firm, LLC 

2:00 p.m.                  

Restraining Orders

Nancy Jo Thomason, Thomason & Pracht, LLP 

2:30 p.m.                  


2:45 p.m.                   

Prenuptial/Post Nuptial/Reconciliation Agreements

Robert N. Rosen, Rosen Law Firm, LLC 

3:45 p.m.                   

Addressing Assisted Reproductive Issues

Stephanie M. Brinkley, Brinkley Law Firm, LLC 

4:15 p.m.                   



Sunday, October 24th 

9:00 a.m.                   

Ethical Considerations in Cooperative Law              

Jill E.M. HaLevi, Office of Jill E.M. HaLevi, Mediation & Legal Svc. 

10:00 a.m.                

Mediated Agreements and Enforcement

Emily G. Johnston, Law Office of Emily G. Johnston 

10:30 a.m.                

How to Avoid Lawyer Burnout…or How to Deal With it When you Didn’t Avoid it

Kevin M. Barth, Barth, Ballenger & Lewis, LLP 

11:30 a.m.                


11:45 p.m.                

Cell Phone / Computer Forensics: Benefits and Hurdles 

Jeremy Gilbert, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP 

12:45 p.m.