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2023 Advanced Family Law Topics for Bench and Bar

December 01, 2023

Live in person hours at SC Bar Conference Center, 1501 Park St, Columbia, SC 29201. Includes Satellite Sites see below for locations and addresses.  

Click here to register for the live webinar seminar. 

The South Carolina chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the South Carolina Bar CLE Division are proud to present the 5th Annual "Advanced Family Law Topics for the Bench and Bar."  Course planner Ben Stevens has designed this program to address trending family law topics from an advanced practice perspective, offering in-depth analysis and practical guidance for successful practice in Family Court.
This seminar is one you will not want to miss! 

This seminar is an advanced level program.

This program qualifies for 6.5 MCLE; 1.0 SA/MH
SC Supreme Commission on CLE Course # 932946

Seminar Locations

Attendees can register to attend in person at the SC Bar Conference Center in Columbia, or one of the 4 other locations listed below. All 5 sites count as "in-person" MCLE hours. Please make your selection during the registration process.

  • Columbia-SC Bar Conference Center, 1501 Park Street
  •  Charleston- Charleston School of Law, 385 Meeting Street, Room 104
  •  THIS SITE IS FULL: Greenville- The University Center, 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive (enter the building where all the college flags are) Rm 514
  •  Myrtle Beach- Horry Georgetown Tech, 950 Crabtree Lane, Room 601
  • Beaufort: USC Bluffton Campus, 1 University Drive, Bluffton 29909, Campus Center 106


The South Carolina Bar is an accredited CLE provider in South Carolina only. Attorneys are responsible for seeking their own credit in other jurisdictions.

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

CLE Big Ticket
Member Registration
Non Member Registration
SC Bar Certified Paralegal
Price Description Amount


  Beaufort/Hilton Head Island
1 University Blvd Bluffton, SC 29909 Campus Center 106
385 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29403 Room 104
1501 Park Street Columbia, SC 29201
  Myrtle Beach
950 Crab Tree Lane Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Room 601


NameOrganizationSpeaking At
C. Stricklin
S.C. Judicial Branch  -
J. Benjamin Stevens
The Stevens Law Group, LLC  -
James Thompson
Thompson Dove Law Group LLC  -
Jennifer Miller
Mt. Pleasant Wellness Center  -
Julianne Stokes
Stokes Family Law & Mediation, LLC  -
Marie-Louise Ramsdale
Ramsdale Law Firm  -
Megan Dell
Dell Family Law, P.C.  -
Missy Johnson
Elliott Davis, LLC  -
Rebecca West
Harling & West, LLC  -
William Britt
S.C. Deparment of Health and Environmental Control  -
William Jordan
U.S. Attorney's Office  -
Zachary Mueller
GreerWalker CPAs & Advisors  -


Continuing Education


8:00 a.m.

8:25 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
J. Benjamin Stevens, The Stevens Law Group, LLC, Spartanburg, SC
President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

8:30 a.m.
Following the Money Trail: Strategies for Locating Hidden Assets and Uncovering Inconsistencies
in Lifestyle and Reported Income
Missy Johnson, CPA, CVA, MAFF, Elliott Davis, Charleston, SC
Zachary H. Mueller, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, CFE, GreerWalker, Greenville, SC

9:30 a.m.
What Does Abuse Look Like When There Are No Bruises?
Megan Hunt Dell, Esq., Dell Family Law, P.C., Charleston, SC

10:15 a.m.
Morning Break

10:30 a.m.
Mastering the Art of Trial Readiness: Strategic Evidence Organization and Witness Preparation
Marie-Louise Ramsdale, Esq, Ramsdale Law Firm, Mt. Pleasant, SC
The Honorable C. Vance Stricklin, Jr., Family Court of the Fifth judicial Circuit, Columbia, SC

11:15 a.m.
Exploring the Evolving Landscape: Current Trends and Challenges in Drug Testing
Julianne M. Stokes, Esq., Stokes Family Law & Mediation, LLC, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Jennifer Miller ND, RN, CHT, Mt. Pleasant Wellness Center, Mt. Pleasant, SC

12:00 p.m.

1:15 p.m.
What All Family Court Lawyers Need to Know About Adoption Law
James Fletcher Thompson, Esq., Thompson Dove Law Group LLC, Spartanburg, SC

2:15 p.m.
Lifting the Curtain: An Open (and Sometimes Irreverent) Reflection on Anxiety and Depression
William H. Jordan, Esq., United States Attorney's Office, Columbia, SC

3:15 p.m.
Afternoon Break

3:30 p.m.
The Anatomy of a Family Court Order: Crafting a Effective Final Order Through the Use of
Persuasive Writing
Rebecca West, Esq., Harling & West, LLC, Lexington, SC

4:00 p.m.
Changes to Vital Records Regulations and Bench & Bar Reference Guide
William D. Britt, Jr., Esq., Chief Counsel for Public Health
Caleb Cox, CPM, Director of Vital Statistics, S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control, Columbia, SC

4:45 p.m.