Natalie Bluestein and I have decided to organize and moderate a continuing legal education program aimed at recently licensed attorneys who practice in family court. With the recent influx of newly licensed attorneys who are practicing family law without direct supervision, we hope this CLE provides the help and guidance they need to establish their practice and serve their clients well. The CLE is free but currently only open to those who became licensed to practice law in South Carolina on or after January 1, 2008.
The CLE will be taking place on June 3, 2011 at the Jury Assembly Room on the second floor of the Charleston County Courthouse. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., the program will start at 9:00 a.m. and, with breaks, will end at 4:45 p.m. The program has been approved for 6 hours of CLE credit, with one-half hour of credit for ethics.
The materials will include go-bys and check lists and will be distributed electronically via emailed PDF file. The agenda is as follows, with each topic other than handling your first trial (sixty minutes) taking 30 minutes:
1. Handling your first temporary hearing by Natalie Bluestein
2. Handling your first ex-parte request by Elizabeth Stringer
4. Handling your first custody case by Joseph Cerato
5. Handling your first abuse and neglect defense by Mary Ann Hall
6. Handling your first rule to show cause (prosecution) by Alex Cash
7. Handling your first rule to show cause (defense) by Emily Johnston
8. Handling your first domestic abuse case by Rita Roache
9. Handling your first deposition (defending and taking) by Paul Tinkler
10. Handling your first motion to compel by Diane Current
11. Handling your first grievance (ethics hours) by Charlie “Tex” Davis from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel
To register (remember, only attorneys licensed since 2008 can current register) email Natalie Bluestein your name, bar ID number and email address. If any readers could forward this blog to an attorney who might meet our target audience, or to a list serve for his or her county’s attorneys who practice family law, it would be most appreciated.