South Carolina COURSE # 181282

6.5 hours of credit with 2.5 in Ethics and 1.0 in Substance Abuse/Mental Health

 

For the afternoon session, participants may choose between the Civil, Corporate, Criminal or Family Law tracks.  Participants are free to attend any track and/or switch tracks.

 

Family Law Section Afternoon Session

 

1:15 - 1:45

Special Needs and DSS Kinship Care Update
(1 Hour Cle)

 

+ Jennifer B. Gilmer

Jennifer is from Lyman, SC, but she has lived in several areas of South Carolina having grown up as the daughter of a United Methodist pastor. She graduated in 1988 from Wofford College with BA in Sociology. She has worked for the SC Department of Social Services since 1989 & is a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW). She has worked in many areas of the agency to include Economic Services, Child Protective Services/Foster Care within the specialized sexual abuse unit, & the Intensive Foster Care & Clinical Services offices in Spartanburg, Aiken, Anderson, & Greenville. She specialized in working with emotionally disabled children in foster care & their families. Since February 2014 she has been the Region I Kinship Care Coordinator serving as a liaison between the agency’s kinship care providers in the upstate & their DSS caseworkers & supervisors. Jennifer is married to the Rev. Brian Gilmer (yes, she was crazy enough to marry a Methodist minister even after growing up as a Preacher’s Kid). They have a 16 year old daughter Bryson.

+ Kimaka Nichols-Graham

Kimaka Nichols-Graham is the Managing Attorney of the Greenville Office and the Education Unit Head for South Carolina Legal Services where she has worked for over 19 years practicing primarily family and education law. South Carolina Legal Services provides civil legal services to low income families. As the Managing Attorney in Greenville, she is responsible for the provision of civil legal services in Anderson, Greenville, Pickens, and Oconee counties, the quality of legal services provided, and maintaining connections with the community and private bar. As the Education Unit Head, Mrs. Nichols-Graham has represented clients in education cases across the state, trains attorneys to practice education law, and works to develop this practice area at legal services. Mrs. Nichols-Graham attended Winthrop University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She attended Rutgers University and earned a Master of Science in Public Policy with a concentration in Education Policy. She also attended the University of South Carolina, School of Law and earned a Juris Doctor. Ms. Nichols-Graham is the 2014 Ellen T. Hines Smith South Carolina Legal Services Lawyer of the Year, a past recipient of the South Carolina Bar’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award, and a past Commissioner for the South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on CLE & Specialization.

Mrs. Nichols-Graham serves on the SCBAR Children’s Law Committee, the SCBAR Education Law Committee, the South Carolina Children’s Justice Act Task Force, and on the advisory board of The Center for Educational Equity (CEE). Mrs. Nichols-Graham is a member of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), the Greenville Bar Association and the South Carolina Black Lawyers Association.

Special Need Presentation

kinship presentation


1:45 – 2:45

Utilizing financial experts and forensic accountants
(1 hour cle)

 

+ Danielle Mitchell

Danielle Metoyer Mitchell is a partner in the firm Mitchell Ramseur, LLC, in Greenville, South Carolina where she handles family law cases. She joined the firm as an associate at its inception in 2011.

A native of the Bayou State, Ms. Mitchell graduated from the Louisiana Scholars College in 1998. She earned a Juris Doctor from University of South Carolina School of Law. In the years immediately following law school, Ms. Mitchell served in staff attorney positions at South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center and the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Since her move to the Upstate in 2005, Ms. Mitchell has been a family court litigator, handling primarily complex custody cases in which she has represented individuals, the State, as well as served as guardian ad litem for minor children. She represents individuals of all perspectives (grandparents, husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, stepparents, mothers and fathers) in domestic relations cases including those related to stepparent adoption, de facto custodians, child support,visitation, and equitable division.

Ms. Mitchell is a Certified Family Court Mediator and Arbitrator, serving as a neutral to assistparties in resolving their family law disputes by agreement. She enjoys working with families to customize solutions to issues from support to parenting plans.

Ms. Mitchell is a member of the South Carolina and Greenville Bar Associations, a volunteer mediator at Upstate Mediation Center, and a graduate of the Upstate Class XV Spring 2013 class of Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative. She has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent.

She is married to attorney Kirby Mitchell, and they live in Greenville with their two kiddos.

+ Catherine Stoddard

Catherine B. Stoddard is a Certified Public Accountant and a Senior Manager at DHG, a full-service, top 20 accounting firm with more than 2,000 professionals in 12 states. She has almost 30 years of experience in the field of accounting and over 18 years working as an expert in litigation. Her practice specializes in domestic litigation, shareholder disputes, contract disputes, fraud, complex commercial litigation, and business valuations. She is a member of DHG’s Forensic, Litigation Support, and Valuation Services Group, a team of over 50 professionals holding a combination of more than 135 credentials specific to forensics and valuation work. Catherine holds the Accredited in Business Valuation, Certified Valuation Analyst, and Certified Fraud Examiner credentials. She has testified in family court and circuit court and has served as both a joint expert and a court appointed expert. She has been a frequent speaker on topics related to valuation, accounting, and litigation support. Catherine grew up in Columbia but settled in Greenville after graduating from Furman University. She served as past chair of the South Carolina Association of CPA’s Business Valuation/Litigation Services committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville and Leadership South Carolina.

She has served on the boards of Centre Stage, South Carolina Children’s Theater, Upstate Community Mediation Center, Visit GreenvilleSC, Foothills Presbytery, and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.


+ Peter Tiffany

Peter Tiffany is the managing partner of Bradshaw, Gordon & Clinkscales in Greenville, South Carolina, where, along with tax services for business and individuals, he also specializes in business valuation and litigation support. He graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina at Aiken in 1994 and received a Masters in Accounting from the University of South Carolina in 1995. He has been a CPA since 1997, became Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) in 2003, Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) in 2008 and a Certified Global Management Accountant since 2014. He started his career in Greenville in 1995 with George Short & Associates in 1995. In 1997 he joined Bradshaw Gordon & Clinkscales as a staff accountant and worked his way up.

He is married with 2 children and enjoys woodworking, playing guitar and sailing


3:00 – 3:30

Mediation
(30 minute cle)

 

+ The Honorable Barry Knobel

+ The Honorable Joseph W. Gowan, III

+ Hannah Rogers Metcalfe

Hannah Rogers Metcalfe is in private practice with the law firm of Metcalfe & Atkinson, LLC, which she co-founded in 2011 with her partner, Courtney Atkinson, past president of the Greenville Bar. Ms. Metcalfe’s litigation practice includes civil litigation on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, business litigation, family law, federal criminal defense, media and first amendment, and appellate law.

Ms. Metcalfe received her Bachelor of Science of Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University in 1999. She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2002, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, President of the Student Senate, and a member of the Columbia Law Review. After law school, she clerked in Philadelphia for the Honorable Anita B. Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She went on to clerk for The Honorable William B. Traxler, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After toiling in the salt mines of a larger firm (Wyche) for several years, Ms. Metcalfe embarked on her current small-firm adventure in 2011.

Ms. Metcalfe is admitted to practice in New York and South Carolina, as well as in the Eastern District of New York, the District of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Services. A past president of the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Ms. Metcalfe now serves as the elected Circuit Vice-President for the Fourth Circuit for the Federal Bar Association and is a member of the board of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association. A member of the Haynsworth Perry Inn of Court, Ms. Metcalfe serves as the Chair of the Fourth Circuit Rules Advisory Committee.

Hannah is also the mother of two beautiful children, Marshall and Riley, and is married to Logan, an entrepreneurial Kiwi who is the founder of Arkiver, a technology startup that provides families and businesses a way to digitally collect and curate life’s memories. In her spare time, Hannah likes to get out of town and return to her roots in the Dark Corner.

Early Neutral Evaluation

ADR RULES

FORMS


3:30 - 4:00

Tips from the bench
(30 Minute CLE) 

 

+ The honorable Thomas T. Hodges

Thomas Tredway Hodges was born in Conway, South Carolina in 1959 to Dr. Rupert E. Hodges and Eunice Purnell Hodges.

Tommy grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina and graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1978. He attended Georgia Tech before graduating from USCS with a degree in Business Administration. He graduated from USC School of Law in 1987. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar on November 23, 1987. After graduation from law school Judge Hodges worked as an associate with Haynsworth Baldwin Johnson and Greaves, a nationally renowned labor and employment law firm. He became a partner in that firm in 1994. In 2003 he and Marsh Robertson formed what would later become Robertson & Hodges, LLC where he practiced family law exclusively. After Marsh Robertson was elected to the Family Court bench in 2010, Judge Hodges formed Thomas T. Hodges, P.A. where he continued his exclusive Family Court practice until his election on February 1, 2017.

Judge Hodges is a member of the Greenville County Bar, the South Carolina Bar, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. While in private practice he was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of family law and held an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Judge Hodges married the former Erroll Anne Yarbrough in 1988. She is a partner with McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC. They have two sons, Walker, a graduate of Ole Miss, and Heyward, a graduate of The University of Georgia.

+ The Honorable Karen S. Roper

Judge Karen Sanchez Roper was elected to the 13th Circuit Family Court for Pickens County in May 2016. She is a native of Valdosta, Georgia and a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina School of Law. After graduation from law school, she was employed as an associate with the Charleston firm of Laddaga, Crout and Drachman, P.A. Upon moving to the upstate, she and her husband, attorney Ken Roper, worked together for over 15 years as partners in Roper Law Firm, LLC. Her primary practice always has been in Family Court, where her experience includes serving as a DSS prosecutor, defense counsel through the Office of Indigent Defense, Guardian ad Litem, and Certified Family Court Mediator. She also is admitted to practice before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court.

Judge Roper and her husband are the proud parents of two sons; one attending the University of South Carolina, and the other a student at Pickens High School. She and her family are members of Pickens Presbyterian Church. She enjoys reading, following SEC football, and spending time on Lake Keowee with her family and her two dogs.

+ The Honorable Katherine Tiffany

Judge Tiffany was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1970, to Stuart and Kay Hall. She was raised in Gaffney, South Carolina with her fraternal twin sister (Eleanor Caroline). While attending Spartanburg Day School, she spent most of her free time with horses, competing in horse shows and participating in fox hunts in Tryon, North Carolina. After graduating from Spartanburg Day School in 1988, Judge Tiffany attended the University of South Carolina Honors College, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She graduated in 1992 Magna Cum Laude with a Major in English and a minor in South Carolina Studies, and then attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating in 1995 and becoming the fourth generation in her family to enter the practice of law.

From 1995 to 1996, she clerked for the Honorable Henry Floyd, then Circuit Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. In 1996 she joined Carter, Smith, Merriam, Rogers & Traxler, P.A. as an Associate, and then became partner in 2006. During her twenty years of private practice, she focused almost exclusively on family court with an emphasis on custody, support and complex issues both in her practice and as presenter at numerous continuing legal education seminars. From 2009 to 2016 she served as a member of the South Carolina Bar Family Law Council, serving as Co Course Planner for the Family Law Intensive CLE in 2011 and 2013, and as Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair Elect.

In 1995, Judge Tiffany married Peter Clifford Tiffany, a native of Aiken, South Carolina who works as a Certified Public Accountant. She and her husband have two sons, Brice Baskin and Barron Joseph; a dog, Grace and a cat, Banjo. They are members of St. James Episcopal Church, where Judge Tiffany has served as a nursery volunteer and Children’s Church leader. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading a wide variety of books, watching old movies, and trying to stay active.

On May 25, 2016 Judge Tiffany was elected to succeed the late Honorable Harry L. Phillips as Judge of the Family Court, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit

+ Danielle M. Mitchell

Danielle Metoyer Mitchell is a partner in the firm Mitchell Ramseur, LLC, in Greenville, South Carolina where she handles family law cases. She joined the firm as an associate at its inception in 2011.

A native of the Bayou State, Ms. Mitchell graduated from the Louisiana Scholars College in 1998. She earned a Juris Doctor from University of South Carolina School of Law. In the years immediately following law school, Ms. Mitchell served in staff attorney positions at South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center and the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Since her move to the Upstate in 2005, Ms. Mitchell has been a family court litigator, handling primarily complex custody cases in which she has represented individuals, the State, as well as served as guardian ad litem for minor children. She represents individuals of all perspectives (grandparents, husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, stepparents, mothers and fathers) in domestic relations cases including those related to stepparent adoption, de facto custodians, child support,visitation, and equitable division.

Ms. Mitchell is a Certified Family Court Mediator and Arbitrator, serving as a neutral to assistparties in resolving their family law disputes by agreement. She enjoys working with families to customize solutions to issues from support to parenting plans.

Ms. Mitchell is a member of the South Carolina and Greenville Bar Associations, a volunteer mediator at Upstate Mediation Center, and a graduate of the Upstate Class XV Spring 2013 class of Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative. She has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent.

She is married to attorney Kirby Mitchell, and they live in Greenville with their two kiddos.

Administrative Memo

Adoption Memo

FInal order outline