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 The “Modern Family”
The Fundamentals of Representing Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Clients 

Presented by the SC Bar-CLE Division and
the SC Equality Post-DOMA Litigation Task Force

Friday, March 14, 2014

LIVE at the
Bar Conference Center
1501 Park Street
Columbia, SC 29201
 

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Sites:
Charleston - Charleston School of Law, 81 Mary St, Mary 101 Room
 
 
Registration Fees:
Early Bird: $230.00
Regular (received after 2/28/14): $280.00

 

About the Seminar
We now live in a post-DOMA world and the S.C. Bar CLE Division is proud to present a powerful seminar that will help you navigate the often complex challenges that many of your lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients will face in the years to come.

Course Planner Nekki Shutt has recruited an experienced and talented faculty of attorneys, judges, professors and other key professionals who will provide a comprehensive overview of issues and solutions in such areas as family law, probate/estate, tax law, employment discrimination and issues related to individual transitioning. The seminar will cover family law from name changes to domestic partnerships, marriage, issues that surround children including adoption, invitro-fertilization, custody, court jurisdiction and break-ups. In addition, you will learn critical information about Social Security, elder care, ownership of real estate, Title VII protections, passports and estate planning.  
 
The post-DOMA world comes with many complex challenges and questions for lawyers and their clients. Get your questions answered in these emerging areas of practice at this ground-breaking seminar! 
 
Agenda
8 a.m. Registration
 
8:30 a.m. Welcome: Introducing the “Modern Family” 
Nekki Shutt, Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC, Columbia
 
8:45 a.m. Honeymoon Phase (Panel Discussion)
Harriet D. Hancock, Irmo
George H. “Hal” Hanlin, McDonnell & Associates, P.A., Columbia
David C. Shea, Shea and Barron, Columbia
Carrie A. Warner, Warner Payne & Black, LLP, Columbia
• S.C. Const. Am. 1 (2006): bars gov’t recognition same-sex marriages and civil unions
• 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
 
9:45 a.m. Getting Married 
Greg Nevins, Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal 
(on the legality of marriage in South Carolina and beyond and the benefits and obligations that stem from it)
 
• Impact of the Windsor case and striking down of DOMA
• Employee benefits
• Social Security benefits
• Elder care issues such as Medicaid applications for long-term 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, USC School of Law, Columbia
Allie Bullard, Harling & West, LLC, Lexington
Vickie L. Eslinger, Nexsen Pruet, LLC, Columbia
 
• Issues surrounding invitro-fertilization
• Same-sex adoption
• Same-sex parenting in the education system
 
12 p.m. Lunch (included)
Attendees to attend caucuses to work through hypotheticals that will be handled in the afternoon.
 
1:30 p.m.  Death and Taxes (Panel Discussion)
W. Edward “Eddie” Howard, Lexington
Hon. Amy McCulloch, Richland County Probate Court 
Dianne Odom, CPA, PFS, Irmo
 
• Filing joint tax returns
• Impact of S.C. Dept. of Revenue Rul. 2013-17
• Analyzing how marriage impacts tax liability
• Probate issues
 
2:15 p.m. Breaking Up (Panel Discussion) 
Colleen Condon, Condon Law Firm, LLC, Charleston
Susan Dunn, S.C. ACLU, Charleston
Prof. W. Roger Mills-Koonce, Ph.D of Dept. of Human Dev. and Family Studies at University of North Carolina Greensboro
Prof. Nicole Heilbron, Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychologist at Duke University
 
• 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
 
3:15p.m. Break
 
3:30 p.m. Fired Because You are LGBT
Malissa Burnette, Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC, Columbia
 
• Title VII protection: EEOC strategic enforcement goals
• Cities and counties in S.C. with employment non-discrimination policies
• Contracts created by employee handbooks
• Federal employment
 
4:15 p.m. Representing Transgender Clients Through Their Transition 
Jace Woodrum, Communications Director of the National Equality Federation
 
• Name changes through family court
• Gender markers at DMV, passport, etc.
• How to obtain a new Social Security card
 
5:00 p.m. Adjourn