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02.20.20 Midlands CLE/Luncheon


*application pending

We are sending this updated notice to advise our members that we will now have three speakers for this important program on:

An Inside Look at the Foster Care System in South Carolina
Sara Barr; Sarah Campbell, Esquire; and Hailey Powers Turnblad, Esquire
(see bios below)

Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC
Buffet & Registration Begin at 12:00 p.m.
CLE Presentation 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

There are more than 4000 children in foster care in South Carolina. Many of them are removed from their homes for their safety. Many of these children struggle emotionally, medically, and socially. Their wellbeing rests in the hands of a special group of adults. This includes foster parents who open their homes to children in need of safety, nurturing and stability. They also depend on the work of DSS attorneys and caseworkers who use the legal system to ensure they are protected and cared for. Of course, the goal of returning the children to their homes, if possible, cannot be accomplished without the attorneys who advocate for parents and assist them in securing the help they need to reunite their families. This CLE program will introduce participants to the legal and practical aspects of the South Carolina foster care system. The presenters will describe their experiences in foster parenting, representing DSS, and advocating for parents.  


RSVP by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.  Cancellations made after that time are subject to invoicing, per the policy of the Palmetto Club.  If your plans change, please cancel your reservation promptly using the same link above so that our lunch order will be accurate.  Lunch is $15 for SCWLA members and the military, and $30 for nonmembers.  Discounts on lunch and CLE credit are provided as membership benefits to current SCWLA members only.  Nonmembers pay an undiscounted rate to cover the costs charged to SCWLA by the Palmetto Club.  Nonmembers may join SCWLA prior to the presentation to receive CLE credit and discounted lunch prices.  Checks should be made payable to SCWLA.     


Sarah C. Campbell, Esquire, is an attorney at Cockrell & Campbell, P.C.  in Chesterfield, SC.  She received a Bachelor of Arts, History and Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina in 2009 and her Juris Doctor at the Charleston School of Law in 2012.  While in law school, Sarah earned the Charleston School of Law Giving Back Award, the Charleston School of Law Outstanding Public Service Award, the Alexander Charles Bush Memorial Scholarship, and the William Bennett Regan Award. She was a member of the Charleston School of Law Forensic Club and the James L. Petigru, American Inn of Court.  Sarah has worked as a 608 contract attorney with South Carolina Indigent Defense since 2013.  She has represented hundreds of parents involved with DSS in Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, Darlington, and Florence counties.  Sarah also handles appeals in DSS matters and was successful in an unpublished case, Opinion 357: SCDSS v. Youngblood.  

Hailey Powers Turnblad, Esquire, graduated cum laude from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Legal Studies. She graduated with honors from the Charleston School of Law in 2007. After law school, Hailey clerked for the Honorable Casey L. Manning in Columbia. She then returned home to Marlboro County to work with her father as an associate at Powers Law Firm in Bennettsville, where she handled personal injury, criminal defense, probate and family law cases including contract work for DSS. In 2014, she became the Managing Attorney for the Florence County Department of Social Services and then the Managing Attorney for the 12th Circuit where she prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases. In 2019, she opened the law firm of Evans and Turnblad, LLC, in Florence, focusing her practice on criminal defense and family law, including representing indigent defendants in DSS abuse and neglect actions. She is a member of the Florence County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, DUI Defense Lawyers Association, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Sara Barr is a 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina. Most of her professional career was dedicated to marketing communications and consumer education in the healthcare industry. After deciding to pursue a license to provide foster care to young children, Sara returned to her favorite job: being a stay-at-home mom. Sara is a proud fundraiser for the March of Dimes and serves as Co-Leader and Finance Manager for her twin daughters’ Girl Scout troop. She is former President and an active volunteer with the local and state organizations for parents of multiple birth children, and she currently serves as Feature Writer and Copy Editor for Notebook, a national magazine published by Multiples of America. Sara volunteers as a blogger for the non-profit organization Care2Foster. In addition to caring for foster children in her home, Sara also is passionate about recruiting new foster parents through her blog, as well as increasing public awareness about issues impacting children in foster care in South Carolina.