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Jenny R. Stevens

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Jenny was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, and she is a graduate of the College of Charleston and Charleston School of Law. Jenny is an experienced attorney who holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and she is a frequent speaker at local, state, and national continuing legal education seminars. She also moderates the annual Guardian ad Litem training, sponsored by the South Carolina Bar.  She was one of only 18 attorneys in South Carolina to be selected to participate in the 2014 Leadership Academy sponsored by the SC Bar.

Jenny has been certified as a Guardian ad Litem for many years, and she finds her work representing children in private custody litigation to be some of the most rewarding work in the practice of law. Prior to moving to Spartanburg, she helped form the Charleston County Custody Fast-Track Committee, which she co-chaired. These cases, along with her own personal experience with divorce, inspired her to practice family law in a way that focuses not only on the legal aspect of domestic relations, but also on the impact these events have on the individuals involved. Being a wife, mother and stepmother herself, Jenny understands the compassion and sensitivity needed to handle these types of cases.

Jenny is an active member of the Spartanburg County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, and the South Carolina Women Lawyer's Association. Jenny previously served a three-year term on Charleston School of Law's Alumni Association Board, and she currently serves as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division's Solo & Small Firm Interest Group.

Jenny also edited The South Carolina Guardian ad Litem Toolkit, which was published in March 2014 by the South Carolina Bar CLE Division. This valuable resource has been very well received by judges and attorneys all across our state. When she isn't working as an attorney Guardian ad Litem, Jenny enjoys spending time with her husband and their six children. As a lifelong bibliophile, she is always sneaking time to read any book that catches her fancy.

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Practice Areas

  • Mediation
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Child Support & Medical Expenses
  • Divorce / Legal Separation
  • Child Custody Litigation Consulting Services

Education

  • Certified Family Court Mediator, 2015 – Present
  • Graduate, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute for Family Law Associates, 2014
  • Charleston School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2009
  • College of Charleston, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2007

Professional Associations

  • Spartanburg  Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • South Carolina Association for Justice

Awards and Recognition

  • Moderator, Annual Guardian ad Litem Training & Update Seminar for South Carolina Bar, 2012-Present
  • Graduate, South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy, 2014
  • Co-Chair, Charleston County Fast-Track Custody Initiative Committee, 2011-2012
  • Member, Charleston School of Law Alumni Association Board, 2011-2014
  • Honor Council, Charleston School of Law, 2008-2009

Publication

  • “The South Carolina Guardian ad Litem Toolkit” edited by Jenny R. Stevens, published by South Carolina Bar CLE Division (Mar. 2014)

Family Law Presentations

  • “Guardians ad Litem in Family Court”
    Presented by Jenny Stevens
    June 26, 2015
    Columbia, SC
    South Carolina Bar (Family Law Essentials)
  • “What Do Judges Want from the GAL & Best Practice Tips from the Bench”
    Panel Moderated by Jenny Stevens
    February 6, 2015
    Columbia, SC
    South Carolina Bar (In the Best Interests of the Child: Guardian ad Litem Training & Update)
  • “Is the Guardian ad Litem a Party to the Litigation?”
    Presented by Jenny Stevens
    September 26, 2014
    Columbia, SC
    South Carolina Bar (Hot Tips Seminar)
  • “Guardians ad Litem in Family Court”
    Presented by Jenny Stevens
    June 27, 2014
    Columbia, SC
    South Carolina Bar (Family Law Essentials)
  • “The GAL Report: What to Include, What to Exclude, & Everything in Between”
    Presented by Jenny Stevens
    January 31, 2014
    Columbia, SC
    South Carolina Bar (In the Best Interest of the Child: 2014 Guardian ad Litem Training & Update)
  • “How Fault Ground Allegations Affect the Guardian ad Litem Investigation”
    Presented by Jenny R. Stevens
    February 1, 2013
    Columbia, SC
    South Carolina Bar (In the Best Interests of the Child: Guardian ad Litem Training & Update)
  • “Taking Children Out of the Fire: Charleston County's Fast Track Custody Initiative”
    Presented by Jenny R. Stevens
    August 2, 2012
    Hilton Head, SC
    South Carolina Association for Justice (Annual Convention/Family Law Seminar)
  • “The Guardian ad Litem from the Lawyer & the Parent Perspective”
    Presented by Jenny R. Stevens
    January 27, 2012
    Columbia, SC
    South Carolina Bar (In the Best Interests of the Child: Guardian ad Litem Training & Update)
  • “Fast Track Custody Initiative Training”
    Co-Presented by Jenny R. Stevens
    October 2011
    Charleston, SC
    Charleston County Bar (Guardian ad Litem Luncheon)
  • “Solo Practitioner Panel”
    Jenny R. Stevens, Member
    October 2011
    Charleston, SC
    American Bar Association (Fall Leadership Summit, Circuits 4, 5, 6)
  • “Taking Children Out of the Fire: Charleston County's Fast Track Custody Initiative”
    Presented by Jenny R. Stevens
    September 2011
    Columbia, SC
    South Carolina Bar (Hot Tips Seminar)
  • “How to Hang a Shingle”
    Co-Presented by Jenny R. Stevens
    August 2011
    Charleston, SC
    Charleston School of Law (Career Services Solo Practitioner Seminar)

Technology Presentations

  • “A GAL's Top Ten Technology Resources for Child Custody Cases”
    Presented by Jenny Stevens
    February 6, 2015
    Columbia, SC
    South Carolina Bar (In the Best Interests of the Child: Guardian ad Litem Training & Update)
  • “Technology & Marketing for Solos & Small Firms”
    Presented by Jenny R. Stevens
    Nashville, TN
    February 21, 2013
    Tennessee Bar Association (TechConference 2013)

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  • Jenny Stevens - Thankful for her commitment

    “I am thankful for her commitment to my case. She's very good at reading people and exposing the truth. She's very diligent with her research. In the courtroom, she's an aggressive opponent. She is very passionate about excellence. Her office staff are very friendly and helpful. She responds to q...
  • Jenny Stevens - Experience, Skill, and Patience

    “Finding the real truth through a custody battle takes patience, experience and skill. Mrs. Stevens continuously proved that “what is best for the children” was always most important and her direction. Her questions and probing of information from both the father and the mother brought the truth ...
  • Jenny R. Stevens - Guardian Ad Litem Information

    I met with Jenny Stevens to discuss what the guardian ad litem assigned to my case would be investigating. She was very informative and helped put me and my wife at ease. She didn't rush us at all. Rather, she took her time answering all our questions (and made sure we knew we could contact her l...

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