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Family Law Seminar

CLE Hours: 6 General, 1 Ethics, 1 Professionalism, 3 Trial Practice

Ethics |  Professionalism |  Trial Practice
Savannah Rapids Pavilion - Martinez, Georgia


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  • Speakers, session times and credit hours are subject to change.
  • Ethics | Professionalism | Trial Practice
  • Presiding:
  • Alex M. Brown, Program Chair; Alex M. Brown, LLC, Augusta, GA

  • 7:45
  • Registration and Breakfast

  • 8:30
  • Military Law Updates
  • Captain Carolyn Dreer, Legal Assistance Attorney, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Eisenhower, GA
  • John Taylor, Legal Assistance Attorney, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Eisenhower, GA

  • 9:15
  • Using Jury Instructions is Not Just for Jury Trials Trial Practice CLE Hour
  • Marvin Solomiany, Kessler and Solomiany, LLC, Atlanta, GA

  • 10:15
  • Break

  • 10:30
  • Custody Evaluations, Fitness to Parent Evaluations and High-Conflict Parenting Therapy
  • Michael Vitacco, PhD, Augusta University, Medical College of GA, Augusta, GA
  • Anne E. Watts, MS, LPC, NCC, CPCS, New Encounters Counseling, Augusta, GA

  • 11:30
    Updates from the Bench: Augusta and Columbia Judicial Circuits Trial Practice CLE Hour Professionalism CLE Hour
    Hon. Daniel J. Craig, Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court , Augusta, GA
    Hon. John Flythe, Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court, Augusta, GA
    Hon. Amanda N. Heath, Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court, Augusta, GA
    Hon. Sheryl B. Jolly, Columbia County Judicial Circuit Superior Court, Evans, GA
    Hon. Jesse C. Stone, Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court, Augusta, GA
    Hon. Ashley Wright, Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court, Augusta, GA

  • 12:45
  • Lunch

  • 1:30
  • Ethics Ethics CLE Hour Trial Practice CLE Hour
  • Mercedes Ball, CAP Director, State Bar of GA, Atlanta, GA

  • 2:30
  • Case Law Update
  • Helen Yu Flanagan, Flanagan Law and Mediation LLC, Augusta, GA
  • Brian Mirshak, Mirshak Law, LLC, Augusta, GA

  • 3:30
  • Closing Remarks
  • Alex M. Brown

  • 3:40
  • Adjourn



Mr. John Robert Taylor's Profile

Mr. John Robert Taylor Related seminars and products

Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

Graduated from Augusta State University, and thereafter taught high school literature. Later graduated from Georgia State University College of Law, and entered the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. After military service, worked for the Georgia Attorney General's Office, then an insurance defense firm, and then opened a solo practice focusing on family law and small business law. In 2016, returned to public service as a Department of Defense civilian attorney, working for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Eisenhower, Georgia.

Capt. Carolyn Dreer's Profile

Capt. Carolyn Dreer Related seminars and products

Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

Graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Accounting, then worked in an accounting department before attending law school. Graduated summa cum laude from Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After passing the Pennsylvania Bar Exam, I commissioned into the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where I am currently stationed at Fort Eisenhower, Georgia as a Legal Assistance Attorney.

Mr. Marvin L. Solomiany's Profile

Mr. Marvin L. Solomiany Related seminars and products

Kessler & Solomiany LLC

Biographical Overview

Mr. Solomiany, a former chair of the State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section, has worked as a trial attorney exclusively in the area of family law for over 25 years. Mr. Solomiany provides representation in all Domestic Relations legal areas, with an emphasis on high-income divorce cases, cases involving corporate entities, prenuptial agreements, and interstate child support and custody matters.

Mr. Solomiany has been repeatedly recognized as a Top 100 Super Lawyer in Georgia and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is frequently hired by other family law attorneys to serve as co-counsel in complex family law cases.

Over the years, Mr. Solomiany’s clients have included nationally known athletes and entertainers, professionals, and high ranking executives from Fortune 500 Companies. Mr. Solomiany has appeared in television, radio and internet programs to discuss family law issues and is a frequent lecturer in both state and national family law seminars.

As an IFR rated private pilot, Mr. Solomiany is able to travel throughout Georgia to represent clients outside the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan area. He also uses his piloting skills to volunteer for charitable organizations such as Angel Flight, Veterans Air Lift Command and Pilots N Paws. Mr. Solomiany has been married to Kerry Solomiany for over 25 years and has two adult children.


Dr. Michael Vitacco Related seminars and products

Augusta University Medical College of Georgia

Anne Watts Related seminars and products

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Hon. Amanda Nichole Heath's Profile

Hon. Amanda Nichole Heath Related seminars and products

Augusta Circuit Superior Court

The Honorable Amanda N. Heath is a Superior Court Judge in the Augusta Judicial Circuit. Her jurisdiction covers Burke and Richmond counties and she presides over civil, domestic and felony criminal cases.  Judge Heath was appointed by Governor Brian P. Kemp on October 13, 2021, and elected by her community in 2022 to continue her service on the Superior Court bench.  At the time of her election, Judge Heath was the first African American woman to be elected as a Superior Court Judge in the Augusta Circuit’s 152 year history.  Judge Heath is currently the only African American Superior Court Judge and is the youngest judge in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.  Prior to elevating to the Superior Court bench, Judge Heath served as a Juvenile Court Judge for five years and was the first African American woman to serve in that position for Burke, Columbia and Richmond counties.

Judge Heath was previously a solo practitioner with a focus on civil, criminal and family law. Prior to opening her law practice, Judge Heath prosecuted violent felonies as an Assistant District Attorney and argued successfully before the Georgia Supreme Court. She also served as the lead prosecutor for Drug Court, Mental Health Court and Veterans Court. Her family taught her “to whom much is given, much will be required” and to take every opportunity to give back to the community through service.

Judge Heath is a graduate of Hampton University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, summa cum laude in 2007.  She is also a graduate of Hampton’s Freddye T. Davy Honors College and is an alumna of the Concert Choir.  In 2017, Judge Heath was inducted into Hampton’s Top Forty Under Forty Society.

Judge Heath went on to attend law school at Mercer University and received her Juris Doctor degree in 2010 with a Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research and Drafting.  In addition, she received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service.  She participated in Mercer’s Habeas Clinic and was inducted into the Order of Barristers.  Judge Heath volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and with the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Access and Fairness in the Courts.  Further, she is a previous Mercer Public Interest Fellow, Georgia Legal Services Dan Bradley Fellow, Gate City Bar Scholar and Otis Redding Scholar.

Judge Heath serves on the Georgia Supreme Court Committee for Justice for Children and is a graduate of Leadership Georgia. Judge Heath was elected as the first woman and first African American to represent Augusta on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia.  In 2023, she was elected by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to serve on the Board of Directors in the position of Treasurer.  Also, Judge Heath serves on the National Bar Association Judicial Council Executive Committee and the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Guardian ad Litem Association for Children Judicial Leadership Council.  Judge Heath is a past recipient of the Georgia CASA Champion Award.  

Further, Judge Heath serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Advocacy Office, Family YMCA of Greater Augusta, Heritage Academy, Harrisburg Family Healthcare, Golden Harvest Food Bank, Augusta Technical College Adult Education Advisory Board and Turner Theological Seminary Board of Trustees. She is an active member of the Zeta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Augusta (GA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and serves at her church as a teacher in the Children’s Ministry.

Hon. Sheryl B. Jolly's Profile

Hon. Sheryl B. Jolly Related seminars and products

Columbia County Justice Center

Judge Sheryl B Jolly  serves as the Presiding Judge of Superior Court, Columbia Judicial Circuit. Judge Jolly was elected Superior Court Judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit in 2004 and served in that capacity until the Columbia Judicial Circuit was created in 2021. 

In 2023, Judge Jolly was appointed  Administrative Judge for the 10th Judicial District of the State of  Georgia and  Member of the Judicial Council for the State of Georgia. 

Judge Jolly's public service began in 1986 in the Office of the District Attorney, Augusta Judicial Circuit where she served as  Assistant District Attorney until 1989. She continued her public service as a prosecutor in the State Court of Richmond County, Georgia as Assistant Solicitor General (1989-2003) and subsequently as Chief Assistant Solicitor General (2003-2004).  In 2004, Judge Jolly was elected to the Office of Solicitor General of the State Court of Richmond County, Georgia. She served two terms as Solicitor General before seeking election as Superior Court Judge.  In addition to her public service as a prosecutor, she served an an Adjunct Faculty Member for Brenau Professional College for over 20 years and taught courses in Criminal Justice, Constitutional Law, and Public Administration for both undergraduate and graduate level courses.  She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Augusta Bar Association.  Judge Jolly has been actively involved in community activities and service boards to include leadership positions in Leadership Augusta, the Greater Augusta Arts Council, Augusta Junior Woman's Club, Columbia Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force,  Augusta Child Advocacy Center, Rape Crisis/Sexual Assault Services, The Augusta Partnership for Children and many other local boards.  

Judge Jolly has been a frequent lecturer at judicial conferences for Pre-Trial Issues in Death Penalty cases and presentations in the area of family law.

She is married to Edward B. Turner Jr. , and has 3 grown children with 3 grand-dogs and 1 grand-cat.  




Savannah Rapids Pavilion

3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez, Georgia 30907, United States
(706) 868-3349

Important Information

Please be advised that your credit will not be reported to the State Bar of Georgia CLE Regulation Department until after you have completed the steps necessary to earn credit for that program. 

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