Changes to Article 5 of the Probate Code dealing with Guardianships and Conservatorships

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time: 12:00pm -
Location: The Palmetto Club
Speaker: Judge Amy W. McCulloch
Bio for Judge Amy W. McCulloch

Judge Amy McCulloch grew up in Columbia, South Carolina graduating from Dreher High School in 1983 and the University of South Carolina in 1987.  She graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1990 and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar the same year.
She clerked for Judge Tom Ervin, State Circuit Judge and Judge William Catoe, Federal Magistrate.  She became an Assistant Solicitor for Richland County in 1991 and remained there until December of 1996.  She was in private practice with her husband, Joe McCulloch from 1996 to 1998.  During this time she was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina, College of Criminal Justice and Midlands Technical College, Paralegal Program teaching courses in business law, civil law, criminal law, and ethics.  
She was elected as the Richland County Probate Judge in November of 1998 and was sworn-in in January of 1999.  She has focused on improving accessibility to estate documents, forms and procedures through the Probate Court website.  She provides quarterly training on estate planning and estate administration for the public. 
In 2003, she, with the assistance of many others in our community, began the Adult Mental Health Court to divert those in need from incarceration to treatment.  This was extended to a Juvenile Mental Health Court in 2014.
She served as President of the South Carolina Association of Probate Judges from October of 2003 through 2004.  She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Counties serving on the Legislative Committee and the National College of Probate Judges, serving on the Executive Board.  She serves on the South Carolina Bar Vulnerable Adult Task Force which is looking for solutions for their planning and protection needs.
She is an instructor for the South Carolina Court Administration, Mandatory School for new Probate Judges and the South Carolina Bar Bridge the Gap mandatory sessions for new lawyers. She serves on the Board for Midlands Technical College Legal Division. She is the Chair for the Probate Judges’ Advisory Committee for South Carolina Court Administration and she is the Co-Chair of Partners in Crisis, advocating for appropriate treatment for the mentally ill. 

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