Charleston Cooperative Family Law Association is a welcoming organization, committed to seeking new membership and expanding the scope of the cooperative law ethos.  Having said that, the organizers have determined that some obligations of membership should be in place to ensure that members are committed to maintaining the CCFLA mission.  Therefore, the following is required of all members and prospective members:

  • Be a member in good standing of the South Carolina Bar;
  • Within six months of joining, be a certified family court mediator; have conducted at least twenty-five family court mediations; or have been formally trained in Collaborative or Cooperative Law; have an identified CCFLA member who has agreed to serve as a mentor for cooperative cases.
  • Have spent at least five years practicing law, at least three of which were primarily in the area of family law.

How do I become a member?

Email Mary J. Murray, chair of our membership committee, at

Are there any costs involved?

Yes, we maintain a website and have other modest administrative costs that are funded by our members.  The annual membership dues are $250.00 per year, non-refundable, due at the time membership is accepted. 

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Why should I join?

We are a group of experienced practitioners committed to practicing law with vigorous advocacy, but also, and very importantly, with courtesy and cooperation.  We do this because we have seen that this serves our client’s best interests.   It takes stress out of their lives, allows them to devote more time to their children and careers, and of course saves them litigation fees and costs.  That in and of itself is satisfying to an attorney.  But the benefits to practitioners is more direct.  How many times has contentious litigation disrupted your office, derailed you from assisting other clients, and caused your stress levels to skyrocket?  How many times has the client run out of funds in a contested case, so that you end up at trial, too late to be relieved?  The most important element of cooperative law is the benefit it can provide for clients.  But there is no denying that it can make for a more positive experience for lawyers as well.

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Are you an attorney practicing in the Charleston area and experienced in family law?

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