In the News

April 29, 2018 – Stephanie M. Brinkley will be a guest speaker at The Donor Egg Meeting 2018 in Isle of Palms, S.C. “The symposium will focus on the technology of oocyte donation and third party reproduction in assisted reproductive technology. A nationally recognized faculty will address the needs of reproductive endocrinologists, fellows, residents, laboratory professionals, nurses and mental health professionals in this rapidly expanding segment of in-vitro fertilization.” Ms. Brinkley will illuminate “The Legal Challenges of Gestational Carriers.” For more information on the annual conference visit

March 15, 2018 – Stephanie M. Brinkley presents to members of the Family Law Section of the Georgia State Bar “Why it pays to be an ART-ful Attorney (or at least know one).” Ms. Brinkley will be discussing the intersection between family law and assisted reproduction technology law, highlighting best practices for representing modern day families.

Developing a Successful Assisted Reproduction Technology Law PracticeJune 15, 2017 – Attorneys Stephanie M. Brinkley and Richard B. Vaughn co-author the newly released book “Developing a Successful Assisted Reproduction Technology Law Practice.”  Learn to navigate the complicated legal world of assisted reproduction and best represent your clients.  Chapter titles include topics  such as “Marketing Know How,” “Getting Your Foot in the Door,” and “The ART of Drafting.”  The American Bar Association publication can be accessed on their online store website.

May 3, 2017 – Attorney Maggie M. Ramsey will present at the ABA Family Law Conference in Savannah, Georgia, lending her knowledge and experience regarding “Service and Jurisdictional Considerations in Military Domestic Cases.” In accordance with the ABA’s promotional materials, “This presentation addresses how to locate and serve Servicemembers on military installations in the United States and overseas. This presentation will also address the Hague Convention on international service and the varying types of jurisdiction required in military domestic cases. . .” For more information about the conference, visit the ABA Events Calendar.

May 5, 2017 – Stephanie M. Brinkley, 2nd Vice Chair for the ABA’s Assisted Reproduction Technology Division (ART), will speak at the May 2017 ABA Spring Conference in Savannah, Georgia regarding surrogacy and parentage in South Carolina. She joins a panel of fellow Southern ART practitioners who will present under the title “I Do Declare, Ya’ll Can Do What Down Yonder?” For more information about the conference, visit the ABA  Events Calendar.

January 27, 2016 – AAARTA Fellow Colleen Quinn, ABA ART Committee Chair Richard Vaughn, and Stephanie Brinkley present on “How to Start, Grow and Further Develop a Successful ART Practice” This 90 minute webinar is a MUST attend whether you are an experienced assisted reproductive technology (“ART”) law practitioner or just becoming interested in starting an ART practice. The webinar will offer gems of information for everyone who practices or wants to practice in the field of assisted reproductive technology. The featured panelists have all built their successful ART practices from the ground up and will freely share their pearls of wisdom on how you can do the same!

April 28 – May 1, 2016 – Donor Egg Meeting at Isle of Palms, SC. Attorney Stephanie M. Brinkley will present at the annual event which educates fertility specialists and their staff in the field of assisted reproduction. Ms. Brinkley’s legal presentation title “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You – Legal and Ethical Dilemmas” will illustrate to attendees the unintended chaos that can ensue based on terminology and inadvertent policy and procedures in the medical office.

January 2016 – Attorney Maggie M. Ramsey with the Brinkley Law Firm discusses handling your first divorce with a party who is serving in the military. As attorneys you have to keep in mind that there are several unique issues compared to a civilian divorce, specifically South Carolina and federal laws that will apply. Member of the SC Bar can access this highly informative presentation title “A Primer on Military Divorce Law in SC: Top 10 Things to Know” on the SC Bar’s website.

January 2016 – Stephanie Brinkley and Maggie Ramsey’s presentation titled “Family Building Blocks: the Science, the Law, and the Future” delves into fertility. As science continues to advance past existing laws, the question of how to establish parentage becomes a growing issuing. Fortunately, our existing statutes and prior case law provide a framework within which we can secure the parental rights for South Carolina families created through third party reproduction. SC Bar members can access the presentation on the SC Bar’s website.

January 2016 – Stephanie M. Brinkley has been recognized as a 2016 Honoree for the “Leadership in Law” Award sponsored by the SC Lawyers Weekly magazine for her contributions in the field of Assisted Reproduction Technology Law. Candidates are chosen based upon their leadership qualities and professionalism in their chosen field of law.

May 7, 2015 – Attorney Stephanie M. Brinkley to produce panel session titled “Fragile: Handle with Care! (Importing and Exporting of Gametes, the Hurdles and Ethical Implications)” at the bi-annual ABA Family Law Conference in Carlsbad, California. The esteemed panel includes Dr. Cappy Rothman of Los Angeles, California, Dr. Michael A. Fineman of Westlake Village, California, and Attorney Jennifer Newberger who practices in Washington, D.C.

April 17, 2015 – Attorneys Stephanie M. Brinkley and Jim Fletcher Thompson to present at the 2015 South Carolina Family Court Judges Conference on assisted reproduction and the law. Their topic “Family Building Blocks: the Science, the Law, and the Future” will be presented at the annual conference held this year in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

November 16, 2014 – Brinkley Law Firm, LLC is a contributing sponsor to the Lowcountry Firefighters 2nd Annual “Battle of the Badges” football fundraiser event. Proceeds from this event will benefit the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center in Charleston, South Carolina. To become a fellow business sponsor, please visit the website for more information and contact Firefighter Randy R. Brown at

November 15, 2014 – Brinkley Law Firm, LLC, is a contributing sponsor to the FamilyCorps “Shuckin N Shaggin for a Cause” event on November 15, 2014. Proceeds will be used to provide direct support of the Parent Education and Support Groups operated every Tuesday evening at the Cherokee Annex in North Charleston. For more information and to purchase tickets,

November 11, 2014 – “Caution: Baby Bump Ahead” Attorney Stephanie M. Brinkley of Charleston and Allison Bullard of Lexington discuss the legal and ethical concerns of assisted reproduction in this distance learning video for fellow South Carolina Bar members.

October 18, 2014 – Attorney Stephanie M. Brinkley to produce CLE session entitled “What Comes First, the HIPAA or the Eggs?” at the fall ABA Conference in Stowe, Vermont. “A 4-time egg donor, now with exhausted ovarian reserve, wants her previously donated, frozen eggs back. Intended Recipients of those eggs sue their IVF Clinic and the Storage Facility for disclosing: their identity; the eggs belonging to them; and Donor’s identity. This mock trial explores the issues presented.”

March 12, 2014 – Guest Lecturer Stephanie M. Brinkley will join celebrity divorce attorney, Fred J. Seigel, at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. The pair will present to the Practical Family Law class on “Donors, Daddies, and Legal Dilemma – Advising the Modern Day Family.”

March 9, 2014 – Attorney Stephanie M. Brinkley to participate in The Donor Egg Conference in Charleston, S.C., as a panelist speaking on “Best Practices to Balance Biological vs. Genetic Parental Rights.”

April 8, 2013 – Stephanie M. Brinkley, Esquire speaks to practitioners at the Spring OB/GYN Symposium hosted by the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. Ms. Brinkley addresses family building concerns from a legal perspective and discuss challenges in adoption, assisted reproduction, and third party reproduction.

March 20, 2013 – Stephanie M. Brinkley, Esquire speaks to students at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York regarding the cross-over between family law and assisted reproduction technology (ART) and best practices for assisting prospective clients who have used or are considering using ART to build their families.

March 1, 2013 – Attorney Stephanie Brinkley has been appointed as the ABA liaison to the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA) for the CLE 2013 Fall Midyear Conference Committee to be held in Charleston, South Carolina, November 10 – 12, 2013. “Every ART professional, whether medical, legal, mental health or program coordinator, should attend this conference: The World of Assisted Reproductive Technology – A Global Approach to Family Formation in the United States and Abroad, for cutting edge topics that are sophisticated, thought provoking, and international.” Click here for Agenda and Registration Forms.

October 13, 2012 – ABA Section of Family Law Fall CLE Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Attorney Stephanie M. Brinkley serves as moderator for panel discussion titled “Extraordinary Issues for Extraordinary Kids – A Primer on the Financial Issues When Special Needs Children Are Involved in the Divorce.”

September 12, 2012 – South Carolina Bar – On-demand, online CLE programs
Top 10 Reasons Why Divorce Lawyers Should Know About ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) featuring Attorneys Stephanie M. Brinkley and Natalie P. Bluestein, both of Charleston, South Carolina. This hour long discussion regards the impact of family law upon couples who have engaged in assisted reproduction, ie: custody, probate and adoption. For more information, visit the Legal Span website.

July 19, 2012 – Attorney Stephanie M. Brinkley has been appointed to the Executive Council of the Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) Committee for the American Bar Association. The ART Committee is comprised of national and international practitioners dedicated to legal issues surrounding alternative family formation. The committee “studies and reports on the legal and ethical ramifications of advances in the technology of assisted reproduction, and in the science of genetics, that relate to family law, through CLE programs; publications; development of model legislation; and making of Reports and Recommendations through the Section of Family Law to the ABA; and by these efforts, influence public policy, legislation, and, as amici curiae, court decisions, that impact the individuals and institutions involved, toward the end of promoting progress in, and betterment of, the law, as well as the practice of law.” For more information on assisted reproduction technology, visit the America Bar Association website.

Stephanie Brinkley comments on a local adoption case in the news:

Baby Veronica and the law in question (video)
07.26.13 (WCBD Charleston, SC)

The Savage Report with Andy Savage (video)

Cherokee adoption battle in South Carolina high court

SC Supreme Court to hear American Indian child custody case (WCIV Charleston, SC)

Save Veronica organization delivers petition to lawmakers (WCBD Charleston, SC)

Emotional adoption case may weigh state, fed law