Meet The Team
Your Summerville Divorce & Family Law Firm
Caroline Chavez, Esq.
Carolyn Bone, Esq.
Family Court Mediator
Attorney/Mediator Carolyn Bone, Esq.
A Summerville, South Carolina native, family law attorney Carolyn Bone has long been an advocate for children and families and has pursued a career path that includes compassionate service. She received her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2008. Prior to law school, Ms. Bone graduated summa cum laude from Converse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in English and Psychology.
While in law school, Ms. Bone was the President of Women in Law and the Business Editor of the nationally-distributed Journal of Law and Education. She was also awarded a Barton Clinic Child Law grant by Emory University, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (South Carolina chapter) Harvey L. Golden Award for Special Interest in Family Law, and the University of South Carolina School of Law's Susan McCrary scholarship award.
Before opening The Law Office of Carolyn M. Bone, LLC in 2014, Ms. Bone was an associate with the Columbia, South Carolina-based Parise Law Firm, P.A., where her practice focused entirely on family law issues. She also served as a volunteer and trainer of new Guardians ad Litem with Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which represents the interests of abused and neglected children in South Carolina Department of Social Services proceedings. From 2012-2015, Ms. Bone held the position of adjunct professor of Business Law I & II, Employment Law, and Healthcare Law and served as the Coordinator of Legal Courses at Charleston Southern University in the College of Adult and Professional Studies.
A former Dorchester School District II English teacher, Ms. Bone continues to represent the interests of South Carolina's children through service to the legal community. Ms. Bone served as the President of the Dorchester County Bar Association (2018), Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee (2015), and Secretary of the association (2016 and 2017). She is an active member of the Charleston County Bar Association, as well as the Family Court Section of the South Carolina Bar. She is an appointed member of the Dorchester County Family Court Liaison Committee (2018), serving as a bridge between local Family Court judges and family law practitioners to improve the practice of family law in our area. In 2018, she was elected as a General Council Member of the South Carolina Bar Family Law Section, which monitors and drafts Family Court legislation, conducts continuing legal education seminars, and publishes materials for Family Court attorneys in South Carolina.
In 2015, Ms. Bone successfully completed the American Bar Association/National Institute for Trial Advocacy Family Law Program, an eight-day intensive trial skills program in Boulder, Colorado. This program features nationally-recognized faculty and refines the skills and techniques used in contested divorce proceedings, including examination of child custody and financial experts.
Ms. Bone became a certified Family Court Mediator in 2017. She is a board member of the Mediation and Meeting Center of Charleston, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which provides a variety of mediation services to the Lowcountry.
Of Counsel Attorney Caroline Chavez, Esq.
Caroline Chavez, Esq. joined the firm in July 2018, after first earning her Bachelor of Business Administration at George Washington University and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law (2017). At USC, Caroline completed the Children's Law Concentration program, which focuses on family law, juvenile justice, education law, and child protection and welfare. She graduated in the top 10% of her law school class and was recognized as a member of the Order of the Wig and Robe for her outstanding scholastic record. Caroline began her career at Kennedys CMK Law Firm in New York, a multinational insurance firm, before transitioning into family law. In August 2019, Caroline transitioned to an "of counsel" contract position, where she is able to continue to serve clients remotely.
Paralegal Haley Wadford
Paralegal Haley Wadford graduated from Trident Technical College with a degree in Paralegal Studies in May 2015. She joined the firm in January 2015 after first serving as an intern, and is an invaluable and experienced member of our team.
EDUCATION & ASSOCIATIONS
Carolyn M. Bone
Juris Doctor, University of South Carolina
School of Law (2008)
B.A., Converse College
Summa Cum Laude, 2005
English and Psychology Double Major
Secretary (2016, 2017)
Dorchester County Bar Association
Family Law Section Council Member (2018-2021 term)
Dorchester County Family Court Liaison Committee (2018-present)
Mediator/Board Member, Mediation and Meeting Center of Charleston (2018-present)
Member, Charleston County Bar Association
Admitted to SC Bar 2008