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Day 1 | Practical Magic (2020 Essentials of Family Law)

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Contempt

Cheryl D. Howell, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill

Review recent appellate decisions, attorney’s fees, and the differences between civil and criminal contempt. Learn about purposes, procedures, burdens of proof, and purge conditions and sentences.

10:00      Break

10:10      Civil Procedure and Discovery

Katherine H. "Katie" King, Wake Family Law Group, Raleigh

Discuss key components of civil procedure and discovery, including service of process, jurisdictional requirements, standing and intervention, pleadings, and Rule 8. Examine North Carolina subpoenas, out-of-state subpoenas, discovery requests and objections.

11:10      Break

11:20      Postseparation Support and Alimony

Susan S. Simos, Kurtz Evans Whitley Guy & Simos PLLC, Winston-Salem

Hear about the ins and outs of postseparation support and alimony, including entitlement and marital misconduct, proving dependency on the supporting spouse, showing reasonable needs and ability to pay, method of payment and enforcement, and modification or termination.

12:20      Lunch Break

12:50      Child Support

Anna Warburton Munroe, Allman Spry Davis Leggett & Crumpler, Winston-Salem

Explore the application of NC Child Support Guidelines, and when and how to deviate from those guidelines. Discuss best practices for drafting child support orders, strategies for enforcing the orders, the imputation of income and showing bad faith, and the establishment, modification and termination of child support.

1:50        Break

2:00        Domestic Violence

Andrea Bosquez, Bosquez Porter Family Law, Raleigh

Review the definition of domestic violence and its components, including a personal relationship, subjective fear, harassment and substantial emotional distress. Learn about the types of relief available, expiration and renewal, and enforcement and violations, as well as the differences between Chapter 50B — including temporary custody — and Chapter 50C.

3:00        Break

3:10        Technology‡

Ronald D. "Ron" Payne II, Apple Payne Law PLLC, Kernersville

Dive into the paperless law firm and the basics of paperless law in the courtroom. Compare and contrast the use of on-site versus cloud-based providers for storing law firm files, client documentation and evidence. Discuss presentation tools and security and ethical concerns.

4:10        Adjourn

‡Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit


Unlocking the magic of family law begins with a thorough understanding of the basics.


  • Andrea M. Bosquez-Porter

    Andrea M. Bosquez-Porter is with Bosquez Porter Famiy Law in Raleigh. Her primary areas of practice are family law and divorce. Ms. Bosquez-Porter is an active volunteer in her community, served as a Site Coordinator for the North Carolina Bar Association's 4All Statewide Service Day since 2010. She Ms. Bosquez-Porter uses her fluency in Spanish to help Legal Aid of North Carolina's Project Together where she represents Spanish-speaking clients in complex restraining order cases. She also serves as a supervising attorney for the Campbell Law School Domestic Violence Advocacy Project. She serves on the North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section Council, and is a member of the Wake County Bar Association. Ms. Bosquez-Porter also serves on the Wake County Bar Association's Public Service Committee.

    Ms. Bosquez-Porter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College; a Master of Business Administration degree from Brandeis University and in 2009 graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and in Wisconsin.

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  • Amy L. Britt

    Amy L. Britt, Parker Bryan Family Law, Raleigh

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  • Cheryl D. Howell

    Cheryl D. Howell is an Albert Coates Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government at the School of Government, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her areas of work include judicial education, court structure and procedure, family law, domestic violence, and civil procedure. Before joining the Institute of Government in 1992, Cheryl practiced law for 5 years in Winston-Salem and Fayetteville, North Carolina. At the School of Government, Cheryl teaches, consults and writes about family law and other issues, and she works with the North Carolina Association of District Court Judges and the North Carolina Judicial College in planning and coordinating judicial branch education programs. Her publications include articles and bulletins relating to family law and family court, as well as the Trial Judges’ Bench Book, District Court edition.

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  • Elizabeth J. James

    Elizabeth J. James, Offit Kurman, Charlotte

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  • Katherine H. "Katie" King

    Katherine H. "Katie" King, Wake Family Law Group, Raleigh

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  • Anna Warburton Munroe

    Anna Warburton Munroe is a shareholder with Allman Spry Davis Leggett & Crumpler, P.A., in Winston-Salem. She is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist and focuses her practice on all aspects of family law. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Family Law Council, and the Forsyth County Bar Association. She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star each year since 2015 and a Best Lawyer in America in 2018 and 2019.

    She received her B.A. from Wake Forest University in 2003 and J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2009. Since being admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 2009, she has practiced solely in the area of family law.

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  • Ronald D. "Ron" Payne II

    Ronald D. "Ron" Payne II, Apple Payne Law PLLC, Kernersville

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  • Susan Sullivan Simos

    Susan Sullivan Simos is a partner with the firm of Kurtz Evans Whitley Guy & Simos, PLLC, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mrs. Simos earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance from Boston University and graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2011.

    Susan is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in the area of Family Law and devotes her practice solely to assisting people in domestic matters. Ms. Simos has presented at continuing education seminars on the issues of equitable distribution and discovery. She also served as editor of the "Federal Taxation" chapter of the North Carolina Family Law Marital Claims book in 2015.

    Susan lives in Winston-Salem with her husband, step-daughter and three dogs.

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November 5, 2020
Thu 8:55 AM EST

Duration 7H 15M

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