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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

Thank you

Thank you for joining us today for day one of Practical Magic (2020 Essentials of Family Law). We'll see you tomorrow.


  • Andrea Bosquez-Porter

    Andrea Bosquez-Porter is with Bosquez Porter Family Law in Raleigh. Her primary areas of practice are family law and divorce. Andrea 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. Andrea 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. Andrea also serves on the Wake County Bar Association's Public Service Committee.

    Andrea 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 is a partner with Parker Bryan Family Law in Raleigh, NC. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2005. Amy is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, a Certified Family Financial Mediator and a Certified Parenting Coordinator. She is currently a member of the NCBA Family Law Section Council, Chair of the CLE Committee and past Chair of the History of Family Law Committee. Amy has authored and presented on a variety of family law topics. She has been named by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine, Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite and Best Lawyers in America.

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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 is a principal at Offit Kurman in Charlotte. She is a certified Family Law Specialist and is certified by the Cooperative Parenting Institute as a Parent Coordinator. Ms. James has presented the case law update at the Family Law Annual Meeting on several occasions and has done the family law case law update for other CLE events. She has been included in Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2013-2019, as well as listed in the Best Lawyers in America in 2013-2019. Ms. James serves on the Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors, the Mecklenburg Family Law Committee Chair, and formerly served on the Mecklenburg County Pro Bono Committee. Ms. James is also admitted to practice in the Western District of North Carolina, and in the State of South Carolina. She earned her BA from the University of Tennessee in 2002 and her JD degree from the University of South Carolina in 2005. 

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  • Katie Hardersen King

    Katie Hardersen King is a partner at Wake Family Law Group (Schilawski O'Shaughnessy Grace King & Mauney, PLLC) in Raleigh. She has been a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist since 2007, a Certified Parenting Coordinator since 2008, and is a Certified Family Financial Mediator.

    Katie received her B.A. in English and Political Studies from Meredith College in 1999 and her J.D. from Campbell University School of Law in 2002. She is the current Vice Chair of the NCBA Family Law Section and has previously served as the Section's Secretary (for almost 10 years) and as a Council Member.

    Outside of lawyering, mediating, and parenting coordinating, Katie enjoys rescue kittens, fast cars, craft beer, and cheering for the Wolfpack. She usually enjoys her husband and kids too.

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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 is an experienced family law attorney and serves as the managing attorney at Apple Payne Law, PLLC. In addition to family law, Mr. Payne handles estate planning, and small business advising. He serves as the firm’s IT guru, and coordinates all aspects of the firm’s cutting edge technology plan for their 3 attorneys and 3 support staff, including deploying hardware upgrades and utilizing Clio, Dropbox, Slack and other local and cloud-based platforms to help deliver a high tech experience to his team and clients. He frequently consults with other attorneys on their technology needs and setups and has consulted about practice management software companies in the legal industry.

    Mr. Payne has been named as a NC Lawyer’s Weekly Rising Star (2019) and Super Lawyer’s Rising Star (2017-2020), Top Family Law Attorneys under 40 (2015-2017) as well as recently receiving a Client’s Choice Award from Avvo. When not working at the law firm, Mr. Payne enjoys serving as his son’s Cubmaster for scouts and spending time with his wife Jennifer, a band director, sons Aiden & Aaron, and their cats Rory & Belle. The family enjoys camping, scouting and travel. His favorite place to be is spending time with his family at a campsite in the woods, a cabin in the mountains or a nice retreat to the beach.

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  • Susan Sullivan Simos

    Susan Sullivan Simos is a partner with the firm of Kurtz Whitley Guy & Simos PLLC in Winston-Salem. She 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.

    Susan has presented at continuing education seminars on the issues of equitable distribution, alimony, child support, taxes, and discovery. She also served as editor of the "Federal Taxation" chapter of the North Carolina Family Law Marital Claims book in 2015 and 2020.

    Susan 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.

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November 5, 2020
Thu 8:55 AM EST

Duration 7H 15M

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