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Day 2 | Practical Magic (2020 Essentials of Family Law)

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Child Custody

Seth A. Glazer, Godley Glazer & Funk PLLC, Mooresville

Discuss the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and burdens of proof for parent-parent custody. Hear practice tips for drafting child custody orders and explore grandparent custody and visitation.

10:00      Break

10:10      Equitable Distribution

Lee C. Hawley, Roberson Haworth & Reese PLLC, High Point

Walk through equitable distribution orders and judgments, including distributional factors, presumptions, burdens of proof, classification, expert valuations, and discovery and valuation issues. Examine in-kind distributions versus distributive awards and the use of N.C.G.S. § 50-20(i) and 50-20(i1).

11:10      Break

11:20      Evidentiary Foundations and Objections

Alicia D. Jurney, Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers LLP, Raleigh

Review exhibit selection and preparation and its uses in trials versus depositions. Learn how and when to make objections and how to defend them, how to use and present illustrative or summary exhibits, and how to introduce financial and electronic exhibits, photographs and more.

12:20      Lunch Break

12:50      Alienation of Affection and Criminal Conversation Claims

Kimberly W. Bryan, Parker Bryan Family Law, Raleigh
Stephanie T. Jenkins, Parker Bryan Family Law, Raleigh

Explore the elements of alienation of affection and criminal conversation claims, applicable statutes of limitations, defenses, malice and strict liability, and burdens of proof. Analyze jurisdictional issues and constitutional concerns and discuss proving and defending damages.

1:50        Break

2:00        Appellate Issues

Rebecca K. Watts, Collins Law Group, Charlotte

Delve into the practice and procedure for appeals, including the time for appeal, interlocutory appeals, making and preserving the record, the oral argument, and online resources available.

3:00        Break

3:10        Ethics/Professionalism*

Jacob C. Ehrmann, Montford Family Law, Asheville

Hear about the ethical and practical guidelines for working with the court, clients and colleagues, advising your client and managing their expectations. Review courtroom decorum, working with pro se parties, fee agreements and avoiding a grievance.

4:10        Adjourn

*Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit

Thank you

Thank you for joining us for Practical Magic (2020 Essentials of Family Law)!


  • 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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  • Kimberly W. Bryan

    Kimberly W. Bryan is a partner with Parker Bryan Family Law in Raleigh, NC. She has been practicing family law since graduating from law school. Kimberly has been named in The Best Lawyers in America U.S. News-Best Lawyers; North Carolina Super Lawyers Super Lawyers; North Carolina Legal Elite Hall of Fame, as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in North Carolina and one of the Top 25 Lawyers in Raleigh.

    Kimberly can help resolve your family law matters through preventative measures like mediation, settlement conference or other alternatives to litigation; if necessary, she will zealously be on your side in a courtroom.

    Kimberly is a Fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been certified by the AAML as a Family Law Arbitrator. She is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Family Law Specialist, and she is a DRC Certified Mediator as well as a certified Parent Coordinator. Kimberly is the Managing Editor of the publication "Critical Family Law Cases" a book published by the N.C. Bar Association. She regularly serves the Family Law Bar as a speaker and course planner for various continuing legal education programs and have contributed articles to legal publications.

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  • Jacob C. Ehrmann

    Jacob C. Ehrmann is the founding attorney at Montford Family Law in Asheville, NC. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with honors in Public Policy Analysis with an emphasis on race and gender issues. He then received his J.D. from the UNC School of Law in 1999. In 2000, Jacob began his legal career at Pisgah Legal Services, where he primarily represented victims of domestic violence.

    Jacob has been in private practice since 2004 and is a NC Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. He is also a Certified Mediator for Family Financial Cases. He is active in the North Carolina Bar Association. With caring and experience, Jacob assists clients in the Asheville area with all aspects of the divorce process including separation agreements, child custody and child support, alimony, and property division.

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  • Seth A. Glazer

    Seth A. Glazer is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist and partner at Godley Glazer & Funk PLLC in Mooresville, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006 with a B.A. in Economics, B.A. in Political Science, and received his JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2010. 

    Since graduating, Seth’s practice has been almost exclusively focused on family law matters including child custody, divorce, equitable distribution, complex financial matters, and postseparation support and alimony. He is admitted to practice in North Carolina and the Federal District Court, Western District of North Carolina. Seth is also a member of the North Carolina State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Mecklenburg County Bar Association.

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  • Lee C. Hawley

    Lee C. Hawley is a member/manager with Roberson Haworth & Reese PLLC in High Point. He practices exclusively in the area of family law.

    In 2013 Lee was recognized as a family law specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is a former member of the North Carolina Bar Association's Family Law Council. He has presented at numerous continuing education seminars throughout North Carolina on a variety of family law issues.

    Lee earned his B.A. from Elon University and his J.D. from Florida State University.

    When not practicing law, Lee enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons.

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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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  • Stephanie T. Jenkins

    Stephanie T. Jenkins is a partner at Parker Bryan Family Law in Raleigh, having joined the firm in 2020. Prior to joining Parker Bryan, she practiced family law for more than twenty years, mostly in Raleigh. Stephanie was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1992. She received her B.A. from Davidson College and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina.

    Stephanie is a member of the North Carolina Bar, the Wake County Bar, the Tenth Judicial District Bar, and the American Bar Association. She has practiced in District and Superior Courts, mainly in Raleigh and Durham, though she has also had cases as far east as Brunswick and New Hanover counties. She is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. She, along with Carole Gailor, presented at the 2010 "Isn't There A Case About That? 50 Critical Family Law Cases to Know" on the issue of equitable distribution.

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  • Alicia D. Jurney

    Alicia D. Jurney is a partner at Smith Debnam and is a North Carolina Board Certified Family Law Specialist in the firm's family law practice group. She represents clients in child custody, child support, domestic violence, equitable distribution, and alimony matters. Her experience with domestic actions includes handling related complex civil litigation matters, such as tortious interference with child custody, alienation of affections, criminal conversation, and interstate child abduction. Her practice encompasses all levels of jurisdiction within North Carolina, including jury trial experience and appeals to both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

    Alicia received her B.A. with honors in Political Science from Wake Forest University and her J.D. cum laude from Campbell University School of Law. She has been recognized by her fellow lawyers as a Rising Star through North Carolina Super Lawyers® and is also listed as a Best Lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America©.

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  • Rebecca K. Watts

    Rebecca K. "Becky" Watts is an attorney with Collins Family Law Group in Charlotte and Monroe, where she is the head of the appellate practice group. Becky graduated from law school at the University of North Carolina in 1998, and then began her family law practice in the Raleigh/ Durham/ Chapel Hill area. Upon making the decision that she would practice exclusively in the area of family law, Becky became certified as a Family Law Specialist in 2005. Becky relocated to Charlotte in 2006 and around that time she began to represent clients in family law appeals. Becky’s practice now consists almost entirely of family law appeals and she has handled approximately 50 cases in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and North Carolina Supreme Court, dealing with issues such as custody, child support, equitable distribution, enforcement of separation agreements, annulments, domestic violence, and contempt.

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November 6, 2020
Fri 8:55 AM EST

Duration 7H 15M

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