8:30 Welcome and Introductions
8:35 All About Depositions
Evonne S. Hopkins, Raleigh Law Center Family Law, Raleigh
Jennifer M. Gaff, Raleigh Law Center, Raleigh
This session explores Rule 30 and Rule 32 of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. Learn about depositions upon oral examination including when depositions can be taken, notice of examination requirements, examination and cross-examinations, objections, and de bene esse depositions. This session also discusses how to prepare your attorney and client for a deposition.
Nancy L. Grace, Wake Family Law Group, Raleigh
With the courts backlogged from the effects of COVID-related restrictions and closures, litigants are turning more often to arbitration to resolve their cases. This presentation reviews the NC Family Law Arbitration Act, provides helpful forms and tips for a successful arbitration.
10:45 Utilizing OurFamilyWizard: Streamline and Improve Co-parent Communication and Simplify Case Management
Danielle E. Kestnbaum, OurFamilyWizard, Raleigh
Through communication technology with OurFamilyWizard, simplify and strengthen communication between your clients and their respective co-parents. Learn how to connect to clients on OurFamilyWizard and how to generate reports of communications.
11:50 NC Child Support Guidelines: It's "Never Enough!" or It's Always "Too Much!"
Kristin H. Ruth, Smith Debnam, Raleigh
This session provides an overview of the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines and cases outside the guidelines. Learn about gathering financial information and determining income, how and where to file for child support, enforcement and modification of child support orders.
12:45 Lunch Break
1:15 Family Law 2.0: The Future Is Already Here (Legal Issues in Constructing and Defining the Modern Family)
Jennifer S. Tharrington, Village Law Group, Chapel Hill
It is important to understand the changing composition of the American family. Assisted reproductive technology, defining and re-defining parentage, and how the legalization of same-sex marriage has impacted family law are just a few of the topics at hand. This session provides information on the current omissions and deficiencies in North Carolina law with regard to the construction and definition of the modern family.
2:20 Everything You Need to Know About Termination Proceedings
Kathleen M. Putiri, KP Law Center, Raleigh
This session provides an overview of the statutes for understanding the parental rights termination process. In addition, learn best practices to streamline information-gathering from the client, get tips for creating a case checklist to make sure nothing unexpectedly causes delay, and discuss ways to be prepared for pre-trial and trial.
3:25 Overview of the North Carolina State Bar (and Why It Matters to Paralegals!)*
Brian P. Oten, North Carolina State Bar, Raleigh
This session provides information on the structure and purpose of North Carolina State Bar, including resources available to both lawyers and paralegals through the State Bar. Hear about the importance of paralegals and the role they play in self-regulation of the legal profession, including common ethical pitfalls and how to avoid them.
*Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit