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Keeping It All Together: Today's Family Law Paralegal CPE, Part II

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.

9:30        Break

9:40         Arbitrations

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.

10:35       Break

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.

11:40       Break

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.

2:10         Break

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.

3:15         Break

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.

4:45         Adjourn

*Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit


Description

This CPE is for all paralegals, regardless of their level of family law experience. New and seasoned paralegals can benefit from this program as we discuss depositions, arbitrations, using OurFamilyWizard, NC Child Support Guidelines, defining the modern family and termination of parental rights.

Contributors

  • Jennifer M. Gaff

    Jennifer M. Gaff, Raleigh Law Center, Raleigh

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  • Nancy L. Grace

    Nancy L. Grace is a principal of Wake Family Law Group. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a DRC certified Family Financial Mediator.

    Ms. Grace received a B. A. degree in Spanish in 1982 and a Master's Degree in Teaching in 1986 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught Spanish at North Carolina State University prior to attending law school. In 1996, Ms. Grace received a J.D. with Honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law and then served as law clerk to the Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr. of the North Carolina Court of Appeals prior to entering private practice.

    Ms. Grace is a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (now North Carolina Advocates for Justice). She is the Immediate Past President of the Tenth Judicial District Bar and has previously served as President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ms. Grace has a long history of serving on committees and in leadership positions in professional organizations relating to family law and is a frequent speaker at or course planner for family law CLE programs.

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  • Evonne S. Hopkins

    Evonne S. Hopkins, Raleigh Law Center Family Law, Raleigh

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  • Patricia Kelly

    Patricia Kelly, Vitale Family Law, Raleigh

  • Danielle E. Kestnbaum

    Danielle E. Kestnbaum, OurFamilyWizard, Raleigh

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  • Andrea J. "Andi" McCullen

    Andrea J. "Andi" McCullen, Vitale Family Law, Raleigh

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  • Brian P. Oten

    Brian P. Oten is the director for ethics and special programs at the North Carolina State Bar. He joined the State Bar's Office of Counsel in 2007 as deputy counsel and moved to his current role in 2018 where he serves as chief ethics counsel and director for the boards of legal specialization and paralegal certification.

    Mr. Oten earned his B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and his J.D. from the UNC School of Law in 2005.

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  • Peggy Pardue

    Peggy Pardue, Hampson Family Law, Raleigh

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  • Kathleen M. Putiri

    Kathleen M. Putiri, KP Law Center, Raleigh

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  • Kristin H. Ruth

    Kristin H. Ruth, Smith Debnam, Raleigh

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  • Dana W. Satterfield

    Dana W. Satterfield, Wake Family Law Group, Raleigh

  • Jennifer S. "Jen" Tharrington

    Jennifer S. "Jen" Tharrington received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar Association, and the LGBT Family Law Institute. Jennifer is the chairperson of the Modern Family Committee of the Family Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and is a voting member of the Family Law Council of the North Carolina Bar Association. Jennifer is also a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). 

    Jennifer currently works exclusively with clients growing their families through assisted reproduction, adoption, and surrogacy. Jennifer is an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) fellow of the prestigious Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA), one of only four attorneys in North Carolina with such a distinction.

    In her Reproductive Law practice, Jennifer has been a pioneer in the state of North Carolina in protecting the rights of intended parents, donors, and surrogates. Jennifer works closely with many local and national IVF clinics and surrogacy agencies to assist couples who are growing their families with the assistance of an egg donor, sperm donor, embryo donor, and/or surrogate. She as given numerous presentations and lectures on Reproductive Law throughout the state and has taught on assisted reproductive technology law at law schools and medical schools throughout the region.

    Jennifer is also a firm believer in equal rights and respect for all families. Jennifer has served the LGBT community since she was a law student, and she believes that every family deserves acknowledgment, protection, and respect regardless of how that family is formed or defined.

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March 19, 2021
Fri 8:30 AM EDT

Duration 7H 55M

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