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Long Time, No See: Lessons From the Pandemic (2022 Family Law Section Spring Program)

During our time apart, we've all had to adapt to change and overcome challenges presented by the pandemic, both personally and professionally. But we've also learned valuable lessons along the way.

Hear about some of the ways the pandemic has impacted the practice of family law — including the good, the bad and the ugly — and gain effective strategies, tips and techniques to assist you in your practice. Experienced family law practitioners, NC District Court judges and mental health professionals share valuable insight on pursuing civil and criminal contempt in child custody and support cases, working with high-conflict families through virtual therapy, utilizing technology (and troubleshooting the technical difficulties that may arise), and understanding forensic evaluation reports in child custody.

During this program, we also examine key cases from the past year that have impacted child custody and support, contempt, domestic violence, equitable distribution, post-separation support and alimony, marital agreements, and attorney's fees.


  • Reunification Therapy
  • Contempt and Custody/Child Support
  • Family Law Case Law Update: Part 1
  • Custody Forensic Reports
  • Utilizing Technology in Negotiation, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law Case Law Update: Part 2
  • Lessons From the Pandemic as Applied to the Practice of Family Law

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 (Original Live Webcast Date: April 29-30, 2022)
8:55 AM–4:35 PM

Click here to view the full program agenda.


  • Judge Ward Douglass Scott, North Carolina District Court, Asheville
  • Judge David E. Sipprell, North Carolina District Court, Winston-Salem
  • Judge Teresa Harper Vincent, North Carolina District Court, Greensboro
  • Lee Melvin Cecil, Cecil Family Law, High Point
  • Anastasia Elizabeth Cowan, Arnold & Smith PLLC, Charlotte
  • Maria Curran, Ph.D., Center for Creativity and Healing, Charlotte
  • Kelley Gondring, Gondring Law PLLC, Winston-Salem
  • Nancy L. Grace, Wake Family Law Group, Raleigh
  • Lee Claiborne Hawley, Roberson Haworth & Reese PLLC, High Point
  • Elizabeth Johnstone "Libby" James, Offit Kurman PA, Charlotte
  • Sean B. Knuth, Ph.D., SBKPhD Forensic Psychology, Charlotte
  • Arlene M. Zipp, Roberson Haworth & Reese PLLC, High Point

NCBA Family Law Section

  • K. Mitchell Kelling, Offit Kurman PA, Charlotte (Planner)
  • Susan S. Simos, Kurtz Whitley Guy & Simos PLLC, Winston-Salem (Planner)
  • Arlene M. Zipp, Roberson Haworth & Reese PLLC, High Point (Planner)

North Carolina: 6.50 MCLE Hours

1.00 Technology Training
Qualifies for NC State Bar Family Law Specialization


See pricing below. Discounts may be available for NCBA members who are students, law professors, judges or legal services/public interest attorneys. Call CLE at 919.677.0561 for details.