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Evidentiary Issues: The Digital Family World (2023 Family Law Section Spring Program)

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023

8:25        Registration and Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by CRI

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Uncovering Hidden Data in Family Law Cases

Michael C. Maschke, Sensei Enterprises Inc., Fairfax, VA

10:00      Break

10:10      The Intersection of Co-Parenting and Domestic Violence

Steven Bradley, OurFamilyWizard, Dallas, TX

Gain insight into how offenders use technology to locate confidential shelters, how spoofed communication can have impacts in court and recording and utilizing all communication in high conflict cases.

11:10      Break

11:20      Digital Fatigue

Warren T. Savage, Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of NC, Cary

Family law by its nature creates stressful situations for all involved. Layed on top of the never-ending stream of emails, social media posts, twitter news feeds and other digital media any sane person would be overwhelmed. Learn strategies on how to stem the tide of this flood to stay mentally healthy!

12:20      CLE Adjourn for the day

Family Law Section Annual Meeting + Presentation of Distinguished Service Award

Ketan P. Soni, SoniBrendle PLLC, Charlotte, 2022-2023 Section Chair, presiding

1:00        Annual Meeting Social

Uptown Social, 587 King Street, Charleston, SC | 1:00–3:00 PM

All Family Law Section members are invited to join us on the rooftop of Uptown Social for a lunchtime gathering with free drinks and hors d'oeuvres!

Sponsored by Sagewell Financial


8:25        Continental Breakfast

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Case Law Update With Special Panel Discussion: Part 1

Lee C. Hawley, Roberson Haworth & Reese PLLC, High Point
Elizabeth J. "Libby" James, Offit Kurman, Charlotte
Rebecca K. Watts, Collins Family Law Group, Monroe

This panel tackles case law updates and evidence in a distinct manner —specific cases over the past year are chosen and analyzed from three perspectives. The first hour discusses new and important case updates.

10:00      Break

10:10      Case Law Update With Special Panel Discussion: Part 2

Lee C. Hawley, Roberson Haworth & Reese PLLC, High Point
Elizabeth J. "Libby" James, Offit Kurman, Charlotte
Rebecca K. Watts, Collins Family Law Group, Monroe

In this second hour, the panelists delve into the identification of evidentiary issues that relate in some fashion to the digital age.

11:10      Break

11:20      Case Law Update With Special Panel Discussion: Part 3

Lee C. Hawley, Roberson Haworth & Reese PLLC, High Point
Elizabeth J. "Libby" James, Offit Kurman, Charlotte
Rebecca K. Watts, Collins Family Law Group, Monroe

In the last hour, hear a "through-the-looking-glass" discussion of strategy and application in future cases.

12:20      CLE Adjourn

† Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit
‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit


Sting had it mostly right: we are spirits in a digital world. The expansion of access to information over the past 20 years has led to an expansion of the evidence family lawyers can use for and against parties and families enduring divorce proceedings.


  • Steven Bradley

    Steven Bradley is a Safety and Technology Expert with OurFamilyWizard in Dallas, TX.

    With an extensive law enforcement career focusing on investigating crimes against persons, specializing in sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence, and crimes against the elderly, Steven was recruited by the FBI to start a task force that would investigate technology and cyber-related crimes. After returning from the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, he began combating many types of technology crimes including child pornography, cyberstalking, financial exploitation, and apprehending child predators.

    Later in his career, Steven began working with State Coalitions, and local domestic violence/sexual assault centers on bridging the gaps between law enforcement and community partners to better support survivors and victims. It was there that Steven led many group discussions and trainings on proper investigative techniques and working together for offender accountability.

    Now as part of the OurFamilyWizard professional team, Steven further promotes the empowerment and healthy communication between separated and divorced parents via technology. Steven is nationally recognized as an expert on law enforcement's response to intimate partner violence, abuse of the elderly, and stalking/cyberstalking.

    As a National Trainer for the past 20 years, Steven is known for his real-world practical education and has provided training throughout the United States and U.S Territories on many related topics.

    Click here for more information about Steven.

  • 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.

    Click here for more information about Lee.

  • Elizabeth J. "Libby" James

    Elizabeth J. "Libby" James is a Partner at Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC in Charlotte. She practices family law with an emphasis on alimony, post-separation support, equitable distribution, separation agreements, premarital agreements, child support, child custody, contempt motions, qualified domestic relations orders, name changes and domestic violence protective orders and appeals.

    Libby is a certified Family Law Specialist and is certified by the Cooperative Parenting Institute as a Parent Coordinator. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors and the American Bar Association. She is the co-author of the Lexis Nexis Practice Guide: North Carolina Family Law. She is also a Fellow of the AAML (American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers) and a Fellow of the IAFL (Internation Academy of Family Lawyers).

    Libby earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in Politics from the University of Tennessee and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina.

    Click here for more information about Libby.

  • Michael C. Maschke

    Michael C. Maschke is CEO/Director of Cybersecurity and Information Technology at Sensei Enterprises Inc. in Fairfax, VA. He has significant experience with network troubleshooting, design and implementation, security, systems integration and computer engineering.

    Prior to his current role, Michael oversaw Sensei's digital forensics and information technology departments, which provided support to over 200 area law firms, legal entities and corporations.

    Michael is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator and a Microsoft Certified Professional. He is an associate member of the American Bar Association and has spoken at the American Bar Association's TECHSHOW conference on the subject of cybersecurity. He is currently an active member of the ABA’s Law Practice Division: Technology Core Group and is on the Fairfax Law Foundation Board of Directors. He is also a member of the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners (ISFCE). He is a 2019 Fastcase 50 award recipient.

    Michael holds a degree in Telecommunications from James Madison University. He is an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE #744), a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and an AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE). He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

    Click here for more information about Michael.

  • Warren T. Savage

    Warren T. Savage is Senior Claims Counsel at Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina in Cary. He focuses on litigation, insurance law, appellate advocacy, criminal matters and professional responsibility in his work with Lawyers Mutual.

    Warren currently serves as NC State Bar Councilor for District 10 and speaks frequently at CLEs around the state about professional responsibility and malpractice claims avoidance.

    Warren graduated from the University of Virginia and earned a M.A. in Teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before graduating, magna cum laude, from Campbell University School of Law. He spent several years as a high school English teacher and junior varsity basketball coach before entering the legal profession.

    Click here for more information about Warren.

  • Ketan P. Soni

    Ketan P. Soni is a partner with Soni Brendle PLLC in Charlotte. Since 2000, Ketan has represented clients in divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child custody, child support, domestic violence, and appeals in Charlotte, Raleigh, and the surrounding areas. Ketan practices divorce law to achieve the best possible result with a "big picture" view of each case. Ketan is also a North Carolina DRC Certified Family Financial and Superior Court Mediator.

    In 2011, Ketan saw the damage the court process inflicted on spouses and parents, and so he opened a mediation practice designed to help spouses create their own resolution without having to go to court. Ketan now teaches a 40-hour Mediation Training Course approved by the Dispute Resolution Commission of North Carolina.

    Ketan received his B.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Ketan.

  • Rebecca K. "Becky" Watts

    Rebecca K. "Becky" Watts is a partner and Chief Legal Officer at Collins Family Law Group in Monroe, where she is also the head of the appellate practice group. She represents clients at the trial court level for a select number of cases and also serves as a mediator or arbitrator in family law cases.

    Becky's practice 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.

    Becky is active with the North Carolina Bar Association's Family Law Section, the North Carolina Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section, the North Carolina Bar Association's Appellate Rules Committee, the Mecklenburg County Bar Association, and the Mecklenburg County Domestic Court Bar Committee. She is also a certified Family Law Specialist.

    Becky earned her B.S. from Florida State University and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Becky.

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Designed as a starting place and a foundation, this Fifth Edition sets out with brief annotations the elements of claims, lists applicable statutory provisions and discusses major cases pertaining to a broad range of family law issues, such as:

  • Absolute Divorce
  • Adoption
  • Alimony
  • Alternative Dispute Resolutions
  • Attorney Fees
  • Child Custody & Support
  • Divorce From Bed & Board
  • Domestic Violence

Also includes more than 260 time-saving sample forms, fillable/editable forms and checklists!


  • Published April 28, 2023
  • Page Count: 1,288
  • Page Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"
  • Cover: Custom, linen-covered 3-ring binder
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Apr 28 - Apr 29, 2023
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