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Advocacy Reimagined: Uncovering Evidence Without Experts in the Age of AI (2024 Family Law Section Spring Program)

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2024

8:25        Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Case Law Update: Part I

Lee Hawley, Roberson Haworth & Reese PLLC, High Point
Emily Jeske, Bosquez-Porter Family Law, Raleigh

In this session, our presenters provide an overview of new and important North Carolina appellate decisions from the past year affecting the areas of child custody, child support, domestic violence and more.

10:00      Break

10:10      Ethics in AI*

Carolyn Elefant, Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant, Bethesda, MD

In this session, our special guest speaker reviews best practices for using AI ethically and effectively in your family law practice, as well as how to avoid potential pitfalls.

11:10      Break

11:20      Uncovering Financial Evidence Without Experts

Sherry Campbell, Hutchinson Family Offices, Greensboro
Stephanie Jenkins, Parker Bryan Family Law, Raleigh
Susan Simos, Craige Jenkins Liipfert & Walker LLP, Winston-Salem

Learn about the types of financial experts and get tips from an experienced panel on how to know when you need a financial expert, how to find hidden income and assets through discovery, how to deploy AI-assisted technology to compile data for use in settlement negotiations, and how to present and admit financial evidence at trial without experts.

12:20      Adjourn for the Day

NCBA Family Law Section Annual Meeting

Jill Jackson, Jackson Family Law, Raleigh, 2023-2024 Section Chair, presiding

1:00        Family Law Annual Meeting Social

1:00–3:00 PM | Green Man Brewery, 27 Buxton Avenue, Asheville

All Family Law Section members are invited to join us on the 3rd floor of Green Man Brewery for a lunchtime gathering with free drinks and hors d'oeuvres!

Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 27.

7:00        Family Law Annual Meeting Dine-Arounds

All Family Law section members are invited to join us at our Dine Around Dinner! To comfortably accommodate all guests, please register to fellowship at different restaurants in Asheville!

Please register by Monday, April 29 to select your dinner choices and get on the contact list for your dinner host.


8:25        Continental Breakfast

8:50        Welcome and Introductions

8:55        Case Law Update: Part II

Elizabeth James, Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC, Charlotte
Carrie Tortora, Tortora Family Law, Raleigh

In this session, presenters provide an overview of new and important North Carolina appellate decisions from the past year affecting the areas of equitable distribution, alimony, marital contracts, alienation of affection/criminal conversation, etc.

9:55        Break

10:05      Harnessing the Power of AI: A Practical Guide for Family Lawyers

Chase Hardy, Griffin Purnell, San Antonio, TX

Take an in-depth look at how the latest AI technology can augment the work of family lawyers. Our special guest speaker provides hands-on experience with ChatGPT, Claude and others to demonstrate how these large language models can streamline workflows. Attendees leave with sample prompts and practical tips to immediately apply in their practice to save time on research, drafting motions, discovery and more.

11:35      Break

11:45      Evidence Without Experts in Custody Cases

Carolyn Pender-Roche, Next Step Psychology PLLC, Durham

In this session, hear from a child and family psychologist about differences between mental health professionals serving in the roles of treating "fact witness" and "expert witness" in child custody cases. Other topics include emerging patterns, including the ethics associated with mental health professionals requiring payment of a retainer prior to trial to secure their court appearance, providers including "no court testimony clauses" in their business contracts, and similar restrictions on therapy services. Suggestions are offered to maximize use of mental health professionals in child custody cases.

12:45      Adjourn

* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit


Join us for a program designed to help you streamline your family law practice.

Learn how to know when you need an expert witness in a financial or custody case and how to seek, obtain and admit evidence at trial without experts.

We also explore how to ethically deploy artificial intelligence (AI) and maximize your efficiency by using AI to compile financial data, perform legal research, author legal correspondence, draft discovery and more.

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May 3 - May 4, 2024
8:25 AM EDT - 12:45 PM EDT
Renaissance Asheville Downtown Hotel 31 Woodfin Street Asheville, NC 28801 828.252.8211

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