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Special Topics in Domestic Violence Law

October 25, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This annual October training is an opportunity to train our volunteer attorneys as well as recruit new attorneys into the Project Together program during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since its inception in 1997, Project Together’s primary focus has been aimed at recruiting, training, and coordinating volunteer lawyers to represent indigent clients referred to the Wake County Volunteer Lawyers program at Legal Aid, in matters involving domestic violence protective orders (“50B hearings”). Project Together (PT) involves collaboration among volunteer attorneys, the Wake County Volunteer Lawyers Program, the Domestic Violence Unit at Legal Aid, and InterAct.

This year’s training will include 3.25 hours of general CLE credit for attorneys and paralegals (pending approval by the North Carolina State Bar) and will focus on more advanced areas in domestic violence law. We will provide education on how and when gun prohibitions are triggered with entry of a DVPO and/or when defendants are convicted of certain crimes in NC. We also will look at how to consider safety planning when a client expresses fear and facts indicate that the abuse is still happening during your representation. We will hear from District Court Judges in Wake County on the latest trends and issues DV Civil Court. Finally, we learn about the options under the law to have a child as a plaintiff or when a custodian files “on behalf of” a child in a domestic violence protective order case and the impact of a temporary custody order in that case.

We will be serving heavy hors d’oeuvres (including vegetarian options) and providing materials including the Legal Aid DV Manual for attendees. The manual contains detailed instructions on how to best represent our clients as well as gives a background on domestic violence. It is a compilation of resource materials on what is domestic violence, an overview of Chapter 50B, how to prepare your case: checklist of evidence, understanding your client, domestic violence questionnaire, going to court, introducing evidence, AOC court forms, NC general statutes and other relevant information.

We would like to thank the following law firms for their generous support in sponsoring this event:

Alston & Bird LLP

Raleigh Divorce Law Firm

Womble Bond Dickinson


3-3:30- Registration

3:30-4:30-Federal Law and Gun Prohibitions Involving DVPO’s and State Criminal Law

Presenter: Jane J. Jackson Deputy Criminal Chief Violent Crimes Section U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina

4:30-5:00-Considerations in Safety Planning with a Victim Client

Presenters: Elysia Prendergast-Jones, Staff Attorney-LANC & Amy Vukovich, Supervising Attorney-LANC

5-5:15: Break and Food Service

5:15-6:00-Judges’ Panel to Address Latest Issues and Trends in DV Civil Court

Panelists: Judge Margaret Eagles and other Wake County judges to be announced later

6:00-7:00: Children as Plaintiffs or OBO and Temporary Custody under the DVPO

Presenter: Cheryl Howell, Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government at UNC School of Government

CLE Credit Provided for Attendance: Yes

Fee Required for Attendance: Yes

Registration Required for Attendance: Yes