Meet the Contributors
Ann AndersonAnn Anderson joined the School of Government faculty in 2007. She teaches, advises, and writes about civil procedure, civil practice, and judicial authority, and plans judicial education programs in collaboration with the NC Conference of Superior Court Judges and the North Carolina Judicial College. Prior to her time with the SOG, she was a litigator for six years in Raleigh and Durham, where she specialized in commercial litigation, real-estate litigation, and quasi-judicial proceedings. Ann has a BA with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where she was a member of the North Carolina Law Review.
Amending defective Rule 9(j) certifications under Rule 15(a): The Supreme Court’s new opinion in Vaughan v. Mashburn
Attorney Fee Provisions in Business Contracts – New Legislation Loosening the “Sign by Hand” Requirement
Emergency Directives Again Renewed; Legislation to Permanently Authorize Remote Hearings Passes Senate
Sara DePasqualeSara DePasquale joined the School in May 2013. Previously, she was an attorney for seventeen years at Pine Tree Legal Assistance Inc., beginning her legal career there as a Skadden Fellow. In her last nine years at Pine Tree Legal, she was the directing attorney of Maine's first and only children’s law project, KIDS LEGAL. She served as an adjunct professor with the University of Maine School of Law teaching juvenile law. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, State of Maine Bar, the U.S. District Court of Maine Bar, and the U.S. First Circuit Bar. DePasquale received a BA with honors in history and sociology from Binghamton University, is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Law, and also earned a dual degree with an MSW in child welfare/family systems from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.
Human Trafficking: New SOG Resource Explaining Your Obligation to Make a Report and How the Agency Responds
Juveniles in DSS Custody Presenting at Hospital ED for Mental Health Treatment: New Laws and New Court Hearing Possible
S.L. 2021-100 Amends the Juvenile Code Related to Abuse, Neglect, Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights
BIG NEWS: S.L. 2019-245 Creates a New Universal Mandated Reporting Law for Child Victims of Crimes and Changes the Definition of “Caretaker”
Extra! Extra! Read All About It! New Juvenile Law Bulletin – Delinquency and DSS Custody without Abuse, Neglect, or Dependency: How Does that Work?
The ICPC Applies to an Out-of-State Placement with a Relative in an A/N/D Case, But Is There More to Consider?
In re A.P.: A County DSS Director’s Standing to File an A/N/D Petition Is Not as Limited as Previously Held by the Court of Appeals
Show Me the Money: Verification of Adequate Resources Required when Ordering Custody or Guardianship to a Non-Parent in an A/N/D Action
Beyond the Bench Podcast, Season 2: Episode 5 – The Child’s Voice in Court: The Role of the Guardian ad Litem
Season Two of Beyond the Bench, “Homelessness, Neglect, and Child Welfare in North Carolina,” Launches This Week!
Consenting to Medical Treatment for a Child Placed in the Custody of County Department, Part II: Non-routine and Non-emergency Medical Care
Consenting to Medical Treatment for a Child Placed in the Custody of County Department Part I: Routine and Emergency Care and Evaluations in Exigent Circumstances
Children in Foster Care, “Normal Childhood Activities,” and the “Reasonable and Prudent Parent” Standard
Initial Removal of a Child from a Home Because of Suspected Abuse, Neglect, or Dependency, Amended G.S. 7B-504
How to Comply with Federal Confidentiality Laws When Reviewing Comprehensive Clinical Assessments in Delinquency Cases
Court of Appeals Finds No Constitutional Violations Related to Pre-Raise the Age Prosecution in Criminal Court
Legislative Changes to Required Mental Health Assessments Before Entering a Delinquency Disposition: New Provisions of G.S. 7B-2502
Proposed Federal Rule Change Seeks to Increase Support for Relative and Nonrelative Kinship Foster Placements
You are on Notice: Pleading Requirements, a Recent N.C. Supreme Court Opinion, and Parent Representation
Parents and Drugs: Takeaways from S.L. 2021-100 and 132, and a Recent U.S. Dept. of Justice Investigation
Single Transactions and Protective Arrangements: A New Tool in Guardianship Proceedings and a Lot for GALs to Consider
New SOG Bulletin: “When and How Criminal-Defense Attorneys Can Obtain Access to Confidential Child Welfare and Juvenile Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Records”
To Be or Not to Be: How to Know When a Parent Attorney in a TPR Is Provisional Counsel and What That Means for Withdrawing
What the N.C. Supreme Court’s Ruling in In re S.M. may mean for Court Reports In Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases
Cheryl HowellCheryl Howell joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1992. Prior to that, she practiced law in Winston-Salem and Fayetteville and worked as a research assistant to Chief Judge R.A. Hedrick of the NC Court of Appeals. Currently, Howell teaches, consults, and writes about family law and other issues, and she works with the NC Association of District Court Judges and the North Carolina Judicial College in planning and coordinating judicial branch education programs. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association. She also has served as a member of the Family Court Advisory Committee, appointed by the Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court, since its creation in 1998, and also serves as a member of the NC Child Custody and Visitation Mediation Advisory Committee, appointed by the director of the Administrative Office of the Courts. Her publications include articles and bulletins relating to family law and family court, as well as chapters created for the Trial Judges’ Bench Book, District Court edition. Howell earned a BA, magna cum laude, from Appalachian State University and a JD, with honors, Order of the Coif, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Abatement, also known as the prior pending action doctrine, does not apply when the prior action is pending in another state
Alimony: the court can order security for the future payment of an award but probably not by life insurance
Nonparent custody claims: Court of Appeals confirms that an evidentiary hearing is not required to determine standing
Court of Appeals rules that denying domestic violence protection to persons in same-sex dating relationships is unconstitutional
Domestic Violence Protective Orders: sometimes phone calls to plaintiff in NC can establish ‘minimum contacts’
Equitable Distribution: significant legislative amendments regarding retirement accounts and other forms of deferred compensation
More about minor settlements in NC: a caution about provisions in the settlement order regarding a child’s medical expenses
North Carolina Case Law Indicates Marriages Solemnized in North Carolina by Persons “Instantly Ordained” by the Universal Life Church Are Not Valid
Grandparent visitation: termination of parent’s rights does not terminate grandparent’s court ordered visitation
Separation and Property Settlement Agreements: When does breach by one party excuse performance by the other?
Third Party Custody: Does a parent lose constitutionally protected status by signing a consent custody order granting custody rights to a non-parent?
Dona LewandowskiDona Lewandowski joined the faculty of the Institute of Government in 1985 and spent the next five years writing, teaching, and consulting with district court judges in the area of family law. In 1990, following the birth of her son, she left the Institute to devote full time to her family. She rejoined the School of Government in 2006. Lewandowski holds a BS and an MA from Middle Tennessee State University and a JD with honors, Order of the Coif, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After law school, she worked as a research assistant to Chief Judge R.A. Hedrick of the NC Court of Appeals.
Business or Shelter: When the Commercial/Residential Distinction Makes a Difference in Landlord-Tenant Cases
Austine LongAustine M. Long joined the School of Government in 2013. Previously she worked as the drug court coordinator for the Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts in Maryland. She has served as a project director at the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) and an assistant civil public defender for the 14th Judicial District in Durham, North Carolina. Prior to that, she was in private practice for six years, where she focused on family, criminal, and juvenile law. Long received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Towson State University and a JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
LaToya PowellLaToya Powell joined the School of Government in 2013. Previously, she spent more than six years with the Appellate Section of the North Carolina Department of Justice handling juvenile delinquency appeals in both state appellate courts and the U. S. Supreme Court. She began her career as a juvenile prosecutor in Johnston County, North Carolina, and has also served as an adjunct professor at Campbell University School of Law. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and U.S. Supreme Court Bar. Powell earned a BA, cum laude, from North Carolina State University and a JD from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.
In the Matter of T.K.: Does a Student’s Use of Profanity in the Hallway Constitute Disorderly Conduct at School?
Due Process Rights and Children: Fifty Years of In re Gault – Part Five, the Privilege Against Self-Incrimination
N.C. Court of Appeals: Disposition Orders Do Not Require Written Findings on the G.S. 7B-2501(c) Factors
New Juvenile Law Bulletin: Applying the Reasonable Child Standard to Juvenile Interrogations After J.D.B. v. North Carolina
Meredith SmithMeredith Smith joined the School of Government in 2013. Previously, she was an associate with the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP in Charlotte, where she practiced with the real estate, corporate, and restructuring and insolvency groups on matters related to a wide range of issues including commercial loan modifications, foreclosures, bankruptcy, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial leasing, and real estate purchase and sale contracts. Smith earned a BA in political science and Spanish, with distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University School of Law, where she was a member of the American Criminal Law Review.
Ongoing Support for Adult Protection Multidisciplinary Teams Now Available Through the School of Government Help Desk
Quick Reference Guide to Orders from the Chief Justice and the North Carolina Supreme Court Related to COVID-19
You May Not Need that Guardian of the Estate After All: Other Methods of Distributing Property to Minors
Third Party Refusals to Accept a Power of Attorney under the New North Carolina Uniform Power of Attorney Act
In re Foreclosure of Kenley: Proving Possession of the Note in a Power of Sale Foreclosure Proceeding
Rule 17 Stands Alone: The NC Rules of Civil Procedure and Estate Proceedings before the Clerk of Superior Court
Rule 52(a)(2) and the exception-to-the-exception: why certain orders shouldn’t include findings of fact, even when requested
Beyond jurisdiction: service of process, statutes of limitations, and the uninsured motorist carrier exception
Rule 4(j1), service by publication, and the “due diligence” requirement: What’s email got to do with service of process?
Aimee WallAimee Wall joined the School of Government in 2001 to work in the public health law field, where her research areas included confidentiality of health information, environmental health inspection and permitting programs, regulation of smoking in public places, and the responsibilities and authority of local boards of health. She also developed expertise in animal control law, including rabies, dangerous dogs and animal cruelty. In 2011, Wall shifted her research focus from public health law to social services law and is in the process of developing her work in this new field. She also coordinates educational programs for new legislators and serves as a faculty liaison with legislators and other state level policymakers. Prior to joining the School, she practiced health care law with Powell, Goldstein, Frazer and Murphy in Washington, DC, and served as a health policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary in the US Department of Health and Human Services. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. Wall earned a BA in English from the Ohio State University and a JD/MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.