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North Carolina Child Welfare Law Trial Skills Academy

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The North Carolina Child Welfare Trial Skills Academy program focuses on trial skills in abuse, neglect, and dependency proceedings. Through a combination of lecture and small group work, participants will refine important litigation skills, such as motions practice and witness examination. The program will also include sessions on discovery, making and meeting objections, hearsay, and a one-hour ethics session.

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This program is comprised of plenary sessions and intensive small group workshops. Due to the interactive nature of the program, participants are expected to attend all sessions.

Topics - Courts and Judicial Administration

  • Indigent Defense
  • Juvenile Law
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Abuse, Neglect, Dependency

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Public Officials - Courts and Judicial Administration Roles Indigent Defense Juvenile Court Parent Attorneys


Austine 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 Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and...

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