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What you didn't learn in law school: Becoming a legal aid lawyer
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What you didn't learn in law school: Becoming a legal aid lawyer

Starts: 8/2/2018 10:00 AM
Ends: 8/3/2018 4:00 PM

Type: Live

Address: Embassy Suites, 204 Centreport Drive Greensboro NC 27409

General Credits: 9.5
Ethics Credits:
Substance Credits:

Credit Status: Pending Approval

Cost: $325.00

​Includes meals. No discounts for one-day attendance.


​As a new advocate with less than one year of service under your belt, you may want to learn the basics of legal advocacy and attend “What You Didn’t Learn In Law School – Becoming A Legal Aid Lawyer.” This two-day training will cover basic skills such as interviewing, issue spotting, case assessment, case development, and trial practice.


Thursday, August 2

Understanding and Communicating with LANC Clients: This session consists of separate presentations to increase awareness of how poverty affects our clients’ decision making, and to address how to develop and maintain an attorney client relationship with clients who may have mental illness, have limited reading comprehension, have experienced domestic violence, fail to follow their attorney’s advice and instructions, or not speak English.

  • 11:30 - 12:30 pm | Communicating With Our Clients for An Effective Attorney-Client Relationship
    Presenters: Vilma Suarez, Senior Managing Attorney, LANC-Legal Aid Helpline, Raleigh; Scheree Gilchrist, Supervising Attorney, LANC-Legal Aid Helpline, Raleigh.

  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm | Lunch

  • 1:30 - 2:30 pm | Overcoming Impediments To Connect With Our Clients
    Presenters: Richard Craig, Staff Attorney, LANC-Greensboro; Angeleigh Dorsey, Senior Managing Attorney, LANC-Senior Law Project, Asheville; Tadra Martin, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights NC; Holly Stiles, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights NC.

  • 2:30 - 2:45 pm | Break

Your first case- now what?: This session will walk you through how to perform a follow up interview after the Helpline has transferred the case to your office and you have been assigned as File Manager 1 with your supervisor is File Manager 2. This follow up interview includes identifying the client's goals and expectations of our representation. We will cover assessing the case to determine what facts/witnesses and documents need to be obtained and reviewed as well as legal research.

  • 2:45 - 3:30 pm | Issue Spotting: Looking Beyond The Obvious
    Presenters: Will Johnson, Staff Attorney, LANC-Pittsboro; Hillary Ventura, Staff Attorney, LANC-Morganton.

  • 3:30 - 3:45 pm | Break

  • 3:45 - 4:30 pm | Investigation and Assessment: The How To’s
    Presenters: Niya Fonville, Supervising Attorney, LANC-Raleigh

  • 4:30 - 5:00 pm | Debrief and Review of Information/tips provided
    Presenters: Celia Pistolis, LANC Litigation Director, Raleigh

  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm | Relax: Time on your own

  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm | Dinner
    Speaker: George Hausen, LANC Executive Director, Raleigh

Friday, August 3

  • 9:00 - 9:30 am | Participants review case files to prepare for Case Development session

  • 9:30 - 10:30 am | Case Development
    Presenters: John Keller, Supervising Attorney, LANC-Wilson; Amy Vukovich, Supervising Attorney, LANC-Raleigh.

  • 10:30 - 10:45 am | BREAK

  • 10:45 - 11:15 am | Professional Letter Writing
    Presenters: Gina Reyman, Senior Managing Attorney, LANC-Durham

  • 11:15 - 11:45 am | Motions practice, or, What about those civil procedure rules?
    Presenters: Hazel Mack, Director of Outreach, Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem; Ed Sharp, Supervising Attorney, LANC-Greensboro.

  • 11:45 - 12:45 pm | Lunch with BB&T 401K presentation

Litigation: This session offers separate presentations on representing your client, yourself and LANC in an administrative hearing or at trial.

  • 12:45 - 1:15 pm | Trial Tips
    Presenters: Tommy Holderness, Staff Attorney, LANC-Charlotte; Hazel Mack, Director of Outreach, Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem.

  • 1:15 - 1:45 pm | Etiquette in Court and Administrative Hearings
    Presenters: DJ Dore, Staff Attorney, LANC-Durham; Erin Haygood, Managing Attorney, LANC-Pittsboro.

  • 1:45 - 2:00 pm | Break with refreshments

  • 2:00 - 2:30 pm | Preparing Witnesses
    Presenters: Tommy Holderness, Staff Attorney, LANC-Charlotte; Richard Klein, Senior Managing Attorney, LANC-Wilmington.

  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm | What Happens When The Unexpected Happens?
    Presenters: Valene Franco, Managing Attorney, LANC-Winston Salem; Erin Haygood, Managing Attorney, LANC-Pittsboro.

  • 3:45 - 4:00 pm | Closing Remarks
    Presenters: Celia Pistolis, LANC Litigation Director, Raleigh