Registration is still open for Family Law Basics, a free eight-hour Continuing Legal Education course, which begins April 30 in Bismarck. 48 people are currently registered for the seminar.
The course has been scheduled at the Burleigh County Courthouse with two-hour sessions at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays April 30, May 7, May 14, and May 21. The course is sponsored by the judges and referees of the South Central Judicial District, the State Bar Association of North Dakota, and the Big Muddy Bar Association. Attorneys have volunteered to assist in presenting the course.
The course is open to attorneys and legal assistants, but space is limited and registration is required. Participants will be asked to accept a reduced fee or pro bono family law case in the year following the program, if they are able to do so. Legal assistants who participate will be asked to assist with a reduced fee or pro bono case if their employment allows them to do so.
To register, contact Ronda Colby either by e-mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or by phone at 701-222-6682, ext. 116. Participants must provide their names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers.
The course was offered in 2011, and received positive reviews. The schedule for the course follows.
FAMILY LAW BASICS
Welcome and Overview by Justice VandeWalle
Overview of Statutes and Rules / Property and Debt Listings – 90 minutes (Sherry Mills Moore) (Pat Garrity)
Professionalism in Family Law Context – 20 minutes
Child Support (Child Support Enforcement Agency w/ mock contempt hearing included.) – 90 minutes (Sheila Keller will coordinate)
Electronic Communications in Family Law – The Ethics Concerns - 20 minutes (Justice Crothers)
Discovery Issues and Ethics - 15 minutes (Pat Garrity)
Interim Order Hearings - 15 minutes
Protection Orders - 15 minutes (Referee Wayne Goter)
Parenting Plans - 40 minutes (Bethany Abrams / Sandra Kuntz)
Ethical Issues for Judges – 10 minutes (Justice Sandstrom)
Mediation - 15 minutes (Cathy Ferderer)
Financial Considerations - 30 minutes (Sheldon Smith)
Security Issues - 20 minutes (Ralph Mowder)
Summary Divorce Proceedings -15 minutes (John Grinsteiner)
Post-Judgment Issues: 45 minutes
Change of Residential Responsibility(Schweigert / Moldenhauer) / Move Out of State (Schweigert / Moldenhauer) / Parenting Coordinators (Pat Garrity)
Sessions will run from 4 - 5 and from 5:10 - 6:10 p.m.
April 2, 2013