Family Law

 

What we do

Formed in 1996, the Family Law Clinic (FLC) stresses the importance of a holistic approach to the practice of family law.   Students in their last year of law school are certified by the North Carolina State Bar to practice law under the supervision of an attorney whose has practiced in various areas of family law.  Specifically, students are trained to provide legal services in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and property issues.  In addition, students are trained to identify potential social and/or mental health issues and assist clients in addressing them by referring them to appropriate community resources within the triangle area.

Unfortunately, the FLC is unable to provide every person who is in need of assistance with legal advice and/or representation, especially in the areas of child custody. The FLC provides various services to provide members of our community with the information, documentation and confidence to proceed with their legal matter pro se (representation of one’s self).

Child Custody. In an effort to provide those in need with the knowledge and confidence that they can in fact represent themselves, the File It Yourself Services (FIYS) and Child Custody-Bundled Services (CCBS) provide participants who desire to file a custody complaint pro se with the necessary documentation and legal advice to confidently “file it” themselves. Please note, these services is not for those who currently have a child custody order from the court and wish to have it modified or would like to bring it back before the court to address a party not abiding by the order.  Contact us for detailed information on these services and the completion of the required documentation.

Family Law Advice. We recognize that in many instances, people wish to only inquire about the various options they may have as it relates to an existing or potential family law matter.   We provide two services that allow participants to receive legal advice on various family law issues.

Courthouse Presence: The NCCU School of Law Clinical Legal Education Program is very fortunate to have an office in the Community Suite located on the second floor of the Durham County Courthouse. During the academic year, the certified legal interns hold office hours at various times during the week to provide legal advice to those in need.  This service is not only available to those residing in Durham County.  The certified interns are equipped to provide legal advice to all with an existing or potential family law matter arising in our state.   Please ensure that you inquire at the telephone number or email address below for the times and dates of this service.

Know Your Rights Series: North Carolina Central University School of Law is very fortunate to be on the cutting edge of technology.  With the use of broadband technology, the Virtual Justice Project (VJP) provides legal education in numerous areas of the law through the Know Your Rights Series.  Each program is a one hour-long in-depth session on a particular area of law and allows for participants to ask real time questions and receive real time answers from the attorney and any other special guests.  You can appear at one of the our many sites located throughout our state or in the comfort of your home via your smartphone, tablet or ipad.  Attorney Nakia C. Davis and other local family law attorneys have presented on various topics over the years.  Such topics include but are not limited to, child support, child custody, separation and divorce.  For more information regarding upcoming sessions, please click the link here or email your questions to Professor Deria Hayes at dhayes@nccu.edu.

Students

The Family Law Clinic (FLC) is a one-year commitment and obligation offered to day and evening students during the fall and spring semester of their third year of law school.  The Family Relations course is a requirement and may be taken simultaneously with the FLC during the fall semester. Trial Practice is not required but strongly preferred.

The FLC experience combines the learning of interviewing skills, effective case analysis, North Carolina family law, practical pretrial litigation and trial litigation skills, and practical civil procedure with supervised representation of live clients as well as advice only clients.  Student will intern in the clinic under the supervision of a family law attorney and extern with local agencies such as the Durham County Department of Social Services and the Durham County Public Defender’s Office.  A variety of matters are handled by this clinic, including but not limited to, the initiation, modification and contempt of child custody matters, absolute divorces, name changes, separation agreements, guardianships and adoption.

Potential Clients and Community Partners

Representation by the FLC is not automatic.   A potential client’s matter may be assessed by a certified legal intern and discussed with the supervising attorney; however, it is the ultimate decision of the supervising attorney if the clinic will be able to assist the potential client with their legal matter.  Such determination is dependent upon numerous factors and may be different for each assessment. The clinic is active from September until early May. Client intake for full representation occurs from September until the second week of February of each academic year.  If you are interested in learning more about the intake process or seeking representation during the time frame mentioned, please contact the supervising attorney at the telephone number or email address listed below.

The FLC takes part in various community events hosted by churches, schools, community organizations and institutions in the triangle area.  FLC takes great provide in its ability to serve its community. During these events, certified legal interns provide legal advice and information regarding various domestic issues (child custody, child support, alimony and divorce) upon requests of the participants.  We also take direct referrals from various organizations and institutions.   We do not guarantee that the FLC will be able to provide representation for the referral but will ensure that the person is provided with advice if there is not a conflict in our system.

Contact Information

Contact: Professor Nakia C. Davis, Esq.
Office: 44
Telephone: 919-530-66515
Email: ndavis@nccu.eduSave

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