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The MDA Toast to Life Gala raises funds to promote a more localized approach to research and clinical trials in New Hanover County, North Carolina for muscular dystrophy, ALS and other related muscle-debilitating diseases.

This year's conference covered topics from updates after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; planning for beneficiaries with special needs; drafting durable powers of attorney under the new Uniform Power of Attorney Act; and working with IRA custodians.

Board members met to design their public service announcement to educate North Carolina citizens about Collaborative Divorce as an alternative dispute resolution legal model utilizing interest-based negotiation to resolve family law issues.  NC-CAN, a non-profit organization and trade association, was established in 2017 to provide training, workshops and educational materials to attorneys, court systems and private citizens interested in Collaborative Divorce.  Ashley is a founding member and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.   To learn more about the mission of NC-CAN, visit

Ms. Roden received a plaque for her pro bono services through the New Hanover County Pro Bono Program for 2016 through 2018

The webinar entitled "Weathering the Storm: Disaster Preparedness for Pro Bono Attorneys CLE" provided attorneys who volunteer with Legal Aid of North Carolina with practical tips, guidelines, and resources to assist in representing victims of natural disasters in the State of North Carolina.

A PC can be court appointed or requested by one or both parents in high conflict custody cases where children are exposed to ongoing conflict due to a lack of communication and co-parenting.  A PC offers independent insight into children's needs and and best interests and may be able to minimize legal costs by reducing or eliminating the need for future litigation.  The requirements to achieve and maintain certification as a PC are:  (1) Masters or Doctorate degree in psychology, law, social work, counseling or a similar therapeutic field; (2) Five years of Family Law experience; (3) a current license in their related field; (4) 24 hours of initial training in  the developmental stages of children, high conflict families, stages and effects of divorce, problem solving techniques, mediation, and legal issues; (4) Continuing education, peer review, and support.

The Leadership Accelerator helps develop more women leaders in Wilmington-area businesses, non-profits, government bodies and boards of directors.  This year's event provided  a key note panel discussion on creating a leadership culture and offered four different workshops.  Ms. Roden enjoyed learning key elements to motivate and engage others in the work place and how to widen her sphere of influence through meaningful networking.  

Using a game show format, this Certified Mediator Education (CME) taught and tested knowledge of the resources, ethical constraints and regulatory requirements governing dispute resolution in North Carolina.

The joint training sessions offered by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) to the members and professionals of CCC included continuing education in the following areas: (1) Overview of the Collaborative Divorce process; (2) The lawyer's role in the Collaborative Divorce process;  (3) Financial neutrals: Bringing Trust and Transparency to the Collaborative Divorce process; and (4) Mental Health Neutrals: The Role of a Coach and Child Specialist.  Annual training provides CCC, a non-profit interdisciplinary practice group, with the opportunity to improve the quality of their skills and the resources available to the parties they serve.

This year's annual meeting was held at The Penthouse in downtown Wilmington.  The Coastal Women Attorneys is a chapter of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and provides CLE events and networking opportunities for women attorneys in our area.


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