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Friday, March 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Using Appellate Process to Effectuate Systemic Change

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Are you frustrated with trial court practices that harm our clients’ interests? Appeals are a good way to effect systemic changes. Appellate courts are often more aware and protective of due process than state legislatures and trial judges. The session will focus on issue preservation, identification of the systemic issues that we want to address on appeal and the best ways to set those appeals by assisting trial counsel with making motions and presenting evidence to support a particular outcome. We will present on specific ways that we have (and are) continue to push the envelope to get rid of racing to the courthouse to establish paternity, terminating parental rights due to a government debt (child support), and having courts accept MATs as successes and not failures. Robyn Veasey and I co-presented this topic at the ABA Conference in April 2022 and the topics keep growing. We currently have two NPR stories on challenging the unconstitutionality of terminating parental rights due to failure to pay child support (with one petition pending at the US Supreme Court).

Last year we were on the receiving end of an ICWA issue at the US Supreme Court, so this is proof that appeals really make a difference.




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Robyn Veasey

Assistant Public Defender, New Jersey Office of the Public Defender
Robyn A. Veasey (she/her) is an Assistant Public Defender overseeing the statewide Office of Parental Representation (OPR) for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. Ms. Veasey started her career in the NJOPD as a front-line litigator in the county with the highest volume of... Read More →
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Annick Lenoir-Peek

Deputy Parent Defender, N.C. Office of the Parent Defender
Annick Lenoir-Peek, Deputy Parent Defender, received her JD from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1994. She began representing parents in A/N/D and TPR cases in 1999 in South Carolina before moving to North Carolina. She has... Read More →

Friday March 17, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room L