In “The Secret Superpower of a Shared-Custody Kid,” a New York Times contributor reflects on her joint custody childhood. She explains that despite the anxiety she experienced switching from one house to another, she now understands how her parents worked hard to stay connected, and the benefits she has today from that experience. Growing up as part of two distinct households helped her develop what she describes as “real agility: a knack for adapting, switching gears, understanding the language of families, blending in.” Read more about what she learned from her joint custody childhood on the New York Times Well blog.
Jim Siemens and Brenda Coppede recently presented at the North Carolina Bar Association’s Family Law Section Annual Meeting in Charleston. Jim and Brenda’s CLE topic was Representing the Dependent Spouse, and you can take a look at their presentation materials below.
Ana Prendergast was honored at this month’s bar luncheon for her pro bono work for clients of Pisgah Legal Services. Ana is one of the local nominees for the North Carolina Bar Association’s annual statewide Pro Bono Awards, along with other Asheville attorneys Evan DeWandler, John Noor and Kevin Radey. Ana was nominated for the NCBA’s 2016 William L. Thorp Pro Bono Service Award. The 28th Judicial District Bar and Pisgah Legal Services co-sponsored the nominations.
Ana was nominated for generously volunteering her time and services at no cost to help clients of Pisgah Legal Services with cases involving domestic violence and estate planning. Pisgah Legal Services works to provide legal assistance and advocacy to low-income people in Western North Carolina.
Earlier this month, Brenda Coppede traveled to Montrouis, Haiti as part of a Consider Haiti volunteer team that provided clinics for children in several Haitian communities.
Consider Haiti is a non-profit organization here in Asheville that has been working for over 15 years to promote the health and welfare of children in Haiti. The organization provides resources and support for grass roots efforts to create sustainable nutrition and medical support through its four core programs in Haiti.
Jim Siemens serves as Treasurer on the Consider Haiti board and has been on several trips with the group in recent years. Siemens Family Law Group is thankful to be involved with others in the Asheville community in Consider Haiti’s work. You can learn more about Consider Haiti at considerhaiti.org.
Jim Siemens has been honored as a 2016 Super Lawyer, included again in North Carolina’s Family Law category. Jim was first recognized by Super Lawyers in 2012.
The Super Lawyers selection process combines peer review and evaluation with independent research. Once nominated, lawyers are evaluated based on indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, then reviewed by practice area. The final Super Lawyers list includes no more than 5 percent of North Carolina lawyers.
More information about Jim and the Super Lawyers honor can be found on Jim’s Super Lawyers profile.
Siemens Family Law Group is pleased to announce Jim Siemens’ inclusion in Business North Carolina’s 2016 Legal Elite. Each year, Business North Carolina honors the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. Every active lawyer in the state is given the opportunity to participate by selecting peers they feel are at the top of their fields. Fewer than 3 percent of the state’s lawyers made this year’s list. Jim is included in the Legal Elite Family Law section for the third year. The complete list and more information about the selection process can be found on Business North Carolina’s 2016 Legal Elite website.
Local Artist Julyan Davis is hosting an art sale from which 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Helpmate, a local organization devoted to helping victims of domestic violence in our community. Helpmate provides emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, case management and court advocacy services, along with counseling and domestic violence prevention education for victims of abuse and their children. Come enjoy beautiful art and live music for an excellent cause.
OPEN STUDIO HELPMATE BENEFIT
Friday December 11th, 2015 5-8 PM
Saturday December 12th, 2015 10-4 PM
A sale of artwork to benefit Helpmate, Asheville’s domestic violence agency. Landscapes and other oils, from Maine to Asheville to Charleston, by Asheville artist Julyan Davis.
Live music performed by Greg and Lucretia Speas.
100% of proceeds to go to Helpmate. Checks payable to Helpmate.
Julyan Davis Fine Art
2004 Riverside Drive #Z
Asheville, NC 28804
Facebook: Open Studio Helpmate Benefit
The Patton-Parker House and plans for Siemens Family Law Group were featured in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Sunday. The article highlights the history of the house, the Preservation Society’s involvement, and Jim Siemens’ plans for the future. Read the story, Historic Patton-Parker House finds new owner, to learn more about the historic building that will house Siemens Family Law Group in 2016.
Siemens Family Law Group will be moving its office to the historic Patton-Parker House in 2016. Located at 95 Charlotte Street, the Victorian-style home was built in 1868 by Thomas Walton Patton, who served as mayor of Asheville in the 1890s.
The Patton-Parker House has been a part of various notable events in Asheville’s history. During the Civil War, the site served as a military encampment known as “Camp Patton,” used by both Union and Confederate forces. In 1894, Helen Morris Lewis conducted a meeting at the Patton-Parker House for a community rally that led to the formation of the North Carolina Equal Suffrage Association. Thomas Walton Patton and his sister, Frances Louisa, worked to reform jails and prisons and to improve the welfare of women, children and indigents. They were also instrumental in the formation of Mission Hospital, the public library, and the YMCA and YWCA. The African-American community known as “Mountainside” was originally part of the Patton holdings, and the Patton family donated land to establish several local churches, including First Presbyterian Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and St. Matthias Episcopal Church.
The Patton-Parker House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Local Historic Landmark by the City of Asheville. Siemens Family Law Group looks forward to becoming a part of the history of this Asheville landmark!
Tomorrow I am presenting before the annual meeting of the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in Pinehurst. The topic will be on the intersection of family law and bankruptcy. I’m told one of the topics that will be of interest to attendees is whether domestic support obligations (child support, spousal support and alimony) are subject to modification. The modification of alimony was my topic of presentation last week before a meeting of the Family Law Section, so I’m primed for that discussion. I posted my manuscript on alimony modification last week. Here is the manuscript for tomorrow’s presentation. Making presentations this year has been a great way for me to gain mastery of the material, to make and deepen connections with colleagues, and to be of service to my profession.