Meaningful Access to Unemployment Insurance for DV Survivors

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT

***1 hour of General CLE credit (***pending approval by the North Carolina State Bar)

Cost: $65

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Program Overview:

This CLE will explain how unemployment insurance (“UI”) can support domestic violence survivors when a survivor must leave their job or when they lose their employment because of domestic violence. Participants will learn how claimants qualify for benefits and how they remain eligible. It will specifically address how domestic violence can show up at a survivor’s work and how it can impact a survivor’s eligibility for UI. This CLE will also use example cases for participants to have an opportunity to practice analyzing different fact patterns. Note: This live webinar will be a repeat presentation of a CLE program from LANC’s 2023 Statewide Summit.


Bella Book

Bella is a Staff Attorney in the Wilson Office of Legal Aid of North Carolina. She works on a variety of legal issues, including unemployment insurance, public benefits, and consumer protection. She is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and is currently an Education co-chair of the Employment Executive Committee at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and sits on the Labor and Employment Council for the North Carolina Bar Association.

In 2021, Bella graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where she argued on behalf of unemployment insurance recipients at every level of the Michigan state court system, including presenting successful oral argument at the Michigan Court of Appeals in Scott v. Dep’t of Labor & Econ. Opportunity/Unemployment Ins. Agency, No. 350690 (Mich. Ct. App. May. 25, 2023) and successful written argument before the Michigan Supreme Court in Dep’t of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs v. Lucente, 508 Mich. 209, 973 N.W.2d 90 (2021). She received the Craig Spangenberg Oral Advocacy Award and the Robert S. Feldman Labor Law Award, both by faculty nomination.

Before law school, she worked for the Jewish Women’s Archive, a feminist digital archive dedicated to celebrating the contributions of Jewish women to history. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 2015 where she double majored in English and History. She currently lives in Raleigh with her husband and two very good cats.

Benjamin Holt

Benjamin Holt is a Staff Attorney at the Central Intake Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina.  He works on a variety of cases but focuses on unemployment benefits.  He has developed and presented trainings on and drafted educational materials for clients and the public about unemployment benefits.

Prior to joining Legal Aid in 2022, Benjamin served as an Appeals Referee at the Division of Employment Security.  He has heard and written decisions in over 1500 cases.  Benjamin has ruled on cases covering a variety of issues including qualification, eligibility, antedating, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and Pandemic Mixed Earners Unemployment.

He graduated from American University in 2011 with a BA in international studies and from Duke University School of Law in 2014 with a JD and LLM in international and comparative law.  He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.