A Twist on a Traditional DVPO

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FREE to all Legal Aid of North Carolina employees & volunteers.

Program Overview:

This CLE will explore the basic remedies offered through a Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO), such as child support, spousal support, possession of the home, and alternative housing. The presentation will examine remedies offered through Chapter 50B and how to be creative with both standard and consent DVPOs. The CLE will also review the defense side of DVPO litigation and will teach a Plaintiff’s attorney the tricks of the trade. The program will end with a panel of North Carolina judges and their discussion of domestic violence law. This presentation will be beneficial for legal services attorneys, volunteer attorneys involved in Legal Aid’s pro bono program, and attorneys in private practice who represent clients in domestic-violence matters.



2:00pm-3:30 p.m. - Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO) Remedies

3:30pm-4:30 p.m. - DVPO Defenses                                                                 

4:30pm-4:45pm - Break                                                                                                    

4:45pm-6:00pm – A View from the Bench - Judges Panel     



Elysia Prendergast-Jones is a supervising attorney for the Raleigh Office of Legal Aid of North. She works primarily in the fields of family law and domestic violence. She enjoys empowering clients and working with the population that LANC serves. She serves on the WCBA and NCAJ CLE committee. She is on the board of Triangle Area Parenting Support and a member of her daughter’s PTSA. Elysia has spoken at many CLE’s in the areas of family law and domestic violence. Elysia’s legal experience extends from family law to A/N/D court to criminal and civil court as well as the NC Court of Appeals, where some of the cases have recently been published. She has always had a passion for helping people as she has taken a position as a staff attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina working with clients in domestic violence situations. She was a previous supervising attorney for NCCU’s School of Law’s Lawyer on the Line program, in connection with Legal Aid and provided guidance to students as they navigate the law to help their clients. Former Chairperson of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division, she has served as Chair for the council of the Young Lawyers’ Division, the Law-related Education Committee, the Juvenile Justice Section, and others. Additionally, Elysia participated in Camp Confidence, a joint task-force between the Cary Police Department and the NCBA to work with at-risk youth during summers. Elysia has a degree from NCCU’s School of Law, as well as a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts from Webster University in counseling psychology. She has a B.A. from Coker College in psychology and English. Elysia has been a teacher for Wake County and a counselor working with children.


Daniel Joyce is a 2011 graduate of the Elon University School of Law. Prior to earning his law degree, he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Appalachian State University. Prior to working with Legal Aid of North Carolina Daniel worked in private practice, focusing in both criminal and civil-domestic violence law. He currently serves as the Supervising Attorney for the Family Law Unit for Legal Aid of North Carolina in the Winston-Salem office. His practice focuses on Domestic Violence Protective Orders.


Larissa Mañón Mervin is the Supervising Attorney of the Domestic Violence Unit in the Charlotte Office of Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. She primarily represents survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in their civil protective order cases and supervises a team of 4 attorneys and 2 paralegals. Larissa received her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008, and received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2011. Larissa is actively involved with the North Carolina Bar Association, participating in its Pro Bono, Professional Vitality, and Women in the Profession Committees, as well as its Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division. She is also a 2021-22 American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Scholar. Outside of work, Larissa enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her husband, Jamaal, three children, Lizzie, Sophia, and Lucas, and energetic puppy, Jenni.

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