2014 Family Law Section Seminar
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When: Thursday, November 13, 2014
8:30 AM
Where: United States

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  • Hear DeAnn Pladson’s personal story of her journey dealing with a cyber-stalker. Learn how to protect yourself against online attacks on your reputation and how to build your online presence. Review important ethical considerations when using the internet and social media in your practice.
  • This session with the state child support director will expand on information presented in 2013 about working with Child Support as a third party in many family law cases. It will also include an update on the proposed amendments to the child support guidelines, potential state legislation regarding child support, and the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act on medical support.
  • Robert Fleming will update you on the history and current status of the 2014 ballot initiative and the boots on the ground practice issues which are raised by the ballot initiative and its aftermath.
  • Information regarding the new Post-Judgment Mediation Program and updates on the Family Mediation and Parenting Coordinator Programs.
  • Gene Allen will discuss how to determine the value of mineral interests before and after oil wells are drilled. He will introduce you to alternatives to traditional oil and gas leasing and explain how your clients may benefit from electing not to lease.
  • Connie Cleveland will discuss formal and informal involvement, Social Services Records & Impact of Juvenile Court Orders on other civil orders.


Mr. William P. Harrie
William P. Harrie is a shareholder in the Fargo law firm of Nilles where he has practiced in the area of civil litigation for the past 26 years, specializing in civil litigation, insurance law and adoptions. He has represented a number of child-placing agencies and is the only North Dakota attorney who is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, which is a national association of attorneys experienced in the field of adoption law. Mr. Harrie received his B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of North Dakota in 1982 and 1986, and was Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers and on the Board of Editors of the Law Review. He is licensed in both North Dakota and Minnesota and is a member of the Cass County and Minnesota State Bar associations, and the State Bar Association of North Dakota. Mr. Harrie has also served as an arbitrator in a number of disputes and is a frequent lecturer at insurance law, adoption law and civil litigation seminars.

Ms. Constance Louise Cleveland
has been an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cass County North Dakota since 1991. Since 1997, Connie has worked primarily with Cass County Social Services in the area of Child Protection. Connie is the only attorney in North Dakota certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist through NACC and the ABA.

Ms. DeAnn M. Pladson
graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1992. DeAnn began her career as a solo practitioner and joined the Maring Williams Law Office in 1997 and became a shareholder in 2001. In 2010 DeAnn opened her own office, Pladson Law Office, P.L.L.C. and focuses on all areas of family law including mediation, family law litigation, parenting coordination and investigation, and guardian ad litem work for the court. DeAnn is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in North Dakota and Minnesota. She is a certified family law mediator, parenting investigator and parenting coordinator. DeAnn is a member of the Family Law Section in both Minnesota and North Dakota.

Mr. James Conner Fleming
is the director of the Child Support Division of the North Dakota Department of Human Services, treasurer of the National Council of Child Support Directors, and member of the board of directors of the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA). Jim is co-chair of NCSEA’s Policy and Government Relations Committee. He started working with Child Support in 1994 as an assistant attorney general and is a frequent speaker on child support topics at state and national conferences. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Dakota in 1989 and his Juris Doctorate from Notre Dame Law School in 1993.

Mr. Robert Charles Fleming
is a partner with Fleming DuBois and Fleming in Cavalier, North Dakota. He practices in the areas of water law, family law, and criminal law. He was the attorney for one of the parties directly involved in the challenge to the Walsh County shared parenting initiative. He is also a member of the core committee to defeat the statewide measure.

Ms. Tracy JoHanna Lyson
graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2005. Tracy clerked for one year with the East Central Judicial District Court before joining the Kennelly O’Keeffe, Ltd. law firm. She is a partner at the firm, and has been in private practice for the past 8 years. Tracy focuses her practice on all areas of family law. Tracy is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Mr. Gene W. Allen
practices law in Beach, North Dakota, where he advises mineral owners regarding leasing and available alternatives to leasing, and assists surface owners with well pad damages, pipeline easements and related matters. Gene also assists other lawyers by analyzing oil and gas issues, transactions, well files and production data in preparation for litigation. Mr. Allen has presented at several CLE programs in North Dakota and Minnesota on a variety of topics including subsurface and surface minerals, energy law and sports facilities, and is the author of “Negotiating, Drafting, and Implementing Naming Rights Agreements” North Dakota Law Review (2010).

Ms. Cathy Ferderer
Cathy Ferderer is the Administrator of the Family Mediation Program with the North Dakota Supreme Court. As the Children and Youth Projects Director she was responsible for grant writing, legislative initiatives, program evaluation, and all aspects of the budgets. Additionally, Cathy has authored statewide standards for North Dakota on supervised visitation, developed a prevention curriculum on sexual harassment and violence, served as an expert on several national panels regarding supervised visitation in addition to serving as an expert on national sexual assault prevention work, and has presented at both state and national levels on sexual assault prevention, supervised visitation, and children and domestic violence. Cathy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Mary and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of North Dakota.

Event Cost: Member $325.00
Non-Member $325.00
Credit Hours: Ethics 3 hr(s)
General 10.5hr(s)
Registration Closes: November 14, 2017 5:15 PM

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