was created to assist attorneys representing indigent parents in abuse, neglect,
dependency (A/N/D) and termination of parental rights (TPR) proceedings. We
accomplish this goal through training programs and resources, providing consultation
to attorneys and maintaining listservs. Our office is also responsible for
evaluating and assigning A/N/D and TPR appeals to qualified appellate attorneys
including assistant appellate defenders within the Office of Parent Representation.
Wendy C. Sotolongo received her JD from the UNC School of Law in 1987. She was a staff attorney with Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville, NC from 1987 to 1990. From 1990 to 2006, she practiced almost exclusively in A/N/D court as a DSS attorney, a solo practitioner and as a GAL Attorney Advocate. In December 2006, she began working in the Office of the Appellate Defender in the newly created position of Parent Representation Coordinator.
Annick Lenoir-Peek received her JD from the Columbus School of Law at 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 prior to moving to North Carolina. She has practiced in this area of law exclusively since 2002. Ms. Lenoir-Peek was a Department of Social Services attorney for two years and has concentrated on representing parents at the appellate level since 2002. In June 2008, she began working in the Office of Parent Representation as the Assistant Parent Representation Coordinator/Assistant Appellate Defender.
Lee Gilliam received his JD from the UNC School of Law in 2006. He clerked for the Honorable Donna S. Stroud at the North Carolina Court of Appeals from January 2007 to August 2009. In December 2009, he began working in the Office of Parent Representation as an Assistant Appellate Defender.
received her JD from the Wake Forest University School of Law in December
1990. From 1991-98 she represented DSS in A/N/D court and the CSE Agency in
CSUP court. From 1998-2012 she was in private practice, primarily as a solo
practitioner, where she concentrated in family law, juvenile law, and criminal
defense. Additionally, for the first 9 of those years, she was a GAL Attorney
Advocate. She has represented parents at the appellate level since 2008. In
February, 2012, she began working in the Office of Parent Representation as
an Assistant Appellate Defender.
Denise French is our administrative assistant extraordinaire. Prior to joining the Office of Parent Representation, for six years she served as an administrative assistant for the section of the Durham County Attorney's Office that handled DSS cases, making her very familiar with this area of law.
Additionally, the Office of Indigent Defense Services and the School of Government collaborate to create quality, cost-effective indigent defense education, including innovative training programs, manuals, and online resources, to ensure that indigent defenders have the qualifications, training, and support they need to be effective.