Beyond the Bench

By UNC School of Government

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"Beyond the Bench" is a podcast about the legal system produced by the North Carolina Judicial College at the UNC School of Government. It is interview-based, with guests including judges, lawyers, professors, and citizens who have participated in court proceedings. Some interviews focus on guests’ personal experiences and opinions, while others explore discrete legal issues. The podcast is organized by season, with each season being focused on a particular type of case. For example, season one is about criminal law, and is hosted by Jeff Welty, a member of the criminal law faculty at the School of Government and the Director of the North Carolina Judicial College.

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Season 02, Episode 06: Obtaining Permanency
In this last episode, you’ll learn about permanent outcomes for the family and child, with a discussion of two opposite outcomes: a child’s reunification with his/her parents and the child’s adoption after a termination of parental rights. Find out what happens in our remaining court case!  
Jan 26, 2017
The Child’s Voice in Court: The Role of the Guardian ad Litem
We’re back with Episode 5, “The Child’s Voice in Court: The Role of the Guardian ad Litem,” for our Beyond the Bench Season 2 podcast. In this episode, we take a break from our court cases to focus on the child. Find out how the child’s perspective is represented in [...]
Jan 12, 2017
Season 02, Episode 04: The Case Plan – In and Out of Court
At the end of our last episode, one of our two cases ended when the court dismissed it after concluding the child was not neglected. But in our other case, the case where the children were living with their parents in a van in the woods without adequate shelter, food, [...]
Dec 15, 2016
Season 02, Episode 03: The Trial: Adjudicating Neglect
In this episode, through interviews with district court judges, a county department of social services attorney and a parent attorney, we will talk about the hearing where the court decides if the child is neglected and what happens afterwards.
Dec 02, 2016
Season 02 Episode 02: The System Responds
In today’s episode, through interviews with county department social workers and attorney, the state Guardian ad litem program, a parent attorney, and district court judges, we’ll discuss how the county department responds to a report of suspected neglect and when court action is needed. This area of the law has its [...]
Nov 18, 2016
S02 Episode 01: Without a Home
In today’s episode, through interviews with homeless shelter providers and district court judges, we’ll talk about what homelessness looks like, whether it’s neglect and whether you need to make a report to county department.  
Nov 04, 2016
S02 Episode 00: Welcome to Season 2 of Beyond the Bench
Welcome to Season 2 of Beyond the Bench, a podcast by the NC Judicial College at the UNC School of Government. Season 2 tells the story of homelessness, neglect and the child welfare system in NC. During this Season, we’ll talk about what family homeless looks like, whether homelessness is [...]
Oct 31, 2016
S01 Episode 05: Anne Precythe on Community Corrections
During the final episode of Season 1, faculty member Jamie Markham interviews the North Carolina Director of Community Corrections Anne Precythe. She talks about what is was like when she first started working in the area of probation, how it has changed, and what it looks like today. If you [...]
Sep 06, 2016
S01 Episode 04: Shea Denning on DWI and Jamie Markham on Absconding from Probation
Faculty member Shea Denning explores the procedures and punishments associated with impaired driving and ponders their effectiveness in addressing the DWI problem. In the second segment, host Jeff Welty talks with colleague Jamie Markham about the concept of absconding from probation. If you like what you hear, please rate us [...]
Aug 22, 2016
S01 Episode 03: Judge Carl Fox
In this episode we talk with North Carolina Superior Court Judge Carl Fox. Before becoming a judge, Fox was the first African American district attorney in the state. We talk about his life, work, and views about current criminal justice issues. If you like what you hear, please rate us [...]
Aug 08, 2016