Social Services

Social Services Attorneys Association


Members of the association are attorneys who represent county departments of social services in North Carolina, attorneys employed by the state who are resources for county social services attorneys, and School of Government faculty who work in the  area of social services law.

Members practice in a variety of settings. A growing number of social services departments employ one or more full-time, in-house attorneys. In some  counties, one or more attorneys in a county attorney's office are assigned to do social services work. And some counties retain or contract with private attorneys or firms for legal services. Sometimes the social services attorney also serves as attorney for the county's child support enforcement program.

How to Join

Attorneys who represent county social services departments are deemed to be members of the association. The only step required to join is to notify the School of Government of the following:

  • Name
  • County DSS you represent
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • Fax number
  • Email address

The information should be sent to Cindy Murphy at cindym@sog.unc.edu


The association elects officers each year at its Winter conference.

Officers for 2016-2017 are:

Rachael Hawes, Haywood County

Kathy Jackson, Mecklenburg County

Mona Leipold, Onslow County


Bernard Bush, Craven County


The association assesses annual dues of $10.  


  • The association's primary activities are its two annual conferences.
  • Many members participate in the DSS Attorneys' listserv.
  • The association has a representative on the AOC's Court Improvement Program Advisory Committee.
  • When the legislature is in session association members monitor and share information about proposed legislation.

Directory of Social Services Attorneys

These directories are intended only for official business by social services attorneys. 

To correct or update your directory information, please download this Roster Update Form or contact Cindy Murphy at cindym@sog.unc.edu 


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