Arlaine Rockey

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Arlaine Rockey




Attorney, Law Office of Arlaine Rockey, Marshall, NC June 2003 - present.   

Charlotte, NC April 2002 - June 2003 (part-time February 1999 - October 2001).

(Civil & Criminal litigation & Mediation)

National and statewide trial and appellate practice. During her almost 30 years as a lawyer, Ms. Rockey has had cases in 36 counties of North Carolina and in 12 different states, representing parents in complex custody cases involving issues of child physical and/or sexual abuse and/or domestic violence; criminal defense, child support, domestic violence, criminal defense, appeals, LGBT custody, co-parenting & adoption, divorce, equitable distribution, adoption, abuse/neglect/ dependency, and termination of parental rights cases; contracts drafting and negotiation; mediation; general litigation. Trained parenting coordinator.

Attorney, Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A., Matthews, NC

October 2001 - April 2002.

Civil and criminal litigation, including complex custody cases involving issues of child physical and/or sexual abuse and/or domestic violence; child support, domestic violence, alimony, and equitable distribution cases.

Author, Ocean Court, Legal Mystery Novel, Published 1999

Attorney, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Inc., Charlotte, NC

January 1993-February 1999

Custody and Domestic Violence Attorney/Family Law Team Leader, representing parents in complex custody cases involving child physical and/or sexual abuse and/or domestic violence and in domestic violence protective order and juvenile court cases; supervision to family law team in three offices; state legislative education; testified in General Assembly regarding and co-drafted Standby Guardianship legislation; created and helped run two ongoing self-help clinics for pro se litigants in domestic violence and custody cases, co-wrote training videos for pro se litigants and attorneys, lectured around state, organized multiple CLE presentations, worked with other organizations and coalitions, wrote legal information newspaper articles, grant writing and reporting.?

Adjunct Professor, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

1994-1995 (two Spring semesters)(Paralegal Program, taught Family Law)

Attorney, Charlotte, NC

September 1991-January 1993

Civil and criminal litigation, contracts drafting and negotiation, child custody, LGBT custody, powers of attorney and end of life and health care directives, wills; represented children in mental health cases; founded Association for the Reform of NC Marital Rape Laws, a statewide coalition that was successful in seeing NC marital rape exemption eliminated after 18-month effort, co-chaired broad state coalition, grassroots organizing, state legislative education, drafted position papers, developed class action lawsuit, developed potential client interview forms, supervised law clerks and attorney, spoke to organizations, wrote press releases.

Attorney, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., Miami, FL

September 1989-February 1991

Multi-forum advocacy for children in foster care in juvenile court, schools and social services arenas; helped organize CLE presentation, worked with Dade County domestic violence coalition, supervised law clerk, assisted with class action lawsuit, grant writing, grassroots effort that helped lead to FL Bar?s Loan Repayment Assistance Program for public interest attorneys.

Freelance Writer

(1989-1999) Wrote op-ed and other newspaper articles on a variety of legal issues.

Certified Legal Intern, Office of the State Attorney, Miami, FL

(August 1988-April 1989) Felony Domestic Crimes Unit; Traffic and DUI.

Paralegal, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Washington, DC

(1985-86) Litigation document review.



Florida, 1989

United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1990

North Carolina, 1991

United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1991

District of Columbia, 1992  (resigned in 2016 from DC Bar)

United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2016 




Juris Doctor degree: May, 1989

Activities and Honors:

Editorial Board, Entertainment & Sports Law Review

President, Association for Women Law Students, 1987-88, 1988-89

Staff writer, Res Ipsa Loquitur, law school newspaper

Society of Bar & Gavel

1987 Summer Honors Research Program, "Children and the Law"


Bachelor of Arts degree: English, May, 1984

Staff writer, The Daily Tarheel, student newspaper

Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority


Graduated: 1980



Watauga County Bar Association (2017-present)

24th Judicial District Bar (2003-present)

N.C. Bar Association (2002-2004, 2005-2006)

N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers (2001-2002)

Mecklenburg County Women's Commission, Volunteer, Legal Clinic (2002)

Hate Crimes Working Group, U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of NC (1998-99)

Mecklenburg County NC Domestic Violence Advocacy Council (1993-99)

Union County NC Domestic Violence Advocacy Council (1998)

Mecklenburg County American Civil Liberties Union (Board Member 1997-98)

NC Association of Women Attorneys (Board Member 1994)

Mecklenburg County Bar (1991-2002)

Association for the Reform of N.C. Marital Rape Laws, Founder/State Co-chair (1991-93)

Dade County FL Coalition Against Domestic Violence (1989-91)

Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care, Dade County, FL (1987-88)

Volunteer Court Advocate, Battered Women's Shelter, Charlotte, NC (1986)

Volunteer, My Sister?s Place Battered Women's Shelter, Washington, DC (1985-86)



Lecturer, (1993-2004)

Issues regarding domestic violence, custody, legal services for the poor, marital rape reform, and my novel. I have spoken to classes and groups at UNC-CH School of Law, Duke University School of Law, NC State University, UNC-Charlotte, and the University of Miami School of Law, Committees of the NC General Assembly, professional organizations, and companies.

Continuing Legal Education lecturer (1993-2002)

Issues regarding domestic violence protection order cases and custody cases.

(Charlotte, Wilmington, and Asheville, NC)