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Suzanne Chester is the managing attorney at The Child’s Advocate, a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC). After graduating with honors from UNC School of Law in 1995, Suzanne worked at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, focusing on a class action lawsuit to improve access to health care for women prisoners.  Suzanne then worked at the Raleigh office of Legal Aid from 1998 to 2012-- first  as a staff attorney, then as a supervising attorney-- where she practiced poverty law with a concentration in family law and domestic violence. While at the Raleigh Office, Suzanne helped to develop Project Together, a pro bono program which recruits and trains attorneys to represent victims of domestic violence in 50B proceedings in Wake County. In addition to practicing law, Suzanne really enjoys teaching and has taught as an adjunct professor at the Civil Clinic at UNC School of Law, trial advocacy through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), and  as  a speaker at various CLE programs sponsored by LANC, the American Bar Association, and the North Carolina Bar Association. Suzanne’s service to the community includes serving on the boards of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, The Child’s Advocate, Wake Women Attorneys and the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. Suzanne currently divides her time between managing The Child’s Advocate and litigating fair housing cases at LANC’s Fair Housing Project.

Erin Haygood is a full-time staff attorney with The Child’s Advocate. Between 2007 and 2014, Erin represented children in the role of Guardian ad litem in juvenile and in civil court, and worked for two years as the Conflict Guardian ad litem Attorney in Judicial District 15B.  Erin has extensive experience as a facilitator, having served as the Child Planning Conference facilitator for three years in Orange and Chatham Counties.  She has also been previously certified by the Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct Family Financial Settlement mediations and has conducted pro bono divorce mediations on behalf of the Orange County Dispute Settlement Center for over ten years.  Erin graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1997 and thereafter worked as a Legal Aid staff attorney and as a solo practitioner on a full-time and part-time basis, concentrating her practice on family law and child custody cases.

Atiya M. Mosley graduated from George Washington University Law School in 1998 and began practicing law at the Augusta office of Georgia Legal Services Program. After spending some time handling a myriad of poverty law issues, she began to focus on family law and domestic violence prevention. Atiya has served as a domestic violence prevention advocate in some capacity since law school. After four years at Legal Services, Atiya opened her own successful family law firm also serving as a Guardian ad Litem for the Augusta Judicial Circuit during that period. In 2005, Atiya moved to North Carolina to be closer to her family. She joined Legal Aid of North Carolina to serve as the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative attorney for the Raleigh office. In July 2017, Atiya transition to the Child’s Advocate (a project of Legal Aid), where she serves as senior staff attorney for children in high-conflict custody lawsuits so that their voices are heard and their interests protected. Atiya is a founding member of the Wake County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. She currently serves as a trainer for the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence. In part due to her commitment and dedication to meet violence with love and kindness, Atiya was selected by the Wake Women Attorney’s to serve as their first Wake Woman of the Year in 2016. Outside of the office, Atiya enjoys cooking yummy meals that she shares with loved ones, adventures, delving deeper and exploring life.

Magen Kite graduated from East Carolina University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She then worked for three years as a child protective services investigator in Onslow County, North Carolina, where she took a special interest in helping families who had experienced domestic violence and advocating for children who had been sexually abused. In 2012 Magen left child protective services to attend law school and graduated from Campbell Law School in 2015. During law school Magen participated in a pro bono project providing representation to victims of domestic violence seeking civil domestic violence protective orders. She completed an externship with The Child’s Advocate in the fall of 2014. She joined The Child’s Advocate full-time in 2016, becoming a staff attorney in 2017.