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.
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 transitioned 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.
Athina Hinson-Boyte graduated from UNC School of Law in 2021 with honors. During law school, Athina completed over 200 hours of pro bono work, was on the National Holderness Moot Court team, and served as president of Law Students Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. Athina interned for ten weeks with The Child’s Advocate in the summer of 2020.
Before attending law school, Athina worked as a court advocate at the Abuse Prevention Council for three years. This experience inspired her to pursue public interest work throughout her legal education and career.
After graduating from law school, Athina was awarded a prestigious Julian T. Pierce fellowship at the Pembroke office of Legal Aid of North Carolina. She litigated cases in the areas of domestic violence protective orders and landlord/tenant disputes. In September 2022, Athina returned to The Child’s Advocate as a staff attorney and now specializes in representing children in contentious custody cases in Wake and Durham Counties.
In her free time, Athina can be found reading a good book with a cat on her lap.