Legal Director

Janice Perrin Paul, JD

Janice Perrin Paul, JD, earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and has spent most of her more than 30 years of practice working in the area of child and family law. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law, assigned to the Center for Child & Family Health as Legal Director.

Ms. Paul previously served as a Guardian ad Litem Attorney-Advocate in Abuse/Neglect/Dependency Court, and later as a senior assistant district attorney prosecuting child abuse and child sexual offense cases, domestic violence major felonies, and animal cruelty cases. While working as a staff attorney at the North Carolina General Assembly, she served as lead or key staff on the following issues: mental health, child welfare, guardianship, criminal law, child support, family law, involuntary commitment, juvenile delinquency, unemployment, and the North Carolina Juvenile Code.

In addition to consulting and training for CCFH, Ms. Paul teaches Children and the Law at NCCU School of Law. She is a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children, and serves on the Durham DSS Board, the Governor’s Crime Commission NC Children’s Justice Act Task Force, the Durham Child Abuse Multiagency Review Team, and the Durham Community Child Fatality Prevention/Child Abuse Prevention Teams. Over the course of her career, she has trained at numerous child welfare conferences and juvenile law continuing education seminars; presented extensively to legislative committees; conducted trainings on legal issues for TF-CBT senior leaders; and has joined other CCFH training faculty at various conferences and trainings.

Areas of Focus: Child Welfare Law, Juvenile Law, Health and Human Services Law, Family Law, Criminal Law, Mental Health Law