Pamela Attorney

Premela G. Deck

Attorney

Premela Deck is a family law attorney, social worker, and current doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, School of Social Work where her research centers on conflict in divorce. As a practitioner of law and social work, Premela is uniquely equipped to engage in holistic problem-solving, examine clients’ needs from all angles, and navigate the legal process.

As a family law attorney, Premela has experience as a litigator, mediator, collaborative attorney, and guardian ad litem. She previously clerked for Justice Cheri L. Beasley of the North Carolina Supreme Court and represented criminal defendants in show-cause hearings as a Litman Fellow at Harvard Law School.

As a forensic social worker, Premela serves as a parenting coach, reunification therapist, and professor.  She also teaches a high-conflict parenting class at William James College as well as research and policy classes at Bridgewater School of Social Work.

Premela’s social work education and experience bring a unique perspective to SD Law, “we are always mindful of the ramifications that shifting families have on children and parents,” she says. “We want to help our clients seek power and autonomy in their decision-making.” Although family law cases can be antagonistic, Premela’s goal is to work toward resolution as much as possible. “Families aren’t going to succeed if you rip them apart,” she says. “It’s our goal to bring people to the table and to help them reach resolutions they can live with and abide by.”

Premela is admitted to practice law in both Massachusetts and North Carolina. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and son.

   Education
  • Attorney Deck received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Western New England University School of Law in 2016. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Springfield College School of Social Work in 2015 and her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in 2011.  She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill School of Social Work.
  • Attorney Deck served as the Research Editor of the Western New England Law Review.
  • Attorney Deck was admitted to the Massachusetts and North Carolina Bars in 2016.
  Distinctions
  • Attorney Deck was awarded a Public Interest Scholar Award for her commitment to public interest work.
  • Attorney Deck served as a Litman Fellow Harvard Defender at Harvard Law School where she represented low-income clients in criminal show-cause hearings in Boston area courts.
  • Attorney Deck received CALI Awards for Excellence in Contracts, Criminal Procedure, Family Law Legal Mediation, and Domestic Violence Law.
   Publications
  • Premela G. Deck, Law and Social Work: Reconciling Conflicting Ethical Obligations Between Two Seemingly Opposing Disciplines to Create a Collaborative Law Practice, 38 New Eng. L. Rev. 263 (2016).

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