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2019 NCBA Paralegal Division Annual Meeting

Hear from some of North Carolina's top legal professionals on a variety of topics designed to educate and update you and to energize your career.

At this advanced level, you have an opportunity to gain the following benefits:

  • Learn fundamental information about cryptocurrencies and blockchains and understand how these technologies affect the discovery process for litigation teams and professionals working in e-discovery.
  • Review applicable rules that govern the world of e-discovery, hear real-world examples of the ways things can go wrong and find out how to fix them.
  • Hear about the very real problem of human trafficking and find out how North Carolina citizens and courts are being affected.
  • Understand key topics of the new Session Law 2018-45, including changes that affect boards of directors and officers, voting trusts, shareholder agreements, mergers that follow tender offers, appraisal rights, short-form mergers into non-corporate parent entities, and a new statutory ratification procedure for defective actions or share issuances.
  • Receive the latest real estate news and discuss the most frequent claims, new legislation and recent trends affecting your practice.
  • Review the details and procedures that make trying a criminal case in North Carolina different and exciting.
  • Examine the December 2018 changes to the WDNC Local Rules and the modifications to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • Become well-versed in the general status of immigration law resulting from the recent government shutdown through recent court cases and presidential orders and learn how these changes have affected enforcement policies.
  • Hear from a North Carolina Supreme Court Justice on her take of modern ethical dilemmas faced by North Carolina paralegals.


Note: Only the litigation track was recorded for On-Demand.

  • Blockchain and E-discovery: The Legal Impact of BlockChain
  • Finding the Calm in the E-discovery Fire Drill
  • Trial and Error: 10 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable as a Litigation Paralegal
  • Tips for Paralegals Venturing into Family Law
  • Ch-ch-ch-changes: WDNC Local Rules Updates and Modifications Under the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Real-Life Ethical Dilemmas for Paralegals


  • Justice Anita S. Earls, North Carolina Supreme Court, Durham
  • Leigh C. Bagley, Bell Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem
  • Christopher A. Beechler, Beechler Tomberlin PLLC, Winston-Salem
  • Ruth I. Bradshaw, Combs Bradshaw & Lee PLLC, Winston-Salem
  • David B. Clement, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
  • David K. Davis, Retired U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Asheville
  • Joshua B. Durham, Bell Davis & Pitt PA, Charlotte
  • Nancy S. Ferguson, Chicago Title Company LLC, Greensboro
  • John C. Overfield, Coltrane & Overfield PLLC, Greensboro
  • Kimberly A. Sokolich, Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office, Charlotte
  • Elizabeth C. Southern, Hanesbrands Inc., Winston-Salem
  • Ozie Stallworth, North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, Raleigh
  • Heather L. Taraska, Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office, Charlotte
  • Jeff L. Thigpen, Guilford County Register of Deeds, Greensboro
  • Allison C. Tomberlin, Beechler Tomberlin PLLC, Winston-Salem
  • Nicole Whitaker, VF Corporation, Greensboro
  • Adam L. Wilson, City of Gastonia Police Department, Gastonia
  • John Wilson, HaystackID, Atlanta, GA
  • Charlot F. Wood, Bell Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem
  • Jessica L. Yanez, Yanez Immigration Law, Greensboro

May 3, 2019

Planned by the NCBA Paralegal Division

  • Ann M. Cantrell, Nexsen Pruet PLLC, Greensboro (Planner)
  • Stephanie C. Crosby, Ward and Smith PA, New Bern (Planner)
  • Stephanie B. Elliott, Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP, Charlotte (Planner)
  • Melissa Stockley Jones, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan, Raleigh (Planner)
  • Katelyn A. Morton, The Fresh Market Inc., Greensboro (Planner)
  • Allison D. Yezek, Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office, Charlotte (Planner)

North Carolina: 6.00 CPE Hours

1.00 Ethics/Professional Responsibility


See pricing below. Discounts may be available for NCBA members who are students, law professors, judges or legal services/public interest attorneys. Call CLE at 800.228.3402 for details.