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Professionalism for New Attorneys (PNA)

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The North Carolina Bar Association is your home for the best continuing legal education, professional development and networking, and we are pleased to welcome newly licensed North Carolina attorneys into the profession.

Included as a member benefit, Professionalism for New Attorneys (PNA) provides each attendee with a full year of CLE credit and is complimentary for newly licensed attorneys.

A special thanks to North Carolina Bar Foundation Endowment for a grant which helps support this PNA Program


  • Why Professionalism Is Important to You
  • Overview of the North Carolina State Bar
  • Inner Workings of the Law Office
  • Technology and Your Responsibility to Your Clients
  • Getting Lost in Our Own Lives
  • Dealing with the Courts
  • What I Didn't Learn in Law School
  • The Attorney-Client Relationship
  • Ethics and Grievance Committees
  • Pro Bono Service in North Carolina
  • How to Win in Trust Account Management
  • Financial Planning Strategies
  • A View From the Bench: Cases and Examples of Professionalism and the Challenges of Being a New Lawyer
  • Professionalism Insight and Voluntary Oath

Live Webcast
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 20-21, 2020
Day 1: 8:55 AM–4:25 PM
Day 2: 8:55 AM–4:25 PM

Click here to preview the full program agenda.


  • Chief Judge Linda M. McGee, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Raleigh
  • Judge Carl R. Fox, North Carolina Superior Court, Hillsborough
  • Judge Paul C. Ridgeway, North Carolina Superior Court, Raleigh
  • Andrew P. Atkins, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
  • Kim Bart Mullikin, North Carolina Bar Foundation, Cary
  • Dauna L. Bartley, The Brocker Law Firm PA, Raleigh
  • Douglas J. "Doug" Brocker, The Brocker Law Firm PA, Raleigh
  • Troy G. Crawford, LM Title Agency LLC, Cary
  • Leanor D. B. Hodge, North Carolina State Bar, Raleigh
  • Thomas R. Holt, Bagwell Holt Smith PA, Chapel Hill
  • Kristen M. Kirby, McGuireWoods LLP, Raleigh (Moderator)
  • Savannah B. Perry, North Carolina State Bar, Raleigh
  • Catherine S. Reach, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary
  • Mark A. Scruggs, Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company, Cary
  • Kimberly Overton Spahos, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, Raleigh
  • Sheila R. Spence, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Durham
  • Patrick Yanke, Yanke Financial, Raleigh

NCBA CLE Department

North Carolina: 12.00 MCLE Hours

11.00 Ethics/Professional Responsibility
1.00 Substance Abuse/Mental Health
1.00 Technology Training

The NC State Bar requires full attendance at a Live or Webcast PNA program in order to receive CLE credit. A PNA program is required to be completed by:

  • 12/31/2020 for those who pass the July 2019 and February 2020 North Carolina Bar Exam
  • 12/31/2021 for those who pass the July 2020 and February 2021 North Carolina Bar Exam

Click here for the full NC State Bar rules and exemptions on PNA.

See pricing below. Tuition is complimentary for NCBA Members who are newly licensed attorneys and required by the NC State Bar to take a PNA program.