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Day 1 | Professionalism for New Attorneys (PNA)

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

Gain insight into your day and understand why the PNA program was created and is required for new lawyers and lawyers who are new to North Carolina (or have practiced law for five years or less).

9:00        Why Professionalism Is Important to You*

Kimberly Overton Spahos, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, Raleigh

In this dynamic session, hear from experts some ways you can ensure a positive, professional reputation. Review basic professionalism concepts, the professionalism checklist, personal conflicts and much more.

10:00      Break

10:10      Overview of the North Carolina State Bar*

Savannah B. Perry, North Carolina State Bar, Raleigh

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the North Carolina State Bar and what is required of you. Discuss the regulatory framework, obligations of membership and reporting misconduct (Rule 8.3). Learn about NC State Bar programs and committees, including LAP, IOLTA, CLE, Authorized Practice and Administrative Committees, legal specialization, client security fraud, and fee dispute resolution.

10:40      Break

10:50      Inner Workings of the Law Office*

Catherine S. Reach, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary

Learn the basics of law office operations, including budgeting, case and file management, training and supervising employees, and marketing. Obtain resources available through the NC State Bar and other organizations and discuss the importance of mentoring.

11:35      Break

11:45      Technology and Your Responsibility to Your Clients*‡

Catherine S. Reach, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary

Receive an overview of the technology necessary to build a law office support system and hear stories about the best and worst practices. Explore technology’s impact on ethical responsibilities, the ethical considerations of social media, conflict controls and risk of spoliation of evidence.

12:45      Lunch Break

1:15        Welcome Message

Josh McIntyre, Director of Membership and Communities, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary 

1:20        Getting Lost in Our Own Lives†

Thomas R. Holt, Bagwell Holt Smith PA, Chapel Hill

Your hard work has paid off and sometimes finding the harmony between work and personal time is difficult. Hear practical tips for successfully finding a balance, the hazards to watch out for and the resources available to help.

2:20        Break

2:30        Dealing with the Courts*

Judge Carl R. Fox, North Carolina Superior Court, Hillsborough

In this highly engaging session, receive pointers that will positively influence your presence in the courts. Examine Rule 3.3 and Rule 11, courtroom decorum and setting realistic goals for your practice.

3:30        Break

3:40        What I Didn't Learn in Law School*

Andrew P. Atkins, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
Kristen M. Kirby, McGuireWoods LLP, Raleigh (Moderator)
Sheila R. Spence, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Durham

Although it is an essential prerequisite that lays the foundation for practicing law, there are many skills that law school doesn't teach you. Learn from members of our Young Lawyers Division as they share helpful tips acquired from real-world experience and provide other useful information that you can implement in your daily practice.

4:25        Adjourn

*Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
†Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit
‡Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit

Thank you

Thank you for joining us today for day one of Professionalism for New Attorneys (PNA) We'll see you tomorrow. 


  • Andrew P. Atkins

    Andrew P. Atkins is a member of Smith Anderson’s Construction and Commercial Litigation practice groups in Raleigh, North Carolina. Andrew represents owners, contractors and developers in multi-party disputes involving public and private commercial projects. He is also regularly involved in other commercial, contract and business-related disputes. Andrew has represented clients in some of the largest construction disputes in North Carolina including multi-million dollar claims related to the construction of state-owned psychiatric hospitals, a light rail system, and public highways. He regularly counsels clients on risk management during construction. Andrew has significant experience in mediation, litigation, and arbitration and has been involved in projects across North Carolina, throughout the southeast, in Puerto Rico, and in Eastern Europe.

    Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Andrew served as a Judicial Law Clerk to Justice Mark Martin, Supreme Court of North Carolina. He also practiced at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, United States Department of the Treasury (OCC), where he often worked with national banks on regulatory matters affecting their business operations and pursued enforcement actions on behalf of the OCC. Andrew received both undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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  • Judge Carl R. Fox

    Judge Carl R. Fox received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After law school, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Chatham and Orange counties (Prosecutorial District 15B) for over six years. He then served as the elected District Attorney for over twenty years. In 2005, Judge Fox became a Superior Court Judge for Judicial District 15B and is retiring as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge.

    Judge Fox is involved in numerous professional and civic activities. He currently serves on the SECU Family House Steering Committee and formerly with the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism. 

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  • Thomas R. Holt

    Thomas R. Holt graduated from Davis & Elkins College in 1980 and from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill in 1990. He lives in Chapel Hill and is a partner at Bagwell Holt Smith PA. Areas of Practice include Residential and Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Holt is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program. He was recipient of the North Carolina Chief Justice's LAP service award in 2013.

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  • Kristen M. Kirby

    Kristen M. Kirby is a partner at McGuireWoods LLP in Raleigh. Her practice focuses on public finance transactions. She has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, bank counsel, and borrower’s counsel for a variety of tax-exempt transactions, including multifamily housing revenue bonds, 501(c)(3) bonds for colleges, universities, schools, including charter schools, and other nonprofits, private activity bonds, and industrial development bonds.

    Kristen is a 2009 cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. She is the current chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association. She is also an executive committee member of North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors and member of the North Carolina Bar Foundation, Board of Directors.

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  • Josh McIntyre

    Josh McIntyre serves as Director of Membership & Communities for the North Carolina Bar Association. He joined the NCBA as Director of Membership in 2015, and transitioned into his expanded role in 2019.

    McIntyre came the NCBA from Kaplan Test Prep, where he served as Senior Regional Director for the Kaplan Bar Review. He has also served as an attorney with Shipman and Wright in Wilmington and as Director of Youth Ministries for the First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton, his hometown.

    McIntyre is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC School of Law.

    McIntyre and his wife, Sarah, who is also an attorney, reside in Durham. He is a member of the Durham County Bar and the Durham Expunction & Restoration Program, and serves on their boards, and the National Association of Bar Executives, where he is a member of the Professional Development Committee.

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  • Savannah B. Perry

    Savannah B. Perry works as deputy counsel at the North Carolina State Bar Office of Counsel in Raleigh, where she prosecutes attorney misconduct.

    Savannah earned her B.A. in English from Appalachian State University, her Master of Trust and Wealth Management, magna cum laude, from Campbell University and her J.D. from Campbell Law School.

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  • Catherine Sanders Reach

    Catherine Sanders Reach is Director for the Center for Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association, providing practice technology and management assistance to lawyers and legal professionals. Formerly she was Director, Law Practice Management and Technology for the Chicago Bar Association and the Director at the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center.

    Prior to her work at the NCBA, CBA and ABA she worked in library and information science environments for a number of years, working at Ross and Hardies as a librarian. She received a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1997.

    Catherine's professional activities include articles published in Law Practice magazine, Law Technology News and GPSolo Magazine, as well as numerous other publications. She has given presentations on the use of technology in law firms for national bar conferences, state and local bar associations and organizations such as the National Association of Bar Council and the Association of American Law Schools. In 2011 she was selected to be one of the inaugural Fastcase 50, celebrating fifty innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the field of law and in 2013 became Professionalism for New Attorneys (PNA) a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. She served on the ABA TECHSHOW Board from 2007-2009, 2014-2016 and is co-vice chair in 2019.

    Click here for more information about Catherine. Connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

  • Kimberly Overton Spahos

    Kimberly Overton Spahos serves as the Chief Resource Prosecutor with the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys in Cary, North Carolina. Her responsibilities include identification of training topics, curriculum development and implementation. 

    Kimberly has served as faculty for thousands of courses sponsored by numerous criminal justice organizations throughout the world. Lecturing in more than 40 states and 3 countries, she has been instrumental in the creation of an “out of the box” approach to curriculum development and course production.

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  • Sheila R. Spence

    Sheila R. Spence is an attorney focusing her time on privacy and data security matters. She has been awarded as a 2019 ABA Young Lawyers Division Scholar due to her increased bar involvement, public service, and professional excellence. She currently works as a policy consultant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is an active member of the NCBA Young Lawyers Division, serving as the Division Director for Community Service Programs, and she also serves in various NCBA sections including the Corporate Counsel Section, CLE committee, and the Sports and Entertainment Section, membership chair. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, and cheering on the North Carolina Tar Heels!

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October 20, 2020
Tue 8:55 AM EDT

Duration 7H 30M

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