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COVID-19 v. The Constitution: The New Normal? (2020 Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities Section CLE)

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        2020 Cases from the North Carolina Supreme Court

Former Justice Robert H. Edmunds Jr., Fox Rothschild LLP, Greensboro
Former Justice Barbara A. Jackson, North Carolina Supreme Court, Raleigh
Troy D. Shelton, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh

Listen as the panel reviews 2020 cases from the Supreme Court of North Carolina that provides context for the presentations later in the program. Troy Shelton, a Fox Rothschild associate whose practice focuses on state and federal appeals, gives an overview of the most salient constitutional law opinions issued by the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Former Justices Jackson and Edmunds also call on their experiences on the bench to discuss particular aspects of Supreme Court practice.

10:30      Break

10:40      2020 Cases from the United States Supreme Court

Wilson Parker, Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem

Hear a review the significant cases from the October 2019 term of the SCOTUS, preview significant cases in the October 2020 term and discuss the implications for the future of the court following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

12:10      Lunch Break

12:40      Litigating COVID-19 Issues in North Carolina

Brian F. Castro, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, Winston-Salem
Jeanette K. Doran, North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, Raleigh
Andrew A. Kasper, North Carolina Department of Revenue, Raleigh
S. Chuck Kitchen, Kitchen & Turrentine PLLC, Raleigh

During this session, the speakers discuss the front of currently pending COVID-19 cases from the barricades.

1:40        Break

1:50        COVID-19 and the First Amendment

Robert P. Joyce, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill
C. Amanda Martin, Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych PLLC, Raleigh

COVID-19 restrictions on group meetings have brought new law to the First Amendment, including right to assemble and right to worship. Review the law and its meaning for practitioners.

2:50        Break

3:00        Best Mental Health Practices in a COVID-19 Environment†

Nicole "Nicki" Ellington, North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program, Raleigh
Richard Hicks, HRC Behavioral Health & Psychiatry PA, Chapel Hill

COVID-19 has remade the practice of law and created new mental health stresses for practitioners. Help is on the way.

4:00        Adjourn

†Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit

Thank you

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  • Brian F. Castro

    Brian F. Castro is a litigation attorney who focuses on defending counties, public officials, and businesses. He is a member of the business litigation group of the law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, and practices out of the Raleigh office. Currently in his third year as an associate, Brian has defended governmental entities in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 cases and cases involving various provisions of the Constitutions of the United States and North Carolina.

    Prior to joining Womble Bond Dickinson, Brian gained valuable in-house experience as an intern for the general counsel's office of a global pharmaceutical company. He has also served as judicial extern for three North Carolina judges, in the N.C. Supreme Court, N.C. Court of Appeals, and United States Bankruptcy Court.

    Brian obtained his law degree from Campbell Law School with a cum laude distinction, and obtained his bachelor's degree in Political Science and Romance Languages from UNC-Chapel Hill.

    When Brian is not practicing law, he enjoys to read and play musical instruments, such as the piano and drums.

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  • Jeanette K. Doran

    Jeanette K. Doran has served as President and General Counsel of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law since returning to the Institute to reorganize and restart the organization in July 2019.

    She started her career as a federal law clerk in the Middle District of North Carolina after graduating with honors from Campbell Law School.

    Her past work experience includes a clerkship in the Middle District of North Carolina, work in the appeals section of the Federal Public Defender as the Research and Writing Attorney, and a staff position at the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. Jeanette joined NCICL in 2005, eventually becoming the Institute's Executive Director in 2011. In December 2013, Jeanette was appointed by the then-Governor to serve as Chairman of the newly established Board of Review at the Division of Employment Security, Department of Commerce and completed her public service there in June 2019.

    Jeanette is an active member of the legal profession and the community. She served on the Appellate Rules Committee of the NC Bar Association for ten years and, in 2012, was elected to serve on the Section Council leading the Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section of the Bar Association. Since 2012, she has served the Rules Review Commission and was elected chair of the Commission in September 2020. Her public service also includes serving on the board of directors for Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform.

    She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, various federal district courts and all North Carolina Courts. She is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and has published scholarly articles in law reviews, whitepapers, and op-ed commentary.

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  • Former Justice Robert H. Edmunds Jr.

    Former Justice Robert H. Edmunds Jr. served as an appellate judge for 18 years, most recently as Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Justice Edmunds now serves clients with that same dedication as part of the firm's Appellate group.

    Justice Edmunds helps clients navigate complex criminal and civil appeals in state and federal court. He also protects clients' interests in constitutional and other high-stakes litigation. Justice Edmunds draws from his breadth of experience in government and the private sector. He is board certified as a specialist in appellate practice, state criminal law and federal criminal law.

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  • Judge Robert N. "Bob" Hunter Jr.

    Former Justice Robert N. "Bob" Hunter Jr. served for ten years as a jurist in over 3,000 general civil appeals in state court including: complex business disputes; decisions involving directors; breach of fiduciary duty; corporate dissolution; "fairness" of class action settlements; misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets; and, dissenting shareholder claims. Other cases involved enforcement of construction liens; calculation of equitable adjustments in construction delay claims; worker's compensation issues; insurance coverage and damage claims; medical malpractice claims; condemnation; zoning; homeowner's association disputes; and, routine personal injury claims.

    Prior to judicial service, trial practice involved labor law, Fair Labor Standards Act, federal securities law, class actions, and real estate and decedent estates as Public Administrator. Practice included substantial time in disputed election contests, redistricting, voting rights, and equal protection claims.

    Served as adjunct professor of law at Wake Forest University School of Law, Elon University School of Law, and North Carolina Central School of Law teaching appellate advocacy and the law of democracy.

    A certified superior court mediator in the first class of ADR professionals licensed in North Carolina for Superior Court, Farm Nuisance, and Family Mediations Prior to judicial service, mediated approximately 150 cases. As an NASD arbitrator, sat on 30 panels and served as Chairman on 9 panels.

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  • Former Justice Barbara A. Jackson

    Former Justice Barbara A. Jackson joined the Supreme Court in 2011, having first served there as a law clerk for Justice Burley Mitchell. She also has served on the Court of Appeals, as General Counsel to Commissioner Cherie Berry, in Governor James G. Martin's office, and worked in private practice.

    Justice Jackson is UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, where she was a National Merit Scholar and served on the Law Review. She also has a degree in Judicial Studies from Duke Law.

    In 2015, Chief Justice Martin appointed Justice Jackson as a co-chair on the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice. Her focus was on the area of technology.

    Justice Jackson is active in the NCBA and has served as both a member of the Board of Governors and a Section Chair, as well as on the WCBA Board of Directors. Currently, she serves on the NC Courts Commission.

    Click here for more information about Justice Jackson.

  • Robert P. Joyce

    Robert P. Joyce is professor of public law and government at the School of Government of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has practiced law in New York and North Carolina. He has been on the faculty of the School for 37 years. He focuses his research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of elections law, public employment law, public education law, and higher education law. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School.

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  • Andrew A. Kasper

    Andrew A. Kasper currently serves as General Counsel to the North Carolina Department of Revenue and special counsel to the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services. Prior to joining the State, he served as Senior Clerk to Judge James A. Wynn, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Kasper also spent three years as an associate at a leading regional law firm. His diverse litigation practice principally focused on antitrust, constitutional, and commercial disputes.

    Kasper graduated with High Honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law. While in law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the North Carolina Law Review. Prior to attending law school, he obtained a master's degree in economics at the University of Texas at Austin and worked as a reporter in Washington, D.C., covering the pharmaceutical industry.

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  • S. Chuck Kitchen

    S. Chuck Kitchen is a partner in the Raleigh law firm of Kitchen & Turrentine, PLLC.

    He is a 1980 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill Law School. He worked as a county attorney in Alamance and Durham Counties for 30 years before retiring from Durham County and entering private practice. His practice is largely centered on government and constitutional issues. He is a past Chair of the Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section of the Bar Association.

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  • C. Amanda Martin

    C. Amanda Martin is a communications lawyer, representing traditional and social media as well as corporate communicators on issues related to the libel and privacy, the internet, intellectual property, and other speech-based concerns. Ms. Martin is general counsel to the N.C. Press Association, an organization of North Carolina's newspapers. For more than 25 years, she routinely has counseled reporters, editors and news directors about avoiding libel suits, gaining access to closed government meetings and records and resisting subpoenas. With the advent of the internet, Ms. Martin expanded her practice to include counseling and representing non-media individuals and organizations with social media issues.

    Ms. Martin is the co-author of the North Carolina section of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Open Government Guide and co-editor of the North Carolina Media Law Handbook, to which she also contributes the chapter on access to public meetings. For years she co-authored the North Carolina section of the Media Law Resource Center's annual survey on privacy law. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at media law forums and workshops and regularly contributes articles to legal, media and other publications. Ms. Martin has taught as an adjunct instructor of media law at the UNC Hussman School of Media and Journalism, the UNC School of Law, and Campbell Law School.

    Ms. Martin's professional activities have included serving as a member of the Newsgathering Committee of the Media Law Resource Center, former chairman of the N.C. Bar Association's Constitutional Rights and Responsibility Section Council and a former director of the Wake County Bar Association and editor of its newsletter. She enjoys reading, cooking, and travel and is an active member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church.

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  • Tommy Odom

    Tommy Odom is a North Carolinian born & bred; born in Chapel Hill and raised on a farm in Mecklenburg County near Charlotte.

    Following obtaining his B.A. in political science at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1983 and his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1987, Tommy practiced law for twelve years at Weinstein Sturges Odom Bigger Campbell and Jonas in Charlotte. In the year 2000, Tommy founded The Odom Firm. He continued to focus his practice on eminent domain, personal injury, and civil litigation.

    Tommy has three children, Tripp, Annie and Max, practices law with his wife, Martha, and he and his family love their dog, Yogi.

    When not working, Tommy enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, playing guitar and bass with his band Roadkil, making and writing "stuff", and fishing. Tommy coached for the Charlotte Junior Soccer League for many years, has served on a number of boards for local art and environmental non-profit organizations, and volunteers with Urban Ministry Center Soup Kitchen in Charlotte.

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  • Robynn E. Moraites

    Robynn E. Moraites is the Executive Director of the NC LAP. She obtained her undergraduate degree in education from Florida State and her law degree from UNC at Chapel Hill. Prior to attending law school, she ran a public health program at the University of Miami where she developed continuing medical education programs for healthcare professionals working in the field of geriatric medicine.

    Prior to joining the LAP, Robynn practiced law in North Carolina in large firm, small firm, and in-house settings. She has an extensive background and knowledge in helping lawyers in recovery.

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  • Wilson Parker

    Wilson Parker is a Professor at Wake Forest Law School. He teaches Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, and a seminar on the history of the Supreme Court. He is the primary author with Michael Curtis of Constitutional Law in Context, a Con Law casebook now in its 4th edition. He was a visiting scholar at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland in 1997 and has taught in Wake Forest Law School programs in London, Venice, and Vienna. He is an honors graduate of Yale College and Duke Law School.

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  • Troy D. Shelton

    Troy D. Shelton handles a wide range of litigation matters, with a focus on business disputes, class actions and appeals.

    Troy has litigated a wide variety of contract disputes, including construction, manufacturing, employment, and lease agreements, as well as insurance coverage disputes. These disputes often include claims for theft of trade secrets and violations of noncompetes. Troy has litigated contract disputes in arbitration and before jurors. Complementing this work, Troy also advises clients on their antitrust obligations and competition concerns for contracts under negotiation.

    Complex litigation requires strategic planning from the outset, and that is especially true for class actions. Troy has represented clients facing hundreds of millions of dollars in potential exposure from class actions. The successful defense of these high stakes cases requires carefully framing the dispute at every stage of the case — including discovery, certification, and appeal.

    Troy has also handled disputes involving state administrative law and trade regulation. These matters have included jurisdictional disputes between occupational licensing boards, as well as disputes between licensing boards and their licensees.

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December 3, 2020
Thu 8:55 AM EST

Duration 7H 5M

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