8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 People, Police and Protests
Mark H. Newbold, City of Charlotte Mecklenberg Police Department, Charlotte
Listen to an early-morning overview of the constitutional, statutory and regulatory law dealing with protests on the street or in public meetings, as well as permissible and effective government responses, including curfews, permits, and exclusion or removal from meetings.
10:25 People, Pandemics and Privacy
Jill D. Moore, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill
Hear a midmorning overview of privacy law during a pandemic, including the privacy of government and other employees versus the health of co-employees, the privacy of the public and governmental employees when dealing in person, and balancing and enforcing privacy rights.
11:20 Pandemics, Panic and Public Health
Norma R. Houston, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill
William M. Polk, North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Durham
This session is an elevenses overview of the state and local governments' legal authority, constraints and enforcement in a pandemic. What authority is given to state and local health directors; the governor; local government leaders and governing boards/councils; the council of state; administrative agencies, boards and commissions; and law enforcement? What can be done if those with authority refuse to exercise it or exercise it improperly?
12:20 Lunch Break
12:50 Public Participation in the People's Business
Anna Baird Choi, Nichols Choi & Lee PLLC, Raleigh
Jeffrey P. Gray, Bailey & Dixon LLP, Raleigh
S. Mujeeb Shah-Khan, City of Monroe, Monroe
Receive an early-afternoon overview of the Public Records Act and the public meetings law during this state of emergency. How have law and practice changed regarding conducting, attending and participating in public meetings, as well as making and responding to public records requests? What are the practicalities, challenges, pitfalls and successes with telework, technology and social media and complying with the laws?
2:00 People, Places and Public Access
James D. "Jim" Secor III, Guilford County Attorney's Office, Greensboro
Listen to a midafternoon overview of the law regarding public access to public property and buildings, the employees working in them, and to evacuated or otherwise restricted geographic areas. In or out of a state of emergency, when and where can the general public, protestors and self-designated "First Amendment Auditors" go or be barred from going? What are the limits to the public's access to government property, including government buildings or leased space, while still meeting constitutional obligations?
3:10 Police, Public Records, Privacy and the People's Right to Know
Tawanda Foster Artis, North Carolina General Assembly, Raleigh
Jonathan D. Jones, Elon University, Durham
Join Tawanda for a late-afternoon overview of the law regarding law enforcement records, including body-camera footage, police officer employment records, the legislature's attempt to shield autopsy records and much more.