7:55 Welcome and Introductions
8:00 A Picture is Worth Thousands of Dollars: A Primer on Royalty-Free Images and the Fair Use Doctrine
Preetha Suresh Rini, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh
Learn how to navigate copyright issues with online images, estimate potential damages accruing from copyright infringement, and evaluate whether the fair use doctrine can be used as a defense to alleged copyright infringement.
8:55 Straight to the Top: Evaluating the Impact of Direct and Immediate Supreme Court Jurisdiction Over Orders Regarding Class Certification
Stephen V. Carey, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Raleigh
Corri A. Hopkins, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Raleigh
In 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly granted all parties an appeal as of right directly to the Supreme Court of North Carolina of any trial court's decision regarding class action certification. This presentation analyzes the impact of that jurisdictional change thus far and forecast what it might mean for the future development of North Carolina law regarding class actions, along with strategic considerations prompted by this direct right of appeal.
10:05 White-Collar Criminal Law 101: What Every Civil Litigator Needs to Know
Shana L. Fulton, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh
Shepard D. O'Connell, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh
Explore and examine the complex ethical issues, including privilege concerns, that arise when criminal law and civil litigation overlap in complex business disputes.
11:15 Diversity & Inclusion (DEI) Panel Discussion
Kimberly B. "Kim" Gatling, Fox Rothschild LLP, Greensboro
Danielle C. Gray, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Durham
Robert E. "Rob" Harrington, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte
Justin N. Outling, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro (Moderator)
Devon D. Williams, Ward and Smith PA, Raleigh
This panel features a lively discussion about important diversity, inclusion and bias issues that attorneys in the antitrust and business disputes practice face. Panelists from a variety of backgrounds share their perspectives and experiences regarding recruiting and promoting diverse legal talent and creating a more inclusive environment within the practice area of complex business disputes of North Carolina.
12:15 Lunch Break
DEI Discussion (Continued!) (Optional Event)
This session does not provide MCLE credit.
A panel of attorneys continues the conversation discussing diversity, inclusion, and bias issues within the antitrust and business disputes practice in North Carolina and solutions that their firms and businesses have developed to address them. We encourage you to attend the brown-bag lunch to continue the discussion and virtually mingle with members of the Section in smaller groups.
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1:10 Common Issues in Closely Held Business Disputes
Joshua B. Durham, Bell Davis & Pitt PA, Charlotte
Ross R. Fulton, Rayburn Cooper & Durham PA, Charlotte
Gwendolyn W. Lewis, Lincoln Derr PLLC, Charlotte
Examine issues that frequently arise in closely held business disputes, including whether to proceed in the business court, determining direct claims versus derivative claims, application of the business judgment rule and self-dealing, and litigating Meiselman claims.
2:20 Privilege, Work Product and Related Ethical Issues: What It Is, How to Protect It and How to Protect Yourself*
Gary S. Parsons, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh
The presenter explores how to correctly identify and protect the attorney client privilege, the work--product doctrine and various other privileges, along with ethical issues that arise along the way.
3:30 Business Court Judges Panel Discussion
Chief Judge Louis A. Bledsoe III, North Carolina Business Court, Charlotte
Judge Adam M. Conrad, North Carolina Business Court, Charlotte
Senior Business Court Judge James L. Gale, North Carolina Business Court, Greensboro
Grace A. Gregson, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan, Raleigh (Moderator)
Judge Gregory P. McGuire, North Carolina Business Court, Raleigh
Judge Michael L. Robinson, North Carolina Business Court, Winston-Salem
Frequently regarded as the highlight of the section's annual CLE, this panel discussion features sitting business court judges, who offer their perspectives about practice before the business court.
*Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit