8:25 Welcome and Introductions
8:30 Restoring the Workplace: Implications and Considerations for Returning to the Office or Continuing Work From Home
Katie W. Hartzog, Hartzog Law Group LLP, Raleigh
Kimberly J. Korando, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
As the pandemic ends, can government and public sector employers require a return to work in the office? Can government and public sector employees be required to take the vaccine? As we seek to restore and improve the public sector workplace, what are the ADA, FMLA, and other labor and employment law implications?
9:40 Restoring Plain English to Legal Writing: The Plain English Movement for Government Lawyers
Laura P. Graham, Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem
This session discusses the use of plain English in legal writing so that citizens, elected officials, employees and the regulated community can understand you the first time.
10:50 Restoring Online Safety for Governments and Their Employees‡
Tara N. Cho, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Raleigh
Michael A. Greer, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Raleigh
What are the common attack vectors and technological methods used to hurt or threaten government employees and the governments they serve? Just what is "doxing"? How can governments restore the online safety of their employees (and themselves) when technology is used to threaten or harm employees? This panel explores some of today's most common cyberattacks and best practices to combat the risks associated with an increasingly digital workplace.
11:50 Lunch Break
12:20 Restoring Mental Health for Government Attorneys†
April Harris-Britt, AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness, Durham
Government attorneys care, work hard, face an ever-increasing number of competing demands from a wider swath of parties, and suffer "compassion fatigue." Restoring government and public sector attorney mental health in the COVID era can be achieved. This session provides research and tips for doing so.
1:30 Restoring the Ethical Role of the Government and Public Sector Attorney as Civil Servant and Protector of Democracy*
Amy Y. Bason, General Counsel for NC Association of County Commissioners, Raleigh
William M. Polk, North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Durham
Christine B. Simpson, Retired Town of Cary Attorney, Cary
Anne M. Tompkins, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, Charlotte
Janine M. Zanin, UNC School of Law, Efland
Government and public sector attorneys have been at the forefront of recent events: promulgating hate speech on personal social media, being fired for blowing the whistle, intervening in ways deemed political in previously non-political matters, and walking away from jobs they loved to maintain professionalism. Government attorneys have been seen to act with and without integrity. What is the role of the government and public sector attorney in restoring respect for the rule of law and ourselves as guardians of civil service, preserving the rule of law and democracy? How do the Rules of Professional Conduct apply?
3:10 Restoring Understanding and Implementation of First Amendment Religion Jurisprudence
E. Gregory Wallace, Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh
The Supreme Court's developing First Amendment religion jurisprudence directly impacts both the government and the public sector. Religious beliefs may conflict not only among elected officials, leaders and employees within government, but also those external to government. Employees may seek to act (or not) because of their religious beliefs. Government must protect and serve those with differing beliefs. What shall governments do when citizens assert religious grounds to refuse to deal with government employees? How do we restore some balance?
*Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
†Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit
‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit