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The Work of Restoration (2021 Government & Public Sector Section Program)

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?

9:30        Break

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.

10:40      Break

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.

1:20        Break

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?

3:00        Break

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?

4:10        Adjourn

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


Description

Our Earth Day program, although not directly related to the environment, adopts the international Earth Day theme of "Restore Our Earth." Restoration will be key to the responsibilities of government and public sector attorneys in the year ahead. D.B. Allender says that "the work of restoration cannot begin until a problem is fully faced." Effective, restored government will help us restore civil society and that, in turn, will ultimately help us restore the earth.

Contributors

  • Amy Y. Bason

    Amy Y. Bason, General Counsel for NC Association of County Commissioners, Raleigh

    Amy serves as legal advisor to the Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, and Executive Director across all service areas including the Risk Management Pools, advocacy, member services and internal support functions.

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  • Tara N. Cho

    Tara N. Cho chairs Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP's Privacy and Cybersecurity Team. Her practice is dedicated to counseling clients on privacy and data security issues across industries such as technology, retail, e-commerce, healthcare, health-tech, and life sciences. She advises clients on matters related to the CCPA, HIPAA, COPPA, TCPA, CAN-SPAM, and other state and federal privacy, cybersecurity and data breach laws in the U.S. She also advises clients on the GDPR and related requirements of European data protection laws. Tara helps companies establish and assess compliance programs, respond to data breaches and security incidents, conduct risk analyses, negotiate contracts that govern data use and security, respond to regulator requests and investigations, and address new and evolving issues stemming from the development of mobile and web-based applications, cloud computing, machine learning and AI tools, IoT devices, and other technology solutions that rely on personal data.

    Tara became certified as a legal specialist in Privacy and Information Security Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization in 2018 as part of the inaugural class of specialists in this field. She is also recognized by the IAPP as a certified information privacy professional for the US (CIPP/US) and Europe (CIPP/E).

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  • Laura P. Graham

    Laura P. Graham is the Director of the sixth-ranked Legal Analysis, Writing, & Research Program at Wake Forest University School of Law. She is active in the national legal writing community, currently serving as President-Elect of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

    Professor Graham's research and speaking interests center on how to maximize beginning law students' early success in legal writing. In addition to publishing law review articles and essays, she is a regular contributor to various state and national bar journals, where she provides writing refreshers for practicing attorneys. She is the co-author of two books, The Pre-Writing Handbook for Law Students and North Carolina Legal Research.

    Prior to joining the Wake Law faculty, Laura served as judicial clerk for Judge Ralph Walker of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and was in private practice in Jacksonville, North Carolina, specializing in domestic law and appellate practice. She is a graduate of the Wake Forest Law School, where she received the 1994 Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award.

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  • Michael A. Greer

    Michael A. Greer, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Raleigh

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  • April Harris-Britt, PhD

    April Harris-Britt, PhD, AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness, Durham

    April is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Durham since 2003. She received her doctorate from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to providing child, adolescent, adult, and family therapy, Dr. Harris-Britt conducts comprehensive psychological evaluations, forensic evaluations, comprehensive child custody evaluations, civil guardian ad litem evaluations, and parental competency evaluations. Specific areas of expertise include trauma and violence, adoption and attachment, medically fragile children, divorce transitions, ADHD and learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and multicultural issues.

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  • Katie W. Hartzog

    Katie W. Hartzog, Hartzog Law Group LLP, Raleigh

    After practicing for fifteen years at her previous firm, Katie became a founding partner of Hartzog Law Group. Katie has experience successfully representing businesses, governmental entities, and educational institutions in a wide range of matters. She focuses her practice on advising and representing clients regarding employment disputes, constitutional claims and Title IX matters.

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  • Jennifer M. Jones

    Jennifer M. Jones, Wake County Attorney's Office, Raleigh

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  • Terri A. Jones

    Terri A. Jones, Town Attorney, Garner

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  • Kimberly J. Korando

    Kimberly J. Korando, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh

    Kim is recognized as one of North Carolina's leading employment lawyers by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Law and Politics North Carolina Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers® and Business North Carolina Legal Elite. She founded the firm's Employment, Labor and Human Resources practice group and served as its inaugural leader.

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  • William M. Polk

    William M. Polk serves as Deputy General Counsel in the NC Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) and serves as in-house counsel for the Division of Emergency Management. Mr. Polk has served as a chair of the Legal Counsel Committee for the National Emergency Management Association and was a member of the Legal Services Corporation, Disaster Task Force. Prior to his duties in NCDPS, Mr. Polk served as Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the Governor. Polk has also served as General Counsel in the Office of the Lt. Governor, and as Director of the Victims and Citizens Services Section of the Attorney General's Office. He started his career in state government as a public safety policy analyst for the Office of the Governor. He also was a chair of the workplace violence committee of the N.C. Council for Women/Domestic Violence Commission. He served as the Attorney General's designee to the N.C. Council for Women/Domestic Violence Commission. He was recognized for his legislative efforts, by being awarded the Legislative Advocacy award by the North Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence.

    Mr. Polk is a native of Harrisburg, N.C., and received a BA in Political Science/Criminal Justice Concentration from North Carolina State University in 1996, and his J.D. from N.C. Central University School of Law, in 1999. He is admitted to the N.C. Bar and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

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  • Christine B. Simpson

    Christine B. Simpson, Retired Town of Cary Attorney, Cary

    Chris is a graduate of Catholic University and William & Mary Law School. She began her career as an associate at Williams Worrell Kelly & Greer in Norfolk, Va., and Wishart Norris Henninger & Pittman in Burlington. She joined the Town of Cary on a contract basis in 1990 as a Wishart Norris attorney and then became employed as an assistant town attorney in 1999 and was named town attorney in 2005. Chris is a past chair of the Government & Public Sector Section and past president of the N.C. Association of Municipal Attorneys.

  • Anne M. Tompkins

    Anne M. Tompkins, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, Charlotte

    Anne is a partner in the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations Group, resident in the Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C., offices, and a member of the firm's Management Committee. Her practice focuses on representing companies and financial institutions, as well as their officers and directors in criminal, civil, and administrative investigations. Anne has extensive experience in crisis management, internal investigations, and enforcement matters across a variety of industries, including financial services, higher education and government contracting.

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  • Ann B. Wall

    Ann B. Wall is General Counsel for the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State in Raleigh. She has served as an attorney in the North Carolina Departments of Justice and Labor, as well as the National Labor Relations Board. She has provided advice regarding public records requests, open meetings and records retention issues during her years of State and federal service. She is a member and past chair of the Administrative Law and Government and Public Sector Sections of the NCBA. She is a past recipient of what is now called the Grainger Barrett Award for Excellence awarded by the Government and Public Sector Section. She is also a member of the Business, Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Justice, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections. She is a member of the ABA and several of its sections, and of the NC Association of Women Attorneys. Her undergraduate and law degrees are from Meredith College and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill respectively.

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  • E. Gregory Wallace

    E. Gregory Wallace, Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh

    Professor Greg Wallace joined the Campbell Law faculty in 1995. He teaches constitutional law with an emphasis on religious freedom, the right to arms, free speech, and constitutional interpretation. He received the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia School of Law. His doctoral dissertation was entitled "Higher Call: Foundations of Religious Freedom in American Constitutionalism." He received his J.D. degree with high honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. He also has an M.A. degree with honors from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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  • Janine M. Zanin

    Janine M. Zanin, UNC School of Law, Efland

    Janine joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2006. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and serves as the Assistant Director of the Externship Program. Her teaching and research interests include Legal Ethics and Professionalism. She is a regular presenter at academic conferences and continuing legal education programs on the topic of ethical supervision of law students and new lawyers.

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April 22, 2021
Thu 8:25 AM EDT

Duration 7H 45M

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