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2021 NCBA Paralegal Division Annual Meeting

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Workers' Compensation: Virtual Updates by the NCIC

Deputy Commissioner Jesse M. Tillman, North Carolina Industrial Commission, Raleigh

Hear about the transition to virtual hearings before the North Carolina Industrial Commission during the COVID-19 pandemic.

10:00      Break

10:10      Job Searching During the Pandemic and What You Need to Know

Nicole "Nikki" Green, Ave Staffing, Raleigh

Learn tips for searching for a job during the pandemic and what paralegals need to know about interviewing, drafting a resume and employer expectations.

11:10      Break

11:20      Notary Updates by the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office

Ozie Stallworth, North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, Raleigh

Review the most recent changes for North Carolina notaries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

12:20      Lunch Break

12:50      From Chaos to Calm: Building Resilience at Work and in Life

Annelies M. Gentile, Conduit for Change LLC, Raleigh

Gain an understanding of the indicators and consequences of stress during the paralegal workday. Explore and learn about the pillars of resilience unique to our professional needs.

1:50        Break

2:00        Hot Topics in E-discovery

Debbie Beeler, Consilio LLC, Snoqualmie, WA

Examine what electronic discovery (e-discovery) is and how it interacts with your daily work and explore recent changes and hot topics.

3:00        Break

3:10        Breathe: Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First*

Colleen L. Byers, Bell Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem

Examine how we as paralegals can practice and perfect mindfulness techniques to improve focus, efficiency and effectiveness to establish a good work-life balance.

4:10        Adjourn

* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit


This program explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on paralegals and provides opportunities to grow and update your professional knowledge in your field.


  • Debbie Beeler

    Debbie Beeler, Consilio LLC, Snoqualmie, WA

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  • Colleen L. Byers

    Colleen L. Byers, JD, MBA, RYT200 is a collaborative lawyer and certified mediator at Bell Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem. Over the last decade, her legal practice has included employment, business and commercial litigation, legal malpractice defense, estate proceedings, will caveats, trust disputes, guardianship proceedings, power of attorney abuse matters, and fiduciary litigation. Colleen regularly advises lawyers on malpractice avoidance, claims repair, and legal malpractice defense issues, particularly those that arise within guardianship, trust, and estate matters, including representing lawyers who are called to testify as witnesses.

    In addition to being trained in the collaborative law process, Colleen is also certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to mediate Superior Court cases as well as matters pending before the Clerk of Court. Colleen currently serves on the North Carolina BarCARES Board of Directors.

    When she's not spending time with her husband and their two, young daughters, Colleen enjoys studying, practicing and teaching yoga and mindfulness techniques to lawyers.

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  • Stephanie B. Elliott

    Stephanie B. Elliott, Wells Fargo, Charlotte

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  • Annelies M. Gentile, MA, PCC

    Annelies M. Gentile, MA, PCC, Conduit for Change LLC, Raleigh

    Annelies is an Integrative Life and Leadership Coach, Speaker, Author and Artist with a Masters in Coaching and a knack for poking in a good way. With a gift of presence and loving interruption, she gently calls you "back to center", facilitating inspiring retreats and conferences, wielding artful tools for perspective, progress and growth, coaching you through change.

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  • Nicole "Nikki" Green

    Nicole "Nikki" Green, Ave Staffing, Raleigh

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  • Melissa Stockley Jones

    Melissa Stockley Jones, UNC Health (Rex Hospital), Raleigh

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  • Leslie C. Pegram

    Leslie Pegram, NCCP, is a paralegal with the UNC Health Care System focusing on commercial real estate transactional work. Leslie has extensive experience in litigation, compliance and corporate environments. Her experience includes three years as a corporate paralegal for International Farming Corporation, seven years at Bayer CropScience focusing on products liability, personal injury, asbestos litigation, and compliance support. She started her career as a medical malpractice defense and asbestos litigation paralegal at Patterson Dilthey.

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  • Ozie Stallworth

    Ozie Stallworth is the nation's foremost expert on eNotary policies, procedures and implementation and was recruited to develop policies and standards for North Carolina's statewide electronic notarization initiative. He directed the first state sponsored electronic mortgage closing initiative in the country, which paved the way for lenders to offer electronic mortgages to every North Carolinian. Additionally, he directed the efforts of the Secretary of State's office to promulgate rules for electronic notarization and electronic recording standards, resulting in 90% of the state's population having access to electronic recording.

    Ozih developed the Secretary of State's Continuing Legal Education program with a focus on educating the legal community on the laws governing notaries and electronic commerce.

    A commissioned North Carolina Notary, registered eNotary and notarial practices expert, Ozie graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and public relations and was named by the National Notary Association as one of the 50 most influential people in the field of notarization over the past 50 years.

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  • Deputy Commissioner Jesse M. "Jay" Tillman

    Deputy Commissioner Jesse M. "Jay" Tillman, North Carolina Industrial Commission, Raleigh

    Jay was appointed as a Deputy Commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission in August of 2015. Before joining the Commission, he practiced with The Bond Helfing Law Group in Charlotte, NC and spent eight years in both the Raleigh and Charlotte offices of Cranfill Sumner and Hartzog LLP, concentrating in the areas of personal injury, products liability, and real property liability. He is admitted to practice law in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

    Jay is also a Captain in the United States Navy (reserve component) and recently served as the Occupational Safety and Operations Risk Management Officer to the Commander of Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. He has been active in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Inherent Resolve.

    Jay grew up in Durham. He received his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina and earned his law degree from the Campbell University School of Law. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Carolyn, and his two sons, James and Joshua.

May 21, 2021
Fri 8:55 AM EDT

Duration 7H 15M

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