THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2021
8:25 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Did We Ask the State Bar That Ethics Question? *
Jason A. McGrath, McGrath and Spielberger PLLC Attorneys at Law, Charlotte
Jason McGrath presents actual ethics questions and real-world ethics dilemmas as presented to the State Bar, as well as the State Bar's responses. (This is not a repetition or summary of Formal Ethics Opinions.) The issues cover a wide range of topics, and many apply to all attorneys, regardless of practice area or career stage.
10:10 Bankruptcy Law Update
William E. "Billy" Brewer Jr., Janvier Law Firm PLLC, Raleigh William P. "Bill" Janvier, Janvier Law Firm PLLC, Raleigh
The only thing constant about the practice of bankruptcy is the constant change. Billy Brewer and Bill Janvier review a day's worth of recent Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 cases in just under an hour. If time permits, and just for fun, they may also talk about a Chapter 15 case.
11:20 Privacy and Data Security Law Update ‡
Matthew A. Cordell, VF Corporation, Greensboro Elizabeth H. Johnson, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh
Most organizations will soon need to change the ways they collect, use, safeguard and share personal information. This session highlights the most impactful developments in privacy and data security law for 2020. Topics include new and emerging U.S. laws (CCPA, CPRA, VCDPA, CPA, etc.), international laws, regulatory and enforcement trends, and industry developments, among other updates.
12:20 Lunch Break
1:05 Real Property Case Law Update
Christopher L. Burti, Statewide Title Inc., Farmville
Review the most recent and impactful case law decisions involving real property.
2:15 Labor and Employment Law Update
Robin E. Shea, Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP, Winston-Salem
Receive a general overview of basic employment law issues — including at‐will employment, wrongful discharge, noncompetes and related tort claims — with 2020‐21 updates.
3:25 Estate Planning Law Update
Sandra M. "Sandy" Clark, Manning Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh
Examine recent cases and changes to law impacting estate planning and the administration of a decedent's estate.
4:25 Adjourn for the day
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021
8:25 Continental Breakfast
8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Civil Law Update
Xavier D. Lightfoot, Ward and Smith PA, Raleigh Lauren E. Snyder, Harris Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, Raleigh
Hear recent key decisions from the North Carolina Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Business Court. This session also addresses substantive areas of civil law, Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Evidence.
10:10 Addressing the Risks of Remote Work †
Judge Lucy N. Inman, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Raleigh Robert E. Harrington, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte Richard E. Hicks, Ph.D., HRC Behavioral Health & Psychiatry PA, Chapel Hill
The shift to a remote working environment over the past year has serious implications for lawyers' mental health and standards of professionalism. Remote work and accompanying strains on mental health can enhance feelings of isolation, heighten the risk of depression and substance abuse, and lead to unprofessional behavior as lawyers in their communication and work product. Find out how to address these risks.
11:20 Workers' Compensation Case Law Update
Heather T. Baker, Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham LLP, Raleigh Latasia A. Fields, Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham LLP, Raleigh
Delve into relevant cases of the past year that affect the workers' compensation practice.
12:20 Lunch Break
1:05 Criminal Law Update
Kearns Davis, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro Jan E. Pritchett, Schlosser & Pritchett, Greensboro
Kearns Davis and Jan Pritchett return to provide this year's criminal law update. In this session, Pritchett discusses key recent decisions by the North Carolina Supreme Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals, and Davis addresses significant federal cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
2:15 Family Law Update
Meredith J. Parker, Charles R. Ullman & Associates PLLC, Raleigh Matthew Sparks, Charles R. Ullman & Associates PLLC, Raleigh
Engage in a fast-paced overview of last year's family law cases and legislative changes. Topics include equitable distribution, child custody and child support, spousal support, separation agreements, and more.
3:25 Using Technology to Nurture Client Relationships *‡
Catherine S. Reach, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary
Under NC Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1.4, a lawyer is required to maintain effective and consistent communication throughout the course of representation. In fact, a perceived lack of communication with clients is one of the top reasons for bar complaints. Client relationships can be fostered and managed through thoughtful, proficient use of key technologies, but there are ethical issues to keep in mind. Explore a smorgasbord of communication-enhancing technologies and solutions for keeping lawyers within the ethical bounds.
4:25 Adjourn * Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit † Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit ‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit
Two days, 12 hours and jam-packed with information — join us for this year’s always-popular
NCBA 2021 Annual Review CLE program on October 14-15.
Heather T. Baker
Heather T. Baker concentrates her practice in the area of workers' compensation. Heather graduated, magna cum laude, from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and minors in Art & Design and Journalism, and was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity. Heather received her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Currently, Heather is assisting with the launch of Lawyers 4 Literacy in Wake County, which is a volunteer organization that pairs lawyers in the area with elementary school children in an effort to increase literacy and interest in civics and history. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, Wake County Bar Association and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. From 2015-2021, Heather was named a "Rising Star" by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine.
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William "Billy" E. Brewer, Jr.
William "Billy" E. Brewer, Jr., began his practice as a general practitioner in 1977. Beginning in 1987, he focused his practice on consumer bankruptcy. In April 2017, he joined the team at Janvier Law Firm PLLC in Raleigh, helping to expand its services to assist a wider range of clientele. Billy's extensive experience not only as a bankruptcy lawyer, but as a general practitioner who handled real estate closings, divorce cases, and criminal matters, provides the background to deal with the numerous issues that arise in bankruptcy cases.
His professionalism and prowess have not gone unnoticed, earning him several distinctions over the years, including an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and he was selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers, a part of Thomson Reuters, from 2008 to 2018. The Super Lawyers distinction is a high honor considering the independently led, multiphase selection process that includes a peer review and a thorough good standing and disciplinary check. He served on the board of directors for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) from 1997 to 2015, and as NACBA's president in 2011-2012. He was inducted as fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy in 2009. Finally, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2014. Billy is certified as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
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Christopher L. "Chris" Burti
Christopher L. Burt serves as Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from East Carolina University and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill. After fifteen years in private practice he left the law firm of Lewis & Burti in 1994 to join Statewide Title Inc. in Farmville. Chris concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate, residential real estate and governmental law.
As counsel for Statewide Title, Inc., Chris works with attorneys across the State in resolving complex legal issues in residential, governmental and commercial transactions involving real property. He is active in providing input and advice on drafting legislation to increase certainty in land records, mortgage lending and to correct problems affecting real property.
Chris is the principal course planner and speaker for continuing legal education seminars for Statewide Title, Inc., and has been a CLE presenter for the North Carolina Bar Association, The North Carolina Land Title Association, The University of North Carolina School of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law, Professional Educational Systems, Inc., the North Carolina Municipal Attorneys Association and other professional associations. He is the principal author on the topic of Real Property Law for the
Statewide Title, Inc. Newsletter and Legal Memorandum . These articles have been frequently reprinted in other legal journals. Chris is a Past President of the North Carolina Land Title Association and has served for two terms as its General Counsel. He has previously served on the North Carolina Bar Association Real Property Section Council, the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors, on its Executive Committee, as Chair of the Senior Lawyers Division and currently serves on the Transitioning Lawyers Commission.
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Sandra M. "Sandy" Clark
Sandra M. "Sandy" Clark has practiced law since 1994 and is a partner with Manning Fulton & Skinner PA in Raleigh. Sandy has a diversified tax practice advising clients on a wide range of business, estate and gift tax planning matters, family trust planning and works on the settlement of large and complex estates. Representing individuals, businesses, and charitable organizations, she helps clients plan for the orderly and tax-saving transfer of wealth, keeping current on the constantly changing federal and state tax laws. Most often these plans are implemented through the drafting of a variety of types of trusts and wills, family investment entities, special needs trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts and charitable trusts. She assists families with contested probate proceedings and the coordination for ancillary administration of assets in other jurisdictions. She advises families on trust strategies to provide protection and tax efficiency in the administration of trusts. With numerous multinational companies making North Carolina their home, Sandy provides estate and tax advice to clients on the U.S. tax consequences of U.S. assets owned by non-U.S. persons and advises on the methods by which such assets may be sheltered from U.S. income, estate, and gift taxes.
Sandy represents numerous privately-held corporations and partnerships. She has extensive experience in corporate and business transactional matters and routinely provides counsel regarding business plans, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, tax accounting issues, and a broad range of tax planning strategies. Her franchise expertise ranges from assisting franchisors in developing nationwide systems that comply with state and federal franchise laws to the clients' marketing and distribution arrangements.
cum laude graduate of Campbell University School of Law, Sandy is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). She is a Past Chair of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and is the Past Co-Editor of the Section's Newsletter and Past Editor of the Estate Administration Manual. Sandy is the Past Chairperson of the Estate Planning and Probate Specialization Committee for the North Carolina State Bar and serves as the President of the Wake County Estate Planning Council. Sandy served as Chair of the Planned Giving Committee of the NC Bar Association Foundation, Inc. Among her achievements, Sandy was recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers (2010 – 2019) and received the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate award from Campbell University by the National Association of Woman Lawyers.
Sandy is a frequent speaker on franchise matters and estate planning and probate law for trade and professional groups. She also often speaks at continuing education seminars for attorneys, CPAs, and accountants. Sandy is very active in several charitable organizations, including Special Olympics and the YMCA and served on the Advisory Board and as the Chairperson of the "We Build People" campaign for the Kraft YMCA.
Sandy is married with two children and lives in Cary.
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Matthew A. Cordell
Matthew A. Cordell is the Senior Information Technology Counsel at VF Corporation, a Fortune 250 company, where he manages a small team focused on privacy law, data security law, and global technology contracting. Matt serves as the founding chair of the NC State Bar's Privacy and Data Security Specialization Committee, the nation's first and only state bar specialization in the practice area. He is certified as a specialist in Privacy and Data Security Law by the NC State Bar, qualified as a Privacy Law Specialist by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the American Bar Association, and holds both the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) designations from the IAPP. Before joining VF in 2017, Matt was a shareholder at Ward and Smith, P.A. in Raleigh.
Matt is a graduate of the UNC School of Law and received his MBA from Campbell University.
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Kearns Davis founded Brooks Pierce's white-collar defense and investigations practice in 2007. A former federal prosecutor, Kearns served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina from 2003-07. He began his career as a law clerk to Chief Judge Sam J. Ervin, III, of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in 1995-96, and he has taught trial advocacy at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Elon University School of Law, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center. Kearns has tried jury cases at all levels of federal and North Carolina trial courts, and he represents clients in U.S. trial and appellate courts across the country.
Kearns graduated from Davidson College in 1991, with Honors in History; earned a Master's degree from Duke University while working as a graduate assistant football coach; and received his J.D. with Honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He has served the North Carolina Bar Association as President, as Chair of the Criminal Justice Section, as Chair of the Young Lawyers Division, and as a frequent speaker on federal criminal and litigation practice.
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Latasia A. Fields
Latasia A. Fields is with Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham LLP in Raleigh. Born and raised in Charlotte, Latasia brings her passion for advocacy to Raleigh and the practice of workers' compensation. She works with insurance carriers, third-party administrators, and employers, including but not limited to, retailers and healthcare entities. Latasia enjoys identifying the intersection of workers' compensation and employment law and has experience with motions and hearings before the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Furman University, Latasia spent time as a criminal defense paralegal before attending Campbell University School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor degree in 2018. During her time at Campbell, Latasia served as the President of the Old Kivett Advocacy Council, received the 2018 International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers. She was an indispensable member of the 2018 Capital City Challenge Mock Trial championship team and also placed as a regional semi-finalist in the 2017 ABA Labor and Employment Law Competition.
At the age of nine Latasia set her sights on law school after watching her sister in her first live trial and is now committed to aligning her services to meet your needs and expectations. She says, "your cause quickly becomes my cause;" and that dedication to others is evident in all aspects of her life. When she is not in the office, Latasia serves on the Capital Area Teen Court as a judge and mentor for local teens.
Latasia also brings her love for the Carolina Panthers to Raleigh. She enjoys basketball and is thrilled to live in ACC country, but the Miami weather and culture share a special place in her heart. A true NC native, Latasia loves the mountains, beach and all the BBQ restaurants in between.
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Robert E. "Rob" Harrington
Robert E. "Rob" Harrington is a member of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA in Charlotte. Rob litigates complex business disputes. He represents corporate clients in a broad range of contract, trade practice and other business matters. Rob has served as lead counsel in cases in various jurisdictions, including the North Carolina Business Court and other state and federal courts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana. He has frequently defended financial institutions in consumer lending disputes and lawsuits arising from their service as fiduciaries.
Rob chairs the firm's Litigation Department. He served as president of the Mecklenburg County Bar, was appointed by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice and serves as a member of the board of governors of the North Carolina Bar Association. For his professional work and civic engagement, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly recognized Rob as Lawyer of the Year in 2017 and Business North Carolina included him in its annual Power 100 list for 2020.
Rob received his B.A. degree
magna cum laude from Duke University and his J.D. degree with high honors from Duke University School of Law in 1987.
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Richard E. Hicks PhD
Richard E. Hicks PhD, a licensed psychologist and a licensed clinical addictions specialist, is Executive Director of HRC and Director of EAP Programs (BarCARES representing the largest of those programs).
Dr. Hicks received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He obtained a Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He has provided psychological services to adults, adolescents, and children in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings since 1998. He served on the Board of the North Carolina Psychological Association from 2009-2015, and he currently serves on the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.
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Judge Lucy N. Inman
Judge Lucy N. Inman has served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals since her election in 2014. She previously served as a special superior court judge for four years, presiding in trials and hearings in more than 40 of our state's 100 counties.
Judge Inman started her legal career as a law clerk to Chief Justice Jim Exum of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. She then practiced civil litigation for 18 years, first in California and later in North Carolina. She received her JD in 1990 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and her BA in English in 1984 from NC State University. Judge Inman's first career was as a newspaper reporter.
Judge Inman serves on the Board of Directors of NC BarCARES, a nonprofit provider of free, confidential and professional counseling to lawyers and judges. She has previously served in leadership positions with the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys.
Judge Inman and her husband Billy Warden live in Raleigh.
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William P. "Bill" Janvier
William P. "Bill" Janvier, founder of Janvier Law Firm, is a Board-Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy. He has helped individuals and businesses file successful bankruptcy cases throughout North Carolina. Bill works with business of all types, and has filed bankruptcy cases for builders, developers, restaurants, retail chains, farms, medical practices, distributors, shopping centers, office buildings, golf courses, landfills, technology companies, pharmaceutical companies, media companies, and high income individuals. He has brought and defended hundreds of adversary proceedings.
He served for a decade on the EDNC Bankruptcy Court’s Local Rules Committee, served as a panel Chapter 7 Trustee, served as Chairman of the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, served as a Director for the Eastern Bankruptcy Institute, served as a Director for the American Board of Certification, and has won most of the silly awards that are out there, including: named to "
Legal Elite" every year since 2006 and named to the Hall of Fame in 2018, named a " Super Lawyer" every year since 2006, named to " Best Lawyers in America" every year since 2007, named " Lawyer of the Year" three times and named one of the " Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina and Top 25 Lawyers in Raleigh" every year since 2016.
Bill has four children, who take up most of his time when he is not working or sailing.
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Elizabeth H. Johnson
Elizabeth H. Johnson leads the Privacy & Data Security Practice Group at Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP in Raleigh. Her practice addresses all aspects of privacy and data security law, including compliance initiatives to address major legal requirements such as HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the FCRA, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, CAN-SPAM, data security breach notification, GDPR, Privacy Shield and other international data transfer mechanisms, COPPA, VPPA, and others.
Elizabeth has assisted clients with a wide variety of implementation projects including cloud computing, health information exchanges, patient portals, bring-your-own-device, mobile applications, location tracking, online behavioral advertising, direct marketing, and complex customer insights initiatives. She also helps clients with government agency inquiries pertaining to privacy and data security, such as HIPAA compliance reviews conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Elizabeth regularly leads privileged assessments and investigations, such as forensic examinations, vulnerability and compromise assessments, and data security evaluations. Her team has addressed more than 400 data security breaches.
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Xavier D. Lightfoot
Xavier D. Lightfoot is a employment and personal injury attorney at Ward and Smith PA in Raleigh. Xavier's practice primarily focuses on labor and employment law, serious personal injury and wrongful death, and civil litigation.
As a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group, he regularly advises employers on a wide range of labor and employment law issues, including personnel policies and handbooks, employment discrimination and harassment, employee discipline and termination, drug and alcohol testing, and various wage and hour matters. He has also conducted training presentations and webinars for employers on various COVID-19 employment topics such as workforce reduction, ADA compliance, emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements under the FFCRA, best practices and strategies for employers to return workers to the workplace, and preparation of liability waivers.
In addition, Xavier has experience litigating claims for serious personal injury, including cases involving vehicle accidents, professional malpractice, and premises liability, among other areas. He also represents both corporate and individual clients in a broad range of civil litigation before state and federal courts.
Xavier worked with Ward and Smith as a Summer Associate prior to joining the firm permanently. Additionally, he served as a legal intern with Red Hat and the Local Government Federal Credit Union.
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Jason A. McGrath
Jason A. McGrath is a founding founding partner and attorney with McGrath and Spielberger PLLC Attorneys at Law in Charlotte. Jason provides services in numerous areas of the law. This includes, but is not limited to: business law, business formation, business litigation, trademarks, and contracts; mortgage matters such as mortgage loan modification and relief, mortgage foreclosures, and mortgage disputes; debt, credit, collections and FDCPA; employment law; wills; and general practice.
Jason has been practicing law continuously since 1996. He spent five (5) years as an "assistant DA", and was consistently near the top with regard to the number of trials completed and the percentage of trials won. After being recruited into a highly rated private firm, Jason was promoted and named managing partner of one of the firm's offices. In 2009, he started his own firm.
Jason has tried over 100 cases to completion, has prepared over 10,000 legal documents for clients, has participated in thousands of depositions (including hundreds of expert depositions), and has represented the public, private individuals, and businesses.
Jason has a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (law degree) from Florida State University, class of 1996. From 1989 through 1993, he attended Florida State as an undergrad, earning a bachelor's in Political Science, a bachelor's in International Affairs, and a minor in Spanish. In law school, Jason was part of a two person Moot Court team which won a National Moot Court Competition in Beverly Hills, California. During his undergraduate years, he was a member and officer in the Sigma Chi fraternity. Jason was admitted into Florida State University's Honors Program and attended Florida State on various scholarships, including a National Merit Scholarship.
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Meredith J. Parker
Meredith J. Parker grew up in Concord, North Carolina where she attended Cannon School. Meredith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. After graduating from UNC, Meredith moved to Raleigh and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Campbell University School of Law in 2017. In August of 2017, Meredith was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar and joined the Family Law Section at Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan, PLLC.
Since her admission to the Bar, Meredith has focused her practice exclusively on family law matters in Wake County, including separation, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, property distribution, domestic violence, premarital agreements, separation and property settlement agreements, and grandparents' custody rights.
Although she quickly discovered her passion for family law while clerking for a local family law firm during law school, Meredith also interned with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and clerked for Wake County District Court Judge Jefferson Griffin. In addition to her understanding of family law, Meredith's experience in diverse areas of the law has equipped her with the necessary skills and instincts to handle a wide range of legal challenges.
Always up for a challenge and an opportunity to push the limits of her comfort zone, Meredith got involved with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and enjoys volunteering every tax season. Meredith also participates in Partners Read with Wake County Schools and the Wake County Bar Association's Lunch with a Lawyer program.
Meredith is a member of the Wake County Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
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Jan E. Pritchett
Jan E. Pritchett is a trial attorney at the Greensboro law firm of Schlosser and Pritchett PA. Jan is certified as a specialist in State and Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar. He has served as Co- Chair of the Criminal Law Board of Specialization, Chair of the Criminal Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Bar Association.
During his career as a former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, Jan has tried hundreds of bench trials and in excess of 150 jury trials. When not practicing law, Jan enjoys spending time with his family. Other interests include traveling, tennis, basketball and golf.
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Catherine Sanders Reach
Catherine Sanders Reach is the director of the Center for Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association, providing practice technology and management assistance to lawyers and legal professionals. Formerly, she was the director of law practice management and technology at the Chicago Bar Association and the director of the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. Prior to her work at the NCBA, CBA and ABA she worked in library and information science environments for a number of years, working at Ross and Hardies as a librarian. She received a master's degree in library and information studies from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1997.
Catherine's professional activities include articles published in Law Practice magazine, Law Technology News and GPSolo Magazine, as well as numerous other publications. She has given presentations on the use of technology in law firms for national bar conferences, state and local bar associations, and organizations such as the National Organization of Bar Council and the Association of American Law Schools. In 2011, she was selected to be one of the inaugural Fastcase 50 — celebrating 50 innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders in the field of law — and in 2013, she became a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. In 2015, she was selected to be part of the ABA LTRC's Women of Legal Tech. She served on the ABA TECHSHOW board from 2007 to 2009 and 2014 to 2016, was co-vice chair in 2019 and was co-chair for 2020.
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Robin E. Shea
Robin E. Shea is a partner at Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP in Winston-Salem. She has 30 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act; and class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage-hour laws; and labor relations. She provides preventive advice to employers and conducts training for human resources professionals, management, and employees on a wide variety of topics.
Robin is editor in chief of Constangy's legal bulletins and its three law blogs
Affirmative Action Alert, California Snapshot, and Employment & Labor Insider. She also produces ConstangyTV’s Close-Up on Workplace Law.
Robin received her B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her J.D.,
cum laude, from Wake Forest University.
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Lauren E. Snyder
Lauren E. Snyder is an associate with the law firm of Harris Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. Lauren practices in Washington DC and Raleigh. She focuses her practice on legal ethics and malpractice, complex civil litigation, and government enforcement actions.
Legal Ethics: Ms. Snyder has handled various disciplinary complaints before different disciplinary authorities, including the USPTO's Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) and D.C.'s Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Ms. Snyder has assisted clients concerning admission to the Bar and USPTO. She has also advised clients concerning the merits of legal malpractice actions.
Lauren received her B.A.,
summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and her J.D., with high honors, from the George Washington University Law School.
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Matthew Sparks is with Charles R. Ullman & Associates PLLC in Raleigh. Matthew has exclusively practiced family law, including separation, divorce, child custody, child support, postseparation support, alimony, equitable distribution, and domestic violence. He has successfully represented client's in Wake County and other surrounding counties.
Matthew received his Juris Doctor from Campbell University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Management and Society from UNC Chapel Hill.
Matthew is a native of North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte and raised in Shelby. On the weekends, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife in the many beautiful parks, greenways, and nature trails in Raleigh.
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