8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Why Professionalism Is Important to You*
Alexander J. "Alex" Rector, Rudisill White & Kaplan PLLC, Charlotte
Alexa Cannon Spain, Weill Cornell Medicine, Raleigh
In this dynamic session, hear from experts some ways you can ensure a positive, professional reputation. Review basic professionalism concepts, the professionalism checklist, personal conflicts and much more.
9:55 Overview of the North Carolina State Bar*
Joshua T. Walthall, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Raleigh
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the North Carolina State Bar and what is required of you. Discuss the regulatory framework, obligations of membership and reporting misconduct (Rule 8.3). Learn about NC State Bar programs and committees, including LAP, IOLTA, CLE, Authorized Practice and Administrative Committees, legal specialization, client security fraud, and fee dispute resolution.
10:35 Getting Lost in Our Own Lives†
Norman A. Smith, Norman A. Smith Attorney at Law, Durham
Your hard work has paid off and sometimes finding the harmony between work and personal time is difficult. Hear practical tips for successfully finding a balance, the hazards to watch out for and the resources available to help.
11:45 Pro Bono Service in NC*
Kim Bart Mullikin, North Carolina Bar Foundation, Cary
Understand Rule 6.1 and your obligation for pro bono service, then learn how to get involved through your local and state bar associations to give back to the community.
12:45 Lunch Break
1:15 Welcome Message
Josh McIntyre, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary, Director of Membership and Communities
1:20 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion*
Evin L. Grant, North Carolina Department of Administration, Raleigh
This session addresses how to recognize implicit bias, discusses current diversity and inclusion initiatives in the legal profession, including equal access to justice, and explores other ways to better serve a diverse population.
2:30 Technology and Your Responsibility to Your Clients*‡
Catherine Sanders Reach, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary
Receive an overview of the technology necessary to build a law office support system and hear stories about the best and worst practices. Explore technology's impact on ethical responsibilities, the ethical considerations of social media, conflict controls and risk of spoliation of evidence..
3:40 What I Didn't Learn in Law School*
Zack T. Dawson, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Greensboro
Sarah M. Saint, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro
William D. Walton, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh
Although it is an essential prerequisite that lays the foundation for practicing law, there are many skills that law school doesn't teach you. Learn from members of our Young Lawyers Division as they share helpful tips acquired from real-world experience and provide other useful information that you can implement in your daily practice.
4:45 Adjourn for the day
* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
† Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit
‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit
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