8:25 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 "Everything Starts With a Dot." (Wassily Kandinsky) — Governing in a Pandemic: Hot Topics
Stacey Carter-Coley, North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, Raleigh Ozie H. Stallworth, North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, Raleigh Blake Thomas, North Carolina Office of State Human Resources, Raleigh
An expert panel places the first dot as they discuss the impact of recent changes in law, including remote notary, ABC, and many other laws affecting the daily lives and practice of lawyers.
10:10 "Polka Dots Can't Stay Alone." (Yayoi Kusama) — Elections, Voting and Redistricting Updates
Jonathan C. Mattingly, Duke University, Durham Sripriya Narasimhan, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh Allison J. Riggs, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Durham Kelly Q. Tornow, Former State Board of Elections Attorney, Raleigh
Elections are how we get together in democracy to create the pattern of our lives for the next few years. This session examines how and where we vote and our voting rights. With filing beginning on December 6, 2021, hear a timely expert discussion of electoral topics and how they affect you.
11:20 Dots That Change the World, Like Morse Code: Decriminalization and Alternative Responses to Community Challenges
Jessica "Jessie" Smith, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill
What does it mean to you, and to your practice, that we are decriminalizing "poverty-related crimes" in NC? In government, administrative law and private sector, how can we respond to behaviors that are now outside the criminal justice system?
12:20 Lunch Break
1:05 Using Dots in a New Way, Like Braille: Second-Chance Hiring and Its Impacts on Practitioners, the Community and Occupational Licensing
Daryl V. Atkinson, Forward Justice, Garner Jeffrey P. Gray, Bailey & Dixon LLP, Raleigh Kerwin Pittman, Recidivism Reduction Educational Program Services Inc., Raleigh
Similar to how the six dots of braille, and other technological advances and accommodations, connected people with visual impairments to employment opportunities, second-chance hiring practices can change North Carolina for people with criminal records and reduce recidivism rates. During this session, the speakers discuss the racial equity implications of second-chance hiring and recent legislative developments in that area with special considerations for licensing boards.
2:15 Collecting the Dots: Reimaging Emergency Responses
Brian Aagaard, RTI International, Research Triangle Park Megan Johnson, Town of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill Tiffanie W. Sneed, Town of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill Erin Williams, City of Greensboro, Greensboro
You have to collect the dots before you can connect them. Attorneys, communities and first responders in NC are collecting and connecting the dots of emergency response, access to social work and mental health professionals. What do you, in whatever type of practice, need to know about these trends and changes in law and practice?
3:25 "Innovation Is to Connect the Dots." (Pearl Zhu) — Community Involvement in Law Enforcement: Civilian Review
Sharon R. Fairley, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL Kathy Greggs, Fayetteville Police Accountability Task Force, Fayetteville Jasmine S. McGhee, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh (Moderator)
As lawyers, we have a special responsibility for the quality of justice. We need innovation in relationships, in law enforcement accountability and in community involvement. Whether in your daily practice or in your status as a lawyer, you have a role in discussions about community-law enforcement interactions. Learn how you can support improvements in areas of community policing strategies, civilian review boards and other areas.
"[I]n order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new castles." — Maria Popova
We all have to be able to connect the dots between new laws and initiatives, regardless of the type of law we practice or if we are in the government, private or public service sector.
Brian Aagaard, a member of the Policing Research Program at RTI International in Research Triangle Park, has extensive experience as a crime and intelligence analyst. Brian worked with law enforcement at the local, county, state, and federal levels for more than a decade. His areas of expertise include the collection, management, and analysis of law enforcement data.
Brian's current work focuses on the intersection of policing, technology, and analysis. He is particularly interested in the dynamics of law enforcement-community interactions, specifically during routine encounters such as traffic stops.
Prior to joining RTI, Brian worked as an analyst at the Onondaga Crime Analysis Center in New York State, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Intelligence Unit, and the City of Durham (North Carolina) Police Department. He is a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts and became an IACA certified law enforcement analyst in 2013.
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Daryl V. Atkinson
Daryl V. Atkinson is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of Forward Justice in Garner. Prior to joining Forward Justice, Daryl served as the first Second Chance Fellow for U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in her remarks announcing this historic role, stated "this position was designed to bring in a person with expertise as a leader in the criminal justice field— and as a formerly incarcerated individual. Recognizing that many of those directly impacted by the criminal justice system hold significant insight into reforming the justice system". While at DOJ, Daryl advised to the Second Chance portfolio of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a member of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, and was a conduit to the broader justice involved population to ensure that DOJ is hearing from all stakeholders when developing reentry policy.
Prior to joining DOJ, Daryl was the Senior Staff Attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) where he focused on drug policy and criminal justice reform issues, particularly removing the legal barriers triggered by contact with the criminal justice system.
In 2014, Daryl was recognized by the White House as a "Reentry and Employment Champion of Change" for his extraordinary work to facilitate employment opportunities for people with criminal records. According to the White House press release associated with the honor, "The Champions have distinguished themselves through their extraordinary dedication and hard work to help those with criminal records re-enter society with dignity and viable employment opportunities." Attorney General Eric Holder recognized Daryl's transformative journey in his remarks when he said "Daryl overcame his own involvement with the criminal justice system and has since worked to build a better future not only for himself – but for countless others who deserve a second chance."
Daryl received a B.A. in Political Science from Benedict College, Columbia, SC and a J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, MN.
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Stacey Carter-Coley is an Agency General Counsel at North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission based in Raleigh.
Sharon R. Fairley
Sharon R. Fairley is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and has taught at the Law School since 2015. She became a Professor from Practice in 2019. Sharon's teaching responsibilities include criminal procedure, policing, and federal criminal law.
Before joining the Law School, Sharon spent eight years as a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, investigating and trying criminal cases involving illegal firearms possession, narcotics conspiracy, bank robbery/murder, murder for hire and economic espionage, among other criminal acts. Sharon also served as the First Deputy Inspector General and General Counsel for the City of Chicago Office of the Inspector General. In December 2015, following the controversial officer-involved shooting death of Laquan McDonald, Sharon was appointed to serve as the Chief Administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority, the agency responsible for police misconduct investigations. Sharon was also responsible for creating and building Chicago's new Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
Sharon's academic research and writing focuses on criminal justice reform with an emphasis on police accountability.
magna cum laude from Princeton University with a BS degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and she also holds an MBA in Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Kathy Greggs is the president and co-founder of Fayetteville Police Accountability Community Taskforce, a nonprofit group that has focused on police reform in the city.
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Jeffrey P. Gray
Jeffrey P. Gray is of counsel with Bailey & Dixon LLP in Raleigh. He is a trial lawyer with experience in a wide variety of civil and regulatory litigation, Jeff Gray has represented individuals and business entities as both plaintiffs and defendants. In addition to his trial practice, he has argued dozens of cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. His practice is currently focused on government regulatory matters.
In addition to representing licensees before the multitude of occupational and professional licensing boards in North Carolina, he personally serves as legal counsel to the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board, the North Carolina Alarm Systems Licensing Board and the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects and as hearing counsel to the North Carolina Board of Funeral Services and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. Jeff previously served as legal counsel to the North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners (2007-2011), the North Carolina Auctioneers Licensing Board (1994-2008), and has served as hearing counsel or legal advisor for six (6) other boards. He also serves as legislative agent and lobbyist for numerous professional and trade groups and associations.
Early in his career, he served as Special Assistant to former North Carolina Attorney General Lacy H. Thornburg (1985-1991) and later worked as an Assistant Attorney General (1992-1998) where he served as attorney for the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (1996-1998). He has taught for Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh (1996-1998) and is a frequent presenter at continuing education courses for attorneys and other professionals.
He served five two-year terms as a Commissioner on the North Carolina Rules Review Commission between 2001 and 2011.
Jeff is the author of published articles in the Campbell Law Observer; the Campbell Law Review; the North Carolina State Bar Journal; the Supreme Court Historical Society's Juridicus; numerous North Carolina Bar Association newsletters; Popular Government; various law enforcement and trade journals; and numerous publications for distribution by the Department of Justice to local and state government agencies.
Jeff is admitted to practice before all North Carolina state courts, the federal district courts in the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Jeff earned his B.S. from Western Carolina University in 1981 and J.D. from Campbell University School of Law in 1985.
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Megan Johnson is the supervisor of the Chapel Hill Crisis Unit for theTown of Chapel Hill. The Chapel Hill Crisis Unit has been active since 1973. For the past three years, the team of six responders has been led by Megan. The crisis unit is trained to help deescalate a situation where someone may want to take their own life. The counselors have specific training to help people who are struggling with substance abuse. The unit focus is on helping people who are struggling receive treatment for their specific needs.The team follows the same safety protocols as law enforcement, responding to calls and following the same radio channel to see if they're needed on the scene.
As a certified mental health counselor, Johnson applied and moved to the Triangle from Virginia for the job – she's the third person to hold this position in the fifty years of the program's activation.
Jonathan C. Mattingly
Jonathan C. Mattingly is a James B. Duke Distinguished Professor in Mathematics at Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University in Durham.
Jonathan grew up in Charlotte where he attended Irwin Ave elementary and Charlotte Country Day. He graduated from the NC School of Science and Mathematics and received a BS is Applied Mathematics with a concentration in physics from Yale University. After two years abroad with a year spent at ENS Lyon studying nonlinear and statistical physics on a Rotary Fellowship, he returned to the US to attend Princeton University where he obtained a PhD in Applied and Computational Mathematics in 1998. After 4 years as a Szego assistant professor at Stanford University and a year as a member of the IAS in Princeton, he moved to Duke in 2003. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics and of Statistical Science.
Jonathan's expertise is in the longtime behavior of stochastic system including randomly forced fluid dynamics, turbulence, stochastic algorithms used in molecular dynamics and Bayesian sampling, and stochasticity in biochemical networks. Since 2013 he has also been working to understand and quantify gerrymandering and its interaction of a region's geopolitical landscape. This has lead him to testify in a number of court cases including in North Carolina, which led to the NC congressional and both NC legislative maps being deemed unconstitutional and replaced for the 2020 elections.
He is the recipient of a Sloan Fellowship and a PECASE CAREER award. He is also a fellow of the IMS and the AMS. He was awarded the Defender of Freedom award by Common Cause for his work on Quantifying Gerrymandering.
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Jasmine S. McGhee
Jasmine S. McGhee is Director, Public Protection Section and Special Deputy Attorney General in Raleigh. The Public Protection Section, formerly titled the Victims and Citizens Services Section, is focused on promoting public safety, preventing crime and protecting the rights of victims. Jasmine's extensive pro bono practice, which has included representing human trafficking victims and clients in family court and civil rights matters, in addition to her broad government and regulatory-related practice, make her well-suited for this role.
Jasmine previously worked at K&L Gates where she was counsel, and managed the government investigations practice of the Raleigh office. Her practice focused on white collar criminal/regulatory investigations and civil litigation. Previous to K&L Gates, Jasmine was counsel in the litigation department of WilmerHale in Washington, DC, and a law clerk to Judge Andre M. Davis, then of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Jasmine earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her law degree from Columbia Law School.
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Sripriya Narasimhan serves as Deputy General Counsel to North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein. In that role, she manages the Department's high-stakes litigation and offers strategic counseling on matters at both the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts. In addition, Narasimhan manages crises and advises the AG on his strategic and policy goals and substantive legal positions.
Narasimhan's work focuses on constitutional law and civil rights matters, with a special focus in the areas of the separation of powers and executive power, voting rights, reproductive justice, gender discrimination, economic justice, and immigration. Additionally, she leads and works with multistate coalitions on civil-rights issues.
Narasimhan previously served as Associate General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she counseled the Secretary on the Department's regulatory programs and litigation and enforcement. Before that, she practiced trial and appellate law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York and Washington DC, and was a member of the adjunct faculty at the George Washington University Law School.
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Kerwin Pittman is the is the Founder and Executive Director of Recidivism Reduction Educational Program Services,Inc (RREPS) in Raleigh, a nonprofit geared towards reducing the recidivism rate in North Carolina.
Kerwin was born in Germany, raised in Raleigh. He spent eleven and a half years in state prison before coming home on January 26, 2018. Serving as a voice for the voiceless, Pittman is a National Social Justice Activist, who advocates in the criminal justice field. As an author, Pittman penned the book "Love Yours: A Guide on How to Love Yourself," a self-help book focused on self-empowerment through love of one's self.
Kevin sits on the State Re-Entry Council Collaborative, and the Racial Equity Task Force To Combat Structural Racism in the Criminal Justice System, both of which were created led by North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper.
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Allison J. Riggs
Allison J. Riggs leads the voting rights program at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in Durham, an organization she joined in 2009. In March of 2020, she also took over as Interim Executive Director of the organization, and in March of 2021, became the permanent co-Executive Director.
Her voting rights work over the last decade at SCSJ has been focused on fighting for fair redistricting plans, fighting against voter suppression, and advocating for electoral reforms that would expand access to voting.
Allison has litigated redistricting cases on behalf of State NAACP Conferences in Texas, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina. In 2018, she argued the Texas redistricting case in the United States Supreme Court, and in 2019, she argued the North Carolina partisan gerrymandering case in the Supreme Court. Allison works closely with grassroots organizations and communities of color as they seek to advance their political and civil rights.
Allison received her undergraduate, Master's Degree and J.D. from the University of Florida.
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Jessica "Jessie" Smith
Jessica "Jessie" Smith is Director of the UNC School of Government's in Chapel Hill. The Lab brings together a broad range of stakeholders to learn about criminal justice problems, implement innovative consensus solutions, and measure the impact of their efforts. It seeks to promote a fair and effective criminal justice system, public safety, and economic prosperity through an evidence-based approach to criminal justice policy. Criminal Justice Innovation Lab
Jessie has offered numerous courses for trial and appellate judges and has taught sessions for prosecutors, defenders, law enforcement officers, magistrates, and others. Her many books, chapters, articles, and other publications deal with criminal procedure, substantive criminal law, and evidence.
Jessie came to the School of Government in 2000 after practicing law at Covington & Burling in Washington D.C., and clerking for Judge W. Earl Britt on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and for Judge J. Dickson Phillips Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 2006, she received the Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Term Professorship for Teaching Excellence; in 2013, she was named by the Chancellor as a W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, one of the University's highest academic honors.
Jessie earned a B.A.,
cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was managing editor of the Law Review.
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Tiffanie W. Sneed
Tiffanie W. Sneed is the Police Senior Legal Advisor for the Town of Chapel Hill. She joined the Town of Chapel Hill as Senior Legal Advisor in 2010. After a brief stint in private practice concentrating on insurance defense work, she discovered that a career in local government suited her best. She worked for the City of Fayetteville for seven years, serving as an Assistant City Attorney, 2003–2004 and Police Legal Advisor, 2004–2010.
Tiffanie is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated in sociology from Yale University and received her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Ozie H. Stallworth
Ozie H. Stallworth is the Electronic Notarization and Notary Enforcement Director at North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State. Mr. Stallworth, the 2020 recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Innovation and Efficiency arguably has more experience in the unique area of eNotarization than any other individual in the country and easily qualifies as the nation's foremost expert on eNotary policies, procedures and implementation and is the Department's resident expert on eCommerce.
Among his many accomplishments in the field of eCommerce is launching the North Carolina eClosing Initiative after successfully overseeing the execution of the first electronic mortgage closing in the history of North Carolina. The first electronic recording of a plat in the nation also was completed under his direction in addition to directing the efforts of the Secretary of State's office to promulgate rules for electronic notarization and electronic recording, resulting in nearly 90% of the state's population having access to electronic recording; and organizing the first international conference on electronic notarizations and electronic apostilles with the Hague Conference, the International Union of Latin Notaries and the National Notary Association (NNA). He received his Bachelor's degree from Howard University in 1990.
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John R. Szymankiewicz
John R. Szymankiewicz is a licensed professional engineer and attorney in North Carolina. Embarking on a second career, John went to law school at night while juggling a demanding full-time job, a family, and teaching at a local martial arts school.
Seeing the need for experienced attorneys who are focused on their client's needs, John launched his own law firm in 2010. Since then, his practice has focused on developing ongoing relationships, becoming a business partner with clients instead of being merely a supplier of services. He has earned the trust and respect of entrepreneurs and growing businesses by serving as a collaborator in his client's efforts to be successful. John joined the Matheson & Associates in 2014.
John is a distinguished member of the board of directors for the Wake County Bar Association, which recently presented him with the President's Award for his services to the Wake County Legal Community. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and serves on the Council of the Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Section. In addition to the North Carolina and Wake County Bar Associations, he is also a member of the 10th Judicial District Bar and the American Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in all of North Carolina State Courts, the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina's Federal and Bankruptcy Courts, and the United States Supreme Court. John has been featured in Attorney at Law Magazine (Triangle Edition), the Raleigh News & Observer, and the Triangle Business Journal.
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Blake Thomas, North Carolina Office of State Human Resources, Raleigh
Kelly Q. Tornow
Kelly Q. Tornow is a Former State Board of Elections Attorney in Raleigh.
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Frank X. Trainor
Frank X. Trainor has been the staff attorney for the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners since 2011. He provides general legal advice to the Board and oversees the Board's Professional Standards section, which focuses on the discipline of CPAs in the State of North Carolina and enforcement against the unauthorized use of the CPA title in the State.
Prior to his current position, Frank was in private practice focusing on administrative law, where he represented other occupational licensing boards as well as numerous licensees facing disciplinary action.
Frank earned his bachelor's degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and his J.D. at Tulane University.
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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.
Anne 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.
Anne's undergraduate and law degrees are from Meredith College and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill respectively.
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Erin Williams, City of Greensboro, Greensboro
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