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.