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Professionalism in the "New Normal"

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        A View From the Bench*

Chief Judge Donna S. Stroud, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Raleigh
Judge R. Allen Baddour, North Carolina Superior Court, Pittsboro
Judge Ashleigh P. Dunston, North Carolina District Court, Raleigh

Hear how professionalism has changed and how attorneys have changed what professionalism means from the eyes of the bench at all different levels of North Carolina. Featuring a panel of judges from the trial and appellate courts of North Carolina, this session discusses what works and what doesn't work.

10:00      Break

10:10      Pandemic Professionalism*

Bo Thompson, Yates McLamb & Weyher LLP, Raleigh
Melvin F. "Mel" Wright Jr., Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, Raleigh

In a time of Zoom calls, remote hearings, empty offices and working from home, how has the pandemic impacted our professionalism? This session offers a thoughtful discussion on how lawyers can maintain their pre-pandemic professionalism aspirations and tackles how to become an even stronger professional in our "new normal."

11:10      Break

11:20      Attorney Conduct and Discipline*

Leanor B. Hodge, North Carolina State Bar, Raleigh

How has attorney conduct changed over the last two years and where are grievances now coming from? This session provides information about what the State Bar is seeing in the disciplinary process and what has changed, including the most common, current pitfalls for attorneys.

12:20      Lunch Break

12:50      Modifying Mediation*≠

Tara L. Kozlowski, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, Raleigh

With the increase and ease of remote mediations, what is changing and working as opposed to what is falling short? Does remote mediation work as well substantively, even if procedurally it is difficult? Does that affect the professionalism of mediation for attorneys and as a whole?

1:50        Break

2:00        Being Normal in the New Normal

Cathy Killian, North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program, Charlotte

Let's talk about mental health and wellness in a post-pandemic world. In this session, hear discussion on issues of substance abuse and mental health and the struggles of living in a world with less personal connection and contact on a regular basis.

3:00        Break

3:10        Staying Normal in the New Normal

Julianne Ludlam, Ph.D., KKJ Forensic and Psychological Services, Durham

Let's keep the conversation going about mental health and wellness in a post-pandemic world. Dr. Julianne Ludlam discusses issues of preventative care and well-being to help avoid crisis and declining health.

4:10        Adjourn

* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
† Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit
≠ Indicates portion providing NC Dispute Resolution Commission CME

Thank you

Thank you for joining us for Professionalism in the "New Normal".


  • Judge R. Allen Baddour Jr.

    Judge R. Allen Baddour has been a Superior Court Judge in District 15B (Chatham and Orange Counties) since 2006 and became Senior Resident in 2020. He was an Assistant District Attorney in Chatham County from 2001-2006 and began his law career in a small general practice focused on criminal defense and civil litigation. He serves on the Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, the Education Committee of the Superior Court Judges Conference, the Membership Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Chief Justice's Remote Proceedings Task Force.

    Judge Baddour is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law and received his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His older son Henry and daughter in law Melissa live in Orange County, and his younger son Jack is a sophomore at UNC.

  • Judge Ashleigh Parker Dunston

    Judge Ashleigh Parker Dunston is a District Court Judge in the 10th Judicial District, which encompasses Wake County, located in Raleigh, NC. Prior to her appointment by Governor Roy Cooper, Judge Dunston served the citizens of North Carolina as an Assistant Attorney General at the North Carolina Department of Justice and as an Assistant District Attorney at the Wake County District Attorney’s Office.

    Judge Dunston graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wake Forest University and cum laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She has been practicing law since she was 24 years old. At age 30, Judge Dunston was only the 3rd and youngest African American female to hold this position in Wake County since the District Courts were established over 50 years ago.

    Judge Dunston is passionate about increasing equity within the criminal justice system and has written for multiple publications, including the North Carolina State Bar Journal and the Campbell Law Review on topics related to racism and sexism within the legal profession.

    Judge Dunston lives in Raleigh with her husband and 3 children where they are members of Vision Church.

    Click here for more information about Judge Ashleigh.

  • B. Keith Faulkner

    B. Keith Faulkner joined the Appalachian School of Law, in Grundy, VA, as president and dean July 1, 2021. Prior to coming to ASL, Faulkner gained valuable experience during his tenures as dean at Liberty University School of Law, Campbell University School of Business, and Campbell Law School. He enjoyed a varied private law practice that included work in a general practice and at a large civil litigation firm in North Carolina.

    Leading from the front, Faulkner's teams have been very successful in preparing students for practice and business. Professionalism and practical training have been the hallmark of his work. At Campbell and Liberty law schools, he has been part of teams that have pioneered new and innovative approaches to student success, bar passage, and employment outcomes. Under his leadership, Campbell Law realized the institution's highest ranking as a top-tier law school in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools 2014 guidebook, and while leading Liberty Law, Liberty achieved the seventh highest bar passage in the country in 2018.

    Faulkner holds the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Campbell University. He has also earned the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Litigation Management from Baylor University School of Law, the B.S. in business administration (finance emphasis) from Charleston Southern University, and he completed the United States Navy Nuclear Power Training Pipeline. His service included a tour aboard the U.S.S. Billfish (SSN 676), and he was an instructor at Nuclear Power Training Unit (MTS 635).

    Professionally, Faulkner enjoys being a lawyer and remaining active in the profession and practice. From a leadership perspective, developing effective and exceptional teams that deliver superior education and support to students is what drives his love of leading law schools and higher education. Personally, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Patty, and his three children, Hannah, Erin, and Ryan.

    Click here for more information about Keith.

  • Leanor Bailey Hodge

    Leanor Bailey Hodge is a Deputy Counsel with the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh. She counsels the NCSB's Grievance Committee and prosecuting lawyers for ethics violations before the Disciplinary Hearing Commission.

    Prior to joining the NCSB in 2008, Leanor was a litigation partner at the law firm of Manning Fulton & Skinner PA in Raleigh, and a prosecutor in Philadelphia and Chicago. Leanor frequently lectures for the Mecklenburg County Bar on ethical and professional topics.

    Leanor received her B.B.A. degree from Howard University in 1993 and her J.D. degree from Temple University in 1996.

  • Cathy Killian

    Cathy Killian is the Clinical Director and Western Clinical Coordinator for the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program and has been a counselor in the Charlotte area for over 30 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She has a BS Degree in Zoology/Pre-Med from NC State University, a BA Degree in Psychology from UNC-Charlotte, and a Master of Education Degree in Counseling from Winthrop University.

    Cathy has worked in a variety of mental health and substance abuse areas, including inpatient, outpatient, hospital-based and free-standing treatment facilities, Employee Assistance Programs, and private practice. She has conducted numerous trainings and workshops both locally and nationally on a variety of topics throughout her career. She was a college instructor for 17 years, and a Program Chair for five of those years. She currently maintains a small private practice seeing individual clients and providing clinical supervision on both an individual and facility level.

    Cathy is a former board member for Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center, the McLeod Institute on Substance Abuse, the North Carolina Board of Licensed Employee Assistance Professionals, and former president and board member of the Eating Disorders Education Project.

    Cathy lives in Charlotte with her therapy dog and LAP mascot, Ozzy.

  • Tara L. Kozlowski

    Tara L. Kozlowski is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. She has been with the Commission since July of 2018. Prior to working with the DRC Tara was a family law litigator and mediator, practicing with a small firm in Wake County. Tara obtained a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Indiana University, and her J.D. degree from The University of Toledo College of Law in 2006. She lives in Apex with her husband, two daughters, and two yellow labs. Please feel free to contact her at the DRC office anytime with questions or to introduce yourself.

    Click here for more information about Tara.

  • Julianne Ludlam, PhD

    Julianne Ludlam, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist at KKJ Forensic and Psychological Services in Durham. She conducts psychological evaluations for adults, youth, and families.

    Psychological evaluations can help with many kinds of personal, legal, or emotional issues. Evaluations require careful assessment, respectful investigation, and a clear report for decision-making. Julianne also believe evaluations should appreciate individual differences as well as sources of oppression and trauma; my assessments are all trauma-informed. She believe quality assessments can be both informative and therapeutic.

    Julianne has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Risk and Prevention from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Alliant International University in Clinical Psychology. Her research and clinical interests have centered around the topic of trauma and trauma-related disorders.

    Prior to teaching in the undergraduate psychology program at the University of Missouri, Julianne trained at the California Pacific Medical Center's outpatient mental health clinic, the San Francisco County Jail's psychiatric services unit, and a community mental health center in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.

    Click here for more information about Julianne.

  • Chief Judge Donna S. Stroud

    Chief Judge Donna S. Stroud has served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals for over thirteen years, having been first elected in 2006. She is a dual graduate of Campbell University, with a BA, summa cum laude, in Government in 1985, and a law degree, magna cum laude, in 1988. Judge Stroud was ranked first in her class each year of law school and upon graduation; she served as the Notes & Comments Editor of the Campbell Law Review.

    Judge Stroud spent 16 years in private practice, first as an associate and later as a partner, until her election in 2004 as a District Court Judge in Wake County. While in private practice, Judge Stroud was also both a certified Superior Court mediator and a District Court arbitrator.

    Judge Stroud served as a Family Court Judge while on the District Court. After joining the Court of Appeals in 2007, Judge Stroud began teaching as an Adjunct Professor at Campbell University School of Law in 2008, teaching Judicial Process and Juvenile Law. In May 2014, she graduated from the Duke University School of Law LL.M. program in Judicial Studies, as a member of its charter class.

    Judge Stroud frequently presents CLE programs for the North Carolina Bar Association and other organizations. She currently serves as chair of the Chief Justice's Rules Advisory Commission and is a member of the North Carolina Courts Commission and Family Court Advisory Committee.

    Click here for more information about Judge Stroud.

  • Bo Thompson

    Bo Thompson is a partner with Yates McLamb & Weyher LLP in Raleigh. Bo has a diverse civil litigation experience representing businesses and individuals in claims including professional liability, mass torts, intentional torts, and administrative/professional licensing issues.

    Bo is a member of the North Carolina, Wake County and American Bar Associations, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and the Defense Research Institute.

    Bo received his B.A. degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999 and his J.D. degree from Campbell University School of Law in 2004.

    Click here for more information about Bo.

  • Richard A. Waugaman III

    Richard A. Waugaman III is a member of Lesnik Family Law PC in Raleigh. Richard works primarily with domestic contracts, including breach of contract, drafting separation and settlement agreements, financial issues including property distribution, alimony, child support and absolute divorce. He also has considerable experience working with cases involving domestic violence.

    Richard graduated from Campbell University School of Law and is a licensed attorney in North Carolina. Richard also is a summa cum laude graduate of Campbell University with a degree in criminal justice.

    Click here for more information about Richard.

  • Melvin F. "Mel" Wright Jr.

    Melvin F. "Mel" Wright Jr. is the Executive Director of the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism in Raleigh. Mel was a private practice attorney for 26 years until he became the Executive Director of the North Carolina Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism in November 1999. He served in that capacity until his retirement in August 2017 and has resumed this role in March 2019.

    As a newly formed Commission, Mel had the challenging task of establishing the office from only a Supreme Court Order. He has worked tirelessly for the cause of professionalism, both as Executive Director of the Commission and as a private practice attorney. In addition to his many years in private practice, he has served as President of the Forsyth County Bar Association and the 21st Judicial District, Chairman of the Ethics and Grievances Committee of the Forsyth County Bar Association, officer of Executive Committee of the Forsyth County Bar Association and the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Chairman of the National Consortium on Professionalism Initiatives, Chairman of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism, member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Bar Association’s BarCARES, member of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium, member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association Professionalism committees; member of the North Carolina Bar Association Transitioning Lawyer Commission, and member of the Advisory Committee for the National High School Mock Trial Championship, and member of the Wake County, North Carolina and American Bar Associations, the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Mel has been awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal for his service in Vietnam; the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the Wake County Bar Association Professionalism Award, the Chief Justice's Professionalism Award, the Robinson O. Everett Professionalism Award from the Campbell University School of Law, the John B. McMillan Award for Public Service, and the CJCP Award for Meritorious and Extraordinary Service. He has also received the Martindale Hubbell AV Rating.

    Lastly, Mel has served as an adjunct professor at both the University of North Carolina School of Law and the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University, teaching Professional Responsibility.

    Mel received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina in 1967 and his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1973.

    Click here for more information about Mel.

December 10, 2021
Fri 8:55 AM EST

Duration 7H 15M

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