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Building for the Future (2022 Criminal Justice Section Program)

8:25        Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Mitigation Strategies

Josie Van Dyke, Sentencing Solutions, Raleigh

Mitigation information is critical in plea negotiations and sentencing preparation. Learn how to obtain this necessary information.

10:00      Break

10:10      eCourts

Brad D. Fowler, North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Raleigh

North Carolina is moving to an electronic filing system. Gain an understanding of the background information from members of the Administrative Office of the Courts and receive a helpful tutorial specific to criminal attorneys.

11:10      Break

11:20      Cross of the Snitch

Christopher C. Fialko, Fialko Law, Charlotte

Attorneys representing clients in federal narcotics cases must work through challenging facts, including a determination of the drug weight, offense level under the United States Sentencing Guidelines and complex legal issues. Listen as a criminal defense attorney describes his experience and shares tips for preparing a strong defense in these cases.

12:20      Lunch Break

1:05        The Prosecution, the Defense and Ethics*

Jennifer L. Martin, Forsyth County District Attorney's Office, Winston-Salem
Noell P. Tin, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen PLLC, Charlotte

As attorneys, we must always vigorously represent our side — whether the State or a client — while maintaining the highest principles. Discuss important ethical issues that arise in those roles and in working with the other side.

2:05        Break

2:15        Technology in the Courtroom

Judge R. Allen Baddour Jr., North Carolina Superior Court, Pittsboro

The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated modifications in the court system. Hear about the work and recommendations of the Technology and Innovations Working Group and the Webex Protocol Subcommittee.

3:15        Break

3:25        DWI Case Law Update

George V. Laughrun II, Goodman Carr Laughrun Levine & Greene PLLC, Charlotte

Attorneys who handle DWI cases must always keep up with the case law. End the day with an overview of the latest DWI case law.

4:25        Adjourn

* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit


As the court system evolves, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for attorneys to have the tools necessary for continuing success.


  • 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.

  • Christopher C. "Chris" Fialko

    Christopher C. "Chris" Fialko is owner of Fialko Law PLLC in Charlotte. He is comfortable both fighting for clients in "blue collar" cases, and guiding clients through "white collar" investigations. Since 2002, he has been Board Certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Specialist in both State and Federal Criminal Defense.

    Chris began his practice in the 1990s in Charlotte and Western North Carolina, representing people accused in State and Federal courts of everything from assault on a female to robbery, from embezzlement to drug trafficking, from burglary to murder.

    In the 2000s, Fialko slowly shifted much of his practice to "white collar" cases, concentrating on advising and representing businessmen and professionals who face federal criminal, regulatory, or licensing investigations. Recently, he has represented bankers, doctors, executives, managers, lawyers, real estate agents, CFOs, stockbrokers, and other professionals who need help navigating through the uncertain waters of grand jury subpoenas, internal corporate investigations, and licensing board discipline actions.

    Chris has earned widespread recognition for his work in criminal defense. He has been AV rated by the venerable Martindale-Hubbell, named a Super Lawyer for ten straight years, and named Legal Elite by Business Magazine.

    Chris is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

    Click here for more information about Chris.

  • Brad D. Fowler

    Brad D. Fowler joined the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts in 2001. From 2001 – 2009, Brad was the Assistant Administrator of the Guardian ad Litem Program. In 2009, Brad moved to the Research and Planning Division. In that division, Brad has been responsible for developing and updating staffing resource allocation models across the Judicial Branch.

    In 2018, Brad's role expanded to include managing the eCourts Program Management Office as well as leading a team of system analysts as they configure a vendor-provided integrated case management system for North Carolina trial courts. This team provides training and support of legacy applications as well as the suite of vendor products. Management of the eCourts Program Management Office includes working with a governance process that includes an eCourts Advisory Committee and eCourts Steering Committee.

    Brad holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tennessee.

    Click here for more information about Brad.

  • William R. "Rob" Heroy

    William R. "Rob" Heroy is a member of Goodman Carr Laughrun Levine & Greene PLLC in Charlotte. He represents clients in criminal matters in state and federal courts. He handles high stakes criminal matters such as white collar criminal charges and investigations, often involving millions or billions of dollars, large-scale drug trafficking conspiracies, weapons violations, serious assaults, and homicides. He has tried dozens of jury trials and does not shy away from trying a case if it is necessary.

    Rob is experienced in state and federal criminal appeals, and in post-conviction relief. He has had success overturning decades-long sentences for clients. He also litigates immigration matters in federal district court and federal courts of appeal.

    Rob is the president of the Mecklenburg Country Criminal Defense Bar. He is on the Board of Directors for the Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation and an executive committee member. He previously taught advanced criminal law at the Charlotte School of Law. He also puts on the annual criminal law CLE for the North Carolina Bar Association. He has received pro bono awards and recognition over the last several years.

    Click here for more information about Rob.

  • Sarvani Jami

    Sarvani Jami is a Senior Systems Analyst at North Carolina Administrative Office of Courts (NCAOC) with expertise in Guide & File and File & ServeTM (eFiling) product areas of the larger eCourts ecosystem.

    Before eCourts, Sarvani worked as a lead on NCAOC's Online Services and NC Bar attorney data integrations in addition to garnering several years of experience on legacy criminal web applications. Sarvani provides an overview of Registering and setting up accounts in File & ServeTM and provides a demo of filing documents using File & ServeTM.

  • George V. Laughrun II

    George V. Laughrun II is the senior partner at Goodman Carr Laughrun Levine & Greene PLLC in Charlotte. He has been practicing with the firm since 1982. For 2 years, prior to joining the firm, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Mecklenburg County (North Carolina), prosecuting cases in both District and Superior Court. During his years of practice, George has tried over 150 jury trials and cases in all federal courts within this district and in other jurisdictions including: The United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, The North Carolina Court of Appeals, The North Carolina Supreme Court and on December 5, 1983, he was also admitted to practice before The United States Supreme Court.

    George received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and his law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He graduated cum laude from both institutions.

    George has been a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, as defined by the North Carolina State Bar, since 1991, and has held an "AV" Preeminent rating from members of the Bar and Judiciary for more than 25 years. He concentrates his practice on mostly criminal and DWI cases.

    In addition, he is a member of the National College of DWI Defense, the American Bar Association (since 1980), the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers.

    Click here for more information about George.

  • Jennifer L. Martin

    Jennifer L. Martin graduated from WFU 1996 with a BA degree in English and minor in Women's Studies. She graduated from WFU law school 1999. After receiving her license to practice law in North Carolina in 1999 Ms. Martin started her career as a prosecutor in the DAs office as a traffic court prosecutor in Forsyth County.
    Currently the Chief Assistant District Attorney, Jennifer has tried 80 jury trials including 15 First Degree murder trials to verdict; seven of those were death penalty cases.
    As the Chief Prosecutor, Ms. Martin supervises the Forsyth District Attorney’s Office, trains prosecutors and she also works closely with law enforcement agencies in Forsyth County to advise the preliminary investigation of all murder cases. It has enabled her to meet with survivors at an early stage of the case to guide the families through the traumatic process of the resolution of a criminal case while dealing with the grief of losing a loved one. 

  • Kristina Soeder

    Kristina P. Soeder is a Systems Analyst with the NC Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) and supports Guide & File and File & ServeTM (eFiling) products in preparation for the eCourts rollout.

    Kristina has a breadth of court process knowledge, having worked both in the courts and at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Washington and North Carolina and worked on previous implementations of OdysseyTM Case Manager in Washington.

  • Noell P. Tin

    Noell P. Tin is a partner with Tin Fulton Walker & Owen PLLC in Charlotte. His principal areas of practice are criminal defense, professional liability and white-collar defense. Noell has represented clients in over 40 North Carolina counties and the three federal districts in North Carolina, as well as federal courts in New York, Florida, Virginia, and South Carolina.

    In addition to trial work, a significant portion of Noell's practice involves representing people and businesses implicated in "white collar" regulatory and criminal investigations involving securities health care, and banking.

    Noell is a member of the Mecklenburg Country Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, National Associate of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Mecklenburg County Bar: Judicial Nominating Committee. He received his B.A. degree from Miami University and his J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Noell.

  • Josie Van Dyke

    Josie Van Dyke is a Mitigation/Alternative Sentencing Specialist at Sentencing Solutions in Raleigh. She performs background investigations for criminal defendants and preparing alternative sentencing plans when appropriate treatment options are needed for sentencing.

    Josie earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice/Psychology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MPA in Human Resources, Employment Law at East Carolina University.

    Click here for more information about Josie.

  • Patrick B. Weede

    Patrick B. Weede is owner of Weede Law PLLC in Raleigh. His principal area of practice is criminal law. Patrick served as a prosecutor for almost ten years and handled cases in both state and federal court. Patrick has prosecuted almost every type of case, including traffic, DWI, drugs, fraud, property crimes, firearm offenses, common law/armed robbery, and murder.

    Patrick has extensive jury trial experience, including five first-degree murder trials. He has also handled hundreds of other cases that resulted in non-trial dispositions.

    In 2019, Governor Cooper appointed Patrick to a two-year term on the NC Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission (as the NC Bar Association representative). In 2021, Patrick was elected to a three-year term on the NC Bar Association Board of Governors.

    In addition, Patrick is a member of the Susie Sharp Inn of Court and the Bench-Bar Committee for the Wake County Bar Association/Tenth Judicial District Bar. He has also served as Chair of the NC Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section Council and was a member of the Judicial Branch COVID-19 Task Force (NC Bar Association appointee).

    He received his B.A. degree in Political Science and graduated with honors and highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Patrick.

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January 27, 2022
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