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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 Jr. has served as a Resident Superior Court Judge for District 15B (Orange and Chatham counties) since 2006, and is a past president of the Judicial District 15B Bar. Prior to becoming a judge, he was the managing assistant district attorney for Chatham County. From 1997 to 2001, Baddour was a partner in a small law firm in Chapel Hill with cases mostly in Orange and Chatham counties.

    Judge Baddour grew up in Orange County, attending Chapel Hill High School. He obtained a degree in Political Science from UNC-CH, and a law degree from the UNC School of Law.

    Volunteer work has always been an important extension of Judge Baddour in the community. He has volunteered with the Women's Center (Volunteer of the Year, 2001) the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Board of Directors (President, 2001), and the Chatham County YMCA. Since the merger between all triangle-area YMCAs, he has been a Board member of the YMCA of the Triangle. He also served as a vice president on the NCBA Board of Governors in 2019-20.

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  • Christopher C. "Chris" Fialko

    Christopher C. "Chris" Fialko is a criminal defense lawyer at Fialko Law in Charlotte. He is a board certified specialist that began his criminal defense practice in the 1990s in Charlotte and Western North Carolina. He and his team are well known and respected in both State and Federal courts. Fialko Law represents clients accused of white collar crimes, as well as assault, embezzlement, drug trafficking, burglary, murder and more.

    In 2003 Chris began to shift his practice to white collar crime cases in Charlotte and Asheville. He concentrated on advising and representing businessmen and professionals who face federal criminal, regulatory, or licensing investigations.

    Currently, Fialko Law represents many professionals who need help understanding and responding to grand jury subpoenas, internal corporate investigations, and licensing board discipline actions.

    Chris earned his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and his J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law.

    Chris has lived and practiced in Charlotte since 1992 and is married with two children. He is a big soccer and baseball fan, and replenishes his soul regularly by seeing live music all over town. As a Connecticut Yankee in North Carolina courts, he is still searching for a good slice of thin crust pizza.

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  • Brad D. Fowler

    Brad D. Fowler is the Chief Business Officer at the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts in Raleigh. In more than twenty years of public service, Brad has been fortunate to have been involved in working to improve organizations that provide vital services. After working for the American Red Cross for seven years (in three different states), Brad joined the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts in 2001. Throughout his career, Brad has championed the use of data-driven decisions that have resulted in measurable improvements to the organizations he serves.

    After serving in many positions at the NCAOC, his current role includes leading a team of system analysts as they develop written standard business process documents in conjunction with an eCourts Advisory Committee. These documents will serve as the basis for configuration of an integrated case management system for the North Carolina trial courts.

    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.

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  • William R. "Rob" Heroy

    William R. "Rob" Heroy is a partner at Goodman Carr Laughrun Levine & Greene PLLC in Charlotte. He epresents clients in criminal matters in state and federal courts both in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina. He handles high-stakes criminal matters such as white collar criminal charges and investigations, large-scale drug trafficking conspiracies, weapons violations, serious assaults, and homicides, and is not afraid of trial. He represents individuals who have been federally indicted or targeted in the Western, Eastern, and Middle Districts of North Carolina for drug and weapons charges, immigration offenses, and white collar crime. His work frequently involves representing individuals who are the subject of investigations who want to know their legal options and whether steps can be taken early on to protect themselves.

    Rob also represents individuals on a wide range of immigration matters with a focus on detention and removal. He primarily represents individuals in the Charlotte, Stewart and Atlanta Immigration courts, but on occasion conducts hearings in other courts throughout the country. Additionally, he represents detainees in the immigration courts and has challenged their detention through habeas corpus proceedings in both state and federal courts. In a number of cases, he has been able to obtain post-conviction relief for criminal convictions which have allowed his clients to remain in the country. He has presented at continuing legal educations seminars before other attorneys on the subject of immigration law. He was recently accepted as an expert witness in the area of immigration law in Mecklenburg County Superior Court.

    Rob has received significant pro bono awards and recognition over the last several years. He serves as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation Development Committee as well as the Board of Directors for the Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation.

    Outside of the law, Rob was a finalist in the 2010 World Series of Poker and is an active cross-fitter. He is married to Katie Heroy, and together they have two little boys, Linus and Arthur.

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  • Sarvani Jami

    Sarvani Jami, North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Raleigh

  • George V. Laughrun II

    George V. Laughrun II is the senior partner at Goodman Carr Laughrun Levine & Greene PLLC in Charlotte. 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, in 1977, and his law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, in 1980. He graduated cum laude from both institutions.

    George is happily married and has two children, both of whom are practicing attorneys in the Charlotte area. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf at Carmel Country Club where he holds a single digit handicap and was on the Board of Directors from 2009-2013.

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  • Jennifer L. Martin

    Jennifer L. Martin is the Chief Assistant District Attorney at the Forsyth County District Attorney's Office in Winston-Salem.

    Jennifer earned her B.A, in English Language and Literature from Wake Forest University and her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.

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  • Kristina Soeder

    Kristina P. Soeder, North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Raleigh

  • Noell P. Tin

    Noell P. Tin is the founder and managing partner of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen PLLC, with offices in Charlotte, Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Since he started practice in 1994, 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. He has successfully defended clients in state and federal jury trials and secured impressive victories in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Noell has also successfully petitioned the United States Supreme Court and obtained summary reversals of lower court decisions three times.

    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 earned his B.A. in Political Science and Government at Miami University and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

    Noell has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors. He is past co-president of the Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and has served on two Merit Selection Committees responsible for selecting finalists for United States Magistrate Judge positions in the Western District of North Carolina.

    Noell is married to retired Mecklenburg County district court judge Becky Thorne Tin.

    Click here for more information about Noell.

  • Josie Van Dyke

    Josie Van Dyke is a Mitigation/Alternative Sentencing Specialist at Sentencing Solutions in Raleigh. He 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 an attorney at Weede Law PLLC in Raleigh. He is former Assistant District Attorney and Special Assistant United States Attorney. He has tried over fifty jury trials, including five first-degree murder cases (one capital). He has prosecuted hundreds of felony cases (eight homicides) that resulted in guilty pleas. He has also worked with expert witnesses in a number of disciplines such as DNA, forensic pathology, and forensic psychiatry.

    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).

    Patrick received a B.A. in Political Science and graduated with honors and highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, Patrick was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society. He received a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. As a third-year law student, Patrick was the Law School Student Attorney General.

    Patrick serves on the Insight Human Services (formerly Partnership for a Drug-Free NC) Board of Directors and was previously on the Community Engagement Committee for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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January 27, 2022
Thu 8:25 AM EST
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