8:10 Welcome and Introductions
8:15 The Opening: Pleadings-Stage Strategy for Breach of Contract and Tortious Interference Claims
Steven A. Scoggan, Ellis & Winters LLP, Greensboro
Learn about strategic considerations for both prosecuting and defending claims for breach of contract and tortious interference. This presentation explores procedural rules and tips for addressing dispositive issues early in a case, as well as substantive areas of the law most susceptible to resolution through a pleadings-stage motion.
9:25 Covenants Not to Compete
Michael C. Lord, Williams Mullin, Raleigh
This session covers trends with the enforceability of non-competes in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Recent decisions of significance rendered by North Carolina courts are discussed as well.
10:35 Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices? How the FTC May Be Transforming Liability for Artificial Intelligence
Jeffrey M. "Jeff" Kelly, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Raleigh
Rapid advances in artificial intelligence are impacting every industry and outpacing regulators' ability to establish clear rules for new technologies. Although the United States does not have comprehensive regulation of artificial intelligence, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued guidance on how businesses can responsibly use artificial intelligence to avoid violating consumer protection laws, including Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. This presentation provides a brief primer on artificial intelligence and contextualize the FTC's guidance on how even well-intentioned technology may expose companies and developers to liability.
11:15 Taking Professional Conduct Rules 5.1 and 5.2 to Heart: A Panel Discussion on Sponsorship of Junior Attorneys*
Jim W. Phillips Jr., Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro
Preetha Suresh Rini, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Raleigh (Moderator)
Thomas H. "Tom" Segars, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh
Anne M. Tompkins, Cadwalader Wickersham and Taft LLP, Charlotte
Giovonni D. "Gio" Wade, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill
Katarina "Katie" Wong, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh
This panel discusses best practices for mentoring and sponsoring newer attorneys so that all attorneys can have an opportunity to become successful members of the profession. Explore how mentorship and sponsorship can benefit both parties in the relationship so that the profession can be a more collegial and inclusive working environment. Panelists also highlight recent survey results regarding perceptions of diversity and inclusion in the practice area and discusses how law firms and organizations can work to help all attorneys feel included in the profession.
12:30 Lunch Break
1:25 Panel Discussion: Perspectives From In-House Counsel
Monica H. Dongre, RTI International, Research Triangle Park
Shana L. Fulton, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh (Moderator)
Carolyn C. Pratt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill
James E. McLean Jr., Duke Energy Corporation, Charlotte
These panelists — seasoned in-house attorneys who work routinely with outside litigators on complex business disputes share insights from their unique perspective as fellow advocates and representatives of corporate clients.
2:35 An All-Natural Program and Deception Claims
Stephen D. Feldman, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Raleigh
Broad conduct standards in state statutes like N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 invite a wide range of suits, including claims about deceptive practices. This session addresses one type of frequently litigated deception claim: allegedly misleading food labels. Discusses theories and defenses that plaintiffs and defendants raise in these types of claims and consider how variations in state-law standards affect strategies and outcomes.
3:45 Business Court Panel Discussion
Sophia V. Blair, Wyrick Robbins, Raleigh (Moderator)
Chief Judge Louis A. Bledsoe III, North Carolina Business Court, Charlotte
Judge Adam M. Conrad, North Carolina Business Court, Charlotte
Judge Mark A. Davis, North Carolina Business Court, Raleigh
Judge Julianna T. Earp, North Carolina Business Court, Greensboro
Agustin M. Martinez, Ellis & Winters LLP, Greensboro (Moderator)
Judge Michael L. Robinson, North Carolina Business Court, Winston-Salem
Frequently regarded as the highlight of the section's annual CLE, this panel discussion features sitting business court judges, who offer their perspectives about practice before the business court.
* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
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