8:25 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 All Beige, or Not? Politics in the Government Workplace
Robert P. Joyce, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill
Learn what the rules are about politics in the government workplace, and just who is, and who is not, covered by them.
10:10 Green, the Color of Money
Nicolette Fulton, City of Raleigh, Raleigh Kara A. Millonzi, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill
Learn about government money, including money coming in through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and money going out — potentially badly if you get your Software as a Service (SaaS) contracts wrong.
11:20 Yellow Caution Lights
Donya Strong, North Carolina Department of Administration, Raleigh
The first week as a State General Counsel or a city or county attorney can be tough if you miss the yellow caution lights. Find out what laws you need to be aware of and what questions you should ask.
11:50 Lunch Break
12:30 Fuzzy Brown Critters in Government Spaces
Elizabeth Myerholtz, Disability Rights North Carolina, Washington, D.C.
Fuzzy brown critters bring a caution light of another sort. What is a service animal and what is not? What are the rules for allowing service and non-service animals in government spaces?
1:10 A Color Wheel of a Case Law Update
Amy Y. Bason, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, Raleigh Adam Pridemore, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, Raleigh
Learn how appellate courts at all levels have been spinning the color wheel and impacting State and local governments in sometimes not-so-obvious ways.
2:20 Blue Skies – Government Attorneys, Ethics and Investigations *
Gill P. Beck, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina, Asheville Jeffrey P. Gray, Bailey & Dixon LLP, Raleigh Christopher B. McLaughlin, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill
This session provides the clarity government attorneys need regarding their ethical constraints — whether conducting, supervising or deciding about outsourcing investigations.
4:00 Red Light – Impairment in the Government Workplace
Grant B. Osborne, Ward and Smith PA, Asheville Tyler J. Russell, Ward and Smith PA, Asheville
We throw up a big, red "no" when it comes to impairment of employees of State and local governments. But what does it mean to be impaired in this age of CBD oils, alcohol, and prescription and unlawful drugs? And what can governments do and not do?
5:00 Adjourn * Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
It's not easy being a government and public sector (GPS) attorney. As Kermit sings, "It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things." A GPS attorney has to know and be able to do a variety of things.
Amy Y. Bason
Amy Y. Bason serves as Deputy Director and General Counsel for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. The NCACC is a non-partisan organization that serves as the official voice of all 100 counties on issues considered by the General Assembly, Congress, and federal and state agencies.
Prior to joining the NCACC, Amy served as General Counsel to the NC Senate Majority Leader and began her legal career as an assistant district attorney in the First Judicial District of North Carolina. Amy graduated from Rutgers University and received her law degree from the UNC School of Law.
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Gill P. Beck
Gill P. Beck serves as the Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of` North Carolina in Asheville. He handles the full range of civil cases involving the United States and federal agencies.
Gill received the U.S. Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, the U.S. Civil Rights Division Assistant Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, the North Carolina Governor's Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the Bronze Star for his service as an Army Judge Advocate in Iraq and was promoted to Major General in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 2016 he was selected as North Carolina Lawyer's Weekly North Carolina Lawyer of the Year. He is currently President of the Buncombe County Bar.
Gill is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where he was Captain of the football team and an Academic All-American football player. He attended Duke University School of Law, where he graduated with high honors and served as a Senior Editor for
Law and Contemporary Problems.
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Nicolette Fulton is the Senior Associate City Attorney with the City of Raleigh. She has a comprehensive background in litigation, contracts, policy, and administrative law. Her experience includes policy and legislative development, drafting and negotiating multi-million dollar federal contracts, and litigation at all levels.
Prior to The City of Raleigh, Nicolette was a partner at Fulton & Cooke PLLC in Wilmington before owning her own firm in Wilmington for two years.
Nicolette earned her B.A.,
magna cum laude, in Criminal Justice from University of North Carolina Wilmington and her J.D. from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.
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Jeffrey P. Gray
Jeffrey P. Gray is of counsel with Bailey & Dixon LLP in Raleigh. A trial lawyer with experience in a wide variety of civil and regulatory litigation, he has represented individuals and business entities as both plaintiffs and defendants. In addition to his trial practice, he has argued dozens of cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. His practice is currently focused on government regulatory matters.
In addition to representing licensees before the multitude of occupational and professional licensing boards in North Carolina, he personally serves as legal counsel to the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board, the North Carolina Alarm Systems Licensing Board and the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects and as hearing counsel to the North Carolina Board of Funeral Services and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. Jeff previously served as legal counsel to the North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners (2007-2011), the North Carolina Auctioneers Licensing Board (1994-2008), and has served as hearing counsel or legal advisor for six (6) other boards. He also serves as legislative agent and lobbyist for numerous professional and trade groups and associations.
Prior to entering private practice, Jeff served as Special Assistant to the Attorney General, then as an Assistant Attorney General and Law Enforcement Liaison in the Criminal Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice. He served five two-year terms as a Commissioner on the North Carolina Rules Review Commission between 2001 and 2011.
Jeff is the author of published articles in the Campbell Law Observer; the Campbell Law Review; the North Carolina State Bar Journal; the Supreme Court Historical Society's Juridicus; numerous North Carolina Bar Association newsletters; Popular Government; various law enforcement and trade journals; and numerous publications for distribution by the Department of Justice to local and state government agencies.
Jeff earned his B.S.,
cum laude, from Western Carolina University and his J.D. from Campbell University School of Law.
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Robert P. Joyce
Robert P. Joyce is professor of public law and government at the School of Government of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has practiced law in New York and North Carolina. He has been on the faculty of the School for 37 years. He focuses his research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of elections law, public employment law, public education law, and higher education law. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School.
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Christopher B. "Chris" McLaughlin
Christopher B. "Chris" McLaughlin is a Professor of Public Law and Government at UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill. He works in the areas of local government tax and finance as well as ethics for government attorneys. He joined the School of Government in 2008 after practicing law in New England and serving as an adjunct professor and assistant dean for student affairs at Duke Law School.
Chris has authored books on property tax collection, tax foreclosures, and occupancy taxes and has published over 200 blog posts on a wide variety of issues including local taxes and legal ethics.
Chris is a
magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and Duke Law School, where he was also Order of the Coif.
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Kara A. Millonzi
Kara A. Millonzi is a Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government at UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill. She joined the School of Government in 2006. She specializes in local government finance law, general county law, school finance, utilities finance, development finance, and incorporation.
Kare administers the Coates' Canons Local Government Law Blog and has authored well over 100 posts on issues related to local government law and finance. She also administers NC Finance Connect, an online community portal, centered around the topic of local government finance. She has authored numerous publications, including
A Guide to Billing and Collecting Public Enterprise Utility Fees for Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Services, Introduction to Local Government Finance (4th edition), and The Governance and Funding Structure of North Carolina Public Schools. She teaches several core finance courses and directs the NC County Attorneys Conference and Fundamentals Workshop and Local Government Finance Officers Conference each year.
Kara is the lead faculty for Lead for North Carolina, a fellowship program that aims to recruit, train, and place the state's most promising young leaders in paid local government fellowships as a means of strengthening our public institutions, supporting our local communities, and cultivating a new generation of public service leaders.
Before joining the School, Kara practiced law with Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP in Boston and clerked for the Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Kara earned a B.A. in economics,
summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University at Buffalo and an M.A. in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. She earned a J.D., with highest honors, Order of the Coif, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as editor in chief of the North Carolina Law Review.
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Elizabeth Myerholtz is an attorney at Disability Rights North Carolina in Washington, D.C. She joined DRNC in August 2018.
Elizabeth is from Ohio and graduated from Miami University with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English literature. She worked as a direct support professional for adults with autism before moving to Washington to attend law school at American University Washington College of Law. While in law school, Myerholtz worked at the San Diego public defender's office – mental health unit, the American University's Disability Rights Law Clinic, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Grant B. Osborne
Grant B. Osborne is a labor and employment attorney with Ward and Smith PA in Asheville. His practice experience of more than 30 years encompasses a wide range of issues that arise in employment and labor law. He provides counsel to clients in the health care, financial, hospitality, construction, business services, employee staffing, and non-profit sectors. He represents clients in state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies. He regularly advises employers of all sizes and litigates civil cases regarding all forms of employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, unlawful retaliation, contractual issues, personnel policies and practices, and wage and hour issues.
Grant also has advised and represented employers with respect to their rights and obligations arising under laws pertaining to collective bargaining and labor unions. He is a frequent lecturer regarding all aspects of the employment relationship that arise under numerous federal and state laws, and often represents employers before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and federal and state "wage and hour" agencies. He also serves as a mediator and is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. Grant served as the Chairman of the North Carolina Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section (from 2015 to 2016).
Grant earned his B.A., Duke University and his J.D., Duke University School of Law.
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J. Mark Payne
J. Mark Payne is formerly the Guilford County Attorney in Greensboro. He retired from the position in 2021 after 12 years of service. Previously he served as the Johnston County Attorney in Smithfield for 13 years.
Mark began his career in private practice before taking a position with the Attorney General's office. During his tenure with the Attorney General's Office Mark worked in the areas of Environmental law and Energy/Utilities law.
Mark served as council member on the North Carolina Bar Association Administrative Law section and has previously served as Chair of the Government and Public Sector Section of the NCBA, Past President of NC Assoc. of County Attorneys; and received the "County Attorney of the Year" award in 2007.
Mark was born in Greensboro, grew up in Raleigh. He attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he received his undergraduate degree and his law degree.
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Adam Pridemore is Legislative Counsel at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners in Raleigh.
Prior to joining the NCACC, Adam was the Legal Affairs & Policy Manager at the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, Staff Attorney/Legislative Analyst at the North Carolina General Assembly/UNC School of Government and an associate at The DiLeone Law Group PC.
Adam earned his B.A.in Political Science from North Carolina State University and his J.D.,
cum laude, from Valparaiso University School of Law
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Tyler J. Russell
Tyler J. Russell is an attorney with Ward and Smith PA in Raleigh. He began his career in 2010 in the firm's creditors rights practice group, representing banks and lenders in commercial bankruptcy, collection, and lender liability defense litigation. HIs current practice also includes transactional representation of business clients in mergers, acquisitions and other corporate matters.
Tyler co-chairs the firm's hemp + cannabis practice group, is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Virginia, and represents clients in all aspects of the hemp, CBD, and cannabis industries. He regularly provides advice and counsel to his clients on Federal, state and local legal and regulatory matters and represents clients in a variety of corporate transactions. He is actively engaged in state-level lobbying in support of the industries, their companies, and their products.
Tyler also represents other highly regulated business, including breweries, distilleries, and wineries, in their legal and regulatory needs, including their permitting and compliance enforcement interactions with governmental and regulatory agencies.
Tyler received his B.A. degree from Virginia Military Institute and his J. D. degree,
summa cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law.
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Donya M. Strong
Donya Strong was appointed general counsel for the Department of Administration in December 2021. Prior to joining DOA, Strong served as an enforcement attorney for the NC Secretary of State where she advised the executive management team on policies and statewide legislation concerning constitutional amendments, the securities industry and trademark enforcement. She also managed the agency's Trademark Enforcement Unit.
Donya began her state government career in 2008 at the NC Administrative Office of the Courts as an assistant district attorney for the 8th Prosecutorial District and was later promoted to senior assistant district attorney for the 14th Prosecutorial District in 2013. Previously, she worked in the private sector for three years initially as a legal assistant and later as an attorney for Harris & Associates in Durham.
Before entering the legal field, Donya worked as a reporter and news editor for the News & Observer and Detroit Free Press.
Donya holds a Juris Doctor from the NC Central University School of Law in Durham and a bachelor's degree in journalism and Spanish from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
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Ann B. Wall
Ann B. Wall is General Counsel for the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State in Raleigh. She has served as an attorney in the North Carolina Departments of Justice and Labor, as well as the National Labor Relations Board. She has provided advice regarding public records requests, open meetings and records retention issues during her years of State and federal service.
Anne is a member and past chair of the Administrative Law and Government and Public Sector Sections of the NCBA. She is a past recipient of what is now called the Grainger Barrett Award for Excellence awarded by the Government and Public Sector Section. She is also a member of the Business, Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Justice, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections. She is a member of the ABA and several of its sections, and of the NC Association of Women Attorneys.
Anne's undergraduate and law degrees are from Meredith College and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill respectively.
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