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2022 Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Day: Navigating Legal Ethics in Pro Bono Legal Services

10:55      Welcome and Introductions

11:00      Navigating Legal Ethics in Pro Bono Legal Services*

Judge Carla N. Archie, North Carolina Superior Court, Charlotte
Niya T. Fonville, Campbell Law School, Raleigh
J. Bradford "Brad" Piland, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Raleigh

This discussion encompasses the importance of pro bono legal services and how the Rules of Professional Conduct — such as Rule 1.1 Competence, Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information, Rule 1.7 Conflict of Interest: Current Clients, and Rule 1.14 Client with Diminished Capacity — play a part in pro bono work.

The panelists also discuss making a difference through pro bono work and how pro bono legal services benefit different communities.

12:00      Adjourn

1:00        Empower Hour

Attendees have an opportunity to provide pro bono legal services via a virtual Free Legal Answers "Empower Hour," which includes 20 minutes of brief training and one hour of volunteering. Click here for more information and to register.

* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit

Thank you

Thank you for joining us for 2022 Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Day: Navigating Legal Ethics in Pro Bono Legal Services.


  • Judge Carla N. Archie

    Judge Carla N. Archie is the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for the 26th Judicial District of North Carolina in Mecklenburg County.

    Judge Archie started her legal career as a prosecutor in Charlotte and was promoted to Chief Assistant District Attorney in charge of felony drug prosecutions. She then transitioned into commercial litigation as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Wachovia Corporation. She went on to serve as Deputy Executive Director and the first General Counsel of the North Carolina Education Lottery. Judge Archie then returned to her commercial litigation practice as Senior Counsel for Wells Fargo & Company, where she co-chaired the law department's diversity and inclusion committee.

    In 2014, Judge Archie was elected to serve as a Resident Superior Court Judge for the 26th Judicial District of North Carolina. Over the years, she has been very active in the community as a member of the Junior League of Charlotte, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, The Links, Incorporated, and Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. She is a past president of the Mecklenburg County Bar and has served on the board of directors and in various leadership roles with the Charlotte Women's Bar, the John S. Leary Association of Black Lawyers, the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, the Triangle Urban League, and the STARS Math and English Academy.

    Judge Archie has spent her life as a servant leader and path builder. She has been recognized as an outstanding alumna of Hampton University, as a Citizen Lawyer by William and Mary Law School, as a Julius Chambers Diversity Champion by the Mecklenburg County Bar, and as one of Charlotte's 50 most influential women by the Mecklenburg Times.

    Judge Archie earned her B.S., summa cum laude, in Accounting from Hampton University and her J.D. from William & Mary Law School, where she was president of William and Mary's Black Law Student Association and spearheaded establishment of the Oliver Hill Scholarship which is now endowed to support minority law students at William and Mary. She has also earned her L.L.M from Duke University School of Law.

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  • Janean B. Dunn

    Janean B. Dunn is a Senior Associate Attorney in the Raleigh office of Jackson Lewis PC. She represents private and public employers in federal and state courts, arbitrations and administrative proceedings before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the North Carolina Department of Labor, and the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. She handles cases involving wage and hour disputes, wrongful discharge, retaliation, sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination and state tort issues.

    In addition to her litigation practice, Janean provides practical advice and counsel to employers in day-to-day employment law matters, such as: managing employee performance, employee discipline, leave and accommodation matters and workplace investigations. She focuses her practice on disability, leave and health management, and she serves as the Firm's North Carolina State Law Leave Leader, advising clients nationwide on the various workplace leave laws in North Carolina and tracking proposed local and state leave-related legislation. She is also experienced in providing transactional services to employers, such as: drafting employment agreements, staffing agreements, hiring and separation documents, severance agreements, and employee handbooks and policies.

    Janean is a graduate of Elon University School of Law, where she served as a contributing editor to the Journal of Leadership and the Law .

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  • Niya T. Fonville

    Niya T. Fonville is the Director of Externships and an Adjunct Professor at Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in Raleigh. While she joined the university in 2018 as associate director of the Career and Professional Development Center, in her current role, she is charged with overseeing the teaching and administration of the law school's robust externship program throughout the year — fall, spring and summer terms. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in this capacity.

    Niya worked for more than a decade with Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she was supervising attorney and staff attorney, helping some of the state's most vulnerable citizens at times of greatest need.

    In June 2020, Niya was elected to the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA)'s Board of Governors. She is a past co-chair of the NCBA Minorities in the Profession Committee and is a 2019 recipient of the NCBA Citizen Lawyer Award.

    Niya also chairs the Wake County Bar Association's (WCBA) Committee for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and is a member of the N.C. Equal Access to Justice Foundation Board, WCBA Board of Directors, WCBA Public Service Committee, the Capital City Lawyers Association, the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers and the NCBA's Pro Bono committee. In August 2020, Raleigh mayor, Mary-Ann Baldwin, appointed Fonville to the Raleigh Housing Authority Board, where she will serve a 5-year term as a commissioner. In addition to her professional duties, Fonville has volunteered as a mentor with numerous law schools, helping to prepare students for their careers and serving their communities.

    Niya, a native of New Bern, graduated summa cum laude from Salem College (receiving its 2020 Young Alumna Award) and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. An avid reader, she has committed much of her time to ensure all children within our community can have the opportunity to read and foster a love of books. She volunteers weekly with Read and Feed and hopes to one day operate her own Book Mobile.

    Click here for more information about Niya.

  • Samantha E. Gordon

    Samantha E. Gordon is a personal injury attorney with Shane Smith Law in Charlotte.

    Samantha attended Charlotte School of Law after graduating from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in legal studies. She graduated from Charlotte School of Law in 2017 with highest pro bono honors and participated in numerous clinics and organizations throughout law school.

    Samantha is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association and Foundation. She is a lead volunteer attorney for the NCBF Wills for Heroes program that provides free estate planning documents to first responders in North Carolina. In addition, Samantha is the co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Committee, member of the Women in the Profession Committee, and recently received the distinguished award of Young Lawyer of the Quarter from the Bar Association. Samantha has also been inducted into the North Carolina Bar's Pro Bono Honor Society in 2019 and 2020 with over 70 hours of pro bono work each year.

    In her free time, Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband, Dylan, and their dogs, Remington and Bentley. She also enjoys spending the weekends in nature. You can find her walking on a greenway or with a book in her hand.

    Click here for more information about Samantha.

  • J. Bradford "Brad" Piland

    J. Bradford "Brad" Piland is a staff attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina in Raleigh. He works with volunteer-based community groups engaged in disaster recovery from Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, Dorian and Fred on matters including non-profit formation, board governance and compliance. He assists individuals in their recovery on range of matters including FEMA appeals, SBA applications, evictions, construction breach of contract, CDBG program navigation and various real estate title-related issues.

    Brad is has been the Co-Chair of the North Carolina Bar Foundation's Disaster Legal Services since 2019.

    Brad earned his bachelor's degree in News Editorial Sequence/Journalism from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Brad

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Following the CLE program, participants are invited to volunteer in a pro bono " Empower Hour" service hour with the NC Free Legal Answers program.

April 22, 2022
Fri 10:55 AM EDT

Duration 1H 5M

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