8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Annual Case Law Update
Andrew J. Haile, Elon University School of Law, Greensboro
Hear about recent business law judicial decisions from the North Carolina courts.
10:00 Anatomy of an LLC Agreement
Warren P. Kean, Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP, Charlotte
Decode the fundamentals of LLCs and how they are fundamentally different from corporations. The presenter walks through the substantive sections of the North Carolina Limited Liability Company Act that govern LLC law (and how the rest of the Act is of limited applicability). This session also explains the purpose of an LLC agreement and highlights relevant provisions of a typical LLC agreement.
11:11 Annual Legislative Update: NC, DE and the Corporate Transparency Act
Melissa W. Bailey, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh
Stephanie Norman, Richards Layton & Finger, Wilmington, DE
A. Heath Tripp, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
This presentation dives into a discussion regarding recent business legislation in North Carolina (including virtual shareholders' meetings and other adjustments to the North Carolina Business Corporation Act) and Delaware (including changes to the Delaware LLC Act), and also provides an introduction to the Federal Corporate Transparency Act.
12:11 Lunch Break
12:41 Nonprofit Update
Robert W. "Bob" Saunders, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro
Advising nonprofit organizations can be an important and rewarding part of a business attorney's practice, whether pro bono or compensated. This session covers important legal trends and common issues, federal and state legislative developments, and ways in which business attorneys can increase their engagement in nonprofit work.
1:40 The Future of Work Is Now: Evolving Workforce and Cyber Challenges in the Age of COVID‡
C. Patrick F. Brown, Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina, Cary
John E. Pueschel, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Winston-Salem
As we emerge from the disruptions caused by COVID-19, it is unlikely that the workplace will look or feel like it did before the pandemic arrived here in early 2020. This panel discussion examines these profound workforce changes and the employment and cyber challenges that businesses must face during COVID-19 and beyond. Panelists also cover employment law compliance and employee relations — including issues related to remote work and flexible work arrangements, leaves of absence, vaccine mandates, accommodation of disability and religion, changing employee expectations, and workforce retention — and trends in diversity and inclusion, discrimination, and harassment. Additionally, learn how these changes and issues affect cybersecurity, including new threats, how to secure a remote workforce, and basic precautions that prevent you from being the "low-hanging fruit" for cybercriminals.
2:50 Equity and Inclusion*
Dianne C. Bailey, Bank of America, Charlotte
Thomas N. "Tom" Griffin III, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Charlotte
Kevin J. Price, The Institute, Durham
How do lawyers mobilize to make an impact with respect to equity and inclusion? What are the disparities, the market failures, the opportunities? What are the potential solutions? What is the role of the legal and philanthropic communities in assisting historically under-resourced entrepreneurs? This session, from a practical perspective, provides history and context and discusses the opportunities. Also learn about an exciting new pro bono collaborative in Charlotte, North Carolina, supporting minority-owned businesses, and explore different ways in which philanthropy and private capital can work together to address these issues.
* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit
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