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Day 2 | 38th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law Program

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2022

8:25        Welcome and Introductions

8:30        2022 U.S. Supreme Court Commentary: Employment Law

Paul E. Smith, Patterson Harkavy LLP, Chapel Hill, NC

Hear updates on employment-related decisions rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court through the end of its most recent term in July of 2022. The materials summarize these cases followed by the comments about the decision's significance for workplace stakeholders. Also included are abbreviated summaries of all opinions and orders from the so-called "shadow docket" that are of consequence to employment relations. The session concludes with brief additional commentary on the Court's work as it affects the American workplace.

9:30        Break

9:40        Continuing to Pivot

Thomas Colclough, EEOC, Washington, D.C.

Fiscal year 2021 has been a year of change and challenge in employment. While COVID has not retreated, we continue to navigate the new world of "how" we work. In this presentation, the speaker discusses how the EEOC and the employer community has pivoted during COVID-19 over the last 12 months. Finally, we discuss the results of our "pivot" — the good and the bad.

10:40      Break

10:50      Fourth Circuit Update

Sean F. Herrmann, Herrmann & Murphy PLLC, Charlotte, NC

This presentation covers Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals basics and some of the most noteworthy decisions from November 2021 through October 2022.

11:50      Lunch Break

1:00        What's Precedent Got to Do With It? The Earthshaking Employment Law Implications of Dobbs

Katherine Dudley Helms, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, Columbia, SC
Grant Burnette LeFever, Burnette Shutt & McDaniel PA, Columbia, SC
Chandra A. Stallworth, Richardson Plowden & Robinson PA, Columbia, SC (Moderator)

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health overturned decades of precedent regarding the right to access to abortion. With that dramatic upset in the law and the resulting rapidly changing state law landscape comes significant impacts on employment law. Do federal employment laws protect employees who obtain abortion services in states where doing so is now illegal? Do employers incur civil or criminal liability for maintaining benefit programs to assist employees to travel to other jurisdictions to obtain abortion services? Employees and employers will face many such questions in this new era.

2:00        Break

2:10        Ethical Considerations in Employment Settlement Agreements*

Bartina L. Edwards, The Law Office of Bartina Edwards PLLC, Charlotte, NC
Laura L. Noble, Noble Law Firm, Chapel Hill, NC
Kyle R. Still, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh, NC

Congratulations! You have settled your client's employment law case in principle with opposing counsel — now all that is left is navigating ethical and legal considerations regarding settlement agreements and ensuring that both parties' intent is reflected in the written settlement agreement. This presentation addresses these legal and ethical considerations, including issues regarding the tax treatment of settlement payments, the use of non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions (and applicable state law affecting these issues), the scope of waivers and releases, and other critical issues.

3:10        Break

3:20        DEI*

Erika K. Wilson, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC

Across the country a firestorm over critical race theory (CRT) exploded seemingly overnight, casting the once-obscure academic theory into mainstream discourse. This session provides an overview of what CRT really is, dispelling the myths and distortions, and discusses how legal practitioners can use the insights offered by CRT to guide them in developing both their professional identities and lawyering choices.

4:20        Adjourn for the day

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022

9:10        Announcements

9:15        Choosing Wellness for Your Mind, Body and Best Life as an Attorney

April Harris-Britt, Ph.D., AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness, Durham, NC

This presentation describes the unique challenges and factors that contribute to anxiety, depression and increased stress amongst attorneys. There is an emphasis on the importance of, and ways to, purposely choose a self-care plan that optimizes mental, physical and overall well-being.

10:15      Break

10:45      Breakout Sessions:

National Labor Relations Board Update

Jordan N. Wolfe, National Labor Relations Board, Winston-Salem, NC

This presentation addresses topics of interest regarding the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), including information about recent case law developments and the General Counsel's initiatives.

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The Evolving Legal Landscape in Employee Departures

M. Todd Sullivan, Fitzgerald Hanna & Sullivan PLLC, Raleigh, NC

This presentation addresses developments in the law pertaining to employee departures, including analysis of important or interesting state and federal opinions regarding restrictive covenant agreements, trade secret and computer trespass law, and related issues including the potential liability for new employers of departing employees. We address tips and guidance for HR professionals involved in these matters and discuss national legislative movements regarding noncompete agreements and the evolving concepts of fair competition. While the accompanying manuscript catalogues recent state and federal case law developments, the presentation is designed to assist attending attorneys and HR professionals with spotting issues and pragmatically identifying and addressing legal risks from both the former employer's and the departing employee's/new employer's perspectives.

11:45      Break

11:55      Breakout Sessions:

North Carolina State Update

Laura J. Wetsch, Winslow Wetsch PLLC, Raleigh, NC

In this session, receive an overview of North Carolina state and district court labor and employment law updates.

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South Carolina State Update

George A. Reeves III, Fisher & Phillips LLP, Columbia, SC

This presentation covers state and federal courts in South Carolina, highlighting recent developments and case law in labor and employment law in the state between November 2021 and October 2022.

12:55      Adjourn

* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility (SC LEPR) credit
† Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit

Description

This year's program highlights trending topics in labor and employment law, including evolving issues in employee departure litigation, ethical considerations in the negotiation of settlement agreements, a discussion of critical race theory (CRT), and an EEOC update by the agency's director of field management programs. We also hear from a panel discussing the employment implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Dobbs decision

Contributors

  • Jennifer L. Bills

    Jennifer L. Bills is a partner at The Noble Law Firm PLLC in Chapel Hill. She has been litigating and advocating on behalf of employees and individuals for nearly 20 years.

    Jennifer is a frequent teacher, lecturer, and skilled investigator. She was also recognized as a Rising Star while practicing in Boston, MA. As an employment attorney, Jennifer concentrates her practice on workplace investigations and trainings for managers and employees on best employment practices and compliance issues.

    Jennifer grew up in Greensboro and left the South to attend Haverford College and Northeastern University School of Law. Upon graduation, she clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Gene Carter in Portland, Maine. Jennifer worked for several nonprofit organizations and two small Boston law firms practicing civil rights and employment law before coming home to North Carolina in 2008.

    As a Senior Attorney at Disability Rights NC, she worked for nine years to protect the rights of people with disabilities under the ADA. Jennifer teaches Disability Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at UNC-Chapel Hill. She frequently lectures and teaches CLE courses on Employment Law topics including: ADA, FLMA, Sexual Harassment, Intersectional Discrimination, and Ethical Issues in Representing Clients with Disabilities.

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  • Jack E. Cohoon

    Jack E. Cohoon is a partner at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA in Columbia, SC. He focuses his legal practice on employment law, civil rights, appeals, and administrative law. This includes seeking pardons, criminal record expungement, working to correct errors in criminal records, defending occupational licenses, and reinstating driver's licenses. He has successfully sued under the Fair Credit Reporting Act to correct errors on a background report that denied a client a job opportunity.

    Jack worked in the Columbia office of South Carolina Legal Services for nearly 14 years before joining Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, rising to the position of senior litigation attorney and head of the Employment Unit. He led the firm's efforts to advocate for low-income clients with employment law issues.

    Jack earned his B.A., with honors, majoring in History and Political Science from the University of Georgia and his J.D. from University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was the President of the USC Chapter of Just Democracy, an organization of law students dedicated to protecting voting rights, and a Research Editor for the South Eastern Environmental Law Journal.

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  • Thomas M. Colclough

    Thomas M. Colclough currently serves as the Director of Field Management Programs for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Washington, D.C. He is the facilitator of the EEOC's field programs, providing guidance and support to all of the EEOC's 53 field offices across the country in matters of investigation, charge processing, education, outreach and other areas.

    Thomas has over 25 years of experience with EEOC investigating charges and complaints of discrimination and leading high-performing teams. He has served in various leadership positions at EEOC, e.g., Enforcement Supervisor, Local Director, Area Director, Systemic Coordinator, Deputy District Director and District Director.

    A native of North Carolina, Thomas attended Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, where he received his B.S. in Business Administration. He earned his master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Thomas is also a graduate of the military's Command and General Staff College and the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Executive Institute. In 2005, Thomas retired from the North Carolina National Guard after 23 years of service (active, reserve, and guard) at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

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  • Bartina L. Edwards

    Bartina L. Edwards is with The Law Offices of Bartina Edwards in Charlotte. She is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word and as a lawyer, she is business-minded and collaborative. On that latter front, her energy and advocacy were instrumental in helping enact the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, an innovative piece of legislation formally acknowledging collaborative law as a stand-alone dispute resolution vehicle in North Carolina. As such, she is one of the founding members of the North Carolina Collaborative Law Association. She is also a founding partner of the consulting firm, CP3 Paradigm. 

    In addition to volunteering in various capacities and access to justice initiatives, Bartina is a member of the PAC and the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, an immediate past member of the College of Charleston Alumni Board, Trasurer of the North Carolina Bar Association Employment Law Council and Vice-Chair of the Employment Law Section of the Mecklenburg County Bar.

    Bartina is admitted to and is a member of the North Carolina State Bar; the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of the United States Federal Courts; has appeared before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the 4th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. She is an approved attorney having supported and represented the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers in the Resolution of their USDA Discrimination Claims.

    Bartina previously held a Life & Health Insurance and Series 6 & 63 investment licenses. While at NCCU School of Law she was a member of the NCCU Law Journal. Upon graduation from law school, she received the Floyd B. McKissick Leadership Award, the North Carolina Chapter of Academy Matrimonial Lawyers Award and the North Carolina State Bar (Student) Pro Bono Award. She is the recipient of numerous awards and has been profiled in The Charlotte Observer and the University Times. She has been active in several civic and community associations, boards, and organizations including NAWBO, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, and the John S. Leary Bar.

    Bartina has volunteered with the NCCU Business Law Clinic, the Innocence Project, volunteered in Legal Services on the Immigration and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Project, Hope Haven, Crisis Assistance, Urban Ministries, CAAC, NCCU School of Law, University of Phoenix, Davidson College, and she has held internships with the 26th Judicial District, the law offices of Julie Fosbinder, and Ferguson Stein Chambers Adkins & Sumter. Bartina worked with Shirley L. Fulton at Tin Fulton Greene & Owen PLLC. Add Adjunct professor at NCCU for 4 years.

    Bartina is published and speaks on topics that contribute meaningfully to the community, including but not limited to Employment, Equity, Bias and Resolution through Collaboration. Her background has been one of serving individuals, businesses, professionals, and the community in ways that make a difference.

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  • April Harris-Britt, PhD

    April Harris-Britt, PhD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Durham since 2003. She received her doctorate from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    In addition to providing child, adolescent, adult, and family therapy, Dr. Harris-Britt conducts comprehensive psychological evaluations, forensic evaluations, comprehensive child custody evaluations, civil guardian ad litem evaluations, and parental competency evaluations. Specific areas of expertise include trauma and violence, adoption and attachment, medically fragile children, divorce transitions, ADHD and learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and multicultural issues.

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  • Katherine Dudley Helms

    Katherine Dudley Helms is a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC in Columbia, SC. She has extensive experience representing clients in employment matters as varied as the practice offers. She has represented companies and individuals in both the private and public sectors ranging from production line supervisors to company executives. Although she represents a wide spectrum of employers, she has a particular emphasis in the health care industry including employment matters involving medical residents, physicians, and the range of health care and particularly hospital employees.

    Katherine is also a frequent speaker and provides training on a wide range of employment related issues including FMLA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, Social Media, retaliation, discipline, and hiring and firing.

    Katherine earned her B.A from University of Arkansas and her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.

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  • Sean F. Herrmann

    Sean F. Herrmann is a partner with Herrmann & Murphy PLLC in Charlotte. Sean's entire career has been devoted to representing individuals in disputes with their current or former employers. He has represented workers in matters involving race, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, religious, and national origin discrimination; whistleblowing and retaliation; and hostile work environment and sexual harassment. He also handles cases related to workplace safety, wage and hour violations, and leaves of absences. Sean also works with clients on executive pay, non-compete agreements, and severance negotiations.

    Sean is licensed in both North and South Carolina, and he represents employees throughout both states. Sean is just as happy to take on employers in Raleigh-Durham or Charleston as he is those right in his backyard in Charlotte.

    Sean graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law. After graduating from Illinois, Sean moved to Charlotte and began representing employees the day after he was sworn into the bar. Sean gained valuable experience at one of North Carolina's top-rated plaintiffs-side employment law firms where Sean has won trial victories for clients in federal jury trials and arbitration.

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  • Grant Burnette LeFever

    Grant Burnette LeFever is an associate at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel PA in Columbia, SC. She focuses her legal practice on employment law, including a range of civil rights and discrimination issues. She also practices family law and education law, including issues involving Title IX, special education, school discipline and teacher employment issues.

    Grant served as associate editor and co-authored the chapter on workers' compensation for the fifth edition of Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers, the state's go-to guide for employment lawyers. She also co-authored the employment law chapter for the South Carolina Bar's book on workers' compensation law and practice.

    A Columbia native and graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, she earned numerous honors as a student at the USC School of Law, including CALI Awards for S.C. workers' compensation law and legal research, analysis and writing. Those prestigious honors go to the law student with the highest grade in the class. She also served as senior articles editor for the Journal of Law & Education.

    Grant earned a master's degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, where she focused much of her studies on civil rights. It is this work that ultimately led to her decision to pursue a career in law. Grant's thesis, completed during her first year of law school, examined social, cultural, and political issues surrounding display of the Confederate flag at South Carolina's Capitol. She graduated, cum laude, from Presbyterian College with a bachelor's degree in English and History.

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  • Laura L. Noble

    Laura L. Noble is the founder and managing partner at Noble Law Firm in Chapel Hill. With over 20 years of diverse legal experience including civil litigation, mediation, negotiation, counseling and consulting, her passion is offering clients personal and powerful representation on employment law issues.

    Laura developed this conviction from her own legal background and experiences. After graduating from the University of Maryland, she moved to New York City and worked as a prosecutor in one of the largest and most challenging District Attorney's offices in the county. She then worked with a sizable civil litigation firm in Manhattan before moving to a nonprofit in a general counsel and advocacy role.

    Although all of these experiences were valuable and informed her work, her true dream was to start her own employment law firm. Laura began The Noble Law in 2009 with the goal of providing exceptional employment law representation to individuals by focusing on our core values: collaboration, leadership, empathy, integrity, and innovation. As a certified mediator, she facilitates meaningful discussion and resolution between two disputing parties. Her primary areas of focus are pregnancy discrimination, caregiver discrimination, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment.

    Laura hosts the podcast "Worksights: Insight into the Workplace", interviewing key figures in the world of employment law and analyzing relevant news stories. She is also dedicated to giving back to the community. From winning her law school's public service award back in the 90's, to today's work with legal services, Laura and her employment law firm execute on a commitment to improve access to legal services in North Carolina.

    Laura earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont and her J.D. from University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

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  • L. Nicole Patino

    L. Nicole Patino is an attorney at the Law Offices of L. Nicole Patino PLLC in Greensboro. She is a labor and employment attorney who diligently and zealously advocates both public and private sector clients, whether they be employers, employees, or local governmental agencies. Nicole is a compassionate and seasoned attorney who provides client-focused services for your workplace issues.

    Nicole graduated from Elon University School of Law where she was a staff member of the Elon Law Review in 2013-2014 and became Notes and Comments Editor during the 2014-2015 school year. She was a law clerk with the Law Offices of Fred T. Hamlet during her second and third year in law school. She continued her legal career as an associate with Law Offices of Fred T. Hamlet for five years until Mr. Hamlet's death. Her goal is to honor his memory and work with the same dedication and devotion to the ethical practice of law.

    Before attending law school, Nicole worked as a substance abuse counselor where she gained knowledge of HIPAA, FMLA, federal privacy laws, and medical records. She also gained experience working with EAPs, human resources personnel, employers, and employees. She uses her knowledge of medical records and medical practices in her representation of medical practices, nurses, and in litigating cases which require medical knowledge.

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  • George A. Reeves III

    George A. Reeves III is a partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP in Columbia, SC. His practice primarily involves representation of management in employment and labor litigation involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA); wage and hour litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); and employment litigation under state law for workplace torts such as defamation, wrongful termination, invasion of privacy, and negligent hiring or supervision. George also represents employers in audits and investigations by federal and state agencies investigating or challenging employers' wage and hour practices and worker misclassification issues.

    George is a frequent presenter on employment and labor issues for local and state Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapters, chambers of commerce and other professional organizations.

    George earned his B.S. from Augusta State University and his J.D. from University of South Carolina School of Law. Prior to attending law school, George served in the United States Navy.

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  • Paul E. Smith

    Paul E. Smith is a partner with Patterson Harkavy LLP in Chapel Hill. Paul primarily represents employees, labor unions, and the victims of police misconduct. He is also an integral member of Patterson Harkavy's civil rights and appellate practice. He is active in the North Carolina Bar Association Labor and Employment Section and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

    A native of Kinston, Paul graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and from Columbia Law School, where he was a Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan Fellow and a James Kent Scholar. While in law school, he worked for the North Carolina ACLU, won Columbia's internal moot court competition, and acted as a research assistant for Professor Nathaniel Persily's work in election law and redistricting. Before joining Patterson Harkavy, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable N. Carlton Tilley in the Middle District of North Carolina.

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  • T. Cullen Stafford

    T. Cullen Stafford is a partner at Wyrick Robbins Yate & Ponton LLP in Raleigh. He represents management in employment litigation matters involving wage and hour disputes, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, unfair competition, discrimination, harassment, and unfair labor practice charges. He also represents clients in commercial disputes, including such areas as trade secret misappropriation, intellectual property, construction litigation, and other complex business litigation. Cullen has represented clients at all stages of litigation in state and federal court and routinely represents clients in proceedings before the N.C. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other federal and state agencies.

    Cullen represents companies in a variety of industries, including healthcare, construction, transportation, manufacturing, retail, education, and finance. In addition, he counsels employers on a variety of issues, including reductions in force, terminations, regulatory compliance, and drafting effective employment agreements.

    Prior to joining the firm, Cullen worked at Ford Harrison LLP, a labor and employment firm in Atlanta, GA.

    Cullen graduated, cum laude, from Emory University School of Law, where he received awards for outstanding achievement in Negotiations and Disability Discrimination. During law school, Cullen clerked for the Georgia Supreme Court. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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  • Chandra A. Stallworth

    Chandra A. Stallworth is an associate at Richardson Plowden & Robinson PA in Columbia, SC. She focuses her practice in General Litigation and Employment Law.

    Prior to joining Richardson Plowden, Chandra worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Jocelyn Newman. Prior to that, she was a law clerk for Richland County School District One. Before starting her legal career, she taught for four years at Auburn University with the Honors College. Additionally, she held research fellowships at Utah State University and The University of Minnesota.

    Chandra is a member of the South Carolina Bar, Richland County Bar Association, Education Law Association, the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, and the SC Defense Trial Attorneys' Association.

    Chandra earned her J.D., cum laude, from the Charleston School of Law. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Work and Human Resource Education and her Master of Education in Business and Industry Education from the University of Minnesota. She earned her B.S. in Graphic Communication Systems from the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.

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  • Kyle R. Still

    Kyle R. Still is a partner at Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP in Raleigh. He is the Practice Group Leader for the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. He regularly represents, counsels, and trains clients regarding all state and federal employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act ("REDA"), and state wage and hour laws. He also advises clients and litigates cases related to these issues, as well as regarding covenants not to compete, trade secrets, drug testing, employment terminations and severance, employment policies, and other employment-related issues.

    Kyle received his B.A., with honors, from the University of North Carolina, and his J.D., with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law. While in law school, Kyle was a published member of the North Carolina Law Review, where he also served as a Comments Editor and received the Thornton Brooks Award. Prior to joining the firm, Kyle was a shareholder at a large North Carolina-based firm.

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  • M. Todd Sullivan

    M. Todd Sullivan is a founding partner at Fitzgerald Hanna & Sullivan PLLC in Raleigh. He has a niche practice focusing on employee departures and defections, including litigation of injunctions and trial work in non-compete, trade secret misappropriation, employee raiding and unfair competition cases. His clients are companies and key employees seeking his experience and counsel in the retention and separation process. He routinely analyzes, drafts, and negotiates employment agreements and key employee retention and separation agreements.

    Todd has litigated more than 100 employee defection matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts and arbitrated employment cases before FINRA, the AAA, and JAMS. Todd served as lead defense counsel in one of the most significant broker defection cases ever arbitrated before FINRA and also as lead plaintiff's counsel in one of the largest-ever trade secret misappropriation cases in North Carolina.

    Todd has consistently been elected by his peers as a North Carolina Super Lawyer and has been named by Business North Carolina as one of its Legal Elite, as well as being regularly identified as one of the Best Lawyers in America for employment litigation. He has co-taught the Pre-Trial Litigation course at Duke Law School and he writes and presents frequently on employer/employee disputes involving departures and allegations of unfair competition by former employees. He has represented a number of lower-paid departed employees pro bono when they are threatened with non-compete litigation and has been recognized by the North Carolina Bar Association for his pro bono activities on behalf of non-profit entities.

    Todd earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in Philosophy from Lake Forest College and his J.D. from Cornell Law School.

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  • Laura J. Wetsch

    Laura J. Wetsch is a partner in the Raleigh firm of Winslow Wetsch PLLC. She is the author of A Practitioner's Guide to North Carolina Employment Law, and co-author of the North Carolina chapter in the ABA's Employment at Will: A State-By-State Survey.

    Laura has previously served as the Chair of the NCBA Labor & Employment Law Section, and the Chair of the NCAJ Employment Law Section, and has been named to Best Lawyers in America, N.C. Super Lawyers, N.C. Super Lawyers' Top 50 Women Lawyers, and N.C. Legal Elite.

    Laura was born in Fargo, ND, raised in Minot and Bismarck, ND, married a guy from Killdeer, ND, and graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1985 – in that order. After law school she was a federal law clerk and then practiced law in North Dakota until 1991 when she and her family moved to North Carolina (the other Great North State).

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  • Erika K. Wilson

    Erika K. Wilson is a Professor of Law, the Wade Edwards Distinguished Scholar and Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at the UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill.

    Erila directs the Critical Race Lawyering Clinic, a clinic that teaches law students how to bridge the gap between theory and praxis while also helping marginalized communities and individuals advance racial justice. Her areas of expertise include civil litigation, civil rights, clinical legal education, critical race theory, education law and public policy.

    Erika's scholarship on issues related to education law and policy, and the intersection between race and the law, has appeared (or will appear) in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review and UCLA Law review, among others. In 2016, her research was selected for presentation at the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum held at Yale Law School in New Haven, CT. She was twice awarded in 2017 and 2022 the James H. Chadbourn Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

    Erika received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. After law school she worked as an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP. She also served as the George P. Lindsey Staff Attorney fellow for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

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  • Jordan N. Wolfe

    Jordan N. Wolfe is a field attorney at the National Labor Relations Board in Winston-Salem.

    Jordan earned her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from University of North Carolina Asheville and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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