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Professionalism as We Move Into the Post-pandemic World (2022 Professionalism Committee CLE)

During the pandemic, we learned how to adapt and practice law differently, but we also lost something in the way we treat each other as professionals. As we emerge from the pandemic, we need to remember the important role that professionalism plays in the practice of law and how each of us can promote professionalism through our daily lives.

Featuring speakers and panelists with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, this year's NCBA Professionalism Committee CLE explores what professionalism means, how it works, and how to promote professionalism as we move into the post-pandemic world.


  • Keynote Address
  • Attorney Conduct and Discipline Panel
  • Perspectives on Professional Identity Formation: From Law Schools to Legal Practice
  • Technology in the 21st Century Practice of Law
  • A View From the Bench
  • Professionalism and Wellness

In-Person Live or Live Webcast
Friday, December 9, 2022
Event start time varies based on delivery method. Click on the event at the bottom of the page for exact start times.

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North Carolina Bar Center, 8000 Weston Parkway, Cary
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  • Judge Robert J. Conrad Jr., U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Magistrate Judge L. Patrick Auld, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Justice Robert H. Edmunds Jr. (Ret.), NC Supreme Court, Greensboro
  • Judge Joseph Crosswhite, NC Superior Court – District 22A, Statesville
  • Judge Paul L. Jones (Ret.), NC Superior Court – District 8A, Kinston
  • Judge Debra Sasser, NC District Court – 10th Judicial District, Raleigh
  • Gill P. Beck, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina, Asheville
  • Crystal Carlisle, Brocker Law Firm, Raleigh
  • Clara Cottrell, BASF Corporation, Research Triangle Park
  • Melissa Essary, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Raleigh
  • B. Keith Faulkner, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA
  • David A. Grenardo, University of St. Thomas School of Law – Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, Minneapolis, MN
  • Leanor B. Hodge, North Carolina State Bar, Raleigh
  • Candace Hoffman, NC Lawyer Assistance Program, Raleigh
  • Tyson C. Leonhardt, Align Technology, Durham (Moderator)
  • Clayton Morgan, Duke Energy, Raleigh (2022–2023 North Carolina Bar Association President)
  • Will Quick, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh
  • Jesse "Jay" Tillman, North Carolina Industrial Commission, Charlotte (Moderator)
  • Kirk G. Warner, Smith Anderson, Raleigh
  • F. Lane Williamson, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, Charlotte

NCBA Professionalism Committee

  • Gill P. Beck, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina, Asheville (Planner)
  • Jesse "Jay" Tillman, North Carolina Industrial Commission, Charlotte (Planner)

North Carolina: 6.50 MCLE Hours

1.25 Ethics/Professional Responsibility
1.00 Substance Abuse/Mental Health
1.00 Technology Training

Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or within a COVID-19 quarantine/isolation period (as defined by the CDC at the time of the event) should not attend NCBA/NCBF events in person. Should a registrant for an in-person CLE event begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms or fall within a COVID-19 quarantine/isolation period, they will be provided with a digital registration upon request.

Masks remain optional at NCBA/NCBF in-person events, and we encourage all attendees to use good health and safety practices. The NCBA/NCBF does not provide notification of potential exposure following in-person events.

See pricing below. Discounts may be available for NCBA members who are students, law professors, judges or legal services/public interest attorneys. Call CLE at 919.677.0561 for details.