MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2023
8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Labor and Employment Law Update
Laura J. Wetsch, Winslow Wetsch PLLC, Raleigh
This session covers recent decisions on employment law issues, including at-will employment, wrongful discharge, noncompetes, the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA), torts and discovery.
10:06 How Mindfulness Can Benefit Your Legal Practice and Life†
Jordan Abshire, Abshire Legal Search LLC, Charlotte
During this one-hour session, participants learn about mindfulness, the science behind it, and how it can benefit their legal practice and lives, both by reducing stress and by increasing joy and contentment. Participants have the opportunity to practice mindfulness during the CLE and leave with several practical ideas to incorporate mindfulness into their workday, as well as several mindfulness scripts and other resources that they can access at their leisure.
11:19 Communicating With Judges and Represented Parties, and Sharing Information With Third Parties — What Can We Do and How Can We Do It?*
Jason A. McGrath, McGrath and Spielberger PLLC, Charlotte
Jason McGrath's ethics presentation this year focuses on real-world communication situations we find ourselves in which may seem to be"gray areas" and/or have ethical nuances that surprise us. We also discuss recent updates and developments on these topics.
12:20 Lunch Break
12:50 Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Update
Charles S. Carter, Earth & Water Law, Raleigh
This session focuses on regulatory and policy developments on a range of environmental, energy and natural resources issues including regulatory issues such as permitting and compliance, climate and emerging public policy initiatives that affect clients and businesses.
1:42 Ethics in Discovery in 2022*
Denaa J. Griffin, Jackson Lewis PC, Raleigh
Many civil cases are won during the discovery phase of the matter. The demands and costs of discovery, including e-discovery, in litigation continue to grow. Nearly every case now involves some sort of e-discovery, and it is essential to know how to effectively and fairly handle the many privacy and ethical issues that can arise.
2:54 Family Law Update
Emily C. Jeske, Bosquez Porter Family Law, Raleigh
Meredith J. Parker, Charles R. Ullman & Associates PLLC, Raleigh
Engage in a fast-paced overview of last year's family law cases and legislative changes. Topics include equitable distribution, child custody and child support, spousal support, separation agreements, and more.
This session qualifies for NC State Family Law Specialization credit.
3:55 Adjourn for the day
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2023
8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Business Court Update
Philip J. Mohr, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, Greensboro
Hear a review of Business Court decisions over the last year, including those that might affect your clients and those that might benefit you in your practice.
10:02 Estate Planning and Administration, Electronic Wills, and E-filing‡
Mark J. Hale Jr., Baddour Parker Hine & Hale PC, Goldsboro
Linda Funke Johnson, Senter Stephenson Johnson PA, Fuquay-Varina
This session examines recent developments in the area of estate planning and administration, specifically focusing on topics that utilize electronic components, including electronic wills (e-wills). We examine the history of e-wills, uniformity in nationwide e-wills legislation, and the current state of NC efforts to draft an e-wills law. Additionally, this session covers e-filing and its impact on NC procedures this year. Finally, the speakers highlight parts of both the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) and the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) and their applications to e-documents for estate planning.
This session qualifies for NC State Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialization credit.
11:13 Real Property Case Law Update
Christopher L. Burti, Statewide Title Inc., Farmville
Receive the latest real property updates to benefit your practice by learning about this year's most recent and impacting case law decisions.
This session qualifies for NC State Real Property Law Specialization credit.
12:13 Lunch Break
12:43 Criminal Law Update
Kearns Davis, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro
Jan E. Pritchett, Schlosser & Pritchett, Greensboro
Kearns Davis and Jan Pritchett return to provide this year's criminal law update. In this session, Pritchett discusses key recent decisions by the North Carolina Supreme Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals, and Davis addresses significant federal cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
This session qualifies for NC State Criminal Law Specialization credit.
1:45 Recent Decisions in Education Law
Brian C. Shaw, Poyner & Spruill LLP, Raleigh
This session provides a survey of significant education law decisions in the last 12 to 15 months, in North Carolina and throughout the country.
2:56 The Intersection of Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: What Lawyers Need to Know*‡
Sharon D. Nelson, Sensei Enterprises Inc., Fairfax, VA
John W. Simek, Sensei Enterprises Inc., Fairfax, VA
Artificial intelligence, or AI, has been a huge boon to the legal profession. But there's a reason that the experts are talking about "dark AI" crimes (spoiler alert: the most dangerous crimes involve deepfakes) and fretting about the decisions made by "black box" AI.
To be competent, an attorney needs to understand how AI works — and may indeed be required to use AI if it would reduce costs, produce faster and more reliable results, etc. How does an attorney measure the transparency and trustworthiness of AI? How would a lawyer know whether AI technology reflects the biases and prejudices of its developers and trainers, leading to skewed results?
In August 2019, the American Bar Association adopted a long-awaited resolution urging courts and lawyers "to address the emerging ethical and legal issues related to the usage of artificial intelligence ("AI") in the practice of law." Developments since then have been fast and furious as AI became an integral part of the practice of law. Join our experts as they explain a lawyer's ethical considerations when evaluating and using AI in your law practice.
* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
† Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit
‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit