8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Diversity in the Corporate Workplace*
Sidney O. Minter, Advance Auto Parts, Raleigh
This session discusses what corporations can and should do to ensure a diverse workplace.
10:10 Identifying Corporate Structures
Stephanie C. Crosby, Ward and Smith PA, New Bern
It's not just business paralegals who have to deal with business entities. At some point, most paralegals will need to form a new entity or figure out who the officers or managers are of an existing entity. This session talks about the basics of various business entity types, what's available to search at the NC Secretary of State's office, and the Assumed Business Name statute and database.
11:20 Breakout Sessions:
Business Law Hot Topics in 2023
Matthew M. Villmer, Villmer Caudill PLLC, Charlotte
Explore trending topics in business law.
Financial Crime/Bank Fraud
Sharon Crabbe, First Citizens Bank, Raleigh
Discuss financial crimes in the banking industry and what's being done to deter them.
12:20 Lunch Break
1:20 Breakout Sessions:
Non-compete agreements: Can you contract yourself out of a career?
Erika Bales, RAS LaVrar LLC, Charlotte
This session discusses non-compete agreements, including what they are and how to defend them in complex litigations, and current trends involving non-compete agreements.
Legal Research: Insider Tips from Information Professionals
Tiffany M. Lòpez, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
Discuss what legal research is, get tips for conducting legal research and explore the tools available.
2:30 Top Ethics Issues Affecting Lawyers & Paralegals*
Deanna Brocker, The Brocker Law Firm, Cary
Explore some of the most frequent ethics issues for lawyers and paralegals and learn top tips for maintaining an ethically compliant law practice. Discussion will include UPL, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, trust accounts, and client communication.
3:40 Redefining the Practice of Law
Julie D. Beavers, Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance
Company of NC, Cary
The practice of law is transforming in front of our eyes. And with the transformation comes challenges. View your office through the lens of these five trends: (1) technology adoption, (2) cybersecurity (past the crisis point?), (3) COVID (has it changed our law offices permanently?), (4) regulatory reform, and (5) succession planning.
* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
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