Need to Know: Topics for the Government and Public Sector Attorney (2023 Government & Public Sector Section Program)
8:25 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Business Law for Government Lawyers: Part I
Eugene S. "Scott" Bowers IV, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, Raleigh Jeffrey R. Wolfe, Schell Bray PLLC, Winston-Salem
Government and public sector attorneys deal with businesses in a variety of ways, including contracting, licensing, and permitting and zoning. Learn about business law basics as this session explores pertinent issues: Does the type of business entity affect how you write a contract or permit? What is the impact of a merger, acquisition, or change of business entity? What is the effect of a business dissolution or revenue suspension?
10:40 Business Law for Government Lawyers: Part II
Ciara L. Rogers, Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC, Raleigh
Do you know what to do when your government client receives a business bankruptcy notice? This session provides clarity on what to do when your clients receive such a notice from a debtor, permittee, licensee or other business.
11:10 Lunch Break
12:25 Governor's General Counsel
Eric Fletcher, North Carolina Governor's Office, Raleigh Edwin M. "Eddie" Speas Jr., Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh
Gain insight into the legal and other roles and responsibilities of a Governor's General Counsel. Discover how the Governor's General Counsel interacts with other state and local governments and public sector attorneys, when it is appropriate to contact a Governor's General Counsel directly about a legal issue, and if there is a difference in representation of a Governor who is or isn't an attorney.
1:35 The Future Is Now as Changing Population Demographics Affect Our Law Practice
David N. Kirkman, NC Department of Justice (retired), Raleigh Misty L. Piekaar-McWilliams, NC Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh
Explore and think about legal issues that will affect us and our clients as our population ages, such as fraud targeted at seniors, and laws and ordinances establishing and modifying government services. Then discuss the impacts on your clients and your practice, including shrinking jury pools due to age-related exceptions, taxes, transportation, housing, and other aspects of the aging population.
3:45 Ethics: The Organization as Client and the Duty to Go Up the Ladder*
Suzanne Lever, NC State Bar, Raleigh
All attorneys who represent organizations must carefully balance their ethical duties to the organization, its officials and employees. Hear about the delicate ethical balance government and public sector attorneys often face when elected officials may not understand that the attorneys' ethical obligation is first to the organization.
Ben Franklin said, "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest," and this program pays high interest for the government and public sector attorney who invests the time to learn.
Attorneys walk away with useful information about their ethical obligations, business law, the role of the Governor's General Counsel, and how demographic changes will impact their work in the years to come.
Take advantage of this opportunity — you'll be glad that you did.
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