8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Legislative Update
David P. Ferrell, Maynard Nexsen PC, Raleigh
M. Jackson "Jack" Nichols, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP, Raleigh
Janet B. Thoren, North Carolina Real Estate Commission, Raleigh
Three of the leading lawyers working with the Legislature review the legislation recently passed in the 2023 Long Session. They discuss the impact of legislation on administrative and governmental lawyers and provide a forecast of what to anticipate in the 2024 session.
10:10 Ethics: AI, Current CLE Requirements and Other Hot Topics*
Savannah B. Perry, North Carolina State Bar, Raleigh
Receive an update on the new CLE requirements, AI, and other important ethics decisions and requirements from the State Bar. Attorneys receive necessary information to navigate the current practice of law.
11:20 Government Employers and Employment-Related Risk
Grant B. Osborne, Ward and Smith PA, Asheville
This session provides new and seasoned government lawyers with selected updates and insights about developments in employment law that apply to governmental employers of all kinds, arising from federal and state statutory and common law. The presenter's goal is to identify primary employment-related risks confronting governmental employers and provide practical advice about how to avoid and, if necessary, deal with them.
12:20 Lunch Break
1:20 Rules Review Update
Brian Liebman, North Carolina Rules Review Commission, Raleigh
This year, the Rules Review Commission has revised the rules concerning rulemaking. In addition, many rules have been revised or added, which impacts governmental and administrative lawyers. This section provides a review of these changes.
2:30 Local Government Lawyering: Nuts and Bolts
Alan A. Andrews, Durham County Attorney's Office, Durham
This session is designed to help attorneys new to the practice of local government law, as well as seasoned attorneys who need a "refresher," learn various topics that are relevant to the practice of local government law. Topics include the legal structure of cities and counties, the general ordinance power of cities and counties, open meetings and public records, municipal finance, local government contracting, code enforcement, employment matters, land use, real property acquisition and disposition, and litigation.
3:40 Technology Check-Up for the New Work World‡
Catherine Sanders Reach, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary
During the pandemic, lawyers and their teams learned how to work from home using new tools and technologies. Documenting procedures and tracking tasks have become essential to reducing disruption due to the constant shifts encountered in our new work world. What technologies can you use (that you may already have) to help?
* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit
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