9:55 Welcome and Introductions
10:00 Deposing Expert Witnesses
Mary Frances Parker, Benoit Law Firm PLLC, Charlotte
J. David Stradley, White & Stradley PLLC, Raleigh
Topics include deciding whether to depose an expert, how to prepare your own expert for deposition, the dos and don'ts of expert testimony, the "experience" expert versus the "scientific" expert and how to craft your deposition to aid a motion to exclude defense expert, and getting the most out of the expert deposition.
11:10 How to Prepare for and Defend Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions
Nicole R. Scallon, Henson Talley Scallon LLP, Greensboro
Karen S. Talley, Henson Talley Scallon LLP, Greensboro
This session provides practice tips on how to prepare for and defend Rule 30(b)(6) depositions.
12:10 Presentation of the Advocate's Award
12:30 Lunch Break
1:10 Ethical Obligations and the Use of Artificial Intelligence*
Lauren E. Snyder, HWG LLP, Raleigh
Grace H. Wynn, HWG LLP, Raleigh
This session focuses on practical advice related to the most common forms of AI used in legal practice and the ethical obligations involved.
2:20 A View From the Bench*
Judge W. Carleton Metcalf, U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Asheville
Chief Business Court Judge Louis A. Bledsoe III, North Carolina Business Court, Charlotte
Judge Vince M. Rozier Jr., Wake County Superior Court, Raleigh
W. Ellis Boyle, Ward and Smith PA, Raleigh (Moderator)
Featuring a panel of North Carolina judges from three different courts, this session focuses on the importance of professionalism in the practice of law, compliance with local rules, and insights to enhance professionalism and the efficacy of your advocacy.
3:30 Appellate Considerations for Litigators
Christopher S. "Chris" Edwards, Ward and Smith PA, Wilmington
This session provides practice tips for trial court litigators facing the prospect of an appeal. Learn about preservation of issues for appeal, determining when an order is appealable and when the notice of appeal must be filed, and enforcing or staying orders while on appeal.
* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
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