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In-Person Live | A 360° View of Criminal Justice (2024 Criminal Justice Section Annual Program)

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This year's annual criminal law CLE brings a cast of well-rounded speakers, addressing all aspects of criminal law practice.

Jim Griffin speaks about his experiences defending Alex Murdaugh. State prosecutor Justin Steen and defense attorney Thomas Amburgey cover high-level drug cases from both sides of the aisle, while former federal prosecutor-turned-defense lawyer Beth Greene provides sentencing advice. Magistrate judges from all three judicial districts speak on what moves them.

Nationally known appellate lawyer Cheryl Stein provides advice on using the rules of evidence to your advantage, and panelists Judge Joe Crosswhite, Darrin Jordan and Mary Pollard address current issues facing Indigent Defense Services.


  • Underused Rules of Evidence
  • Federal Magistrate Judges Panel
  • Lessons From the Alex Murdaugh Trial 3
  • Navigating a Path Forward for IDS
  • Sentencing Hearing: The New Trial
  • "I Have Friends Who Did Less Time Than This for Murder": Navigating a High-Level Drug Trafficking Trial

In-Person Live
Friday, January 19, 2024
8:25 AM–4:40 PM

Click here to view the full program agenda.

North Carolina Bar Center, 8000 Weston Parkway, Cary

Contact hotels directly for reservations at the special NCBA room rate. Rates are based on availability and rooms may sell out.

Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary
Nightly Rate: $174 single/double
Reservations: Click here or call 919.677.1840 (Corporate Account Code: 2691626)

TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 120 Sage Commons Way, Cary
Nightly Rate: $114 studio queen with sleeper sofa (Sunday–Thursday)
Reservations: 919.678.0005 (Ask for the NCBA corporate rate)


  • Magistrate Judge W. Carleton Metcalf, U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Asheville
  • Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, Winston-Salem
  • Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Swank, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Greenville
  • Judge Joseph "Joe" Crosswhite, NC Superior Court – District 22A, Raleigh
  • Thomas Amburgey, Amburgey Law, Asheville
  • Elizabeth "Beth" Greene, Flannery Georgalis LLC, Charlotte
  • William R. "Rob" Heroy, Goodman Carr Laughrun Levine & Greene PLLC, Charlotte (Moderator)
  • Jim Griffin, Griffin Humphries, Forest Acres, SC
  • Darrin Jordan, Whitley Jordan Inge & Rary P.A., Salisbury
  • Tanisha Palvia, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte (Moderator)
  • Mary Pollard, Office of Indigent Defense Services, Durham
  • Justin Steen, State of North Carolina, Asheville
  • Cheryl Stein, Solo Practitioner, Washington, D.C.

NCBA Criminal Justice Section

  • William R. "Rob" Heroy, Goodman Carr Laughrun Levine & Greene PLLC, Charlotte (Planner)
  • Tanisha Palvia, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte (Planner)

North Carolina: 6.00 MCLE Hours

1.00 Ethics/Professional Responsibility
Qualifies for NC State Bar Criminal Law Specialization


Masks remain optional at NCBA/NCBF in-person events, and we encourage all attendees to use good health and safety practices. The NCBA/NCBF does not provide notification of potential exposure following in-person events.

See pricing below. Discounts may be available for NCBA members who are students, law professors, judges or legal services/public interest attorneys. Call CLE at 919.677.0561 for details.