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From City Hall to the Courthouse: Navigating Quasi-Judicial and Administrative Decisions (2024 Zoning, Planning & Land Use Section Program)

Although large, legislative projects like rezonings may be more likely to grab local headlines, quasi-judicial and administrative matters continue to receive the lion's share of judicial attention.

This year's program focuses on these types of zoning decisions and offers updates, reminders, and a series of "best practices" informed by the recent case law and practical experience.

Learn from local government and private sector attorneys about the framework for quasi-judicial and administrative decisions and how to more effectively address the variety of issues that arise in these proceedings and their appeals to Superior Court.

Additionally, the program includes a welcome refresher on the attorney-client privilege as it relates to the many facets of a land use and zoning practice, as well as the annual planning and zoning legislative and case law update.


  • Case Law and Legislative Update
  • Navigating Administrative Approvals
  • Zoning Law and the Attorney-Client Privilege
  • In Search of Certiorari: Judicial Review of Zoning Decisions
  • Quasi-Judicial Roundtable

Tuesday, August 6, 2024 (Original Program Date: April 19, 2024)
8:55 AM–3:55 PM

View the full program agenda.


  • Michael Birch, Longleaf Law Partners, Raleigh
  • Catherine Hill, City of Raleigh Municipal Government, Raleigh (Moderator)
  • Terri A. Jones, Town of Garner, Garner
  • James L. "Jim" Joyce, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill
  • Adam Lovelady, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill
  • Bradley M. Risinger, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh
  • Robin Tatum, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh
  • Nick Tosco, Poyner Spruill LLP, Charlotte
  • Beth Trahos, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh

NCBA Zoning, Planning & Land Use Section

  • Erin A. Catlett, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh (Planner)
  • Colin McGrath, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh (Planner)

North Carolina: 6.00 MCLE Hours

1.00 Ethics/Professional Responsibility


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.