Annual Meeting CLE Seminar Agenda

40TH Annual Meeting & Seminar
Westin Resort, Hilton Head island, SC
June 15-18, 2017

Like Shifting Sand The Practice of Law is Constantly Changing
Seminar Agenda

Friday, June 16

8:00 - 8:15 am       Welcome & Announcements

8:15 - 9:15 am  Recent Decisions of Relevance
*Update on appellate cases of importance since Fall of 2016
Leslie Packer, Ellis & Winters, LLP

9:20 - 10:20 am  Practical Skills Breakout Session #1 (select one)
A.  Cross Examinations: How to Get the Most Out of an Opposing Witness
Dan Morton, Ennis Baynard Morton Medlin & Brown, PA
Jennifer Ruiz, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP

B. Post-Modern Pre-Trial Practice
*Changing some discovery habits; *Using technology in litigation;
*Researching in the digital age
Kip D. Nelson & Whit Pierce, Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP

C.  Persuasive Arguments
*Being a strong oral advocate in an era of electronic communications;
*Advocacy with your clients - having the tough conversations; *Tips & Pointers on being a strong advocate at the trial court level; *Tips & Pointers on appellate advocacy
John Barringer, McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC; Judge Paul Ridgeway, NC Superior Court; Judge Michael Robinson, NC Business Court; Kirk Warner, Smith Anderson

D.  Decoding Medical Speak: A Neurosurgeon's Guide for Lawyers
*Ligaments, Joints, & Discs, Oh My! Anatomy of the spine for laymen (ahem, lawyers)  *What do all those abbreviations mean?  *Key phrases from a medical witness that should cause you to say 'hmmmm' & ask a follow-up question  *Combative Witness: Best practices to ensure medical expert questioning goes off without a hitch
J. Grant Buttram Jr., M.D., Rex Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists

10:20 - 10:35 am Networking Break

10:35 - 11:35 am Practical Skills Breakout Session #2 (select one)

11:40 - 12:40 pm  Social Media Investigation & Discovery
*Understand the most current tools and sites integral in today's practice  *Examine ethical rules that are constantly evolving around social media and its use  *Walk away embracing social media as a difference-maker in today's legal practice
Daniel W. Gerber, Goldberg Segalla


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7.5 CLE Credit Hours Including 1.0 Hours Ethics
(pending NCSB Course Approval)

A request for Certified Mediator Education Credits has also been submitted pending approval.

Saturday, June 17

8:00 - 8:30 am Annual Business Meeting

8:30 - 8:45 am J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence Presentation

8:45 - 9:45 am  Liens: How To Get Them and How to Deal With Them
*Panelists will address medical liens asserted by traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, and Medicaid, as well as workers' compensation liens asserted pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 97-10.2. Panelists will provide practical advice for protecting clients from exposure associated with these liens when resolving cases.
Shannon Metcalf, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP; Katherine McCraw, NC Department of Justice; Roy Pettigrew, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, LLP

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.   Networking Break

10:00 - 11:00 am  Mediations: The Good. The Bad, and The Ugly
*The Good - Tips to Improve Your Performance  *The Bad - Traps That Hurt Your Effectiveness  *The Ugly - Traits of Unsuccessful Mediators
Scott C. Hart, Sumrell Sugg Carmichael Hicks & Hart; Chip Holmes, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP; David W. Hood, Patrick Harper & Dixon, LLP; Bob Meynardie, Meynardie & Nanney, PLLC

11:05 - 11:50 am Breakout Sessions Block 1

Construction: Deposing the Other Side's Expert
Expert witnesses play a central role at trial given their ability to provide opinion testimony. Getting the most out of an expert deposition is the best way to be prepared to meet and refute this evidence.  This experienced panel will discuss preparation for an execution of an expert deposition of an expert deposition in a construction case.
Jennie Maldonado, Yates McLamb & Weyher, LLP; Mark Hamlet, Hamlet & Associates PLLC; Jay Tobin, Young Moore & Henderson, PA.

Employment:  The Interplay Between Employment Law and Workers' Comp
Paul Lawrence & Matthew Ledwith, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP

Government: Dilworth v. Adams - opinion from the 4th Circuit
*Advising your client of best practices for dealing with pretrial detainees' reight to due process; *Use of disciplinary segregation as punishment for infractions while in custody
Scott C. Scott, Sumrell Sugg Carmichael Hicks & Hart

Product Liability: From General Jurisdiction to Resolving Claims with Multiple Plaintiffs: Current Trends in Product Liability Litigation
*Plus caselaw updates specific to medical device & asbestos litigation
Ashley Brathwaite, Ellis Winters, LLP

11:55 - 12:40 pm Breakout Sessions Block 2
Commercial:  Taking Care of Business at NC's Business Courts
*An update of current cases of interest; *A view from the Bench
Chief Judge James L. Gale; Judge Louis Bledsoe; Judge Gregory McGuire;  
Judge Michael Robinson

General Liability:  Future of Law:  Building a 21st Century Practice
*The Client of the Future  *Review of NCSB ethics rules & opinions that impact technology, advertising & other current issues *Practice management issues that will impact the future *Reinventing lawyers, paralegals & law firms.
Camille Stell, Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company

Medical Malpractice:  50 Years a Trial Lawyer
Samuel G. Thompson, Smith Anderson LLP 

Workers' Comp:  Nuts & Bolts of Workers' Comp Practice

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