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  • 24 Apr 2020 10:38 AM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    Message to Members:  43rd Annual Meeting Cancellation Notice

    From:  Lach Zemp, President, and Sara Lincoln Sara Lincoln, Executive Vice President

    With a heavy heart we are letting you know that the NCADA Officers and Board of Directors have made the decision to forego a gathering of our members in person for our Annual Meeting and Spring program due to the health and financial impacts of COVID19. While we are confident that the event would have been wildly successful and enjoyed by all, our primary focus is on the health, safety, and wellbeing of our members. As North Carolina and the entire United States struggles through this transition, we were faced with a lot of uncertainty that prevented us from confidently moving forward with this live and in-person program.

    Keeping in mind that our focus is on you, our members, we are planning a virtual Annual Meeting and Summer Program. In addition to valuable CLE and the opportunity to interact with your fellow NCADA members, we are planning to proceed with the judicial candidates forum, having the candidates speak to us virtually. We are working on a stellar plan to bring us all together virtually in June. The format we are working on will offer flexibility to attend great CLE while still being able to balance the other demands of life in this “new normal.” This programming will include a virtual Annual Meeting where the new slate of Officers and Directors will be voted upon. We hope that you will participate in this virtual programming and will provide registration details in the near future.

    If you did already register for our program here are some details on how the cancellation will be addressed:

    • If you have made a reservation at the Omni Hilton, that reservation will automatically be cancelled by the hotel as part of our event cancellation. However, you will want to confirm that cancellation in a few weeks if you do not receive a notice from the Omni Hilton.
    • If you have already completed and paid your registration to the NCADA, you have two options: 1) Apply your payment as a credit to future NCADA programming. Spouse or Guest fees, extra Saturday dinners, and Thursday Judicial dinner fees will automatically be refunded.  2) Receive a full refund.

    As social distancing restrictions ease and group gathering sizes are lifted we will be looking for ways to renew our personal relationships and connections with each other. We continue to move forward in planning our annual Fall Seminar on Friday, October 2nd, in Greensboro where we will be at the Sheraton Koury Center. We are hopeful that this program will move forward as currently structured.

    Our Annual Meeting and other programming offer exceptional opportunities for personal and professional relationship building and networking, professional development, and R&R time for you and your families. We hope you will continue to explore opportunities to network online with fellow members from across the state at upcoming virtual events. And we will see you in person – maybe 6 feet apart - in the near future.


  • 22 Apr 2020 12:20 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    On Friday, April 17th, NC Association of Defense Attorneys and NC Advocates for Justice hosted a joint webinar "All Hands on Deck" led by J.D. Keister and John McCabe.  This discussion featured Judge Paul Ridgeway, Kellie Myers and Ray Owens. 

    A sample Stipulation Governing the Conducting of Depositions was created and available for your use.  Please click the link above to download.  

    If you miss the webinar, watch here via the NCAJ's vimeo portal:  All Hands on Deck:  Working Together with Creativity and Civility During Uncertain Times.

  • 30 Mar 2020 6:00 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)


    To: Members of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice

    From: F. Lachicotte Zemp Jr., president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and Vernon Sumwalt, president of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice

    As we seek to continue our work on behalf of our clients during these unprecedented and uncertain times, let’s remember that we have the opportunity and the duty to exemplify professionalism and embody civility even when, or perhaps especially when, facing extraordinary circumstances.

    Providing our clients with the representation they deserve in the days and weeks ahead will require us to adapt in a number of ways. We have already begun to employ technological solutions that will help to keep our cases moving forward.

    In light of recent orders from Chief Justice Beasley and Gov. Cooper, many of us are working cooperatively and professionally to accommodate some of the uncertainties around scheduling, deadlines, hearings, and trials. Working together will not only help to keep the justice system moving forward, but ultimately will benefit our clients in getting our cases managed and handled professionally and as expediently as current circumstances allow.

    Once we are beyond the present crisis, we will want to be able to look back with pride on how we treated one another. We will also want to be able to demonstrate to the courts that we each did our part to help support the judicial system and the integrity of the process.

    We hope your circle of family and friends remain healthy and well.

    Sincerely,

     

    F. Lachicotte Zemp Jr.
    NCADA President


    Vernon Sumwalt
    NCAJ President

                  

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  • 23 Mar 2020 10:43 AM | Jennifer Edwards (Administrator)

    Thanks to Lawyers Mutual for these great updates. 


    Beware of Rats! Disruption During Pandemic Brings Out the Fraudsters!


    Practical Tips for Avoiding Malpractice During COVID-19 Pandemic

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    DRI Information 
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    Links for Up-to-Date Court Information

    Chief Justice Beasley's Emergency Order
    National Federal Court Update
    Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Update
    US District Court Eastern District of NC
    US District Court Middle District of NC 
    US District Court of Western District of NC


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    What the Filing Deadline Extension Means for Your Practice
    Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an updated emergency order that “all pleadings, motions, notices, and other documents and papers that were or are due to be filed in any county of this state on or after 16 March 2020 and before the close of business on 17 April 2020 in civil actions, criminal actions, estates, and special proceedings shall be deemed to be timely filed if they are filed before the close of business on 17 April 2020.” 
    How does the emergency order impact my practice?
    Thanks to 
    Warren Savage of Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company for this valuable information.  

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    The Effect of COVID-19 on the Insurance Claims Market
    Part one

    At present, the world is currently experiencing unprecedented limitations on import; quarantine, both voluntary and mandatory; business shut down, both enforced and through an abundance of caution; and the cancellation of gatherings, events, and travel. The scope of these limitations is likely to affect almost every commercial enterprise, both directly and indirectly.
    read more....

    The Effect of COVID-19 on Time Element Claims
    Part two

    As part of the continued discussion regarding the effects of COVID-19 on the Insurance Claims Market, we introduce part two of our series, which examines how the pandemic can impact time element claims.
    read more...
    Thanks to JS Held for this valuable information 

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    The NC Bar Association has compiled an excellent list of resources to assist you and your firm during the pandemic.

  • 11 Feb 2020 4:35 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    Nominations Accepted for Board of Directors and Practice Group Leadership.

    The terms of five current members of the NCADA Board of Directors will expire in June 2020. Nominations for the five vacant Director positions are now being accepted to serve a three-year term beginning at the close of the 2020 Annual Meeting through the close of the 2023 Annual Meeting.

    Director responsibilities include:

    • Regular attendance and participation at quarterly meetings of the Board;
    • Membership recruitment and retention;
    • Contributing and participating in Association programs and services;
    • Other individual responsibilities as required.

    To qualify for a position on the NCADA Board of Directors, the nominee should

    • Be a member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys; and
    • Shown commitment and support of the NCADA through regular attendance at the NCADA's Annual Meeting, other programs and activities.

    Leadership opportunities in the NCADA’s Practice Groups are open for nominations. Members interested in the continued growth and relevance of the NCADA through its practice groups will be considered for leadership positions in the following areas of practice: Construction, Commercial, Employment, General Liability, Government, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Workers’ Compensation.

    The following information should be included in the nomination:

    1) Member Name, Firm, contact information and a brief biographical sketch;

    2) Brief statement by the nominee of his or her availability and commitment to actively serve as a member of the Board, or as a practice group leader;

    3) Brief statement why nominee would like to serve as a member of the Board of Directors, or as a practice group leader.

    Persons interested in submitting a nomination may E mail or write to the Nominating Committee in care of Lynette Pitt, Executive Director, by email (lynettepitt@ncada.org) or U.S. Mail: 4030 Wake Forest Road, Ste 203, Raleigh, NC 27609).

    Nominations must be received no later than Thursday, February 27, 2020, 5 p.m.

  • 17 Dec 2019 12:35 PM | Jennifer Edwards (Administrator)



    The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys has been recognized as a leader in diversity and inclusion by North Carolina and South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. 

    NCADA and the Diversity Committee have striven to bolster diversity and inclusion within the defense bar through such programs as Whiteness in America, #MeToo in the Workplace, Implicit Bias & Race Relations, LBGTQ in the Workplace, and Leveraging Diversity in Litigation.

    Additionally, members Tricia Shields of Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP and Elizabeth Martineau of Martineau King Law, PLLC were honored for their individual commitment to diversity and inclusion. 



  • 20 Oct 2019 1:41 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) was presented the Rudolph A. Janata Award by DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar on Friday, October 18, in recognition of its diversity programming that has covered socially trending topics including LGBTQ issues, the #MeToo movement, a discussion on whiteness in America, and uncovering bias in the practice of law to leveraging diversity in litigation.

    Dayatra T. Matthews and Lach Zemp accepted the award on behalf of the NCADA. This national award recognizes a state or local defense organization that has undertaken an innovative or unique program contributing to the goals and objectives of the organized civil defense trial bar.

    NCADA previously DRI's Janata Award in 2002 and is the only state defense group to date to be presented DRI’s Diversity Award in 2005 and 2012.

    The NCADA brings together civil trial attorneys to promote the exchange of information, ideas, and litigation techniques, and to strengthen the practice, improve the skills, and enhance the knowledge of lawyers defending individuals and businesses in North Carolina. For more information about the NCADA or the Judicial Candidates' Forum, please contact the Association office at 919-239-4463 or jenniferedwards@ncada.org.


  • 04 Sep 2019 11:30 AM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    As another storm, Hurricane Dorian, takes aim at North Carolina, we recognize again the impact this storm may have on our members, in both your personal and professional lives. We urge all of you to exercise safety and caution in the days ahead. Hopefully, each of you has prepared for the potential interruption to your businesses, as well as personal lives. The NCADA, as an organization, again intends to lend support wherever possible in the aftermath of the hurricane.

    Realizing that members and firms will be affected differently depending on their location and the ultimate path of the storm, we would like to have our members already thinking about ways to assist fellow NCADA firms. Therefore, as you take measures to prepare for the storm, keep in mind ways that you may assist other members if you are not impacted as greatly as others may be. It is our hope that those firms most severely impacted might have access to needed spare furniture, printers, office supplies, and even office space by those members who are not as severely affected.

    The forecasted impact of Hurricane Dorian is to our coastal regions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the NCADA directly or to other members if you are in need of assistance, either professionally or personally. For those of you who are not affected as greatly, we may be contacting you to provide assistance and support for members whose practices and lives are impacted. This may take the form of donating supplies and space, as well as monetary contributions.

    From the mountains of western North Carolina to the coast, the strength of the NCADA is in our relationships with one another. We encourage all of our members to consider how you may support each other as Dorian approaches and passes. For those down east, stay safe and do not, hesitate to reach out for support

    Lach Zemp, President


  • 27 Aug 2019 10:56 AM | Jennifer Edwards (Administrator)

    NCADA to Receive DRI’s Janata Award at Annual Meeting in New Orleans

    The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) is pleased to announce its selection of the Rudolph A. Janata Award presented by DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar.  This national Award recognizes a state or local defense organization that has undertaken an innovative or unique program contributing to the goals and objectives of the organized civil defense trial bar.  The Award will be presented at the 2019 DRI Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Friday evening, October 18th.

    Taking advantage of today’s societal discourse, NCADA’s Diversity Committee has implemented CLE programming that is relevant both professionally and personally to our members and their clients.  These social trending topical discussions range from the #MeToo movement to a discussion on whiteness in America, and from uncovering bias in the practice of law to leveraging diversity in litigation.

    NCADA President Lach Zemp observes “This award is testament to the forward-looking programming and hard work of the past and current leadership of the Diversity Committee and the Board.”

    NCADA has previously been recognized by DRI with the Janata Award in 2002, and is the only state defense group to date to be presented DRI’s Diversity Award in 2005 and 2012.  Please follow this link to read the nomination letter

    The NCADA brings together civil trial attorneys to promote the exchange of information, ideas, and litigation techniques, and to strengthen the practice, improve the skills, and enhance the knowledge of lawyers defending individuals and businesses in North Carolina. For more information about the NCADA or the Judicial Candidates' Forum, please contact the Association office at 919-239-4463 or jenniferedwards@ncada.org.


  • 25 Jun 2019 2:38 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    On June 13-16, the NCADA celebrated its 42nd anniversary by hosting its annual meeting at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The weather was perfect, the beer was cold, and with just over 200 in attendance, friendships old and new were kindled. A very big thank you to NCADA’s now President-Elect, Allen Smith with Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, NCADA Executive Director Lynette Pitt and Events Coordinator Jennifer Edwards for organizing and putting on a top-notch program. A few highlights:

    ** Larry Pozner, nationally renowned guru on cross-examination did not disappoint with his “Three Rules of Cross Examination”.

    ** Dixie Wells of Ellis & Winters provided a most helpful and cogent summary of the notable appellate decisions over the past year.

    ** JD Keister of McAngus Goudelock & Courie facilitated one of the most informative panel discussions I have seen on current tactics and strategies employed by Plaintiff’s counsel.

    ** Laura Mahr of Conscious Legal Minds led us through a session of mindfulness training and techniques for reducing stress.

    ** We had strong participation from the judiciary – too many to list them all here – but to name a few: Chief Justice Beasley from the NC Supreme Court, Chief Judge Linda McGee from the NC Court of Appeals, federal Judge Martin Reidinger from the Western District of North Carolina, and Judges McGuire, Conrad and Robinson from the NC Business Court.

    But, by far, the biggest highlight was the opportunity to visit and spend time with our colleagues, young and old. The NCADA is made up of some the most talented and skilled litigation and trial lawyers from across the entire state representing clients in a wide array of practice areas. As a member, if you are not taking advantage of developing your practice by nurturing your relationships with these colleagues, you are losing one of the strongest benefits of being a member.

    Mark your calendars now for two dates:

    The NCADA fall meeting at the Grandover in Greensboro on October 4, and

    The next annual meeting in Hilton Head on June 11, 2020. This will be an election year so I’m anticipating a large turn-out.

    Finally, a quick but deep expression of gratitude to our immediate past president Larry Baker of Willson Jones Carter & Baxley for his strong and steady leadership over the past year.

    Hopefully, we’ll see you in Greensboro on October 4.


    Lach Zemp
    President



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