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Live Cary | North Carolina Bar Center
Friday, February 1, 2019

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The Masters series features previous winners of the Smith/Gilchrist awards, given annually to one outstanding defense attorney (Smith Award) and prosecutor (Gilchrist Award) statewide.

This program provides valuable information, strategies and techniques for attorneys practicing in criminal courtrooms in North Carolina.

  • Why do we do this work? Joe Cheshire examines the way criminal defense attorneys need to approach their jobs and the damage done to the justice system when they fail to perform their function.
  • The many faces of argument. Locke Clifford delves into the world of framing an argument, including techniques and approaches for making winning arguments to a trier of fact in trial, to a prosecutor in plea negotiations and to a judge in sentencing.
  • Theories? We don’t need no stinkin’ theories. Tommy Manning discusses developing an overall strategy for a trial centering on theory of the case. Attendees are given tools and strategies that can be used to build a cohesive and comprehensive trial plan tied to the theory of the defense.
  • Let’s make a federal case out of it! Sandra Hairston and Randall Galyon explain the policies, guidelines and factors that their offices use in determining whether to initiate a federal prosecution.
  • The ethics of prosecution. Howard Cummings and Barton Menser participate in a panel discussion of ethics in the criminal justice system with an emphasis on the specific ethical challenges and obligations of prosecutors.

Planned by the NCBA Criminal Justice Section

Click on the "In Depth" tab for tuition, location, hotel, video replay and speaker information.

  • 8:30am | Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:55 | Welcome and Introductions | Fay and Heroy
  • 9:00 | Why We Do What We Do | Cheshire
  • 9:50 | Argument | Clifford
  • 10:40 | Break
  • 10:55 | Theories? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Theories | Manning
  • 11:45 | Let's Make a Federal Case Out of It! | Hairston
  • 12:35pm | Networking Lunch and Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting | Patrick B. Weede, Weede Law PLLC, Raleigh, 2018-2019 Section Chair, presiding
  • 1:35 | The Ethics of Prosecution | Cummings and Menser
  • 2:35 | Break
  • 2:50 | Perception vs. Reality in the Criminal Courtroom | Deveraux
  • 3:40 | Time to Bring in the Closer | Smith
  • 4:30 | Adjourn
Web Event Information
Start Time:
February 01, 2019 8:55 AM Eastern
7:55 AM Central, 6:55 AM Mountain, 5:55 AM Pacific
Add to Calendar:
Estimated Length:
7 hours, 35 minutes
Registration Time Remaining:
13 days, 6 hours
Registration Fee:
Masters of the Courtroom (2019 Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting)
TUITION RATE. Early and Membership discounts automatically apply at checkout. 

Register early and SAVE 10%! Live Cary and Webcast early rate expires January 11. 

Standard: $330 / $295 Early
NCBA Member: $275 / $250 Early
NCBA Criminal Justice Section Member: $255 / $230 Early
CLE Premier Pass: $0

Discounts are available for NCBA members who are students, law professors, judges or legal services/public interest attorneys. Call CLE at 800.228.3402 for details.

Full and partial scholarships are available for attorneys experiencing a financial hardship of any kind. Click here to apply.


North Carolina Bar Center

8000 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513 | 800.228.3402 | Driving Directions 

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

TownePlace Suites by Marriott
120 Sage Commons Way, Cary, NC 27513 | Driving Directions

  • Rates | $114 studio queen with sleeper sofa (Sunday-Thursday)
  • Reservations | 919.678.0005 (Please ask for the NCBA corporate rate)

Embassy Suites (under renovation with limited availability)
201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, NC 27513 | Driving Directions

  • Rates | $169 single/double
  • Reservations | Click here to book online (Group Code 2691626)

VIDEO REPLAYS. The agenda may not include certain breakouts/tracks shown at the original program.  

Cary | Tuesday, April 16, 2019  
North Carolina Bar Center
8000 Weston Parkway Driving Directions | 800.228.3402 | Dorsett Auditorium   
Registration: 8:45am | Program: 9:00am-3:30pm 
#706BAR | Early March 26 

Speaker Information
Joseph B 'Joe' Cheshire V   [ view bio ]
Locke T Clifford   [ view bio ]
Howard J Cummings   [ view bio ]
Sean P Devereux   [ view bio ]
William L Fay   [ view bio ]
Sandra J Hairston   [ view bio ]
William R 'Rob' Heroy   [ view bio ]
Thomas C 'Tommy' Manning   [ view bio ]
Barton M Menser   [ view bio ]
Wade M Smith   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
NC State Bar
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Certified Paralegal Education (CPE) (Total): 6.00
Criminal Law Specialization: 6.00
General: 5.00
Ethics/Professional Responsibility: 1.00
CLE Premier Pass
LIVE CARY Friday, February 1, 2019 | #706CJM
NCBA Price:$0.00
WEBCAST Friday, February 1, 2019 | #706LWC
NCBA Price:$0.00
CARY VIDEO REPLAY Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | #706BAR
NCBA Price:$0.00