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Session 1 | Best of Real Property, Zoning Planning & Land Use and Ethics

CLE Credit: 3.0 Hours includes 1.0 Hour *Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Utilization of Farm Land in NC for Solar Development (from 2016 Hot Topics in Real Property, February 2016) | Jennifer L. Kerrigan, Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros PA, Winston-Salem

Solar energy is a booming business in North Carolina and our state is second in the nation for solar development. Solar farm projects are guided by specific legal provisions unique to the solar energy industry. These projects are commonly structured as a ground lease between the landowner and the solar developer. A landlord’s counsel needs to be aware of which provisions in ground leases are negotiable and which generally are not in order for these leases to be financeable.

Regulation and Enforcement of Short Term Rentals (from 2016 Zoning Planning & Land Use Section Annual Meeting, March 2016) | Travis R. Crane, City of Raleigh, Robin T. Currin, City of Asheville and Shannon Tuch, City of Asheville

A discussion of how local governments are trying to regulate short-term rentals and related uses in light of the proliferation of Airbnb and other related Internet rental websites. Planning officials on the front lines will also share their experiences and thoughts on the subject.

So Your Client is Very Unhappy: Navigating the State Bar’s Grievance Process* (from E3: E-Discovery, Experts and Ethics (2016 Litigation Section Annual Meeting), February 2016) | Carmen Hoyme Bannon, Deputy Counsel for the North Carolina State Bar, Raleigh

A presentation by Deputy Counsel for the North Carolina State Bar concerning:

• Common client complaints to the State Bar
• An overview of the grievance process from the perspectives of both clients and attorneys
• Do’s and don’ts of attorney responses to grievance complaints

Session 2 | Best of Criminal Justice, Civil Law and Mental Health/Substance Abuse

CLE Credit: 3.0 hours including ±1.0 hour Substance Abuse/Mental Health

Federal and State Criminal Update (from NCBA 2016 Annual Review, October 2016) | Kearns Davis, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphry & Leonard LLP, Greensboro and Jan E. Pritchett, Schlosser and Pritchett, Greensboro

•  State Case Law Update: Key recent decisions from the North Carolina Supreme Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals
•  Federal Case Law Update: Key recent decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Civil Law Update (from NCBA 2016 Annual Review, October 2016) | Steven B. Epstein, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh

A discussion of key North Carolina Business Court and Appellate Court opinions from the past year and how they affect you and your clients. From substantive changes to evidentiary issues to legal trends, this presentation focuses on the recent developments that are important to your practice.

Achieving Health Physically and Mentally± (from 20th Annual Elder & Special Needs Law Symposium, February 2016) | Sarah E. Nagae, Triangle Trademarks, Raleigh

Understand why attorneys are vulnerable to certain physical and mental health issues, learn how to identify negative behaviors and how to make adjustments to achieve better physical and mental health as well as professional success. 

Session 3 | Best of Elder Law, Estate Planning and Ethics
CLE Credit: 3.0 Hours includes 1.0 Hour *Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation (from 20th Annual Elder & Special Needs Law Symposium,  February 2016) | Paul Greenwood, Assistant District Attorney, Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit, San Diego, CA

Learn from a nationally recognized expert about protecting vulnerable clients from abuse and financial exploitation and preparing these cases for prosecution.

Darling, Will You Make Me the Happiest Person on Earth and Be My Fiduciary?: Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples (from New Frontiers: Emerging Issues in Estate Planning, April 2015) | Justin R. Ervin III, Johnson Peddrick & McDonald PLLC, Greensboro

It was once a given for some couples that marriage would follow meeting Prince(ss) Charming, while the law denied the right to marry to other couples. With changing attitudes toward marriage and its appurtenant responsibilities, as well as the arrival of marriage equality in North Carolina so that couples can marry regardless of the gender of the intended spouses, more couples are taking a deliberate approach to marriage. This session focuses on the responsibilities and benefits that flow from being married, with foci on property succession, proxy decision making, and tax issues, and will present planning approaches for dealing with common situations that unmarried couples face.

Ethics:  Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity* (from 2015 Elder Law & Special Needs Law Symposium, March 2015) | Roger T. Manus, Campbell University School of law, Raleigh

Focusing on RPC Rule 1.14 and its many implications, this practical session addresses assessing the client’s capacity, analyzing the client’s legal status, and how to maintain a normal client-lawyer relationship as much as reasonably possible and taking protective action. This session includes use of hypotheticals.

Session 4 | Best of Crowdfunding, Whistleblowing and Ethics
CLE Credit: 3.0 Hours includes 1.0 Hour *Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Investment in Crowdfunding Fundamentals (from 2016 Basics of Business Law, October 2016) | Benji T. Jones, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP

“Investment Crowdfunding” is the latest hot topic in the world of alternative finance. Ms. Jones leads a discussion outlining the fundamental rules and regulations applicable to securities law exemptions for “investment crowdfunding” offerings and highlights the latest regulatory and industry developments on the local and national level.

Qui Tam and Whistleblower Actions (from  32nd Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor & Employment Law Program , October 2016) | Gary L. Azorsky, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Philadelphia PA, Jeanne A. Markey , Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Philadelphia PA

Getting Paid—Ethical Considerations for Handling Client Money and Collecting* (from Construction Products and Services:  Remedies, Damages and Proof of Damages (2016 Construction Law Winter Program), February 2016) | Crystal Carlisle, Brocker Law Firm, Raleigh

•  Trust Account vs. Operating Account
•  Alternative fee structures
•  Ethical issues for collection of outstanding receivables


Product Information
Product Date:
January 01, 2017
Best of the Best 2017 | "All In" 12-Hour Session

Registration Tuition Options:  


Early Bird
Save $70 by registering early!

Early Bird and Membership discounts will automatically be applied at checkout.
NCBA Member $395 $465
NCBA Paralegal Division Member $245 $315
Non-Member $465 $535
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Please call the NCBAF CLE Department to register for the categories to the right: 800.228.3402
Full-time LANC Attorney (NCBA Member) $245
1st Year Licensed in NC (NCBA Member) $198
The following categories do not include MCLE fees:
Judge (NCBA Member) $75
Law Professor (NCBA Member) $75
Clerk of Court (NCBA Member) $75
Law Student Division Member $25
Paralegal Division Student Member $25

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Cary | NC Bar Center | Tuesday-Wednesday, February 21-22, 2017
8000 Weston Parkway Directions | 800.228.3402
Registration: 8:45a
Day 1: 9:00a-4:15p | Day 2: 9:00a-4:15p
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CARY Local Hotel Accommodations:

Local Hotel Accommodations

Embassy Suites
201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary Directions 

Rates | $169 
Includes full cooked-to-order breakfast and manager's evening reception

| 919.677.1840 
Reference Corporate ID: NCB

TownePlace Suites by Marriott

120 Sage Commons Way, Cary Directions

Rates | $114 studio queen with sleeper sofa (Sunday-Thursday) 
Includes complimentary hot breakfast

| 919.678.0005 
Ask for the NC Bar Association corporate rate

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Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Certified Paralegal Education (CPE) (Total): 12.00
General: 8.00
Ethics/Professional Responsibility: 3.00
Substance Abuse/Mental Health (SA/MH): 1.00
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