Get your CLE before the MCLE deadline!

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The February 28 MCLE reporting deadline is approaching fast.  Sign up for one of NCAJ’s live CLE offerings listed below before you run out of time.  NCAJ CLEs are timely and engaging with an emphasis on practical skill development.  Register today!  And you can also learn more about NCAJ’s many convenient online CLE offerings at ncaj.com/cle.

Civil Procedure Boot Camp  |  January 11, 2019 | NCAJ HQ
Learn from the masters as they describe best practices in civil procedure

Anatomy for Lawyers  | January 18, 2019 | NCAJ HQ
Study the parts of the body that are most susceptible to injury and those that are not through videos, illustrations, and animations

Employment Law 2019  | February 1, 2019 | NCAJ HQ
A practical, must-attend seminar for the employment law practitioner

DWI 2019 | February 8, 2019 | NCAJ HQ
Join us for the annual winter DWI program

Ultimate Civil Trial Notebook II  | February 15, 2019  | NCAJ HQ
Back by popular demand, join Program Chair Philip Miller for this highly informative seminar

Ethics Hot Issues  | February 20, 2019  | NCAJ HQ
Join NCAJ Legal Affairs Counsel Burton Craige as he leads this comprehensive seminar on ethics

Disbursements 2019  | February 22, 2019 | Triad
Explore the latest in disbursements including ERISA, Workers’ Comp liens in third party cases, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements and more

Traffic Law | February 22, 2019 | NCAJ HQ
Expand your practice or brush up on your existing practice with this comprehensive traffic law program

Discovery Toolbox for the Family Law Litigator   | February 21, 2019 | NCAJ HQ
A comprehensive program that covers everything that a family law practitioner needs to know about discovery and the discovery process



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NCAJ Helps Build Your Law Practice

In the October 2018 issue of NCAJ’s Trial Briefs magazine, NCAJ Vice President of Membership Jennifer Watson Marsh shared an important tip: how to make the most of your NCAJ membership by accessing the FREE archive of webinars on building your law practice and your career, available online at ncaj.com/webinars.  Are you taking advantage?  Click story below for details.

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NCAJ Members Protect the Citizens of North Carolina: October 2018 edition

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NCAJ attorneys & other NCAJ legal professionals protect the citizens of North Carolina who have been harmed. For a snapshot of their work, read NCAJ’s October 2018 Verdicts, Settlements and Dispositions column, linked below.

Congratulations to all attorneys highlighted in the column:   Robert Elliot and Michael Elliot of Elliot Morgan ParsonageJustin Lowenberger of Ted A. Greve & Associates, Assistant Capital Defender Stephen Freedman, William Durham of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, Sidney Fligel and Preston Lesley of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, Assistant Appellate Defenders Barbara Blackman, John Carella and Kathy VandenBerg, Paul Tharp of Arnold & Smith, PLLC; Assistant Public Defender Richard Miller; Tabitha Bingham of Bingham Law PLLC, and Stuart Paynter, Sara Willingham, Jennifer Murray and Celeste Boyd of the Paynter Law Firm.

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NC Pro Bono Resource Center: Helping You Overcome Hurdles to Pro Bono Work

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Sylvia Novinksy, Director     
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B. Leigh Wicclair, Pro Bono Program Manager  

One of the ways NCAJ members serve NCAJ’s mission of protecting people’s rights is through their commitment to pro bono work. This past spring, over 20 NCAJ members were recognized by the North Carolina Supreme Court for having reported over 50 hours of pro bono legal services work in 2017. We are so proud of, and grateful for, these NCAJ members’ pro bono participation!

When we talk to attorneys across the state, we consistently hear that attorneys want to do pro bono work and deeply value the service element of our profession. In fact, most of the attorneys we speak with chose to become lawyers in order to “make a difference” in the world. However, given the demands that accompany our profession, it not always easy to do pro bono work.  Common barriers to pro bono include an inability to find pro bono projects, feeling overworked and unable to commit the time necessary to do pro bono, and feeling unequipped to handle a pro bono project outside of one’s regular practice area.

We are here to help you overcome these hurdles!

Launched in 2016 by the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission, the NC Pro Bono Resource Center is a statewide pro bono resource center ready to help YOU with your goals to increase pro bono work. The NC Pro Bono Resource Center serves as a clearinghouse for pro bono projects, provides trainings and CLEs to assist attorney volunteers and nonprofit service providers, and recruits and connects volunteers directly to projects. We also work with our legal and community partners to create impactful pro bono clinics and other pro bono projects which directly serve North Carolinians who would not otherwise have representation.

Let us help you find pro bono projects in your community, in your area of expertise, and that fit into your schedule! We can also help you become trained in a new area of law so that you can confidently assist pro bono clients and, perhaps, expand your practice area.

Visit ncprobono.org to learn more about available pro bono opportunities, including:

Triangle Area
NC Justice Center Driver’s License Restoration Project

Mecklenburg Co Area 
Custody Advocacy Program

Western NC
Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer (MAVL) Project is administered by Pisgah Legal Services

 Anywhere in NC
Catholic Legal Immigration Network’s BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project

Don’t forget that voluntary pro bono reporting from the previous year occurs from January 1- March 31. Keep track of your hours throughout the year and log them during this time at ncprobono.org/volunteer/reporting/.

 

*Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1 encourages each NC attorney to provide 50 hours of pro bono legal services each year to those unable to afford them without expectation of a fee.

Sponsors & Exhibitors at Upcoming NCAJ CLE!

Be sure to stop by and visit with our sponsors and exhibitors at NCAJ CLE this September!  They provide valuable resources for members.

September 7 –  Family Law Specialization Exam Review Seminar
Breakfast Sponsor:  Sawyer Consulting LLC
Lunch Sponsor: Smart Start
Exhibitor: Carolina Case Management


September 21 – Quirky Issues in Workers’ Compensation Seminar

Breakfast Sponsor:  Robson Forensic
Lunch Sponsor:  Your Legal Nurse Consultants and Ametros Financial
Exhibitor: Sawyer Consulting LLC

Specialized Lawyer Directories: Get Listed and Get Found

cloninger.brian  by R. Brian Cloninger

 

Today’s post covers improvements that have been made to the NCAJ Specialized Directories.

I always ask clients how they got my name. By far the most frequent answer is they found me online doing a Google search. Until recently, none of my clients found me using the NCAJ Traffic Referral List. Why are they able to find me (and other lawyers listed in the Specialized Directories) now? Keep reading for the answer, to learn why you should update your profile, and why you should get added to the directories, if eligible.

A week or so after NCAJ’s Annual Convention, I contacted Membership and Development Director Amy Smith to suggest changes to our membership profiles and the referral directories that would add a marketing benefit for NCAJ membership. She sent me a recent Trial Smith (aka MemberCentral) post entitled, “We’ve Enhanced SEO with Store, SeminarWeb, Events, and Blog Posts.” The single sentence post read: “New HTML Title Tags are now automatically inserted into pages making Store Items, SeminarWeb Programs, Events and Blog Posts not only more browser friendly for end-users, but also more search engine friendly, including more accurately titled search results in search engines.”

After I looked up the meaning of “SEO” and “HTML,” I started messing around on the NCAJ website and doing some Google searches. The improvements I suggested had already been made without me realizing it. I found myself.

Many of us have used the listserves to request referrals rather than using the NCAJ Specialized Directories. Now, we don’t have to use the listserve for that anymore. Even better, the public can now find NCAJ members easier using the directories or by simply doing a Google search.

All NCAJ members are listed in the Membership Directory. There is also a Bilingual Referral Directory (ncaj.com/bilingual). Listing in other Specialized Directories is only available to members of the Section. For example, listing in the Traffic Referral Directory (ncaj.com/traffic) is a benefit of membership in the Criminal Defense Section. These directories are accessible to NCAJ members and to the public. You must be a member of NCAJ to access the Products Liability and Construction Defects Section Directory (ncaj.com/products), and must be a member of the Section to be listed.

Update your profile (ncaj.com/updateprofile) to get added to the Specialized Directories, and get found!

 

 

NCAJ Members Protect North Carolinians Many Different Ways

robby jessup  by Robby Jessup

 

NCAJ attorneys and other NCAJ legal professionals offer relief and protection to citizens who have been harmed.

For example, NCAJ’s July Trial Briefs magazine’s Verdicts, Settlements and Dispositions Column describes a dog bite case win;  a win pertaining to the constitutional rights of public employees; a verdict for an elderly couple’s mental anguish against a home healthcare company; an appellate victory for workers’ compensation claimants; a second-degree verdict for a client facing first degree murder (Life Without Parole); a jury verdict for compensatory damages for the negligent handling of human remains; a settlement for a wrongful death of a motorcyclist and other auto accident verdicts.

Congratulations to all attorneys highlighted in the column:  Alex Woodyard of the Law Offices of William K. Goldfarb; Luke Largess and Cheyenne Chambers of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC; Jeremy Wilson of Ward & Smith, P.A.; Wade Byrd of the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd, P.A; Bradley Smith of Campbell & Associates; Charles Hinnant and Dr. Ted Greve of Ted A. Greve & Associates; Assistant Public Defenders Matthew Geoffrion and Taplie Coile; James Rogers of James E Rogers, PA; and Robby Jessup and Joan Davis of Howard Stallings Law Firm.

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