The NCBA Professionalism Committee’s annual CLE was held on Friday, December 1, at the N.C. Bar Center. The In-Person program was also offered via Live Webcast and will be available On-Demand by mid-December.
Professionalism Committee Chair Gill Beck of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina in Asheville and Keith Faulkner of Charleston Southern University in Charleston, S.C., served as co-planners for the event, which was titled “Professionals, Colleagues, Friends and Adversaries – The Key Role of Civility in Attorney Relationships and Communications.”
Speakers included NCBA President Patti Ramseur of Ramseur Maultsby LLP in Greensboro and N.C. State Bar President A. Todd Brown Sr. of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in Charlotte.
Also participating in the daylong program were:
- Chief Judge Martin K. Reidinger, U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Asheville
- Judge W. Carleton Metcalf, U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Asheville
- NCBA Past President Alan W. Duncan, Turning Point Litigation, Greensboro
- Robynn E. Moraites, North Carolina Lawyers Assistance Program, Charlotte
- Jerry Organ, University of St. Thomas School of Law – Holloran Ethical Leadership in the Professions, Minneapolis, Minn.
- Catherine Sanders Reach, Director of the NCBA Center for Practice Management, Cary
- Leah Jackson Teague, Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
“To my knowledge, Friday’s Professionalism CLE was the first Professionalism CLE where both the NCBA President and NC State Bar President participated jointly,” said Beck, who also served as a speaker. “Their joint participation sent a powerful message of the unified efforts of both the NCBA and State Bar to promote professionalism and civility.
“A successful CLE requires teamwork, and Friday’s Professionalism CLE is an example of how the NCBA Staff worked together as part of a cohesive team to produce an excellent CLE Program.”
“It is a pleasure to serve the NCBA,” added Faulkner. “It is an amazing organization, and one with which I am privileged to be associated.”
“I echo Gill and Keith’s comments and extend my thanks to the entire team that made this happen,” Ramseur added. “The CLE was exceptional! As I left the Bar Center on Friday afternoon and was driving to Winston-Salem, I found myself smiling ear-to-ear. The experience was inspiring. I know that I’m better for having attended.”