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Haiti Conference Going Well, NCBA Delegates Report

Haiti Conference Going Well, NCBA Delegates Report

Kearns Davis is interviewed during investment conference in Haiti.

A 12-member delegation from the North Carolina Bar Association has reached the midway point of its three-day economic investment conference in Haiti. Danny Merlin and David Garrett, the current and incoming chairs of the NCBA’s Haiti Committee, spoke via Skype with the N.C. Bar Center this morning and reported that all is going well and that the NCBA delegation has been extremely well-received.

Merlin, Steve DeGeorge and NCBA President Kearns Davis presented on Monday and Garrett will address the conference today on international investment. Members are encouraged to follow the trip on Twitter at #NCBAinHaiti.

Davis focused his remarks on the evolution of the North Carolina economy over the past 100 years, from agriculture and manufacturing to its current status as a financial center and global research leader. It is the shared mission of lawyers, he added, to protect and strengthen the rule of law, which enables people to be free, businesses to grow, and people to make a living and provide for their families.

Delegates Ernie Pearson and David Robinson will also speak before the NCBA delegation concludes its participation in the conference on Wednesday.

The event, organized and hosted by the Port-au-Prince Bar Association to discuss methods of attracting investment there, was rescheduled from last October due to Hurricane Matthew.

The 12-member NCBA delegation poses for a group photo on Monday.

The NCBA is involved in the conference through its relationship with Stanley Gaston, president of the Port-au-Prince Bar Association and the Federation of Bars of Haiti, and Jacques Miguel Sanon, who serves on the board of the Port-au-Prince bar. Gaston and Sanon attended the 2016 NCBA Annual Meeting and it is at their invitation that the NCBA delegation now visits their country.

Elon University School of Law is also participating in the event. John Flynn of Carruthers & Roth in Greensboro, who serves as practitioner in residence at the law school, brought five participants in the residency program to Haiti.

The students, who are members of the NCBA’s Law Student Division, are Shanelle Edmonds, Kimberlee Farr, Liliane Long, Veronica Townsend and Brad Beyer.

Garrett commented in this morning’s interview that conference attendees from around the world and the host country of Haiti have been extremely appreciative of and impressed by the NCBA’s involvement in the event and by the size of its delegation.

Merlin added that the Elon delegates have enjoyed their involvement in the conference and that the presence of law students has added to the overall sense of optimism and commitment that has been pervasive throughout the conference.

The event, Garrett and Merlin concurred, has attracted extensive media attention in Haiti.

Here is a complete listing of the NCBA Delegation:
Kearns Davis, NCBA President
Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro

Daniel Adam Merlin, Chair, NCBA Haiti Committee
Alexander Ricks PLLC, Charlotte

David Spencer Robinson
Nexsen Pruet PLLC, Raleigh

R. Steven DeGeorge
Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte

Ernest C. Pearson
Nexsen Pruet PLLC, Raleigh

David J Garrett, Incoming Chair, NCBA Haiti Committee
Nexsen Pruet PLLC, Raleigh

John Michael Flynn, Elon Law School Practitioner in Residence
Carruthers & Roth PA, Greensboro

Shanelle Edmonds
Elon University School of Law, Greensboro
NCBA Law Student Division Member

Kimberlee Farr
Elon University School of Law, Greensboro
NCBA Law Student Division Member

Liliane R Long
Elon University School of Law, Greensboro
NCBA Law Student Division Member

Veronica Townsend
Elon University School of Law, Greensboro
NCBA Law Student Division Member

Brad Beyer
Elon University School of Law, Greensboro
NCBA Law Student Division Member