NCAWA
2017 CAPITAL CONFERENCE
AUGUST 17TH - 19TH
RALEIGH, NC - THE SHERATON HOTEL DOWNTOWN


ABOUT THE 2017 NCAWA CAPITAL CONFERENCE
"WHERE MEMBERSHIP HAS MEANING"
:ABOUT THE NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN ATTORNEYS:

The NCAWA was founded in 1978 by a vibrant group of women attorneys dedicated to speaking out on issues affecting women in North Carolina both within and outside the legal profession.  Today, NCAWA’s volunteer board and lobbyist, in collaboration with local chapters and members across the state, continue the organization’s powerful mission of promoting the participation of women in the legal profession and advancing the rights and welfare of women under the law.  The NCAWA has adopted resolutions to further its mission and goals of promoting and improving the administration of justice, and increasing the effective participation by women in the justice system, in public office, and within the legal profession.  Members are afforded invaluable opportunities to stay informed about state politics through monthly legislative updates and regular calls with the lobbyist during legislative sessions.   Join the NCAWA to support women and protect the rights of all peoples through a just and fair legal system.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

THURSDAY, AUG. 17, 2017:                               

Early Registration: 5:30-7:00pm
7:00- 9:00pm Welcome Reception! at Jimmy V's 
Food and Drinks served, courtesy to all conference registrants
Sponsored by Lexis Nexis

EVENING WALKING TOUR OF RALEIGH
Following the Welcome Reception
Join NCAWA and enjoy your first night at the conference exploring downtown Raleigh together.  We will learn about the crazy laws that still exist in North Carolina and the history that started it all. The tour will include sights of downtown Raleigh .Wear your walking shoes.
Thursday: 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Departs from Jimmy V's (Additional fee of $20pp applies)

FRIDAY, AUG. 18, 2017:                                          

9:00am - 10:00am                                    Morning Registration and Coffee

10:00am - 11:00am:                               
Women in the Law Plenary Panel: Discussion panel of women in the judiciary & in politics & their road to leadership and what it took to get there. Moderated by Justice Robin Hudson of the NC Supreme Court.

Panel Includes:
Judge Valerie Zachary, NC Court of Appeals
Judge Donna Stroud, NC Court of Appeals
Deborah Ross, U.S. Senatorial Candidate
Representative Cynthia Ball, Democratic Freshman Chair
Representative Donna McDowell White
Federal District Judge Catherine Eagles

Friday Educational and CLE sessions: (8 CLE hours approved, see below)

11:15am - 12:15pm Sessions:

The Price We Pay as Professional Problem Solvers, presented by Emily Mistr, NC LAP (1 hr. mental health CLE)

Connecting the Dots: Alternative Career Paths for JDs, presented by Julie Beavers, Ward and Smith, Raleigh  

What's New? Recent Changes to the NC Rules of Appellate Procedure, presented by Professor Allegra Collins, Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh (1 hr. Gen. CLE)

12:15pm- 12:55pm              Conference Luncheon
                                                           Sponsored by Lawyer's Mutual

1:00pm - 2:00pm Sessions:

The Pitfalls & Ethical Considerations of Social Media Use, presented by Deanna Brocker & Whitney Waldenberg of the Brocker Law Firm, P.A., Raleigh  (1 hr. Ethics CLE)

Bluebook Primer. Something Old. Something New. Latest Updates with Refresher to the Bluebook, presented by Professor Allegra Collins, Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh  (1 hr. Gen. CLE)

How to Run for Public Office: Part I  "Organizing 101," presented by Sarah Preston, Executive Director of Lillian's List     
 
2:00pm - 2:15pm                                                          Coffee and Snack Break

2:15pm - 3:15pm Sessions:

How to Run for Public Office: Part II "Running an Effective Campaign," presented by Sarah Preston, Executive Director of Lillian's List

ABA Landmark Study, presented by Nicole Ellington, NC Lawyer Assistance Program (1 mental health CLE)

The New Executive Orders: Immigration Options in a Changing Landscape, presented by, Jenny Doyle Esq., an immigration attorney on the front lines (1 gen. CLE cr.)

3:30pm - 4:30pm                                       
NCAWA Annual Meeting  - Election of 2018 NCAWA Board of Directors

4:30pm - 6:00pm                                                          Break

6:00pm - 7:00pm                                                         
Silent Auction and Reception with hors d'oeuvres and drinks

7:00pm - 9:30pm                                                       
Keynote Speaker and Dinner Banquet with Presentation of Awards: 
                                                                           - 2017 Judge of the Year Award;
                                                                           - Gwyneth B. Davis Public Service Award;
                                                                            - Scholarship Recipients

SATURDAY, AUG. 19, 2017:            

9:00am - 9:55am                           Networking Breakfast:
                                                                  Sponsored by PNC

10:00 am - 11:00am                         
Plenary CLE:  N.C. Legislative Update,
presented by NCAWA's Lobbyist, Ashley Perkinson

11:00am - 11:15am                       Break

11:15am - 12:15pm                         
Plenary CLE: The Power of Boundaries & Balance in  the Workplace, presented by Courtney Leak Nesbitt, LCSW, Charlotte
(1 hr. mental health CLE)

12:30pm                                             Conference Adjourns



KEYNOTE SPEAKER:














 

Dean Phyliss Craig-Taylor is Dean of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law.  Prior to becoming Dean, Craig-Taylor served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and a Professor of Law at the Charlotte School of Law.  Dean Craig-Taylor has taught courses in Property, Real Estate Finance, Advanced Issues in Property, Land Use, Women and the Law, Land Loss, and Professional Responsibility. Dean Craig-Taylor has been a faculty member at the University of Florida and North Carolina Central University as well as visiting scholar at the University of Warsaw Center for American Law.

Dean Craig-Taylor is a member of the Council for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation.  She has held numerous other leadership positions with the ABA including Division Director and a member of the Civil Trial Practice Task Force. Currently she serves as a member of the Heirs Property Retention Coalition, and formerly served as the ABA Advisor to the Drafting Committee on Partition of Tenancy-in-Common Real Property Act for the Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (formerly National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws), and as a member of the Judicial Partition of Tenancy in Common Property Study Commission for the North Carolina State Legislature and she serves on the Ethics Advisory Committee Member of the North Carolina State Bar.  Craig-Taylor also serves on multiple community boards.

Dean Craig-Taylor received her Green Belt certification in Six Sigma process management from Vanderbilt University. Under her leadership a support program was created that focused on study skills, reading comprehension, time management, examination preparation and a successful bar preparation program.

Dean Craig-Taylor has published numerous articles on land loss in the African-American community and discrimination in the application of laws for minority groups, including women.  She is currently writing a book on the subject of land loss.

A graduate of the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, where she completed both her undergraduate degree and law degree, she later served as a partner in the law firm of England & Bivens and as a judicial clerk for the Alabama Supreme Court.  She later earned a Master of Laws degree at Columbia University.

2017 NCAWA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

MONICA WEBB,  NCAWA President

TIFFANY A. LESNIK,  Education Committee Chair
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MANISHA PATEL, NCAWA Vice President & Education Committee Co-Chair

JANE PAKSOY,  Nominating Commitee

FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE CONFERENCE YOU MAY CONTACT THOSE LISTED ABOVE. FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF THE NCAWA BOARD OF DIRECTORS GO TO: http://www.ncawa.org/2017-board-of-directors


President: Monica Webb, Raleigh
Immediate Past President: Rachel Blunk, Greensboro
President-Elect Alyssa Levine, Charlotte
Vice President:  Manisha Patel, Greensboro
Treasurer: Paula Kohut, Wilmington
Secretary: Holly Wilcox, Mount Airy
Education Committee Chair: Tiffany Lesnik, Raleigh
Government Action Committee Chair: Sonya Linton, Durham
Historian: Beth Froehling, Raleigh
Nominating Committee Chair: Jane Paksoy, Raleigh
Career Support and Advancement Committee Chair:  Pam Butler, Raleigh
Community Outreach Committee Chair: Yolanda Taylor, Raleigh
At-Large: Alexis Solheim, Asheville
At-Large: Beth Posner, Chapel Hill


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IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE YOURSELF OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW FOR A BOARD POSITION WITH THE NCAWA, PLEASE CONTACT MONICA WEBB . ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 18TH.






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CONTACT US

If you have any questions about the 2017 Conference or Sponsorships, please contact NCAWA Education Chairs:
 Tiffany A. Lesnik at [email protected] or Manisha P. Patel at [email protected]