Public Law for the Public's Lawyers On-Demand Videos

Live date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 9:00am

Tom Thornburg will lead the planning for a fall 2020 offering of Public Law for the Public’s Lawyers (PLPL), in place of Professor Aimee Wall, who has taken on a greater administrative role at the School of Government. We appreciate our legislative and state agency partners who help plan and make this course possible.

This course is sponsored by the Legislative Services Office of the NC General Assembly.

The course addresses issues relevant to attorneys who work in state government. This year’s offering was entirely online, via Zoom in October 2020. 

The availability of videos after the event will be different than in previous years. In previous years, we held events that you could attend where the program was replayed as a video. For this year, the program will be available as videos for individualized viewing from your own work station after the event.

Registration for the on-demand videos will be available until 5:00 pm on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Registration is free for staff of the NC General Assembly, $185 for staff of other NC state agencies, and $300 for private attorneys.

To receive CLE credit, individuals must register; once registered the Program Manager will submit your hours to the NC State Bar. If you do not require the full 12 hours of CLE please complete the Certificate of Attendance form for partial credit located under the Materials tab.

As in past years, we have planned for 12 hours of CLE: 8 hours General, 2 hours Mental Health, 1 hour Ethics, and 1 hour Technology.

Topics for this year’s program include:

  • legislative updates
  • NC civil and criminal cas updates
  • public lawyer work as emotional labor
  • cybersecurity for government lawyers
  • COVID-19 issues in public health and emergency management law
  • Judicial Branch response to COVID-19
  • First Amendment law for government lawyers
  • Issues in rulemaking 
12.00 hours
CLE Value:
12 hrs

Faculty Coordinator

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Professor of Public Law and Government

 PLPL 2020 Agenda       Speaker Biographies    CLE Partial Credit Form

Course materials will be provided below for downloading and printing. 

October 22, 2020

North Carolina Civil Case Update - PowerPoint Slides 
Roger Askew, Senior Deputy County Attorney, Wake County

Emerging Issues in Criminal Law - Conducting Surveillance and Collecting Blog Post Part 1Blog Post Part 2Blog Post Part 3 

Shea Denning, Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, Judicial College, UNC School of Government

First Amendment Rights for Attorneys and Public Employees - PowerPoint Slides First Amendment Blog PostFirst Amendment and Facebook Blog Post 
Christopher McLaughlin, Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government

Cybersecurity for Lawyers  - PowerPoint Slides Resource Items: Key ItemsRansomware TimelineCyber ChecklistCybersecurity Tips  
Dr. Shannon Tufts, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Public Technology, UNC School of Government

October 23, 2020

COVID-19: Applications of Public Health and Emergency Management Law in North Carolina PowerPoint Slides (1)PowerPoint Slides (2)
Jill Moore, Associate Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government
Virginia Niehaus, Director of Regulatory and Legal Affairs, NC DHHS Division of Public Health
Will Polk, Deputy General Counsel, NC Department of Public Safety

NC Judicial Branch’s Response to COVID-19 PowerPoint Slides 
Danielle M. Carman, Deputy Director, North Carolina Judicial Branch
Kellie Z. Myers, Trial Court Administrator & COVID-19 Coordinator, 10th Judicial District – Wake County

NC Legislative Developments in Criminal and Civil Law 
Jennifer Bedford, NC General Assembly, Legislative Analysis Division - PowerPoint Slides 
Jeremy Ray, NC General Assembly, Legislative Analysis Division - PowerPoint Slides 
Amy Jo Johnson, NC General Assembly, Legislative Bill Drafting Division
Lisa Wilks, NC General Assembly, Legislative Bill Drafting Division

Issues in Rulemaking PowerPoint Slides (1)PowerPoint Slides (2)
Amber May, NC Office of Administrative Hearings
Amanda Reeder, NC Office of Administrative Hearings
Ashley Snyder, NC Office of Administrative Hearings

October 29, 2020

Public Attorney Work as “Emotional Labor”- PowerPoint Slides 
Dr. Leisha Dehart-Davis, Professor of Public Administration and Government, UNC School of Government

Legal Ethics 
Melvin F. Wright, Jr., Executive Director, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism PowerPoint Slides 
Ronnie Mitchell, Legal Counsel, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office PowerPoint Slides


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