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

Live date: 
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 9:00am

Tom Thornburg will lead the planning for a fall 2022 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 2022. 

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 from Nov. 13, 2022 until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2023.

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: breakdown to come.

Topics for last year’s program included:

  • 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:
9 hrs
2 hrs
Substance Abuse
1 hrs
12 hrs

Faculty Coordinator

individual image for Thomas H. Thornburg
Professor of Public Law and Government

 2021 Public Law for the Public's Lawyers Agenda          CLE Certificate of Attendance      

 Paralegal CLE Certificate of Attendance 


The CLE Paralegal Certificate of Attendance (for Paralegals only)  will be completed and submitted to the NC Bar by the paralegal. 

 The CLE Certificate of Attendance needs to be filled out and returned to Charmain Cale at or mailed to Charmain Cale at Campus Box 3330, Knapp-Sanders Building Room 4628, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3330 for your hours to be submitted to the NC Bar.


Thursday, October 21

Update on Civil Cases Affecting State or Local Government in North Carolina

Roger Askew, Senior Deputy County Attorney, Wake County


Cybersecurity Issues

Charlie Mewshaw, IT Security Specialist

UNC-Chapel Hill Information Security Office


State Purchasing 101

David O’Neal, State Purchasing Officer, NC Dept. of Administration

Liana Madison, Deputy State Purchasing Officer of Contract Management     

Tony Vinogradov, Manager, Risk/Compliance


Friday, October 22 

Ethics Issues - no advance materials will be provided

Brian Oten, Director for Ethics and Special Programs North Carolina State Bar


Getting by With a Little Help from Our Friends 

Getting by With a Little Help - Program Description 

BarCARES and LAP Working in Harmony

Handouts 1-21

Robynn E. Moraites, Executive Director NC Lawyer Assistance Program


Overview of North Carolina Court System 

Weblinks for session

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


Thursday, October 28

Legal Issues Related to COVID-19 Vaccination 

COVID-19 and the Workplace Part 1: Vaccine Mandates, Vaccine Incentives and More - Blog Post

An In-Depth Look at Medical Exemptions from COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates - Blog Post

An In-Depth Look at Religious Exemptions from COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates - Blog Post 

Safer Federal Workforce Task Force 

Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors  

Diane Juffras, Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government

Jill Moore, Associate Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government


Recent Developments in Land Use Law

2020 Planning and Development Regulation Legislative Bulletin 

James Joyce, Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government


Ethics and Use of Social Media

Legal Ethics and Social Media - Article 

Christopher B. McLaughlin, Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government


What Are Rules and Why Do They Matter? (And Other Rulemaking Bits and Bobs)

 Amanda Reeder and Amber May, Both are Rules Review Commission Counsels, NC Office of Administrative Hearings


NC Legislative Developments in Criminal and Civil Law

Criminal Law Update

Civil Law Update                  

Jennifer Bedford, Jeremy Ray, and Robert Ryan, All are of the NC General Assembly, Legislative Analysis Division


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Faculty Coordinator

Program Manager, Local and State Government Group
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Professor of Public Law and Government
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