Put Into Practice April 2024


Listen Up

In the hope that I might improve myself and help another lawyer suffering from my same affliction, I want to confess a character defect. I am not a good listener. For as long as I can remember, I have been a poor listener. I don’t think that I’m an inconsiderate or unkind person. I want to be a good listener, but it’s really hard. I have so many things I want to tell people. I have solutions to their problems. I have nuggets of wisdom to impart to them. I need to save them from their misguided beliefs. And I am passionate about certain things and want them to feel that same sense of passion.

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Mommy, how do you make a . . . Bar Grievance? 

I have four children, and they ask the most frustrating questions sometimes...

Another surprisingly difficult question – but not one my kids have ever asked me – is where a grievance comes from. Why? Because historically, and for the time being, virtually anything can trigger the opening of a grievance at the North Carolina State Bar: a news article, random audit, court order, civil lawsuit, or criminal charge. 

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Know Your Role Before Agreeing to Serve as Local Counsel in Federal District Court in NC

Serving as local counsel for an out-of-state attorney is not merely a clerical role. In fact, it may be more involved than you may think. Each federal district court has its own set of local rules. Prior to practicing in the Eastern, Middle, or Western districts of NC federal court, thoroughly review the local rules for that district to make sure you are in compliance. 

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To Do or Not To Do

A cogent argument could be made that I am not the *perfect* person to write an article on productivity, to-do lists, and generally getting things done.

I am not proud to say, I have spent (wasted?) hours and hours of my life reading and rereading books, articles and columns on productivity trying to find the absolute perfect system that will transform me into a productivity god. As those who work closely with me know, this is, ahem, an ongoing effort.

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From Startup to Wind Down: FREE Practice Management Services for Insureds

Connect with Erik Mazzone and Camille Stell

Lawyers Mutual is more than a policy. No matter where you are in your law practice journey, our practice advisors are here to help you. From starting your own law firm to managing your practice to planning for retirement, Lawyers Mutual has you covered. LML insureds can work one-on-one with Camille Stell and Erik Mazzone by phone, video or email. As an added benefit of Lawyers Mutual coverage, insureds may have three consultations each with Camille and Erik annually at no cost. Now, that’s LM Value!

More details and to schedule an appointment


Legal Specialization Applications Now Being Accepted

The State Bar Board of Legal Specialization is accepting applications for certification in the following areas: Appellate Practice, Bankruptcy (Business and Consumer), Child Welfare, Criminal (State, Federal, and Juvenile Delinquency), Elder Law, Estate Planning, Family, Immigration, Privacy and Information Security, Real Property (Commercial and residential), Social Security Disability, Trademark Law, Utilities and Workers' Compensation.

File a Declaration of Intent if you plan to apply at a later date. 

Contact Denise Mullen at 919-719-9255 or dmullen@ncbar.gov for more information or access an application via the State Bar Member Portal.

NCBA Litigation Section to Present Advocate’s Award to Gray Wilson, LM Board Member

The Litigation Section has selected G. Gray Wilson of Nelson Mullins in Winston-Salem to receive its 2024 Advocate’s Award. Wilson is a past president of the NCBA and N.C. State Bar. The award, which recognizes members of the Litigation Section as “superstars of the profession,” will be presented on Thursday, May 23, 2924. For more information, please click here for details and NCBA event registration.


LML On The Road

•  May 3-4: NCBA Family Law Annual Meeting – Asheville

•  May 9: NCAJ New Lawyers Division Reception – RTP

•  May 16: Meck Bar New Lawyer PNA – Charlotte

•  May 17: WDNC and Meck Bar Bankruptcy CLE – Charlotte

•  May 17-18: NCBA Real Property Annual Meeting – Asheville

•  May 23: NCAJ CLE and Side Bar Social – Tarboro

We look forward to connecting with you in the community.

LM Title Upcoming CLE

FREE CLE - Judgments, Liens, & Bankruptcy

Tuesday, May 21

Live - Virtual

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Click here for more details and to register.

Conflicts of Interest

While it’s true that conflicts are a complicated matter particularly in larger firms with thousands of clients, this guide serves as a referral primer when a thought or concern arises. Be proactive and implement a system for conflict checks at different stages of an attorney-client relationship.

Download here.

Respect - An Insight to Attorney Compensation Plans, by Brenda Barnes and Camille Stell

This guide to attorney compensation includes:
  • Compensation formulas
  • Managing Partner compensation
  • Compensation carve-outs such as paying non-equity partners
  • Compensation system biases
  • Trends in compensation

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