To: Members of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice
From: F. Lachicotte Zemp Jr., president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and Vernon Sumwalt, president of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice
As we seek to continue our work on behalf of our clients during these unprecedented and uncertain times, let’s remember that we have the opportunity and the duty to exemplify professionalism and embody civility even when, or perhaps especially when, facing extraordinary circumstances.
Providing our clients with the representation they deserve in the days and weeks ahead will require us to adapt in a number of ways. We have already begun to employ technological solutions that will help to keep our cases moving forward.
In light of recent orders from Chief Justice Beasley and Gov. Cooper, many of us are working cooperatively and professionally to accommodate some of the uncertainties around scheduling, deadlines, hearings, and trials. Working together will not only help to keep the justice system moving forward, but ultimately will benefit our clients in getting our cases managed and handled professionally and as expediently as current circumstances allow.
Once we are beyond the present crisis, we will want to be able to look back with pride on how we treated one another. We will also want to be able to demonstrate to the courts that we each did our part to help support the judicial system and the integrity of the process.
We hope your circle of family and friends remain healthy and well.
F. Lachicotte Zemp Jr.
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Links for Up-to-Date Court Information
Chief Justice Beasley's Emergency Order
National Federal Court Update
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Update
US District Court Eastern District of NC
US District Court Middle District of NC
US District Court of Western District of NC
What the Filing Deadline Extension Means for Your Practice
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an updated emergency order that “all pleadings, motions, notices, and other documents and papers that were or are due to be filed in any county of this state on or after 16 March 2020 and before the close of business on 17 April 2020 in civil actions, criminal actions, estates, and special proceedings shall be deemed to be timely filed if they are filed before the close of business on 17 April 2020.” How does the emergency order impact my practice?
Thanks to Warren Savage of Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company for this valuable information.
The Effect of COVID-19 on the Insurance Claims Market
At present, the world is currently experiencing unprecedented limitations on import; quarantine, both voluntary and mandatory; business shut down, both enforced and through an abundance of caution; and the cancellation of gatherings, events, and travel. The scope of these limitations is likely to affect almost every commercial enterprise, both directly and indirectly.
The Effect of COVID-19 on Time Element Claims
As part of the continued discussion regarding the effects of COVID-19 on the Insurance Claims Market, we introduce part two of our series, which examines how the pandemic can impact time element claims.
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The NC Bar Association has compiled an excellent list of resources to assist you and your firm during the pandemic.
Nominations Accepted for Board of Directors and Practice Group Leadership.
The terms of five current members of the NCADA Board of Directors will expire in June 2020. Nominations for the five vacant Director positions are now being accepted to serve a three-year term beginning at the close of the 2020 Annual Meeting through the close of the 2023 Annual Meeting.
Director responsibilities include:
To qualify for a position on the NCADA Board of Directors, the nominee should
Leadership opportunities in the NCADA’s Practice Groups are open for nominations. Members interested in the continued growth and relevance of the NCADA through its practice groups will be considered for leadership positions in the following areas of practice: Construction, Commercial, Employment, General Liability, Government, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Workers’ Compensation.
The following information should be included in the nomination:
1) Member Name, Firm, contact information and a brief biographical sketch;
2) Brief statement by the nominee of his or her availability and commitment to actively serve as a member of the Board, or as a practice group leader;
3) Brief statement why nominee would like to serve as a member of the Board of Directors, or as a practice group leader.
Persons interested in submitting a nomination may E mail or write to the Nominating Committee in care of Lynette Pitt, Executive Director, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or U.S. Mail: 4030 Wake Forest Road, Ste 203, Raleigh, NC 27609).
Nominations must be received no later than Thursday, February 27, 2020, 5 p.m.
The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) was presented the Rudolph A. Janata Award by DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar on Friday, October 18, in recognition of its diversity programming that has covered socially trending topics including LGBTQ issues, the #MeToo movement, a discussion on whiteness in America, and uncovering bias in the practice of law to leveraging diversity in litigation.
Dayatra T. Matthews and Lach Zemp accepted the award on behalf of the NCADA. This national award recognizes a state or local defense organization that has undertaken an innovative or unique program contributing to the goals and objectives of the organized civil defense trial bar.
NCADA previously DRI's Janata Award in 2002 and is the only state defense group to date to be presented DRI’s Diversity Award in 2005 and 2012.
The NCADA brings together civil trial attorneys to promote the exchange of information, ideas, and litigation techniques, and to strengthen the practice, improve the skills, and enhance the knowledge of lawyers defending individuals and businesses in North Carolina. For more information about the NCADA or the Judicial Candidates' Forum, please contact the Association office at 919-239-4463 or email@example.com.
As another storm, Hurricane Dorian, takes aim at North Carolina, we recognize again the impact this storm may have on our members, in both your personal and professional lives. We urge all of you to exercise safety and caution in the days ahead. Hopefully, each of you has prepared for the potential interruption to your businesses, as well as personal lives. The NCADA, as an organization, again intends to lend support wherever possible in the aftermath of the hurricane.
Realizing that members and firms will be affected differently depending on their location and the ultimate path of the storm, we would like to have our members already thinking about ways to assist fellow NCADA firms. Therefore, as you take measures to prepare for the storm, keep in mind ways that you may assist other members if you are not impacted as greatly as others may be. It is our hope that those firms most severely impacted might have access to needed spare furniture, printers, office supplies, and even office space by those members who are not as severely affected.
The forecasted impact of Hurricane Dorian is to our coastal regions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the NCADA directly or to other members if you are in need of assistance, either professionally or personally. For those of you who are not affected as greatly, we may be contacting you to provide assistance and support for members whose practices and lives are impacted. This may take the form of donating supplies and space, as well as monetary contributions.
From the mountains of western North Carolina to the coast, the strength of the NCADA is in our relationships with one another. We encourage all of our members to consider how you may support each other as Dorian approaches and passes. For those down east, stay safe and do not, hesitate to reach out for support
Lach Zemp, President
NCADA to Receive DRI’s Janata Award at Annual Meeting in New Orleans
The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) is pleased to announce its selection of the Rudolph A. Janata Award presented by DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar. This national Award recognizes a state or local defense organization that has undertaken an innovative or unique program contributing to the goals and objectives of the organized civil defense trial bar. The Award will be presented at the 2019 DRI Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Friday evening, October 18th.
Taking advantage of today’s societal discourse, NCADA’s Diversity Committee has implemented CLE programming that is relevant both professionally and personally to our members and their clients. These social trending topical discussions range from the #MeToo movement to a discussion on whiteness in America, and from uncovering bias in the practice of law to leveraging diversity in litigation.
NCADA President Lach Zemp observes “This award is testament to the forward-looking programming and hard work of the past and current leadership of the Diversity Committee and the Board.”
NCADA has previously been recognized by DRI with the Janata Award in 2002, and is the only state defense group to date to be presented DRI’s Diversity Award in 2005 and 2012. Please follow this link to read the nomination letter.
On June 13-16, the NCADA celebrated its 42nd anniversary by hosting its annual meeting at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The weather was perfect, the beer was cold, and with just over 200 in attendance, friendships old and new were kindled. A very big thank you to NCADA’s now President-Elect, Allen Smith with Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, NCADA Executive Director Lynette Pitt and Events Coordinator Jennifer Edwards for organizing and putting on a top-notch program. A few highlights:
** Larry Pozner, nationally renowned guru on cross-examination did not disappoint with his “Three Rules of Cross Examination”.
** Dixie Wells of Ellis & Winters provided a most helpful and cogent summary of the notable appellate decisions over the past year.
** JD Keister of McAngus Goudelock & Courie facilitated one of the most informative panel discussions I have seen on current tactics and strategies employed by Plaintiff’s counsel.
** Laura Mahr of Conscious Legal Minds led us through a session of mindfulness training and techniques for reducing stress.
** We had strong participation from the judiciary – too many to list them all here – but to name a few: Chief Justice Beasley from the NC Supreme Court, Chief Judge Linda McGee from the NC Court of Appeals, federal Judge Martin Reidinger from the Western District of North Carolina, and Judges McGuire, Conrad and Robinson from the NC Business Court.
But, by far, the biggest highlight was the opportunity to visit and spend time with our colleagues, young and old. The NCADA is made up of some the most talented and skilled litigation and trial lawyers from across the entire state representing clients in a wide array of practice areas. As a member, if you are not taking advantage of developing your practice by nurturing your relationships with these colleagues, you are losing one of the strongest benefits of being a member.
Mark your calendars now for two dates:
The NCADA fall meeting at the Grandover in Greensboro on October 4, and
The next annual meeting in Hilton Head on June 11, 2020. This will be an election year so I’m anticipating a large turn-out.
Finally, a quick but deep expression of gratitude to our immediate past president Larry Baker of Willson Jones Carter & Baxley for his strong and steady leadership over the past year.
Hopefully, we’ll see you in Greensboro on October 4.
The N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) has honored G. Gray Wilson, a partner in Nelson Mullins’ Winston-Salem office, with the 2019 J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence at its 42nd Annual Meeting and Spring Program in Asheville, NC.
The J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence recognizes NCADA members who exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and ethics and who conduct themselves in a civil, courteous manner with all persons. The recipient must exemplify sustained excellent service to individual and corporate defendants in civil litigation, to the Bar and to the community.
Wilson was recognized for “his steadfast dedication to his clients, unwavering commitment to professionalism and the ethical practice of law, and tireless support of various professional organizations,” according to the NCADA.
Wilson currently serves as president of the North Carolina State Bar and also served the North Carolina Bar Association on its Board of Governors and was president from 2004-2005. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served on the Board of Directors of Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company since 2006 and has been chair of the board since 2015.
In the community, Wilson has served on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, Old Hickory Council; on the Board of Directors of the Forsyth Country Day School; and the Board of Trustees of Messiah Moravian Church, which he currently chairs. He is a cum laude graduate of Davidson College and earned his law degree from Duke University School of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina in 1976.
Dan J. McLamb is the recipient of the 2019 Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy at the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) Annual Meeting in Asheville, NC on June 15, 2019.
Awardees of the Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy are members who have demonstrated over their career sustained excellence advocating for their clients in legal proceedings while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and who are eminently qualified to advocate for clients in state and federal courtrooms. They are considered by the NCADA as among the finest trial lawyers in the state. McLamb has exemplified these qualities through tireless support and effort for and of his clients.
For his professional endeavors, McLamb has been awarded multiple honors, including:
Notable affiliations include:
McLamb is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree and his Juris Doctorate. He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1974. He is a founding partner at Yates, McLamb & Weyher, LLP in Raleigh, NC where he practices with his wife and founding partner, Barbara Weyher.
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