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Power Hours: Ethics and Substance Abuse - Live CLE

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Power Hours: Ethics and Substance Abuse - Live CLE


2 hours CLE credit, pending North Carolina State Bar approval (1 hour Ethics & 1 hour Substance Abuse Awareness)

Do you need those last few CLE hours for 2018? The compliance deadline for getting your CLE is fast approaching. For all attorneys who need a CLE hour for the ethics/professionalism requirement and/or the CLE hour for substance abuse/mental health awareness that is required every three years, this seminar is just for you.

Lunch is included and vegetarian options will be available.

In case of inclement weather, the seminar will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 2019.




SCHEDULE

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Inclusivity: The Key to Bringing Diversity and Its Benefits to the Legal Profession
Presenter: Natalie K. Sanders

This course will examine the ethical and moral obligations of attorneys to promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. It will emphasize the inability of the profession to achieve diversity without focusing on inclusion and civil interactions. Connections will be drawn between a lawyer’s responsibilities (as outlined in the preamble to the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct and ABA Model Rule 8.4) and the need for lawyers to acknowledge unconscious bias and actively work toward inclusiveness in the profession. Research regarding the impediments to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession will be reviewed and steps for concrete action in response to such research will be provided.



1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Avoiding the Pitfalls: What an Attorney Really Needs to Know About the Relationship Between Job Related Stress and Substance Use Disorders
Presenter: Jeff Hunsucker

In this presentation attorneys will obtain knowledge about the prevalence of substance use disorders among working professionals. They will be able to identify early warning signs and symptoms of substance use disorders using standardized diagnostic criteria. Job related stress will be explored and skills to utilize healthy coping strategies will be learned. Attorneys will also learn about how stigma often impacts one’s personal judgments about people who struggle with substance use. They will learn how the use of language can either feed or begin to dismantle stigmatizing beliefs. Attorneys will be able access resources needed for prevention, treatment and ongoing recovery maintenance.



PRESENTERS

Natalie K. Sanders, JD

Since graduating from Duke Law School in 1995, Natalie has been preventing and solving workplace issues. She started with Gibson Dunn in Dallas, Texas, defending employers in harassment and discrimination litigation and administrative proceedings. When she joined Brooks Pierce in Greensboro, North Carolina, she continued that role and expanded into policy development and training for some of the Triad’s premier employers.

The next stage of her career she acted as the employer, serving as in-house counsel and operations manager for a regional technology company. This gave her opportunities to coach and develop supervisors, manage a workplace environment, and explore multiple aspects of running a business.

Natalie founded Professional Business Cultures to draw on her background in employment law and her passion for positive work environments. Her mission through PBC is to raise the level of professionalism in workplaces as a way to more effectively prevent harassment and other workplace misconduct. She is now a speaker, trainer, and consultant for leaders looking to take a positive approach to building their workplace cultures and reaping the benefits of inclusive, engaging business environments.



Jeff Hunsucker, MSW, LCAS, NCCPSS

Jeff is an Honor Graduate from Appalachian State University with a Master of Social Work. He earned his Bachelor of Social Work at Mars Hill University. Jeff has worked in the addiction field for the past six years, working with individuals with various mental health and substance use diagnoses. He is currently the Programs Manager of Recovery Ventures Corporation, a long-term residential program for individuals with severe substance use disorders. He has worked in both the private and public sectors of treatment and recovery services. He is currently the Northwest Regional Vice President for the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina. Jeff is a person in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder, and is active in advocacy work ensuring others are able to access the resources that helped him to enter and maintain his recovery.



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