Food Bank Opportunities With the Legal Feeding Frenzy

Update: Register Legal Feeding Frenzy teams now at

Food banks across North Carolina are welcoming volunteers from the legal community this January and February, and you should be one of them.  Choose from among 11 dates and locations for the one (or more) that works best for you.  To learn more or sign up, contact

These events are gearing up the NCBA for its annual food-and-fund-raising contest, the Legal Feeding Frenzy or “LFF.”  The LFF is brought to you by the NCBA’s Young Lawyers Division, but the contest and volunteer events are not just for the “young” and are not just for lawyers.  Attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, practice administrators, law professors, law students, and even their families are invited (note that most events are limited to ages 12, 13, or 16 and up).  While you’re there, sign up your law firm, law school, government/non-profit corporate counsel/in-house team (all sizes, from 1 to 100+) for the LFF contest and earn special contest bonuses.

The Legal Feeding Frenzy Food-and-Fund-Raising Contest runs March 1 – 30.

Volunteer Event Dates

See the table below this list and the LFF flyer here for more details on the upcoming volunteer events.

January 4, 2019 | Southern Pines – Sandhills | 9am – 12pm

January 5, 2019 | Durham | 9am – 12pm

January 5, 2019  | Raleigh | 1pm – 4pm

January 18, 2019  | Wilmington | 9am – 12pm

January 21, 2019  | Elizabeth City | 9am – 12pm

January 26, 2019  | Greenville – New Bern | 9am – 12pm

February 2, 2019  | Charlotte | 9am – 12pm

February 9, 2019  | Winston-Salem | 9am – 12pm

February 9, 2019  | Fayetteville | 9am – 12pm

February 16, 2019  | Durham | 9am – 11am

February 23, 2019  | Asheville | 9 am – 12pm

Spotlight On Frank Laney

DR Spotlight is a Q&A series that focuses on Dispute Resolution Section members.

Frank Laney is Circuit Mediator for the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. He lives in Cary with his wife, Anne, who is principle flute with the N.C. Symphony. Laney teaches Mediation Advocacy at Campbell Law School and goes to Belarus yearly to work with mediators there.





Q: Give me one practice tips to help beginner mediators?
A: People tell me I am a good mediator, and the one trait they remark upon is that I am patient or stubborn, depending on your point of view. I think most new mediators try to move too quickly and give up too readily. Have confidence that the process will work, so relax and give it time.

Q: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
A: Think about the day ahead and make my plans.

Q: What gives you energy?
A: Mediating. I love working with people, talking with them, hearing and trying to understand them, helping them see how they can resolve their own problems.

Q: What’s your secret life hack?
A: Loving what I do and doing what I love.

Q: Name a book that changed your life.
A: “The Source” by James Michener. It displays the history of a region, Israel, over thousands of years, and it showed to me how history, even a long-ago history, impacts our present-day lives. History must be known and paid attention to.

Q: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
A: I check email more than once an hour, unless otherwise engaged – at a movie or a ball game.

Q: How do you deal with email?
A: I get too much.  A large amount I pitch after barely reading, much I read then leave to deal with later, and have trouble getting back to. My inbox is full of opened but unresolved emails.

Q: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
A: Read.

Q: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
A: I do not burn out.  I like to stay busy and find that I feel like I am on the edge, not able to get it all done.  But if I ever catch up, I find myself bored quickly.

Q: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
A: Service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth.

Members In Focus: Lt. Col. Robert Rideout Relishes Roles In the Army and the Law


Robert Rideout doesn’t recall what he was listening to in the bunker during this particular rocket attack in Kandahar, in the photo above. To his right, incidentally, is fellow attorney and Deputy Director-Legal Maj. Thomas DeSplinter of Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Robert Rideout.

By Russell Rawlings

In the 1990s, Robert Rideout earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Louisiana State University School of Law. Last year he added a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

In between, he has carved out an impressive career in public service that includes tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judgeship, and service as an Assistant Public Defender, an Assistant District Attorney, and as a Deputy Commissioner for the N.C. Industrial Commission.

Rideout is also the founding chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Military and Veterans Affairs Section.

And, at 45 years of age, he’s just getting started.

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Basic Security Best Practices for Law Firms


By Catherine Sanders Reach

“Reasonable efforts” to ensure confidentiality of client information is fact-specific. In North Carolina RPC 1.6 Comment 19 suggests that a lawyer should examine the sensitivity of the information, the risk of disclosure without additional precautions, the cost of extra measures, the difficulty of adding safeguards, and whether more safeguards adversely affect the lawyer’s ability to represent the client. By conducting this risk assessment, a lawyer will be better positioned to understand what she needs to do to protect a client’s confidences. Following are some basic best practices all lawyers should be deploying for basic security.

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Insurance Law Section Annual Meeting and CLE Wrap-Up

By Daniel Knight

In case you missed it, the Insurance Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association held its annual meeting and CLE at the Bar Center in Cary on January 31, 2019.  The theme of this year’s CLE was “Back to the Basics” and included a great selection of speakers covering topics such as CGL Insurance and the Duty to Defend, Excess and Umbrella Insurance, Directors & Officers Insurance, and the Top 10 Insurance Decisions from 2018.  This year’s CLE finished with a segment discussing a hypothetical insurance coverage dispute.

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Tech-Tip: Co-Parenting Apps For the Estranged Family Law Client

By Alicia Mitchell-Mercer

Navigating a family law matter can be one of the most emotionally painful circumstances someone will ever encounter. By the time a client calls a family law attorney, they are generally in the throes of some of the most difficult times of their lives.

For the legal professional working in family law, you are often tasked with more than providing insight into procedural and substantive issues that relate to their case. Family law professionals must also help clients cope with the stressors associated with their legal proceedings. The ultimate goal is to help the client find some degree of closure so they can begin to move on to the next chapter of their lives. It is very rewarding to know you’ve helped someone through such a difficult time, but it can also be very challenging.

One of the biggest challenges associated with a divorce is co-parenting. The client may feel betrayed and angry. Under these circumstances, emotional intelligence may take a backseat to doing what is best for the children involved. When this occurs, both parties and the children suffer as a result. In a high-conflict divorce there are no winners, only survivors. Attorneys and paralegals are frequently tasked with trying to help their clients work through their legal matters while doing as little damage to themselves, their children, and their case as possible.

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It’s Not Easy Being ‘Green’ . . . Or Is It? (Part 1)

This article is the first in a pair of articles related to “Green Policies” and how to implement them.  The second part in this series will be published in the coming weeks.

By M. Gray Styers Jr.

Your corporate General Counsel client calls and says, “Our largest customer (or our largest institutional investor) wants to see our green renewable energy policy and we don’t have one. Draft a ‘Green Policy’ to be considered at our board meeting next week.” Or perhaps your client asks, after-the-fact, “We just passed a ‘Green Policy’ for our company; how can we implement it under applicable laws?” Your first reaction might be “It’s not easy being Green,” but on second thought, “. . . maybe it is.”

The website contains a long list (over 200) of companies from A (ABInBev) to almost Z (Wells Fargo, Workday and Yoox), that have adopted corporate goals committing to use 100% renewable power. These examples of green policies are readily available; they are not confidential corporate documents. In fact, most are posted on their company websites and promoted prominently so that their customers or investors can see them. E.g. Fifth-third Bankcorp; and Johnson & Johnson.

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Agrees To Pay Nearly $1 Million To Settle Apparent Violations Of U.S. Sanctions Against North Korea

By Christine Savage, John C. Richter, J. Michael Taylor, Shaswat K. Das, Patrick J. Togni and Clinton R. Long

This enforcement action underscores the risks of sourcing products without comprehensive supply chain due diligence.

On January 31, 2019, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that e.l.f. Cosmetics, Inc. (“ELF”) agreed to pay a $996,080 settlement arising from 156 apparent violations of OFAC’s North Korea Sanctions Regulations (“NKSR”).  According to OFAC, between 2012 and 2017, ELF imported 156 shipments of false eyelash kits worth a combined total of over $4.4 million into the United States from two Chinese suppliers – importantly, however, those Chinese suppliers sourced materials for the kits from North Korea.  Upon discovering the apparent violations, ELF voluntarily disclosed them to OFAC.  The statutory maximum civil penalty amount for the apparent violations was $40,833,633, but OFAC agreed to settle with ELF for $996,080 as a result of ELF’s immediate disclosure and cooperation, among other mitigating factors.

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What You and Your Employees Need to Know About Phishing Attacks

By Chris Michalec

Phishing is just one of many tools in a cyber hacker’s repertoire and it happens to be one of their most effective.  Through phishing, hackers dangle their bait in front of preoccupied employees who would never dream that their PC could provide an open door for a hacker.  That’s why it is so important that employees understand how phishing works, how costly it can be, and what they can do to avoid letting themselves become an unwitting accomplice to a hacker’s attack on their company.

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March 13, 2019

Smith Anderson announces the hiring of Chandler Spaulding, who will serve as the firm’s director of strategic communications and government relations. Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Chandler worked in a variety of public policy and communications roles, including with the North Carolina General Assembly, Duke University, the White House Office of Communications and NBC Entertainment.



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Court Puts EEO-1 Pay Data Back In Play. Now What?

By Robin Shea

A federal judge in the District of Columbia has ordered that the pay data collection component of EEO-1 reports, which never took effect, be restored.


The pay data survey, proposed in early 2016 during the Obama Administration, would require employers to report in their annual EEO-1 reports the number of employees in 12 “pay bands” in each of the 10 EEO-1 categories. (That’s a hundred and twenty “bands.”) The federal Office of Management and Budget initially approved the revised EEO-1 Report form that would have allowed employers to provide this information.

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