Small Firm & Technology Section Has Big Plans For 2018-19

Welcome to the Small Firm & Technology Section. With our first blog post of the new bar year, we wanted to introduce ourselves and let you know our plans for this new Section.

Section Co-chair Pegeen Turner

My name is Pegeen Turner. I am legal technology consultant with Legal Cloud Technology. I am most recently the chair of the Law Practice Management & Technology Section and have been active in various roles in the NCBA since starting my consulting practice in 2010. I am not an attorney, but I have worked with attorneys both inside and outside of law firms for about 20 years. Our Section is one of the few sections at the North Carolina Bar Association that allows non-attorney members. Other non-attorney members would include IT managers, legal marketing staff, firm administrators and others interested in legal technology. Please feel free to contact me anytime at or on Twitter @pegeenturner. Now, onto Matt, my co-chair extraordinaire!

Section Co-chair Matt Van Sickle

My name is Matt Van Sickle. I am a partner at Lynch Van Sickle, PLLC, a two-attorney firm in Cary. Prior to the creation of this Section, I was chair of the Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section, and I have been a member of the NCBA since 2007. My current practice focuses on construction litigation, commercial litigation and employment law. I also am a mediator and arbitrator. For a majority of my career I have worked in firms comprising one or two attorneys. You can contact me at

Brandon Huffman is our Section Secretary. Brandon is the founder of Odin Law and Media, a boutique digital and interactive media and entertainment law firm. He’s been an active member of the NCBA since 2013 and, in addition to serving as secretary of this section, he is the secretary of the Sports & Entertainment Law Section. You can reach him on virtually every social media platform as @brandonjhuffman or by email at

We have a lot planned for this Bar Year. Here are a couple of highlights:

Blog Posts and Webinars

We are excited to have a new chair for our communications committee, Deirdre Stephenson. She is a relatively new attorney from Lee County and is excited to share and communicate lots of information this year. One of our goals this year is to build up a library of information for Section members that would be helpful to them – now and in the future. We are looking for help with blog posts, webinars and other communication that you think would be helpful to our Section. Please reach out to Deirdre at  if you are interested in helping us.


We also have a great group of committee chairs for our new section committees. If you are interested in helping with any of these committees, please contact the committee chair directly for more information.

Marketing and Management Committee Chair Josh Kalish:

Technology Committee Chair Chris Michalec:

Legislative/Ethics Committee Chair Seth Barefoot:


The Small Firm & Technology Section has one of the most active listservs in the NCBA. Section members have been able to use this tool in a variety of ways, including referring clients to attorneys in different practice areas, learning more about how to handle a matter in a new practice area or discussing practice management strategies. We hope that you will contribute and respond to all to share information throughout the Section. The listserv address is Please be aware of the rules regarding use of the listserv located on the NCBA website and enjoy it responsibly.

Starting Out Solo

For the bar year, we will continue to host our  Starting Out Solo program. Headed up by David Omer (, with help from Jared Pierce (, the Starting Out Solo program will be updated to reach a broader audience. We plan on continuing to offer content for those just starting a solo or small firm, but will also provide presentations on topics that we hope will allow experienced solo practitioners to succeed and grow their practice. Stay tuned for more details about this valuable program.

CLE Opportunities

With Jim Dedman ( at the head, the CLE committee will be forging ahead with new CLE for our Section – with or without an Oxford comma CLE! After a very successful Data Driven Lawyer program in June, we hope to expand the offerings of CLE for the Section. We also hope to collaborate with other NCBA groups, including the Young Lawyers Division and the new Privacy & Data Security Committee, this year to provide programming to a larger audience. In addition, we will start planning now for a Solo and Small Firm Conference in June. Please contact Jim if you are interested in helping plan and expand our CLE offerings.


This section would not be a section without YOU. We need your help. We have lots of opportunities to help the Section, get involved and have fun at the same time. If you have a little time, we have something for you to do. Our council meetings are all available on the Zoom Conferencing system at the Bar Center, so even if you can’t attend the meeting in person, please don’t think you cannot participate. But, we will encourage you to turn on your webcam for us to see you!

We are looking forward to a successful year in our new Section and hope that you will join us.