Summer Attorneys Conference

The N.C. Association of County Attorneys and the N.C. Association of Social Services Attorneys will meet for their 2017 summer conference on July 13-15 at the Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach. This conference is hosted by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.


Please note that there are 3 different levels of registration:

  • Social Services session only - $250
  • County Attorneys session only - $250
  • Both County and DSS Sessions - $275
These rates increase by $50 each after July 5. 

Guest passes are available at $35 per person (for guests of conference attendees only). Children 12 and under may attend free of charge.

Cancellations: There will be a $40 administrative fee for any cancellations. Cancellations made after Wednesday, July 5 will not be refunded. 

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Accommodations

The NCACC has secured a limited number of rooms at the Holiday Inn for the conference. Please call the hotel directly at (877) 330-5050 to make your reservations, and be sure to mention the Association room block.

Conference rates are $229/night for standard rooms, and $259/night for oceanfront rooms. These rates are valid for Wednesday night, July 12 through Saturday night, July 15, and are subject to state and local occupancy taxes.

Thursday, July 13 - DSS Sessions     
Registration Opens 11:00 a.m.
Standing and Jurisdiction After In Re: A.P.
Sara DePasquale, Assistant Prof. of Public Law and Govt., UNC School of Government
Matthew Jackson, Attorney, Beaufort County DSS

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Legislative Update
Aimee Wall, Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, UNC School of Government
Gail Carelli, NC Department of Justice

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Break 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Infant Safe Surrender
Kella Hatcher, Executive Director, NC Child Fatality Taskforce
Betty Kelly, Child Welfare Program Manager, NC Division of Social Services

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
North Carolina's Child Fatality Prevention System At Work
Kella Hatcher, Executive Director, NC Child Fatality Taskforce
Elaine Cabinum Foeller, M.D., FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, East Carolina Univ.

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Legal Framework for Administration of Social Services
Aimee Wall, Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, UNC School of Government
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Business Meeting 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Opening Reception at Bluewater Grill
Sponsored by Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham
6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 14 - County & DSS Sessions    
Registration Opens 7:30 a.m.
DSS Attorneys Case Update, Part II (DSS Session)
Sara DePasquale, Assistant Prof. of Public Law and Govt., UNC School of Government
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
Hot Topics in Law Enforcement: Body Cameras & Tasers (County Session)
Dan Hartzog, Managing Partner, Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
Social Services Reform (DSS Session)
Senator Tamara Barringer, North Carolina General Assembly
Karen McLeod, President and CEO, Benchmarks NC

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Balance of Power Disputes (County Session)
Drew Erteschik, Partner, Poyner Spruill
Four Eggers, County Attorney, Watauga County
Frayda Bluestein, Distinguished Prof. of Public Law and Govt., UNC School of Government
Philip Isley, Attorney, Blanchard, Lewis, Miller and Isley, P.A.
Scott Warren, County Attorney, Wake County


9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Break 10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Opioid Crisis (Joint County & DSS Session)
Robert Deutsch, County Attorney, Buncombe County
Suzanne Avett, DSS Attorney, Buncombe County

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Ethics: Lawyer as a Witness Rule 3.7 (Joint County & DSS Session)
Frayda Bluestein, Distinguished Prof. of Public Law and Govt., UNC School of Government
Norma Houston, Lecturer in Public Law and Govt., UNC School of Government

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Officers Reception - Holiday Inn Sunspree
Sponsored by Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 15 - County Sessions    
Registration Opens 7:30 a.m.
Legislative Case Update
Amy Bason, General Counsel, NCACC
Paige Worsham, Research Attorney, NCACC

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Breakout Session I

Attorneys Panel - Best Practices
Wendy Sivori, County Attorney, Duplin County
Rick Moorefield, County Attorney, Cumberland County
Chuck Frye, County Attorney, Davidson County
Michael Cox, County Attorney, Pasquotank County

Ordinance Case Studies
Norma Houston, Lecturer in Public Law and Govt., UNC School of Government
Kara Millonzi, Associate Prof. of Public Law and Govt., UNC School of Government





9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Break 10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Breakout Session II

Attorneys Panel - Best Practices
Ordinance Case Studies
Repeats Session I. Attendees switch rooms to participate in opposite session.


10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Break 11:00 - 11:10 a.m.
United States Supreme Court Update
Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State and Local Legal Center
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Business Session 12:15 p.m.
President's Reception - Holiday Inn Sunspree
Sponsored by Local Government Federal Credit Union
5:30 p.m.
* All CLE hours are pending approval by the NC State Bar.

Save the Date: The 2018 conference will be held July 26-28, at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville, NC. More information will be posted Spring 2018.