Twenty Brooks Pierce Attorneys to Speak at the 2015 Festival of Legal Learning


Twenty Brooks Pierce attorneys have been selected to present on various topics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 2015 Festival of Legal Learning. The festival will be held February 13-14 at The William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

The Festival of Legal Learning offers more than 100 courses designed to build basics, sharpen skills, provide perspectives and highlight new developments in the field of law during an intensive two-day period. This diverse program allows participants to customize their learning by choosing the courses most beneficial to their specific needs. Instructors at the festival are recognized experts in their fields and include professors from UNC School of Law, UNC School of Social Work, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC School of Government, UNC School of Medicine, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, as well as distinguished guest faculty. To learn more about the event and to see a full list of presentations, visit

The Brooks Pierce attorneys presenting at the 2015 Festival of Legal Learning are:

  • Julia Ambrose presenting “Copyright and New Technologies”
  • Charles Baldwin and Walt Tippett presenting “Handling Client Relations and Billing”
  • Rebecca Cage and John Small presenting “A Borrower, Creditor or Adverse Litigant Has Filed Bankruptcy; Now What?”
  • Kearns Davis presenting “Criminal Intellectual Property Enforcement: Responding to Investigations and Defending Against Indictments”
  • Darrell Fruth presenting “Responding to Patent Trolls” in conjunction with Rob Tiller, vice president and assistant general counsel, IP, Red Hat, Inc.
  • Henry Frye and Reid Phillips presenting “Hands-on History of Voting Rights in 20th Century North Carolina”
  • Patricia Goodson and Melissa Weaver presenting “How to Handle the Intersection of Worker’s Comp, FMLA and the ADA”
  • Stephen Hartzell presenting “UAS in the USA (and NC): Drone Law Developments”
  • Charles Marshall presenting “Digital Marketing and Media” in conjunction with Laura Chipman, SAS Institute Inc.
  • Coe Ramsey and Thomas Varnum presenting “An Entertainment Law Survey”
  • Bob Saunders presenting “Hurry Up and Wait: Fiscal Sponsors, Form 1023-EZ and Other Alternatives for Nonprofit Startups”
  • David Smyth presenting “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement: Recent Developments”
  • Ed Turlington presenting “North Carolina General Assembly: Information for Lawyers That Don’t Practice There” in conjunction with Susan Fetzer Vick, state governmental affairs director, Duke Energy
  • Jennifer Van Zant presenting “Business Court for the Occasional Visitor” 

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