Brooks Pierce Partners Participate in NCBA Criminal Justice Section CLE


Brooks Pierce partners Shana Fulton, Tanisha Palvia and Ed West recently participated in the North Carolina Bar Association’s 2023 Criminal Justice Section Annual Program. Held on Jan. 20 at the Bar Center, Palvia planned the event with Rob Heroy of Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine, & Greene, PLLC, in their roles as the Criminal Justice Section’s CLE committee co-chairs.

Fulton co-presented with Ripley Rand, partner at Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, “Rarely Pure and Never Simple: The Changing Legal Landscape of Search Warrants.” They discussed the current legal developments in the field and cases that have recently made national headlines, including search warrant issues related to the death of Breonna Taylor and the Mar-A-Lago search.

West was part of the panel, “Handling Document-Intensive Trials,” with Superior Court Judge Vince Rozier and Assistant United States Attorney Graham Billings for WDNC. They shared best practices and tips on effective presentation of paper and digital evidence at trial, including working with large files and data sets in preparation for trial.

Palvia moderated a panel discussion with Michael F. Easley Jr., Sandra Hairston and Dena King, the United States Attorneys for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, respectively. Easley, Hairston and King discussed the various priorities of each office. Citing this memo from Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco from Sept. 2022, all three officials encouraged swift cooperation by corporations being investigated for misconduct to help achieve favorable resolutions. Easley said his office remains focused on prosecution of white collar crime, including Ponzi schemes and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) fraud, for which Congress recently increased the statute of limitations to 10 years.

Fulton, Palvia and West are part of Brooks Pierce’s White Collar Defense and Investigations team, representing businesses and individuals in criminal and civil litigation, under government investigation or in conducting internal investigations, and before professional licensing boards.

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