4th Annual Women’s Caucus Retreat

Fri, March 11, 2022   |   8:55 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   |  
701 Corporate Center Dr, Suite 450, Raleigh, NC 27607
  |   CLE Hours: 5.5 CLE Hours (inc. 2.0 substance abuse/mental health)

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Speakers and Topics

8:00 a.m. Registration

(In-Person Only)

8:55 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Program Chairs
  • Kristen Dewar, Minick Law, P.C., Concord
  • Katherine A. King, Everett Gaskins Hancock LLP, Raleigh
  • Rachel Matesic, The Sasser Law Firm, P.A. Charlotte


9:00 a.m. Finding your Home – How to Create and Grow Your Business

Moderators: Kristen Dewar and Katie King

  • Valerie Johnson, Johnson & Groninger, PLLC, Durham
  • Michelle Gessner, Gessner Law, PLLC , Charlotte
  • Kristen Beightol, Edwards Beightol, LLC, Raleigh
10:00 a.m. Finding Your Niche

Moderators: Rachel Matesic and Helen Baddour

  • Ann Groninger, Johnson & Groninger, PLLC, Charlotte
  • Meghann Burke, Brazil & Burke, P.A. , Asheville
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Finding your Seat at the Table

Moderator: Judge Linda McGee, N.C. Court of Appeals (retired), Raleigh

  • Janet Ward Black, Ward Black Law, Greensboro
  • Rebecca Britton, Britton Law, P.A., Fayetteville
  • Peggy Abrams, Abrams & Abrams, P.A., Raleigh
  • Mary Pollard, North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services, Durham
12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. Finding your Balance—The Price We Pay as Professional Problem Solvers
  • Candace Hoffman, NCLAP Field Coordinator, Raleigh
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. Wine Tasting Social
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
Event Rates
Regular Rates
$290 NCAJ Members
$250 NCAJ Attorney Member (2-5 years licensure)
$185 NCAJ Public Service Member
$140 NCAJ Legal Assistant Member
$390 Non-Member
$185 NCAJ Retired Member
$99 NCAJ New Admittee Member
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