Crystal Carlisle elected Secretary of WCBA and Tenth Judicial District

At the December 4th annual meeting, Crystal was elected Secretary of the WCBA and Tenth Judicial District Bars. The Secretary is an officer position and a member of the Board of Directors for both organizations.

Doug and Crystal present at Advocates PNA program

On November 15, 2018, Doug and Crystal presented a program on the ethics of social media use at the NC Advocates for Justice Professionalism for New Admittees Program in Raleigh.

Doug and Deanna present at NCBA PNA program

Deanna and Doug Brocker presented an hour CLE at the North Carolina Bar Association 2018 Professionalism for New Admittees (PNA) program on October 16, 2018.  They presented on the State Bar Ethics and Grievance Committees, including numerous resources for ethical issues and how to avoid and respond to a State Bar grievance.

Doug and Whitney present at NCBA Annual Review program

Doug Brocker and Whitney Waldenberg presented an hour CLE at the North Carolina Bar Association 2018 Annual Review program on October 25, 2018.  The presentation was entitled “Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls,” which also covered ways to avoid a bar complaint and what to do if you receive one.

Crystal and Doug to Teach at WCBA PNA Program

Crystal Carlisle and Doug Brocker will present a CLE on the Ethics of Social Media Use at the first annual Professionalism for New Admittees Program put on by the WCBA on October 10-11, 2018 at the NC State Bar in Raleigh.

Doug Presides Over WCBA Professionalism Roundtable

Doug Brocker led and presided over the annual Wake County Bar Association Professionalism Roundtable in Raleigh on October 2, 2018, which is attended by hundreds of WCBA members and provides 1 hour of CLE credit in Ethics.

Doug speaks at AADB Meeting in Chicago

Doug Brocker spoke on a panel about regulation of advertising as a specialist at the annual meeting of the American Association of Dental Boards in Chicago on September 23, 2018.

Crystal Nominated for WCBA Secretary

Crystal Carlisle has been nominated by the Wake County Bar Association to serve as Secretary beginning in 2019.  If elected in December, she will become an Officer and member of the Board of Directors.

Deanna Gives Presentation for “Starting out Solo” Group Meeting at the NCBA

On July 31, 2018, Deanna presented “Ethics Issues Facing New, Solo, or Small Firm Practices” for the North Carolina Bar Association Starting Out Solo conference.

In Memoriam – Kara Brooke Ottesen February 21, 1970-July 27, 2018

Brooke OttesenWe are heartbroken over the passing of our dear friend and colleague Kara Brooke Ottesen.  Brooke worked with our firm for over six years, and in that short time, she did so much good for so many clients.  Brooke was generous with her time, serving both her clients and the legal profession.  Her dedication to service exemplified the best our profession can be.

Brooke’s clients loved her.  She brought empathy and compassion into each attorney-client relationship.  She never judged anyone.  Because of this, clients felt they could be completely open and honest with her, and she, in turn, could provide better service to them.  Brooke had a brilliant analytical mind and an uncanny attention to detail, both of which made her an exceptional lawyer and an invaluable team member.  But most of all, she was a shining light, who brought joy and positivity to everyone she met.  Words cannot express how much she will be missed.