Summer Attorneys Conference

The N.C. Association of County Attorneys and the N.C. Association of Social Services Attorneys 2019 summer conference will be held on July 18-20 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. This conference is hosted by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

Future Conference dates:

  • July 9-11, 2020 - Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach
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Click here to register for the conference.

Be sure to sign up early - rates increase by $50 each after July 8.

Please note that there are 3 different levels of registration:

  • Social Services session only - $300
  • County Attorneys session only - $300
  • Both County and DSS Sessions - $325
  • Guest passes are available at $40 per person (for guests of conference attendees only). Children 12 and under may attend free of charge.

Cancellation policy: There will be a $40 administrative fee for any cancelled registrations. Cancellations must be submitted by Friday, July 12 to be eligible for a refund.


NCACC has secured a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn for a discounted conference rate of $229/night. Oceanfront rooms are available for $259/night. Special rates are available until July 1, or until all rooms have been sold. To make your reservation, click here or call (910) 256-2231 and mention the Summer Attorneys Conference.

In the event that the Holiday Inn sells out for the conference, there are rooms available at the Blockade Runner, just down the beach from the Holiday Inn. To book at Blockade Runner, call (877) 684-8024.

Thank you to our Platinum sponsors:


Thank you to our Bronze sponsor:

Poyner Spruill

Note: Rather than providing paper materials, NCACC makes presentation files available on this page for registrants to print in advance, or view electronically during the conference. Links to conference materials will be posted underneath the agenda below as they become available.

To view each day's schedule, click the corresponding tab at the top of the agenda.

A printable agenda is available here (PDF)

  1. Thursday - DSS Sessions
  2. Friday - County & DSS Sessions
  3. Saturday - County Sessions
Thursday, July 18 - DSS Sessions Time & Location
Registration Opens 11:00 a.m. 
Main Lobby                       
DSS Attorneys Welcome
Rachael Hawes, President, NC Association of DSS Attorneys
1:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Airlie & Tidewater
Case Update
Sara DePasquale, Associate Prof. of Public Law & Government
UNC School of Government
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Airlie & Tidewater
Break 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Case Update (continued)
Sara DePasquale, Associate Prof. of Public Law & Government
UNC School of Government

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Airlie & Tidewater
Hot Topics in Child Welfare
Gail Carelli, Assistant Attorney General
NC Department of Justice
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Airlie & Tidewater

Technology Session
Navigating the Online NC Child Welfare:
Manual Knowledge Base: How Tos and Pitfalls to Avoid
Emi Wyble and Terri Reichert, NC Dept. of Health & Human Services,
Division of Social Services

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Airlie & Tidewater

Opening Reception
Sponsored by Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham

Continuous shuttle service will be provided between the Holiday Inn
and the Bluewater Grill from 5:45 - 10 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

Presentations and Materials

DSS Case Update: Handout

Hot Topics in Child Welfare: PPT

Technology Session: Navigating Online NC Child Welfare PPT

Ethics Session: Ethical Implications During Harassment Investigations PPT

Hemp and CBD Products: PPT

Hemp and CBD Products: Hemp or Marijuana?
Hemp and CBD Products: The Legality of CBD

DSS Legislative Update: PPT 
DSS Legislative Update: S.L. 2019-33 (H310): Revisions to the Juvenile Code
DSS Legislative Update: H469: Various Family Law Changes

NCACC Legislative Update: PPT

NC State Board of Elections Update: PPT

Contracts Breakout Session: PPT

Mental Health / Substance Abuse Session: PPT Slides
Mental Health / Substance Abuse Session: Toll of Trauma
Mental Health / Substance Abuse Session: Worksheets
Mental Health / Substance Abuse Session: Quick Look Signs of Impairment

Conference CLE credit hours (pending state bar approval):

DSS Sessions (Thursday/Friday): 6.75 credit hours, including 1 hour of Ethics credit and 1 hour of Technology credit.

County Sessions (Friday/Saturday): 6.25 credit hours, including 1 hour of Ethics credit and 1 hour of Mental Health/Substance Abuse Credit.