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Program Panelists

Alison R. Bost

Alison Bost is Womble Carlyle's Deputy General Counsel and works in the firm’s Charlotte office. She supervises the team of attorneys and paralegals that advises the firm on all legal issues, including conflicts of interest, lateral hiring, firm expansion initiatives, personnel issues, legal ethics and professional responsibility, and risk management. Bost also manages outside counsel on litigation matters involving the firm. Firm clients consult Bost for legal guidance on ethics-related issues relevant to their particular businesses. She is experienced in litigation and appellate practice. Her appellate work has addressed a number of different legal contexts, including employment law, local government/municipal law, and federal and state constitutional law. Bost has provided pro bono appellate representation to children whose parents' rights have been terminated. She received her undergraduate degree from Guilford College and her J.D. from Wake Forest University.

Bernard A. Burk

Bernie Burk joined the UNC School of Law faculty in 2011 following a distinguished career at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, P.C. in San Francisco and a year as an academic fellow at the Arthur and Toni Rembi Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. He is the co-author of Big But Brittle: Economic Perspectives on the Future of the Law Firm in the New Economy, published in the Columbia Business Law Review. Burk is a Faculty Fellow at UNC’s Parr Center for Ethics. He received an undergraduate degree at Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford.

William G. Pappas

Bill Pappas is a partner and a member of the board of directors of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Raleigh. He has provided general counsel and corporate and governance counsel to national and international clients in the biotechnology, life sciences, nonprofit, health care, manufacturing and pharmaceutical-related industries. He represent clients in various business law and commercial transactional matters, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, business investments/expansions/ and stock and asset purchases/sales. Pappas also serves as general counsel to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and serves on the board of directors of Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tammy Stringer

Tammy Stringer is Senior Vice President/Insurance Division General Counsel at BB&T in Charlotte. She joined the BB&T Legal Department in August, 2008. Prior to joining BB&T, she was the Assistant General Counsel for Royal & SunAlliance, USA, Inc. She was also an attorney with Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C. Her experience is in mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate law. Stringer received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati and her Juris Doctor from The American University, Washington College of Law.

Jennifer B. Venable

Jennifer Venable is General Counsel at Capitol Broadcasting Company in Raleigh. Prior to joining Capitol Broadcasting, Venable served as General Counsel at Alfresco, an open source software company. Venable began her legal career at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, worked as corporate counsel at iBEAM, and then as commercial counsel followed by Senior Partner Management at Red Hat. Venable received her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary and her law degree from UNC School of Law.

Program Directors

Lissa L. Broome

Broome is the Wells Fargo Professor of Banking Law and Director of the Center for Banking and Finance. She teaches Banking Law and Secured Transactions. She is the co-author of the Regulation of Bank Financial Service Activities, a banking law casebook, and co-author of Securitization, Structured Finance and Capital Markets. Broome also directs the Director Diversity Initiative which works to increase the diversity of corporate boards of directors through its training programs, advocacy, research, and diverse director database. Broome received an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Harvard.

Bernard A. Burk

Burk is an Assistant Professor of Law at UNC School of Law. His scholarship focuses on Professional Responsibility as well as empirical study of the Legal Profession and Legal Education. He is a regular guest blogger on The Faculty Lounge. He teaches Professional Responsibility and Contracts.

Thomas Lee Hazen

Hazen is the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Law. He teaches Business Associations and Securities Regulation, and is the author or co-author of casebooks in corporations, corporate finance, broker-dealer regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and securities regulation. Hazen is the author of a widely regarded six-volume treatise on Securities Regulation, a three-volume treatise on derivatives regulation, and a two-volume treatise on broker-dealer law. He has also served as an expert witness in a number of high profile securities cases. Hazen received an undergraduate degree and a J.D. from Columbia.

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