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Jennifer E. Bennett

Bennett is the Managing Director and Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Corporate Secretary at Bank of America Corporation in Charlotte with a focus on subsidiary governance and legal advice. She supported the Bank of America board through the financial crisis as its governance needs and responsibilities changed, and she now provides similar guidance in other jurisdictions such as the U.K. in which the company has large operating subsidiaries. She joined Bank of America after a clerkship with Judge Sam Ervin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and several years with Womble Carlyle. She received a B.S. from the UNC at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from UNC School of Law.

Alison R. Bost

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. She also manages outside counsel on litigation matters involving the firm. Firm clients consult her 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. She has a B.A. from Guilford College and a J.D. from Wake Forest.

Martin H. Brinkley

Brinkley is Dean and Professor of the Practice at the UNC School of Law. He began his legal career clerking for Judge Sam Ervin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He practiced for ten years at Moore & Van Allen in Raleigh before moving to Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan in Raleigh where he specialized in corporate and commercial law. He became dean of the UNC School of Law on July 1, 2015. He teaches a course on the Life Cycle of the M&A Deal. He was named an Honorary Master of the Bench for the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple this summer. He also received the H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award from the NC Bar Association in 2017. He served as President of the NCBA 2011-12. He has an A.B. from Harvard and a J.D. from UNC School of Law.

Peter C. Buck

Buck practices in the corporate area at Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson in Charlotte. He previously served as deputy general counsel of Duke Energy Corporation. The focus of his practice is mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, banking and finance, and energy law. He has been named to numerous “best lawyer” lists, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, and NC Super Lawyer. He received a B.A. and a J.D. from Duke.

William A. Frey

Frey is an organization and professional development specialist in the Office of Human Resources at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he also is an instructor of mindfulness-based stress reduction for the Program on Integrative Medicine at the University of North Carolina. He is also trained in communication skills, facilitation, conflict resolution, leader development, and various disciplines of meditation. He is the author of Ease Into Freedom: Keys for Reducing Stress and Unlocking Your Potential published in 2016. He is a certified professional co-active coach and holds undergraduate degrees in psychology, chemistry, and medical technology and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on organization training and development.

James P. McLoughlin, Jr.

McLoughlin is a partner with Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte. His extensive regulatory, litigation, and arbitration track record includes arbitrations before numerous industry and general arbitration organizations; civil trials and appeals in various state and federal courts; and criminal investigations, trials and appeals in matters from anti-terrorism to antitrust to securities fraud. He is routinely named to various “best lawyer” lists. He clerked for the Honorable Eugene Gordon, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. He received a B.A. from the College of Holy Cross and a J.D. from Duke.

Lara Simmons Nichols

Nichols is vice president, nuclear and environmental, health and safety legal support for Duke Energy in Charlotte. She leads the group providing legal advice with respect to the company’s 11-unit nuclear power generation fleet, nuclear development and decommissioning activities, and delivering legal advice on environmental, health and safety matters across the enterprise. She also serves as the secretary to the Nuclear Oversight Committee of the Duke Energy Board of Directors. She was named to her current position in September 2015. Previously, she served as deputy general counsel for Duke Energy’s nuclear department. She also served as the chief state regulatory counsel for Duke Energy Carolinas, representing DEC in a variety of issues before state utility commissions, including general rate proceedings, resource planning, generation and transmission siting, energy efficiency and renewable portfolio standards. Before joining Duke Energy in 1998 she was at K&L Gates in Charlotte working in commercial litigation. She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. 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. She 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. She also serves as the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative. She received a B.A. from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Harvard.

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. He is also 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 served as an expert witness in a number of high profile securities cases. Hazen received his B.A. and a J.D. from Columbia.

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