Why did you cancel Festival?
The UNC Friday Center (our
conference venue) did not have staff available on Thursday, Friday or Saturday,
as the University was closed due to the inclement weather. Due to dangerous
road conditions, many presenters contacted us saying they would be unable to
participate. The roads across the state were dangerous and icy throughout the
period, and we had significant gridlock in the Triangle.
We hated to have to cancel Festival. We weighed very carefully the problems and hazards noted above, and thought long and hard about the inconvenience that would face those expecting CLE credits. Nonetheless, we felt that we needed to act responsibly in the face of uncontrollable emergency circumstances.
We regret that there is no feasible way to re-schedule Festival 2014, given other conflicting demands, limits on the conference venue, and schedules of many presenters which need to be booked far in advance.
I still need CLE credits -- what should I do?
We have requested for the State Bar to consider extending the compliance period for 2013. We have submitted to them the contact information for those who had registered for Festival. They will be advising those affected about possible exceptions and extensions. If you have questions, you can contact the N.C. State Bar at 919.733.0123.
We have been in touch with other CLE providers, such as the North Carolina Bar Association to confirm that they will have additional opportunities available for CLE credit to be earned in the next month. There are both live and on-line offerings available from the NCBA and other providers. You can search for available offerings on the NC Bar CLE website at http://www.ncbar.org/cle/.
We have also been working hard to find a way to offer some inexpensive CLE alternatives to those who registered for Festival. After rounding up volunteers and using classroom technology, we will offer a small selection of audio and video sessions, including a range of courses in a variety of fields: ethics (four one-hour options), substance abuse/mental health (two one-hour options), health law, effective supervision, history of legal education, representation of students in college disciplinary proceedings, privacy law, foreclosure defense, new legal research systems, use of mobile apps for lawyers, and environmental law. These courses will be priced at $25 per unit only for those who registered for Festival 2014, through March 28.
Please remember, that State Bar rules allow attorneys to satisfy four of their 2013 required units online and six of their 2014 required units online. More information on the new UNC online CLE offerings for Festival 2014 participants will be available at http://www.law.unc.edu/cle/festival/.
I need my money back to pay for additional CLE units. Why haven’t you reimbursed me yet?
We have advised all registrants that we will give them full refunds. University fiscal requirements mean that we have to handle each record individually and process each refund separately, depending on whether registration fees were paid by check or credit card. We are doing our level best to proceed expeditiously.