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Panelists

Program Panelists

David L. Batty

David L. Batty is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s finance practice group who concentrates on corporate lending. Mr. Batty focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions in syndicated credit facilities, including cross-border transactions, as well as mezzanine financings. He has served as counsel to the administrative agent and lead arranger in syndicated credit facilities ranging in size from $100 million to more than $4 billion extended to companies in the media, telecommunications, consumer, defense technology, and other sectors. Mr. Batty also has extensive experience with financing private equity acquisitions, including representing private equity sponsors. He received a B.A. from George Washington University and a J.D. from Boston College School of Law.

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.

Barbara L. Fredrickson

Dr. Fredrickson is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology in the department of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fredrickson is a social psychologist who conducts research in emotions and positive psychology. Her main work is related to her broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, which suggests that positive emotions lead to novel, expansive, or exploratory behavior, and that, over time, these actions lead to meaningful, long-term resources such as knowledge and social relationships. She is the author of two general-audience books: Positivity, a book that draws on her own research and that of other social scientists; and Love 2.0, using research from her lab and redefining love not as a stable behemoth, but as micro-moments of connection between people - even strangers. Fredrickson was a professor at the University of Michigan for 10 years before moving to the University of North Carolina. She earned a Ph.D. from Stanford.

Robert J. Johnson

Bob Johnson serves as General Counsel for BB&T. He joined BB&T’s Legal Department in 2005 and, before being named General Counsel in September 1, 2010, served as BB&T’s Deputy General Counsel, responsible for the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate, Securities and Regulatory Practice Groups. As BB&T’s General Counsel, Johnson manages a team of over 70 attorneys and legal professionals. Prior to joining BB&T, Johnson was in private practice with the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, providing counsel to financial institutions and their affiliates. He received a B.A. from Miami University, Ohio and a J.D. from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Greg McPolin

Greg McPolin is the Managing Director of Pangea3, a Thomson Reuters business that is the world’s leading firm in the legal process outsourcing industry. He leads the worldwide operations and growth. McPoplin joined Pangea3 in 2007, first heading client development for the company’s litigation service offering and later also assuming leadership of litigation operations. He has brought his extensive electronic discovery and strategic-project experience to bear during a long and varied career, which began in the Washington, D.C. office of Howrey LLP. There, he managed document review projects and productions for some of the largest second requests in U.S. history for the firm´s antitrust practice group. McPoplin subsequently spent six years at Seattle-based Applied Discovery, a major discovery services firm, as the inaugural manager of its East Coast office, where his clients included Fortune 500 companies and some of the nation´s most prestigious law firms. He received a J.D. and a Master of Studies from Vermont Law School.

Fenita Morris-Shepard

Fenita Morris-Shepard is Litigation Counsel for LabCorp. She is a career litigator and served under Janet Reno as an Assistant United States Attorney of the Civil Division in the Eastern District of North Carolina for eight years; worked as Senior Attorney at the Shanahan Law Group for four years; and has held numerous in-house counsel positions including Assistant General Counsel with Wachovia Bank, N.A., and General Counsel of the North Carolina Education Lottery. Ms. Morris-Shepard graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her J.D. at North Carolina Central University.

Edward C. Winslow III

Ed Winslow is the Managing Partner of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, a North Carolina-based law firm with offices in Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington. He represents business and corporate clients with an emphasis in the fields of banking and financial services. Winslow served as General Counsel to the North Carolina Bankers Association and as a member and chair of the North Carolina General Statutes Commission. He is a co-author of a treatise on the North Carolina UCC and a frequent speaker and writer on topics involving financial services law and law practice management. Winslow received an undergraduate degree from Davidson College and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina.

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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