North Carolina Ethics: Tracking Best Professional Practices

(113 Ratings)

Produced on: July 15, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

As a newly-licensed attorney in North Carolina, understanding the role of professional responsibility is paramount.  As you enter the field of law, it is important to comprehend the preparation needed to avoid a potential malpractice lawsuit, or grievance filing by a client. The new attorney professionalism requirements warrant a clear and concise awareness of professionalism, law office management, and professional responsibility.


Attorney Precious L. Vines covers basic ethical guidelines, as outlined in the North Carolina Rules of Professional Responsibility, North Carolina General Statutes, and the North Carolina Administrative Code. In addition, she discusses the dynamics of marketing, social media, and virtual communications practices.


Learning Objectives:

I.      Define the responsibilities of the lawyer to the NC State Bar and other judicial bar districts to which they belong

II.     Identify and review the professionalism checklist as it relates to professional conduct, within the attorney’s professional role 

III.    Analyze professional misconduct and recognize the importance of reporting 

IV.    Understand the steps needed in responding to an inquiry by the NC State Bar (Fee Dispute Resolution and Grievance Committee)

V.     Recognize ethical and professional requirements regarding marketing a law practice, virtual communication by an attorney, and social media usage within a law firm setting


Precious L. Vines

Attorney Precious L. Vines, PLLC

Attorney Precious L. Vines is a licensed attorney, with a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Services, with a concentration in Non-Profit Management, and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. In addition, she has been a licensed attorney since 2005. Some of her practice and consulting areas have included general civil, criminal, disability, family, and real estate. Her experience also includes adult education, curriculum development and instruction, and nonprofit development and consulting. 

For the past 14 years, Attorney Vines has advocated for clients, especially within the realm of Social Security Disability law. Her experience also includes formerly working as a Disability Adjudicator with Disability Determination Services. Since that time, she has worked with various law firms, and represented clients nationally, from the initial application stage to the hearings level. 

 Attorney Vines is an advocate for empowering oneself through education. Her background also includes college instruction within the paralegal and human services field. In addition, she has served as a coordinator for continuing legal education opportunities. Attorney Vines has presented on various legal topics including, but not limited to:

  • Criminal Law Issues
  • Civil Litigation Basics
  • Professionalism for New Attorneys
  • Social Security Basics
  • Introduction to Social Security and Disability Law

She is currently a member of the North Carolina State Bar, Tenth Judicial District Bar, Wake County District Bar, American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, and National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. Attorney Vines also volunteers with the Legal Aid of North Carolina-Pro Bono, assisting various clients with free legal advice. 


Karen T.

Excellent refresher for those attorneys that have practiced many years!

Egbert D.

Very nice overview by a knowledgeable/practical speaker.

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