Network Segmentation – Perhaps the Only Piece of Good News From the Colonial Pipeline Hack

By Eva Lorenz


Now that the situation at the pump seems to have recovered and returned to normal, it is time to figure out what actually happened in the Colonial pipeline attack and what lessons, if any, we can learn from yet another high profile cyberattack involving ransomware.

First, a few introductory words and some background on ransomware: ransomware is a common form of cyberattack in our time, and it involves attackers deploying code onto the victim’s network that results in encrypting files and folders throughout the network. According to the FBI, the best way to contain the attack is to block the code from moving across the network. For recovery from the attack, companies often rely on sound backup practices that allow them to restore encrypted files and folders without losing too much data. Of course, victims of ransomware attacks can also pay ransom, but that practice is still discouraged by the FBI and in some cases actually forbidden since the groups behind the attack are deemed sanctioned foreign entities.

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And the Winner is . . .


By Joshua McIntyre

I’ve been to six North Carolina Bar Association Annual Meetings, and we’ve had some amazing activities that attracted a lot of members. There have been historic riverboat tours along the Cape Fear, tubing expeditions down the French Broad, Land Rover cruises at Biltmore and private showcases of the Hendrick Motorsports Museum. But in the end, there is one activity that always brings the most excitement along with a flood of participants every time – the door prizes!

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May is NCBA Member Appreciation Month!


By Alejandra Villegas

This year, we will continue with the tradition of celebrating our members during the month of May! We have scheduled free events and workshops during the entire month to thank you for being a member. The events will include Wellness Wednesdays, Winning Wednesdays, and Free Fridays.

On Wellness Wednesdays, you will have the chance to learn from a yoga expert all the way from Montenegro who specializes in stress management, mindfulness, and habit change. This will not be your typical yoga class. Anita Steele will teach you how to work on the five layers of your well-being. With her guidance, you will learn techniques that will help you to refresh, recharge and tap into an ideal state of mental well-being.

On Winning Wednesdays, you will be eligible to win a gift basket filled with your favorite North Carolina products. To enter, retweet or share an NCBA social media post that week. One member will be selected and announced on Wednesday, May 12, and an additional winner will be selected on Wednesday, May 26. Be sure to follow us  on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram to share your posts.

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The NCBA YLD Announces the Winners of the 2021 Writing Competition


Claire O’Brien

Christina Cress

By Claire O’Brien and Christina Cress

The NCBA YLD is thrilled to announce the winners of our 2021 Writing Competition:

• Cara Ludwig, “Letter to Adelaide.”

• Lashieka Hardin, “Blurred Lines.”

• Alex Hardee, “The Last Resort.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has clarified many significant issues that impact each of us not only as legal professionals, but as members of a global community. These authors gave voice to unique perspectives within that community. Their pieces address the challenges of pandemic parenthood, cry out for social justice, and offer a dream of a future with greater environmental stewardship. We hope these pieces prompt you to reflect on our shared experience of living during this unusual time.

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SolarWinds – What Do We Know and What Can We Learn From It?

By Eva Lorenz and Taylor Ey

SolarWinds made a name for itself as the developer of tools for network monitoring that help small and large companies efficiently run their environment. While not a security-focused company from a product standpoint, the understanding was that the code behind SolarWinds’ tools was protected as intellectual property and that updates were safe to run until it turned out that both of these assumptions were wrong.

How Was the Compromise Detected?

In late 2020, FireEye, a company focused on cybersecurity and internationally involved in helping companies post cyber incident, detected some unusual activity on the FireEye network. FireEye detected it was hacked after the attackers tried to register a device to FireEye’s multi-factor authentication system using stolen credentials. The system then notified the employee, whose credentials were stolen, and alerted the FireEye security team of this new device. This notice triggered an internal investigation to learn who was trying to register this device. FireEye performed in-depth code analysis and determined that the intrusion originated with a SolarWinds product called Orion. Some analysts believe that attacking FireEye was a mistake by the attackers since it sped up detection of the SolarWinds hack.
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Limited Licensing Proposal – Watch the Presentation to the State Bar on March 23, 2021


Neither the North Carolina Bar Association nor the NCBA Paralegal Division has taken an official position on this issue.

On Jan. 22, 2021, the North Carolina Justice for All Project (NCJ4AP) team submitted a proposal to the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Supreme Court seeking changes to N.C.G.S. § 84 (Unauthorized Practice of Law) to allow unlicensed law school graduates and qualified paralegals to provide limited legal services to low- and moderate-income North Carolinians. The proposal contemplates completion of certain requirements (e.g., examination, certification, education, experience) prior to licensing.

The documents submitted include the following:

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Remote Advocacy – Tips for Success


By Kimberly M. Marston

We have all experienced the dread of another Zoom meeting or Webex hearing, but why is it so hard to keep your energy and attention up when the webcam light is on?

And why are we so exhausted at the end of the day?

Before you step in front of the webcam for your next court appearance, it helps to consider some of the “digital drawbacks” and how you can minimize their impact on your advocacy.

Digital Drawbacks

  • Audio-visual delays. Even if the technology is working perfectly, microseconds of delay can impact how we communicate and how we are perceived. Research has shown that even small delays in the transmission of auditory and visual signals affect interpersonal perceptions. Delays of only 1.2 seconds led to perceptions that a person was less friendly or less focused.
  • Eye contact. We all know that it’s missing from our online interactions. It matters because there is robust psychosocial evidence that eye contact improves not only connection, but also memory.
  • Distractions. Going to court over Zoom or Webex is like walking into the courtroom with a giant mirror and placing it between you and the bench. It’s too easy to spend the entire time looking at yourself. Meanwhile, your listeners are facing their own struggles — kids, pets, coworkers, technology failures (or user errors), email notifications, and the temptation of multitasking.
  • “Zoom Fatigue.” We normally process non-verbal communications automatically. However, the small amount of non-verbal communication that makes it onto our screens must be consciously observed. That’s taxing. Added to that is the heightened stress caused by the increased emphasis on facial expressions and cues. This “cognitive load” (the use of working memory resources) means your mind will want a break more often than it did when everyone gathered in one place. Read more

The Second Biennial Diversity and Inclusion Symposium


Tawanda Artis

Niya Fonville

By Tawanda Artis and Niya Fonville

We are thrilled to announce the Minorities in the Profession (MIP) Committee’s second biennial Diversity and Inclusion Symposium. This free, virtual program will be held December 11, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. This Symposium is open to any attorney or legal professional interested in diversity and inclusion issues.

Reverend Jesse Jackson once said, “[i]nclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It’s the key to growth.” Regardless of one’s political leanings, or feelings toward Rev. Jackson for that matter, we cannot deny the truth of this statement. While MIP is dedicated to promoting an increase in the number of minority attorneys in the N.C. State Bar, it is also focused on creating an inclusive legal profession — an environment where all members feel heard and their experiences are valued and genuinely incorporated within a structure that may not have traditionally been so welcoming. Inclusivity impacts relationships between colleagues, attorney morale, and how effectively we serve our clients. We all have a part to play in creating and maintaining inclusive spaces. As a profession, as a nation, and as members of this global community, we have an obligation to educate ourselves and hold each other accountable when we fall short. The events of the past several months make this program timelier than ever and demonstrate why change is necessary and why the time is now. We are excited to build on the momentum in many firms and organizations across the nation who are auditing current programs and exploring new initiatives in this sphere.

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YLD Member Perspective: A Holistic Approach to Hiring


By Kayla Britt

I flunked out of law school in 2014. Now, in 2020, I’m a licensed attorney and a law clerk to the Honorable Reuben F. Young on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The story of how I got to where I am today is significant and life-changing.

We are more than our setbacks. Those of us who have faced a perceived “failure,” including those who have been academically dismissed or had to sit for the bar exam more than once, should stand just as much of a chance as those who did not. “Qualifications” are extremely important, but seeing a person as more than a resume is important, too.

North Carolina Central University School of Law gave me not one but two chances to achieve my dreams. During my 1L year, I did the required reading and prepared to respond to cold calls, but I did not study effectively for exams. I worked hard but not smart, and I was ultimately dismissed. When I was readmitted to law school in 2016, I was so focused on my grades that I did not build my resume by becoming involved in many student organizations or other extracurricular activities. When it was time to apply for post-graduation jobs, I was just an average candidate, but that did not stop Judge Young from giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. In one hiring decision, he changed the whole trajectory of my career.

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Ketan Soni Presents “The New Community Platform”


By Ketan Soni

What You Need to Know About the New Community Platform

This year, the NCBA has switched to a new online community platform. This new community platform for Sections, Divisions and Councils offers many more features than the previous system. Below is a summary of the basics and what you need to know to utilize this platform and its features.

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