Ethics and Professionalism – A Study of the Random Audit Program of the North Carolina State Bar with Bruno DeMolli (1 hour)
Bruno DeMolli, the Staff Auditor for the North Carolina State Bar has been filmed giving a live program on the Random Audit Program of the North Carolina State Bar. It is an in-depth review of the procedures and safeguards any law firm or law professional must follow to stay in compliance with the ethical Rules of the North Carolina State Bar insofar as trust accounts are concerned. Mr. DeMolli regularly travels to law firms across the state on a randomly selected basis to audit trust accounts of law firms. In this presentation, Mr. DeMolli covers the requirements of the Bar as to how to properly and consistently maintain law firm trust accounts and often references the relevant Bar manuals on this subject.
Mr. DeMolli has been with the State Bar for many years as its staff auditor and is uniquely qualified to discuss the proper manner in which to handle trust accounts. In fact, there is probably no other person in North Carolina as qualified and capable in discussing trust accounts as Mr. DeMolli.
By way of introduction to the DVD program, Jim Blackburn, who hosted Mr. DeMolli’s presentation and who is offering it to North Carolina’s attorneys and paralegals and law firms, speaks briefly about the importance of treating carefully any law firm trust account. Mr. Blackburn knows as well as anyone in North Carolina the ultimate penalty that can be imposed if a trust account violation occurs as in 1993, Mr. Blackburn surrendered his law license, due in part to the misappropriation of trust account firms, wrongfully sent to other individuals.
In order to make the program inter-active, Mr. Blackburn gives to the viewer appropriate phone numbers and email addresses as well as posing as letting the viewer know that later in the program, there is a question and answer that must be given correctly and sent back to Mr. Blackburn in order for a request for proper CLE credit to be given to the viewer.
The DVD program is one hour in length.