On the theory that you wouldn't want a lawyer to take out your gall bladder, the state's medical licensing board is now getting help from an attorney on how to conduct hearings and hear evidence. When the N.C. Medical Board meets to hear contested cases involving discipline or licensing issues, the board president now has an attorney sit beside him to give advice on issues ranging from admissibility of evidence to the permitted scope of a redirect examination. The new position of independent counsel was created last fall by the General Assembly. The board hired former Wake County District Judge Fred Morelock (pictured) to fill the position.
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