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New lawyers face required first-time CLEs (access required)

Out of concern that more and more new attorneys don't know the basics of how to set up a practice and serve their clients, the N.C. State Bar is requiring new lawyers who have just passed the bar exam to take 12 hours of specialized CLE courses designed to teach them the fundamentals of practicing law and professionalism. "Back in the day, they got out of law school, were hired at a firm and had someone to mentor them," said Debra Holland, assistant director of the N.C. State Bar's CLE Board. "But with the economy, more new lawyers are hanging out their own shingle."

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Discovery abuse is one of the biggest problems in civil litigation (access required)

H. Gerald Beaver is a senior partner with Beaver, Holt, Sternlicht and Courie in Fayetteville. A native of Albemarle, Beaver received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1973. He spent two years as a public defender for the 12th Judicial District before entering private practice in 1975.

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