North Carolina Engineering Law and Ethics
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Contract Law Primer for Engineers H. Ward III
Reviewing the necessary elements of any contract
Understanding contract “legalese”
What constitutes a breach of contract?
What are damages and remedies?
Liability-shifting contract provisions: warranties, guarantees and indemnities
Making changes to contracts
Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers: H. Ward III
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
Securing ownership of your designs through patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
Leveraging your intellectual capital through licenses, franchises, and other technology agreements
Policing intellectual property rights and preventing infringement
Resolving intellectual property disputes
Cyber Security Issues for Engineers H. Ward III
Cyber security threats and business exposure to data breaches
Anatomy of a data breach or cyber attack and the spectrum of possible responses
Coverage that is available under cyber insurance policies
Examples of actual cyber events, with lessons learned from those events
Understanding the Investigatory and Disciplinary Practices N. Dowgul
of the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors
Understanding the Board’s disciplinary powers
Reviewing prohibited practices and grounds for disciplinary action
Administrative and other penalties and enforcement
Professional Liability Law D. Strong
Reviewing the grounds for professional liability claims
Identifying who can bring a claim
Examining common sources of professional liability claims
Reviewing defenses to liability claims
Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation
Obtaining Insurance coverage for professional liability claims
Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers T. Wyatt
Understanding business insurance coverage: general liability vs. professional liability policies
Additional insureds: obtaining certificates of insurance
Understanding insurance policies:
• Insurance availability
• Warranties, guarantees and certifications
Recognizing and responding to claims
Engineering Ethics and Engineering Code of Conduct B. Rauf
for Professional Engineers
Terms and concepts associated with the practice of engineering
Code of ethics and conduct professional engineers are expected to abide by
Three rules of professional conduct – Terms and concepts
Review of necessary elements of any contract
Case study review
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This webinar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in North Carolina. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for North Carolina engineers (Sponsor No. S-0130).
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Attorney, North State Law
North State Law has focused on helping licensed professionals keep their professional license since being founded by Nicholas Dowgul in 2019. Mr. Dowgul has been engaged in the practice of law since 2008. He has practiced in front of the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors, NC Board of Nursing, NC Medical Board, NC Social Work Certification and Licensure Board, and NC Licensing Board for General Contractors, just to name a few. In 2008, Mr. Dowgul started his legal career as an attorney with the Harrison County, Mississippi public defender’s office where he found his professional passion litigating cases. He loves being in the courtroom but believes that resolving cases, when they can be resolved, is typically in a client’s best interest. That said, when it’s time to present his case, Mr. Dowgul is well-prepared to obtain the best results for his clients.
S. Bobby Rauf PE CEM MBA
President, chief consultant and a senior instructor at Sem-Train, LLC.
Mr. Rauf has over 25 years of experience in teaching undergraduate and post graduate engineering, science, math, business administration and MBA courses, seminars and workshops. Mr. Rauf earned his BS degree in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned his executive MBA degree from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina. Mr. Rauf is a registered professional engineer (PE) in the State of North Carolina, and he is a certified energy manager. Mr. Rauf was previously employed with PPG Industries, Inc. where he served as a senior staff engineer. During his long career at PPG, his responsibilities included development and management of energy and ergonomics programs for multiple manufacturing plants in the US and overseas. He also provided consultation and training services in energy, electrical engineering, industrial safety, ergonomics and the arc flash arena. His extensive engineering experience includes power design, control system design, project management, process management, energy and utilities management, energy audits/ assessments, plant maintenance, robotics, manufacturing automation, HVAC audits, and design of ergonomic equipment.
Daniel T. Strong
Attorney, Teague Campbell
Mr. Strong’s experience has stretched across many areas of litigation, including construction and design defect claims. He has represented professionals including architects and structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and civil engineers in disputes involving large-scale multi-family, mixed-use, commercial, and residential projects throughout North Carolina. Mr. Strong received his bachelor of science degree from Appalachian State University and went on to earn his juris doctor degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law. At Washington and Lee, he contributed to the Journal of Energy, Climate, & the Environment as a staff writer and went on to serve as editor-in-chief of the publication. Upon graduation, Mr. Strong moved back to Raleigh to start his liability practice. He is married and a father of three boys, all of whom share his passion for hockey.
Henry B. Ward III
Attorney, Moore & VanAllen
A frequent author and speaker on intellectual property law developments and a trained mechanical engineer, Mr. Ward focuses his practice on preparing and negotiating technology and commercial agreements and counseling clients in connection with patent, trademark, copyright, advertising regulations and litigation matters. He has extensive experience with information technology agreements and is actively representing a number of publicly-traded companies in transactional and other intellectual property matters in a variety of industries, including the health care and telecommunications industries. Mr. Ward is a member of the firm’s EHR Task Force. He is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), North Carolina Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, American Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Mecklenburg County Bar Association.
Timothy R. Wyatt
Attorney, Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC
Tim Wyatt handles litigation and appeals involving construction disputes and geotechnical failures, with a particular emphasis on representing government contractors and subcontractors on public projects. He also performs federally funded research involving legal issues affecting contractors on public construction projects, such as environmental review and domestic preference requirements. He has represented government contractors seeking to protect their intellectual property used or developed on public projects. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Wyatt spent more than ten years practicing as a professional engineer and government contractor in Raleigh, managing large federal research projects and performing geotechnical research involving tunnels and highways.