June 9, 2014
12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
The Alston & Bird Pro Bono Committee presents, Strengthen Your Career with Pro Bono. This one-hour CLE training will provide valuable training for young lawyers while providing critical legal services in areas of greatest need. This program will be conducted via videoconference and presented in all Alston & Bird office locations. For more information please contact
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Old North State Room
Non-profits and 501(c)(3) Designation
Mike Cecka, senior associate in the Finance Group, is offering training on how you can assist non-profits that are seeking 501(c)(3) designations. Snacks and Starbucks coffee will be provided.
Presenter: Mike Cecka
Michael Cecka is a senior associate in the firm's Finance Group, where he focuses his practice in capital markets transactions, representing lenders, finance companies, servicers and property owners in a variety of finance and real property related transactions, including mortgage and securities-backed loans, raw land acquisition and development, and commercial leasing. He also has experience in general corporate, real estate and litigation matters.
Mr. Cecka has spoken before bankers, real estate agents, local attorneys and property owners on virtually all aspects of real estate and finance matters that are unique to the industry, including issues surrounding title and survey, construction and development, commercial leasing and UCC perfection.
Mr. Cecka received his B.A. in 1996 from St. Bonaventure University in New York, and his J.D. from Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law, in Macon, Georgia, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board.
Mr. Cecka is also active in the community, where he serves as the Chairman for the Nonprofits and Client Pro Bono Committee, a program for the Mecklenburg County Bar, and a Committee Member for the 26th Judicial District Bar Candidates Committee.
For more information please contact
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Old North State Room
Introduction to NC LEAP
A lunch and learn featuring an introduction to the North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (NC LEAP), which is now affiliated with the USPTO Inventor Assistance Program.
Presenters: Logan Buck, Zack Higbee, Doug McKay
Logan Buck concentrates his intellectual property law practice on patent preparation and prosecution in the fields of biotechnology and other life sciences. In addition to domestic and international patent prosecution, Dr. Buck counsels clients regarding patent portfolio management and provides legal opinions concerning patentability, invalidity and freedom to operate. Dr. Buck has a technical background in microbiology, molecular biology, genomics, genetics, food science and biochemistry.
Zack Higbee practices in the firm’s Intellectual Property – Mechanical Patents Group. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Zack received his J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. Prior to law school, Zack earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.S. in business economics and management from the California Institute of Technology in 2009.
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