James Scott Farrin Attorney Reaches Out To New Lawyers
on: January 06, 2010, 6:29 am
Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
Sean Cole, a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of
James Scott Farrin, spoke at a seminar sponsored by the North Carolina
Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) titled “Trying Your First Case.” The
event was held at NCAJ headquarters in Raleigh on Sept. 18.
The seminar covered topics ranging from preparing for the trial to continued
vigilance after the trial is over. Cole focused his talk on jury selection and the
presentation and handling of witnesses and evidence.
“There is absolutely no substitute for trial experience,” he said. “But to get ready
for that, you have to hear from people who already have it.”
The seminar was designed around a member-identified need for more education on
practical trial skills. While the majority of the approximately 20 participants were
new to the field of law, several were seasoned attorneys who just didn’t have a lot
of trial experience.
Despite a full caseload at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, Cole says he will
always make time to help the NCAJ pursue its Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
“When I just started as an attorney, I’d go to a lot of CLE programs, especially
those given by the NCAJ,” said Cole, a 12-year legal veteran. “I was impressed by
how many great attorneys were taking the time to teach and share their experiences
just to help others become better lawyers. I knew it would be important to give back
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin encourages its attorneys to become involved
with NCAJ, and the firm as a whole is a member of the group’s Leader’s Forum – the
highest level of firm financial contribution recognized by the NCAJ. Most of the
firm’s attorneys are NCAJ members, several of whom hold leadership positions.
Cole is extremely active in the NCAJ. He recently received an Order of Service Award
from the organization for his contributions to advancing its mission of protecting
people’s rights. Other James Scott Farrin attorneys who received Order of Service
Awards included: James S. Farrin, Michael Jordan, J. Stewart Clontz and Rick
Fleming. Cole currently serves as a member of the Education Committee and is the
Listserve Security Officer for the Auto Torts Executive Committee. In addition, he
was Editor in Chief of the NCAJ’s newly released North Carolina Manual of Complaints– 3rd Ed. Over the years, he has presented at more than a dozen NCAJ Continuing
Legal Education programs.
NCAJ was formed more than 45 years ago as a nonprofit, nonpartisan association
dedicated to protecting people's rights through professional and community legal
education, championing individual rights, and protecting the safety of North
ABOUT THE FIRM
Founded: 1997 by James S. Farrin, Duke University School of Law, J.D. (1990) in Durham
Number of employees: Approximately 130, including 24 attorneys. Approximately 20
staff members are fluently bilingual, speaking English and Spanish.
Offices: 13 statewide, including Durham, Raleigh, Charlotte, Fayetteville,
Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount,
Major practice areas: Personal Injury, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Social
Security, Workers’ Compensation
Presently leading one of the largest civil rights cases in United States history: In
re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, Case No. 08-mc-0511 (PLF) (D.D.C.),
which deals with the United States Department of Agriculture’s discrimination
against African-American farmers.
The firm's many philanthropic pursuits include Duke Children's Hospital, The
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The firm has a
matching-gift program wherein it matches an employee's philanthropic contributions.
Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
Eric Sanchez, Chief Operating Officer