May 10, 2016

Just The Beginning or Nearly the End:

Thursday, June 2 
(9:00am - 10:40am)

Moderator: Wallace E. “Gene” Shipp, Jr.
Panelists: Geoffrey Green, Mark Merritt, Alan Morrison

In North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s ruling that the Dental Board violated antitrust laws when it sent dozens of “cease and desist” letters to teeth whiteners, claiming that they were engaged in the “unauthorized practice of dentistry.” Not restricted to just the dental profession, this ruling will have far broader ramifications for many professions, specifically, the regulation of the practice of law. This program will discuss the impact of the decision, consider the implications of the entry into the legal market of legal service providers who are not traditional lawyers, how to best regulate such providers, when and what enforcement actions are warranted and supportable, and offer different perspectives on the decision and its consequences.


  1. 8467405 v1 ABA Presentation
  2. Goldfarb v Virginia State Bar, (1975)
  3. North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission
  4. North Carolina - General Assembly of North Carolina Session 2015, House ...