Weekly Bar Briefs, 4-16-2019

Dear Bar Members,

The Nominating Committee of the Buncombe County Bar will meet Tuesday, April 30 at 4pm to consider nominations for President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three members of the Executive Committee for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The meeting takes place at The Brock Law Firm, 26 N. Liberty Street, Asheville, and is open to all members. For more information, click here.


Recent Bar News

Honoring Judge J.O. Israel  

Posted on March 29th, 2019 by Bar Administrator  

The Buncombe County Bar has framed a photographic portrait of the late District Court Judge J.O. Israel, and the portrait will be hung in the hallway of the new section of the courthouse. Judge Israel was the first District Court Judge in Buncombe County, and served on the bench from 1970 – 1982. Per the Read more



Recent Member News

The Van Winkle Law Firm Brings Activist Bryan Stevenson To Asheville For Public Policy Lecture Series  

Posted on April 15th, 2019 by The Van Winkle Law Firm  

Event Co-Sponsored By The David And Lin Brown Visionary Lecture Series & Hosted By UNC Asheville The Van Winkle Law Firm is proud to continue its commitment to offer an ongoing public policy lecture series geared toward the thoughtful consideration of and discussion around important policy issues that face Buncombe County, the state and the nation. This Read more


Community Foundation of WNC's Annual Seminar  

Posted on April 15th, 2019 by Carter Webb  

You are invited to join Western North Carolina’s professional advisors for The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s 28th Annual Professional Seminar. Three continuing education hours are available. Michele A. W. McKinnon of McGuireWoods LLP will present: Charitable Giving After Tax Reform: The Rules and Opportunities in the Current Tax and Economic Environment. Thursday, May 2, Read more


Rob Mays Appointed Bankruptcy Trustee, Forms New Firm  

Posted on April 9th, 2019 by Robert Mays  

Rob Mays announces the formation of the Mays Law Firm, PLLC.   Mr. Mays will serve as a Chapter 7 trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and will continue to represent creditors and fraud victims in select matters.   He will focus on judgement enforcement, contested bankruptcy matters, fraud recovery, commercial collections, and litigation involving concealed and Read more



Upcoming Events

Public Lecture by Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative  2019-04-25

Bryan Stevenson, the attorney, activist and best-selling author who led the team that created the first national memorial to victims of lynching, will speak at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The talk is free and open to everyone, with support from The David Read more


Honoring Judge J.O. Israel  2019-04-26

The Buncombe County Bar has framed a photographic portrait of the late District Court Judge J.O. Israel, and the portrait will be hung in the hallway of the new section of the courthouse. Judge Israel was the first District Court Judge in Buncombe County, and served on the bench from 1970 – 1982. Per the Read more


Drilling Down: Mediators' Dilemmas - Live CLE  2019-04-26

Hosted by The Mediation Center, this seminar offers an in-depth examination of dilemmas that DRC-certified mediators face in their mediation practices and provides guidance for how to successfully meet these challenges. Presenters include former district court judge and DRC Chair, Gary Cash, Frank Goldsmith and the Honorable Sharon Tracey Barrett. The event will conclude with Read more


Brewing for the Greater Good  2019-05-01

Brewing for the Greater Good events bring together local YLD and NCBA members, along with their family and friends, for fun, fellowship and philanthropy at local craft breweries across the state to raise awareness of the many ways the North Carolina Bar Foundation impacts the lives of lawyers and citizens across the state. Please register Read more


Executive Committee meeting  2019-05-06

The Executive Committee of the Buncombe County Bar meets monthly to approve programs, spending and events for the entire Bar.  Meetings are open to the public, but seats are limited. Please contact Bar Administrator Lisa-Gaye Hall at admin@28thJDB.com if you wish to attend, or have an item for the agenda.


Buncombe Women Attorneys for Habitat Women Build Event

Asheville Habitat for Humanity provides safe, affordable housing to low-income community members.  Please join Buncombe County women attorneys in a fundraising kickoff at Rustic Grape on May 1 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm to support Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build project.  The Women Build house is an affordable, safe, and energy efficient home that a local member of our community will purchase. Affordable housing helps our neighbors build their economic security and creates a stable foundation to raise their family on. We’re raising $10,000 to help support this construction by women in our area.  Please join us for a fun evening and learn more about this project!

Honoring Judge J.O. Israel

The Buncombe County Bar has framed a photographic portrait of the late District Court Judge J.O. Israel, and the portrait will be hung in the hallway of the new section of the courthouse. Judge Israel was the first District Court Judge in Buncombe County, and served on the bench from 1970 – 1982.
Per the request of several of our member attorneys, we have arranged for a small gathering underneath the portrait on April 26, at 4pm, so that Judge Israel’s widow can view the portrait. Judge Pope will preside at the gathering. All Bar members are invited.
It is the Bar’s policy to pay for framed photographic portraits of judges who have served on the bench for ten years or more, after their retirement. We are delighted to be able to participate in honoring the service of our judges.

Innovations In Criminal Justice CLE

Buncombe County is at the forefront among North Carolina jurisdictions in implementing major criminal justice reforms.  These reforms led to the selection of Buncombe to be a recipient of the prestigious $1.75 million Safety and Justice Challenge grant through the McArthur foundation.  Join us for a one-hour CLE at the April 10th Bar Luncheon to learn about these reforms and find out how to best use them in your legal practice.

Cutting Edge Innovations in the Buncombe County Criminal Justice System and the Practical Impact on Your Legal Practice, featuring District Attorney Todd Williams and Chief Assistant District Attorney Rodney Hasty, will help you understand the important initiatives taking place in our district now. Click here to learn more, or to sign up.

Nominating Committee Meets Tuesday, April 30, 4pm

The Nominating Committee of the Buncombe County Bar will meet Tuesday, April 30 at 4pm to consider nominations for President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three members of the Executive Committee for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The meeting takes place at The Brock Law Firm, 26 N. Liberty Street, Asheville, and is open to all members.

Suggestions for persons to fill these vacancies are welcome. Nominations can be emailed to admin@BuncombeBar.com or mailed to Buncombe Bar Administrator, P.O. Box 7391, Asheville, NC 28802, and must be received by 3 pm, April 30, 2019. According to the Bar’s By-Laws, any member whose name is submitted for consideration for nomination to any office must have indicated willingness to serve in such office if elected. At large members are elected for three year terms; officers serve for three year terms. Bar members may volunteer for service or nominate a colleague.

The election of officers for the fiscal year of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 will occur at the annual meeting of the Bar on June 12, 2019 at Celine’s on Broadway. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the meeting when the election is held.