Our Voice Features Tarana Burke on March 14

Please support the work of Our Voice for an evening with social justice champion and a 2017 Time Magazine Person of the Year, Tarana Burke. If you cannot attend, please buy one or more tickets to give to family/friends or purchase an equity ticket that Our Voice will donate to someone who otherwise could not attend. Tickets can be purchased at ourvoicenc.ticketbud.com. If tickets are sold out, please consider making a donation to Our Voice, Buncombe County’s rape crisis and prevention center, to support their work with survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking and their community outreach around prevention, education, counseling, outreach, rape kits, and crisis hotline.

Our Voice is honored to bring Tarana Burke to Asheville on March 14th for a ticketed special event, “Breaking the Silence” Speaker Series. The event will be at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. Ms. Burke had dedicated more than 25 years to social justice and laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. Tarana Burke will speak on the current state of affairs and outpouring of sexual assault and harassment allegations, address pressing issues of respect, dignity and power dynamics in schools, workplaces and politics, and shine a light on the stories of survivors and voices that continue to be marginalized. Tarana Burke was named a 2017 TIME Magazine Person of the year for her role in breaking the silence around sexual violence.

Networking & Cocktails: 5:00 – 5:45 pm
Program Begins: 6:00 pm
VIP Champagne Reception with Tarana Burke, 12th Floor, Top of the Plaza: Immediately after event.
General Admission Tickets: $35
VIP Tickets: $100

Harold E. Kaplan Receives Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Harold E. Kaplan and Kaplan Dispute Resolution of Fairview are pleased to announce that Harold again received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest possible qualification.  He first received that rating in 2002.

Harold is admitted in New York and Florida and is a Board Certified Health Law Attorney and former chair of the Florida Bar’s Health Law Section and its Board Certification Committee. He is a full time arbitrator and is credentialed by the American Arbitration Association for its health care and mergers and acquisitions panels. He is also an arbitrator for the American Health Lawyers Association Dispute Resolution Service. He has been arbitrating disputes throughout the United States since 1999.

More information about Harold’s arbitration practice is at Kaplandisputeresolution.com.

In Memoriam

Attorney Norman Vincent Schaich, 65, of Black Mountain, passed peacefully away in his sleep on February 15, 2019.

Norm was born July 5, 1953 in Caldwell County to the late Henry and Reba Schaich. He was a graduate of Lenoir High School, Appalachian State University, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Louisville Law School. Norm was a long-time resident of Black Mountain and a local attorney. He was in practice in Black Mountain for 35 years and was the epitome of a Christian lawyer, having served hundreds of clients in the Swannanoa Valley. Norm was an avid Civil War relic collector, salt-water fisherman, and retired Colonel from the US Army-JAG Division. Until his decline in health, he was an active member of First Baptist Church Black Mountain. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and clients.

Norm is survived by his wife of 29 years, Michele Miller Schaich; son, Andrew Thomas Schaich of the home; and brother, Chris Schaich of Lenoir, NC.

A celebration of life service will be held at a future date. View the obituary here.

Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

New Book from Bar Member Mike Wimer

Attorney Mike Wimer of Asheville Legal, writing as Michael Winstead, recently released his second book in the Ultimate series. Following up on the success of Ultimate Verdict, the new book tracks Judge Raleigh Westlake and his cabal of vigilantes as they fight for justice outside the court system.

Here is a quick overview of the book:

A Judge holds secret trials in a mobile courtroom. A prosecutor is blinded by revenge. A Russian spy embedded in America weaves a web of deception and carries out acts of terrorism. In this second installment in the Ultimate series, the secret tribunal, led by Judge Raleigh Westlake, must confront enemies from within. Their quest for justice for innocent victims leads them straight into the path of a Russian terrorist. As they become the targets, the cabal must confront their most difficult dilemma. Do they save themselves, or an innocent man?”

Ultimate Deception is now available in both paperback and Kindle version on Amazon. Click here for more information. To catch up on the first book in the series, Ultimate Verdict, you can find it here.