YLD Trivia Challenge on Wednesday, Nov 3

Greetings fellow Young Lawyer’s Division members! Are you looking to rub elbows with esteemed colleague-members of the YLD? Do you have a knack for regurgitating arbitrary information at a moment’s notice? Are you an avid beer connoisseur?  If so, the YLD cordially invites you (and challenges you!) to a battle of wits taking place on Wednesday, November 3rd, at Catawba Brewing Co., located in the heart of Asheville’s South Slope. Arrive at 6:45pm for a 7pm game start.

Per house rules, teams are limited to groups of 8 or less, and prizes are awarded in the amount of $35, $25, and $15 to the top three scoring teams. If you would like to participate, please sign up by contacting Alex Paschal at apaschal@roberts-stevens.com. Don’t have a team? No worries! Please let Alex know when signing up, and you will be placed on a team. Start thinking about your clever team name, and we look forward to seeing you there!”

Cherokee Legal History Panel with Judge J. Matthew Martin

On November 9, 2021, Judge J. Matthew Martin will discuss his new book, The Cherokee Supreme Court: 1823-1835 with other scholars online. His book, the first legal history of the first tribal court, upends long-held misconceptions about the origins of Westernized tribal jurisprudence. This book demonstrates how the Cherokee people—prior to their removal on the Trail of Tears—used their judicial system as an external exemplar of American legal values, while simultaneously deploying it as a bulwark for tribal culture and tradition in the face of massive societal pressure and change. Extensive case studies document the Cherokee Nation’s exercise of both criminal and civil jurisdiction over American citizens, the roles of women and language in the Supreme Court, and how the courts were used to regulate the slave trade among the Cherokees. Although long-known for its historical value, the legal significance of the Cherokee Supreme Court has not been explored until now.

J. Matthew Martin is the first American Bar Association (ABA) Tribal Courts Fellow. In 2013 he retired after over a decade of service as an Associate Judge of the Cherokee Court, the Tribal Court for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. For over 25 years, Judge Martin has been Board Certified as a Specialist in Federal and State Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar. In the 1991 Term, at age 31, he argued Wade v. United States before the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Martin has spoken nationally and internationally on issues ranging from federal Indian law to criminal law and the judicial process. He is published in multiple peer-reviewed periodicals.

Judge Martin received a BA with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD from the UNC School of Law. He also holds a Ph.D. in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada-Reno. He has taught law students as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the UNC and Elon Schools of Law. He is a long-time member of the faculty of the National Judicial College and former Secretary to the College’s Board of Trustees. Judge Martin was honored as a T.C. Roberson High School “Graduate of Distinction” and received the “Franklin Flaschner Award” from the ABA’s National Conference of Specialized Court Judges as the nation’s outstanding specialized court judge in 2014. The Cherokee Supreme Court: 1823-1835 is his first book.

Trey Adcock (ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ, Citizen of Cherokee Nation), PhD, is an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and the director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Native Health and sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Cherokee Studies.

Stacy Leeds is Foundation Professor of Law and Leadership at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. Leeds is Dean Emeritus, University of Arkansas School of Law (2011-2018) and the first Indigenous woman to lead a law school. Learn more at http://stacyleeds.com/biography

Click here to register for the panel discussion on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 6:00pm.

The Mediation Center Presents View from the Bench: What Every Lawyer Should Know

Join us for a 3 hour CLE on Friday, October 22nd, 2021 offering practical instruction and valuable insights directly from Superior Court judges presiding over criminal and civil cases in North Carolina. Learn what judges really think about essential and timely topics, such as:  1) “best practices” to stand out in court; 2) avoiding the “top ten mistakes” judges see in court; 3)  conduct for courtroom decorum; 4) how to help the trial judge make correct rulings; 5)  dodging the pitfalls of trial and motion practice; 6) preserving professionalism and high ethical standards; and 7) update on Wake County e-filing pilot program.
The panel of judges will be superior court judges from across the state including Karen Eady-Williams (District 26F), Jacqueline Grant (District 28), Paul Ridgeway (District 10A) and Vince Rozier (District 10B).  The panel will be moderated by Asheville attorney Senta Rhodes. The Mediation Center is an approved CLE sponsor under the regulations promulgated by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education.

To register for the webinar, please visit https://2021viewfromthebench.eventbrite.com or email training@mediatewnc.org.

In Memoriam – V. Lamar Gudger, III

We regret to inform you V. Lamar “Butch” Gudger, III,  65,  passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Jackson Funeral Home in Hendersonville is handling the arrangements, which are scheduled for November 7th at 2:30 at the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, NC.

Attorney Senta Rhodes To Moderate Upcoming CLE With Superior Court Judges

Attorney Senta Rhodes will moderate a Continuing Legal Education Course for the North Carolina State Bar and hosted by The Mediation Center on October 22.  Superior Court Judges from across North Carolina will be the panelists for the 3-hour course, “View From the Bench: What Every Lawyer Should Know.”  Topics to be covered include: what lawyers can do to help the Bar preserve professionalism and high ethical standards, how to avoid “top ten” mistakes judges see in court, and courtroom “best practices.”

Senta is an experienced trial attorney at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, where her practice focuses on personal injury law. Before joining the firm, Senta was an Assistant District Attorney in the Major Felony Crimes Division in Philadelphia. She was also an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Domestic Violence Unit for the District Court Division in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

For more information and registration, go to: mediatewnc.org/training/clecme