Local Treatment Courts Ask Congress For Assistance

Treatment courts are a recovery based intervention to assist people living with substance use and mental health disorders out of the justice system and into lives of wellness and stability. Buncombe County has four treatment courts coordinated by several community partners.

Currently, Congress is considering funding for those courts, and members of the local treatment court teams are hoping for the support of Bar members. For more information about these specialty courts, click here. For information about contacting Congress to advocate for funding for the courts, click here.

To discuss this issue, please contact the following attorneys: Meghann Burke, Jorge Redmond, or Virginia Hebert.

David Henson Is Now Of Counsel At Grimes Teich Anderson LLP

Grimes Teich Anderson is pleased to announce that attorney David Henson is now of counsel. David is a partner at Henson & Fuerst, P.A., a state-wide personal injury law firm with offices in Raleigh, Rocky Mount, and Boone.

David has practiced law for more than 20 years and handles eminent domain cases across the state of North Carolina. He regularly represents clients against the North Carolina Department of Transportation, local municipalities and cities, utility companies, school boards, water authorities and other condemning authorities.

David received his bachelor’s degree with academic distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995 and his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1998.

For more than 20 years, David has been actively involved in the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), the state trial lawyer organization of more than 2,400 members who work to protect the rights of individuals. He has served on the Board of Governors, Executive Committee in several vice-president roles, and innumerable committees and task forces. He will serve as NCAJ President during the 2020-2021 term.

David is a firm believer in giving back to the community and has served on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations. Before becoming an attorney, David was an Emergency Medical Technician. He is now a regular presenter on the topic of EMS Medical Negligence to EMS agencies across the state, the North Carolina Association of EMS Administrators, and the UNC Medical School.

In Memoriam – DeVere C. Lentz, Jr. Update

DeVere Craven Lentz, Jr., 91, passed away on June 15, 2020 with his family keeping vigil outside his window at The Elizabeth House at Four Seasons. He was born June 3, 1929, the eldest child of Viola Russell and DeVere C. Lentz, Sr. He was a graduate of Lee Edwards High School, Asheville Biltmore Junior College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of North Carolina School of Law.

Following in his father’s footsteps, he practiced law in Asheville for 52 years. DeVere loved his work and gave it his all. He was voted “Best Lawyer to Have When Hauled into Court” in the Mountain Express’ Second Annual “Best of” Edition. Always ready with a joke, he called himself the Court Jester and contended that “if the judges are laughing, they may not hurt me as much.”

He loved his free time as well, especially when it was spent on the lake or behind the wheel of his beloved motorhome. He was not one to postpone joy, he believed weekends were for going somewhere, and he was always ready for a trip, a new adventure, or a good meal. Most of all, DeVere loved his family and was there to celebrate their successes, share in their sorrows and fix their problems.

In addition to his parents, DeVere was predeceased by his sister, Betty Jean Mendelsohn, daughter, Kimberly Lentz, and many friends and colleagues.

He is survived by his wife, Carole Lambert Lentz; daughters, Suzanne Lentz Wells and Deborah Lentz Myron; sons, Michael R. Lentz, B. Todd Lentz (Courtney) and S. Mark Lentz; step daughter, Julie Waldrop Wise (Todd); grandchildren, Lucy, Liam, Penny and Wyatt, Lauren and Devan Wise, and Joe Shively, Jr.; niece Tami Clare (John) and nephew, Todd Mendelsohn.

The family extends appreciation to the staff at Aston Park Health Care Center who cared for him, laughed with him and loved and appreciated him for the bigger-than-life person that he always was.

Graveside services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, June 24th at Lewis Memorial Park located at 415 Beaverdam Road, Asheville, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of DeVere Lentz to Aston Park Health Care Center,380 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family with arrangements.


Congratulations to our North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society inductees

Buncombe County takes great pride in its many members of the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, each of whom reported 50 or more hours of pro bono service in 2019. These attorneys volunteered through Pisgah Legal Services and other organizations to help their community in ways only lawyers can. They are among 520 attorneys the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) inducted into the 2019 North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society. Buncombe County attorneys who are a member of this year’s honor society are listed here.

“Through our annual pro bono reporting process, our legal profession reaffirms our commitment to ensuring equal access to justice for all North Carolinians,” said North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. “In these times of crisis and extraordinary need, it is especially heartening to learn about and celebrate our Pro Bono Honor Society members – these attorneys are truly making a difference for people in our state.

Each member of this year’s cohort of the Honor Society receives a certificate from the Supreme Court of North Carolina in recognition of their valuable contributions. This group of attorneys provided nearly 40,000 hours of pro bono legal services in 2019 to North Carolinians living in poverty.

A program of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission chaired by Chief Justice Beasley, the PBRC works to increase North Carolina attorneys’ pro bono legal service as a way to meet the legal needs of people of low-income and modest means in our state.

“Pro bono lawyers are a crucial resource for those North Carolinians who cannot afford legal services,” said PBRC Director Sylvia Novinsky. “I am inspired by the volunteer spirit of the North Carolina bar highlighted by pro bono reporting. The growing list of attorneys recognized by the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society serves as a symbol to other attorneys that finding time to volunteer is doable.”

Seeking Will for Jeter Mace

I am seeking a copy of a will for my out-of-town clients whose father, Jeter Mace, passed away. The father was a life-long resident of Buncombe County, and the clients are certain he had a will prepared by a Buncombe County attorney.  Unfortunately, they are unable to locate the will and do not know the name of the preparing attorney.  The clients think the will was prepared within the last five years. If you have information, please contact:

Gabrielle Paschall Trott

Elder & Special Needs Law Attorney

Assisting Clients with Wills, Probate,

Powers of Attorney, Guardianship & Trusts

Alleman Law Firm, PLLC

75 Church Street

Asheville, NC 28801