Missy Spainhour Joins Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete

National labor and employment law firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith &
Prophete is pleased to welcome a new partner to its Asheville office,
continuing an aggressive expansion that has brought eight new attorneys to
the firm over the past month. Missy Sumerell Spainhour has joined the
Asheville office as a partner. She has more than 20 years of labor and
employment law experience, spending the last 12 years as a partner at Davis
Hartman Wright LLP. In addition to a strong litigation and advice and
counseling background, Spainhour is experienced in conducting workplace
investigations and is a certified mediator. She is AV-rated by MartindaleHubbell. Spainhour received her undergraduate degree from Sewanee: the
University of the South and her J.D. from Wake Forest University.

“It’s an exciting time for Constangy as we continue to pursue smart, strategic
expansion,” said Neil Wasser, chair of Constangy’s executive committee.
“We’re committed to making the investments in talent and technology that will
help us continue to grow and thrive, and we’re delighted to have outstanding
attorneys like Missy join our team.”

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete offers a wider lens on workplace law.
We have counseled employers exclusively since 1946. With offices in 17
states, we are one of the largest labor and employment law practices in the
U.S. Constangy has been named as a top firm for women and minorities by
organizations including Law360, the National Law Journal and Vault.com.
Many of our more than 180 attorneys have been recognized by leading
authorities such as Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers in America® and
Martindale Hubbell. Find out more about us online at www.constangy.com or
follow us on Twitter @ConstangyLaw.

James W. Kilbourne, Jr., to Chair Appellate Practice Section

James W. Kilbourne, Jr., a partner at Allen Stahl & Kilbourne, PLLC, was named as the Appellate Practice Section Chair by Clayton D. Morgan, President of the North Carolina Bar Association.  Kilbourne is the eleventh chair of the Section and the first from Western North Carolina.

The North Carolina Bar Association is the largest voluntary organization for legal professionals in North Carolina.  It carries out much of its work through its sections and divisions.  The Appellate Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association was jointly founded by the appellate practitioners and appellate judges to serve the bar with advocacy, legal education, and social interaction.  It continues to be one of the most congenial sections in the bar and fosters excellent bench-bar relations.

Kilbourne’s term coincides with the Section’s Tenth Anniversary, which will be celebrated with a gala in the spring.  “I am honored and humbled to serve as Section Chair during this most auspicious year.  We have a number of great events planned for the Section, culminating in our anniversary party,” he explained.

Kilbourne previously served as the Chair of the Convention Planning Committee for the Bar Association for the 2018 (Wilmington) and 2019 (Asheville) Conventions.  He has served on the Appellate Practice Section Council since the Section was formed.  In addition, Kilbourne has served on the North Carolina Appellate Rules Committee since 2015 and serves as the chair of the en banc subcommittee of the Appellate Rules Committee.

NCAWA and YLD Connect For Fun

The Buncombe Women Attorneys, NCAWA and the Young Lawyers Division are having a happy hour get together on Wednesday, September 28th for $10 burger and beer/seltzer night at BHRAMARI Brewing Company , 101 S. Lexington Ave. Asheville. The event will take place from 5:30-7pm.

And, on Tuesday October 25, we’ll host Taco Tuesday. For just $13, you’ll get 2 beef tacos and a pint!  This event takes place at BHRAMARI Brewing Company , 101 S. Lexington Ave. Asheville, from 5:30-7pm.

Upcoming CLE, View from the Bench: Practical Tips from Trial Judges 

Join the Mediation Center on Friday, October 21, 2022 from 1:30pm-4:45pm for View from the Bench: Practical Tips from Trial Judges. This live, ZOOM webinar will be moderated by Asheville attorney Senta Rhodes and include a panel of Superior Court Judges made up of: Alyson Grine (District 15B) David Hall (District 21B), Lori I. Hamilton (District 22B), and Dan Kuehnert (District 25A).

This CLE offers practical instruction and valuable insights directly from Superior Court judges who preside over criminal and civil cases in North Carolina. Learn what judges really think about essential topics, such as: what “best practices” make lawyers stand out in court, how to avoid the “top ten” mistakes judges see in court, what conduct is and is not appropriate decorum in the courtroom or on WebEx, how lawyers can best help the trial judge make correct rulings, use of technology in the courtroom, common blunders and ways to maximize its effectiveness, how to make the most of your jury selection from voir dire and use of strikes, what lawyers can do to promote equality in the justice system and more.

The Mediation Center is an approved CLE sponsor under the regulations promulgated by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education. This training has been approved for 3 CLE Credit Hours by the NC State Bar Board. To register, please click here: