Join Pisgah Legal in Helping Our Neighbors

Dear Attorneys,

Pisgah Legal Services is working to adapt our programs and services in response to the changing and growing needs among our neighbors as schools, businesses and courts close or reduce hours. We are also taking steps to protect our staff, volunteers and clients in the midst of this pandemic.

There is no doubt that this crisis will have extremely detrimental impacts on many families and individuals across our region. We expect increased levels of poverty, housing instability, and food insecurity and more domestic violence as families are isolated and stressed. PLS staff is preparing to respond to new challenges, in collaboration with our WNC partners.

To “flatten the curve” PLS staff members are now working remotely with no in-person meetings with clients, unless absolutely necessary. We continue to take applications by phone and on-line at www.pisgahlegal.org and to work to meet our clients’ needs. You can reach our staff through our regular email and phone extensions.

Most importantly, we need your help! Please take a moment now to fill out a very brief survey to help us gather information about the availability of volunteer attorneys to assist our clients during this time (Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JVHFY3V). It will take 2 minutes! Your response assist our staff as we plan to meet our clients’ needs in these extraordinary and difficult times.

Thank you for your support,

Katie Russell Miller
Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program Director
828-210-3420
katierm@pisgahlegal.org

Nominations Invited For 2020-2021 Executive Committee

James W. Kilbourne, Jr., Immediate Past President of the Buncombe Bar and Chairman of the Nominating Committee of the Buncombe Bar invites nominations for President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three members of the Executive Committee for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Suggestions for persons to fill these vacancies are welcome. Nominations can be mailed to the Bar Administrator, P.O. Box 7391, Asheville, NC  28802 or emailed to admin@BuncombeBar.com, and must be received by 3 p.m., April 24, 2020.  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.  Please contact James Kilbourne with any questions.

The election of officers for the fiscal year of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 will occur at the annual meeting of the Bar on June 10, 2020. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the meeting when the election is held.

Nominations Invited For 2020 Bar Awards

The Executive Committee invites your nomination of members of the Buncombe County to receive the 2020 Centennial, Professionalism, Distinguished Young Lawyer and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Awards are presented at our annual meeting, which this year is June 10, 2020. The deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

The North Carolina Bar Association Centennial Award honors an individual member of each Judicial District for outstanding service which benefits our local community. Examples of such service include: elected and/or appointed service to local government; civic involvement on boards of community agencies; involvement in public service projects; and volunteer involvement with schools, churches, or other nonprofit organizations. The award is named in honor of the Bar Association’s Centennial (1899-1999).

The Buncombe County Bar Professionalism Award annually recognizes an individual member of our Bar whose consistently courteous, respectful, and professional conduct toward the Court, attorneys, clients, and other parties exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism.

The Distinguished Young Lawyer Award recognizes the contribution to the legal profession and society made by a member of the Buncombe County Bar. To qualify the person must be nominated by a member of the Buncombe County Bar, have been a member of the Bar for less than 10 years; be under 40 years old; and be someone whose contribution to the legal community and society exemplifies high achievement in the legal field along with a dedication to professionalism, ethics and community service.

The Buncombe County Bar Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes extraordinary excellence throughout the career of a member of the legal profession with connections to Buncombe County, as an officer of the legal system and as a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice.  This award is given only when it is obviously apparent that an appropriate individual serves to embody of the very highest ideals of the legal profession.

Nominations should be submitted to Lisa-Gaye Hall, Bar Administrator, at admin@buncombebar.com. Please supply a statement about your nominee and why you recommend them for the award, and your contact information. Past honorees can be found here. We welcome letters of support. Thank you for helping the Executive Committee to honor deserving members with these significant awards.

NC Board Specialization Deadline May 1st

Becoming a board certified specialist is one great way to be recognized for your dedication to a particular practice area. The specialization program identifies North Carolina lawyers who are experienced and knowledgeable in fourteen practice areas (listed below), thereby providing clients with a reliable credential. Specialists can advertise their specialty certification and are included in our online searchable directory. Only five percent of qualified NC lawyers have earned the distinction of board certification.

Do I Qualify?
If you have practiced law for five years, during which time you were substantially involved in the specialty practice area and acquired sufficient CLE hours in the past three years, you may qualify to become board certified. You can learn more about the program at nclawspecialists.gov. There, you’ll find details about the application process and requirements. The 2020 application period is open through May 1. *Early application discount –April 1.

Not Yet?
If you’re not at the five-year mark or would like to apply in a future year, complete our Declaration of Intent form. There’s no fee to file and we’ll email you reminders, information about CLEs, notes about upcoming deadlines, and more to keep you on track. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks,

Denise E. Mullen
The North Carolina State Bar
Board of Legal Specialization
PO Box 25908
Raleigh, NC  27611-5908
919-828-4620 x 255

Appellate Practice ● Business and Consumer Bankruptcy ● Criminal (including Juvenile Delinquency) ● Elder Law ● Estate Planning and Probate ● Family ● Immigration ● Privacy and Information Security ● Commercial and Residential Real Property ● Social Security Disability ● Trademark ● Utilities ● Workers’ Compensation

Volunteer for 4ALL – Friday, March 6, 2020

Please join the North Carolina Bar Foundation and attorneys all over North Carolina in volunteering to provide free legal information to members of our community.  4ALL Statewide Service Day is an annual call-a-lawyer public service program that engages over 500 volunteer attorneys to provide free legal information to almost 10,000 North Carolinians, from the mountains to the coast.  The Asheville call center will be hosted at the WLOS studios in Biltmore Park, and multiple volunteer shifts are available throughout the day.

To register for the Asheville 4ALL call center, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4all-statewide-service-day-2020-asheville-tickets-72424065329.

For more information about the North Carolina Bar Foundation, including other ways to show your support for 4ALL and other pro bono programs, please go to: https://www.ncbarfoundation.org/.