New Officers, Awards at 2020 Annual Meeting

The Buncombe Bar held a virtual Annual Meeting on June 10, 2020. This event featured annual awards, a review of the year’s accomplishments, and the election of new members of the Executive Committee. The following new members of the Executive Committee were sworn in:

President-Sonya Rikhye

President-Elect- Carter Webb

Vice-President-Gill Beck

Secretary-Janet Amburgey 

Treasurer-Barrett McFatter

EC Members-Megan Silver (<36), Zachary Lamb, and Steve Sizemore for three year terms.

The Annual Meeting also revealed the following awards: Judge Sharon Barrett as the 2020 Centennial Award recipient; Wyatt Stevens as the 2020 Professionalism Award recipient; and Yolanda R. Fair and Caroline McLean as the 2020 Distinguished Young Lawyers. The late Jones Byrd was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Bar plans to give out these awards in person at the earliest opportunity.

Virtual Local Bar Meeting with Chief Justice Beasley

Chief Justice Beasley will speak to local Bar members at a Virtual Local Bar Meeting on Monday, June 22, from 12:30-1:30pm on WebEx.

Advanced registration is requested here.

The programming of this meeting will include a brief address by Chief Justice Beasley and then a Question and Answer session for attendees. She is aware that attorneys have many questions about how the current pandemic has affected the Courts and the Bar at large and looks forward to the opportunity to hear from you. Please submit your questions here.

The meetings will be grouped regionally for consolidation purposes. The Virtual Local Bar Meeting for the 40th and 43rd District Bar(s) is scheduled for Monday, June 22 from 12:30-1:30pm.

WebX Tips from a Judge’s Perspective

All Bar members are invited to join Judge Ward Scott for a 45 minute session outlining settings and tips for the online platform WebX. This platform is currently used by the North Carolina courts, and many attorneys will find it helpful to hear from the judges who are holding court online. RSVP here, and Judge Scott will send a personal email invitation to you with a WebX link.

Click here to RSVP for Tuesday (6-9-20) at 12:30pm, and here to RSVP for Thursday (6-11-20) at 12:30pm.

July Quarterly Meeting of the State Bar Council

The July Quarterly Meeting of the State Bar Council was scheduled to take place, in-person, at The Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville on July 21-24, 2020. However, due to safety precautions, the meeting has been rescheduled as a series of videoconference meetings over the week of July 20, 2020.  For questions or concerns about the agenda, please contact State Bar Councilor Anna Hamrick at

WNC COVID Legal Hotline

It’s not too late to sign up to help with the WNC COVID Legal Hotline scheduled for this Thursday, May 21st between 8am – 2pm  Through the hotline, volunteer attorneys will provide legal information and guidance to callers who may have been affected by the pandemic. More information about the Hotline here: and attorney sign up for a two-hour shift here: Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to talk with callers from across the region.