Holiday Party and Toy Drive 2020

Due to the pandemic, we moved our party and toy drive to the outdoor venue Rabbit, Rabbit this year. We collected a giant trailer load of toys for Santa Pal, and generous attorneys chipped in checks totaling $200 to help less fortunate families have toys under the tree this year. And, we collected a truck bed full of food for Manna Food Bank, as well as $950 in checks to pass along to that organization. Thank you! The attorneys of the Buncombe County Bar are incredibly generous, and this outpouring of support is a beautiful way to show it.


(Shown in photo: Bike donations from the attorneys at Van Winkle Law Firm)

Overview of Landlord/Tenant & Consumer Matters During the Pandemic CLE

The Pro Bono Committee of the Buncombe County Bar will host a virtual CLE Program on Wed, January 13, 2021 to provide an overview of key areas of Landlord/Tenant Law and  including termination of tenancy and habitability issues in residential rental housing, and of Consumer Protection Law, including debtors’ rights and common credit issues faced by low-income members of our community. Presenter Molly Maynard will discuss these areas of law in light of the pandemic’s impact on our region.  The sessions will provide good background for attorneys interested in doing pro bono service in the areas of landlord/tenant and consumer protection/debt. The Pro Bono Committee of the Bar is providing this one-hour CLE at no charge. Click here to sign up.


Molly Maynard, Director of Consumer Law Program, Pisgah Legal Services
Molly is a staff attorney handling a range of consumer law cases and housing cases at Pisgah Legal Services. She has also worked on Pisgah Legal’s Community Economic Development projects. Molly is a graduate of UNC School of Law and has practiced poverty law at Pisgah Legal Services for nine years. She is the Director of Pisgah Legal’s Consumer Law Program.

Overview of Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Estate Administration CLE

This three hour Overview of Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Estate Administration virtual CLE is designed for the general practitioner who wants to better understand:

  • How to draft wills, trusts, and powers of attorney
  • How to plan for long-term care expenses and crisis planning, including gifting and Medicaid asset protection trusts; and
  • After death estate administration options available under North Carolina law guided by real case scenarios.

Presenters include:

  • Zachary F. Lamb, a partner in the law firm Ward and Smith, P.A. in Asheville;
  • Larry S. Hartley, a partner in the law firm Strauss Attorneys, PLLC in Asheville; and
  • Mariah D. McKinney, a partner in the law firm Garlock & McKinney, PC in Black Mountain.

 The fee for the seminar is $35 per hour and will take place virtually January 22, 2021 from 9am-12:30pm.

Reminder: Buncombe Bar Holiday Party & Toy Drive – Wednesday, December 2, 4:30-7pm

Dear Bar Members,

Break out that holiday sweater! Our annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive is this Wednesday! We have moved to the outdoor venue Rabbit Rabbit this year, and the event will feature holiday movies on the big screen, free food and drinks, and a safe outdoor space for celebrating. We are happy to continue the Bar’s beloved tradition of collecting toys for Santa Pal and food for Manna Food Bank at this event.

The doors open 4:30pm and close at 7pm on Wednesday, December 2. Buncombe County Bar members are invited to bring one adult guest, as well as children in your immediate family.  Bring your family to enjoy the short film, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which will begin at 4:45.  The night’s feature movie will be “Elf,” which will begin at 5:15. Though the doors will open to the public at 7pm, you may stay to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation if seats are available.

While at the party, you can place your order for delicious food at Asheville Pizza or the on-site Asheville Taco food truck. The Rabbit Rabbit staff will provide you a buzzer that will notify you when your food is ready for pickup. There is also a separate bar area where you can order featured cocktails, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. The Bar will pick up the tab for all food and drink at the party.

Rabbit Rabbit is observing strict covid-19 safety protocols, so they require social distancing and provide safe table seating.  Masks are required at all times unless guests are at a table. They also have tons of outdoor heaters! More information about Rabbit Rabbit, including pictures of the venue, their covid policies, and menus, can be found here.

We will have a trailer available on site to collect all toy and food donations. If you are unable to attend the event, but wish to drop off your donation, just let us know on the day of the event via an email message. Please RSVP here.