Update-North Carolina State Bar/40th Judicial District Bar Meeting

The North Carolina State Bar and the 40th (formerly 28th) Judicial District Bar meeting and CLE program at the Renaissance Hotel in Asheville, NC  set for March 20 has been postponed.

The program will feature presentations concerning various functions of the State Bar and other matters of interest to the profession. Participants include State Bar President Colon Willoughby, President-Elect Barbara Christy, Vice President Darrin Jordan, Executive Director Alice Mine, and several other members of the State Bar staff. Attendees will earn 2 hours of CLE credit in professional responsibility (ethics).

This meeting is designed to enhance communications between the leadership of the State Bar and practicing lawyers, judges, district attorneys, and corporate counsel on the local level. The leadership of the State Bar is truly interested in hearing from you on issues affecting the profession and your law practices.

The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 12:00 noon. Lunch will be served after the program. There is no registration fee for the State Bar meeting or lunch. Free CLE, free lunch and an opportunity to talk about issues affecting our profession–what more could a member of the State Bar ask for? Please plan to attend. Click here to reserve your seat.

If you have any questions about the program or its location, please email the State Bar’s events coordinator, Sharon Kelly Lewis, at slewis@ncbar.gov or call 919.719.9223.

Update – Racial Equity Groundwater Presentation Postponed

This event has been postponed, and more information will be posted to this site as soon as it is rescheduled.

This exciting (free) training is filling up fast! The Safety and Justice Challenge Racial Equity workgroup is excited to host the Racial Equity Institute (REI) as they bring one of their trainings, the Groundwater Presentation, to Buncombe County.  The Groundwater presentation is an introduction to Racial Equity. REI’s trainings are specifically designed to help leaders and organizations who want to both understand and address racism in their communities and within their internal organizations. The Groundwater presentation will help start that process and give an overview of racial equity work. REI presenters “will use stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature. By examining characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, the presentation introduces participants to an analysis that most find immediately helpful and relevant.”

All Bar members are invited join us as we learn about how to address Racial Equity in our county and criminal justice system.

Our REI Groundwater training will be held the week of March 23rd. Due to the high demand, we want to prioritize this training to members of the JRAC, the 28th Judicial District Defense Bar, and City and County Government leaders and department heads.  Please RSVP by March 13th.  We will open it up for other parties to RSVP by March 20th.  You only need to attend one training and you must register with Eventbrite, below.

Training 1:

Monday, March 23, 2020 at 1:00p-4p. To register for this session click here.

Training 2:

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 9a-12:00p. To register for this session click here.


Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:00p-4p. To register for this session click here.


Yoga & Tea Wellness Event

Join our wellness event during the dreary days of February! Stretch and breathe during an hour of gentle yoga on February 26th at 4pm with your attorney colleagues at Violet Owl Wellness at 62 Wall Street. Then take all your zen to Trade and Lore across the street, with the group, for a cup of tea. Take a mid-week break to improve your wellness and connect with others.

(To assist with our planning, please click here and sign up. But it’s fine to just show up if commitment is stressful for you.)

Seeking Law Library Feedback

The Buncombe County Library Director seeks to form a committee of attorneys to assess and create a plan to improve utilization of the law library currently housed on the 10th floor of the courthouse. To participate, please email Bar Administrator Lisa-Gaye Hall at admin@buncombebar.com.