Honoring Judge J.O. Israel

The Buncombe County Bar has framed a photographic portrait of the late District Court Judge J.O. Israel, and the portrait will be hung in the hallway of the new section of the courthouse. Judge Israel was the first District Court Judge in Buncombe County, and served on the bench from 1970 – 1982.
Per the request of several of our member attorneys, we have arranged for a small gathering underneath the portrait on April 26, at 4pm, so that Judge Israel’s widow can view the portrait. Judge Pope will preside at the gathering. All Bar members are invited.
It is the Bar’s policy to pay for framed photographic portraits of judges who have served on the bench for ten years or more, after their retirement. We are delighted to be able to participate in honoring the service of our judges.

Nominating Committee Meets Tuesday, April 30, 4pm

The Nominating Committee of the Buncombe County Bar will meet Tuesday, April 30 at 4pm to consider nominations for President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three members of the Executive Committee for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The meeting takes place at The Brock Law Firm, 26 N. Liberty Street, Asheville, and is open to all members.

Suggestions for persons to fill these vacancies are welcome. Nominations can be emailed to admin@BuncombeBar.com or mailed to Buncombe Bar Administrator, P.O. Box 7391, Asheville, NC 28802, and must be received by 3 pm, April 30, 2019. 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. At large members are elected for three year terms; officers serve for three year terms. Bar members may volunteer for service or nominate a colleague.

The election of officers for the fiscal year of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 will occur at the annual meeting of the Bar on June 12, 2019 at Celine’s on Broadway. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the meeting when the election is held.

Nominations Open for Bar Executive Committee 2019-2020

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 2019-2020 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 30, 2019.  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.

The election of officers for the fiscal year of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 will occur at the annual meeting of the Bar on June 12, 2019. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the meeting when the election is held.

2019 Bar Awards

The Executive Committee invites your nomination of members of the Buncombe County Bar to receive the 2019 Centennial, Professionalism, Distinguished Young Lawyer and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Awards are presented at our annual meeting, which this year is June 12, 2019. The deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

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 28th JDB Professionalism Award was established by President Roger Smith in 2004 to annually recognize 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 was created in 2016 by 28th JDB President Brad Stark to recognize the contribution to the legal profession and society made by a member of the 28th Judicial District. To qualify the person must be nominated by a member of the 28th Judicial District, have been a member of the 28th Judicial District 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 28th JDB 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. We welcome letters of support. Thank you for helping the Executive Committee to honor deserving members with these significant awards.