Candidate Forum for DA & Sheriff Race – May 3, 2022

The Buncombe County Bar held a candidate forum for the May, 2022 primary on Tuesday, May 3, 6-9pm in the Buncombe County Courthouse, courtroom 1A.

This forum was organized by the Buncombe County Bar as part of our responsibility for public service and public education regarding the legal system. The Buncombe County Bar is nonpartisan and the members of the Bar made every effort to promote a fair and reasonable exchange of ideas within the forum. Attorney James Kilbourne served as moderator for the Sheriff and District Attorney candidates.

Download candidate profiles here: Candidate Profiles May 2022

Nominations Invited for Bar Executive Committee for 2022

The Buncombe County Bar invites nominations for President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three members of the Executive Committee for the 2022-2023 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., May 10, 2022.  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 Immediate Past President and Nominating Committee Chairperson Sonya Rikhye with any questions.

The election of officers for the fiscal year of July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 will occur at the annual meeting of the Bar on June 8, 2022. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the meeting when the election is held.

Nominations Invited for Buncombe County Bar Awards

The Executive Committee invites your nomination of members of the Buncombe County Bar to receive the 2022 Centennial, Professionalism, Distinguished Young Lawyer and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Awards are presented at our annual meeting, which this year is June 8, 2022. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, April 15, 2022.

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. We welcome letters of support. Thank you for helping the Executive Committee to honor deserving members with these significant awards.

2022 4ALL Statewide Service Day – March 4, 2022

Calling all members of the Buncombe County Bar!  The Pro Bono Committee encourages you to participate in this year’s 4ALL Statewide Service Day on March 4, 2022.  Be part of this annual call-a-lawyer pro bono program that engages hundreds of volunteer attorneys to provide free legal information to thousands of North Carolinians, from the mountains to the coast.

This year, 4ALL will be held in a virtual format that allows volunteers to serve from the safety and comfort of their own homes or offices. Attorney and paralegal volunteers are needed to serve in two hour shifts from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Attorney volunteers may designate practice areas in which they are willing to take calls for 4ALL. Incoming calls are screened by volunteer paralegal call screeners and forwarded to attorneys best able to answer the caller’s questions. Volunteers can expect to receive 5-10 calls an hour, depending on practice area.

Register and get more information here!

Wellness Matters

Reminder from the Wellness Committee to practice excellent self-care during these waning days of winter—work hard, eat right, get plenty of sleep, exercise in ways you enjoy, get outdoors, practice any chosen forms of spirituality or religion– and spend time with colleagues, friends and family.  It is a sign of strength to ask for help if you need it.  Your work is vitally important to the people you serve.  You matter.  Your integrity is the most important quality you have as an attorney.  Cherish it—and yourself!  Click on the Wellness page on the Buncombe County Bar website for wellness resources.