Applications Accepted for Board Certification

Becoming a board certified specialist is one great way to be recognized for your dedication to a particular practice area. The specialization program identifies North Carolina lawyers who are experienced and knowledgeable in fourteen practice areas (listed below), thereby providing clients with a reliable credential. Specialists can advertise their specialty certification and are included in our online searchable directory. Only five percent of qualified NC lawyers have earned the distinction of board certification.

Do I Qualify?
If you have practiced law for five years, during which time you were substantially involved in the specialty practice area and acquired sufficient CLE hours in the past three years, you may qualify to become board certified. You can learn more about the program at nclawspecialists.gov. There, you’ll find details about the application process and requirements. The 2021 application period is open through May 3. *Early application discount –April 16.

Not Yet?
If you’re not at the five-year mark or would like to apply in a future year, complete our Declaration of Intent form. There’s no fee to file and we’ll email you reminders, information about CLEs, notes about upcoming deadlines, and more to keep you on track. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks,

Denise E. Mullen
The North Carolina State Bar
Board of Legal Specialization
PO Box 25908
Raleigh, NC  27611-5908
919-828-4620 x 255

Nominations Invited for Bar Executive Committee for 2021

The Buncombe County Bar invites nominations for President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three members of the Executive Committee for the 2021-2022 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 16, 2021.  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 Anne Salter with any questions.

The election of officers for the fiscal year of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 will occur at the annual meeting of the Bar on June 9, 2021. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the meeting when the election is held.

Buncombe County Seeks Members for Community Engagement Workgroup

In February 2021, Buncombe County received an additional $1.75 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to continue building on efforts in collaboration with local leaders and the community to rethink the local criminal justice system, safely reduce Buncombe County’s jail population, and eliminate racial inequities.

Community engagement is an essential component of justice system reform, and toward this goal, the Buncombe County Safety Justice Challenge (SJC) Community Engagement Workgroup has connected with the community through surveys, listening sessions throughout the county, a virtual town hall, and community information events on developing justice system policies.

In 2021, the Community Engagement Workgroup will be focused on building deeper, more collaborative relationships with stakeholders, and working to fulfill the goals of the Buncombe County Safety and Justice Challenge in partnership with our shared communities.

Community Members Needed

Community Engagement is about involving people who are directly and indirectly affected by government policies and practices. The SJC Community Engagement Workgroup is seeking 10 community members to serve on the workgroup. For this workgroup, a community member is someone who is impacted by the justice system and is not affiliated with, or being paid by an organization to participate in the workgroup. Community members will receive a stipend funded by the MacArthur Foundation grant.

·         Youth ages 18-24 are encouraged to apply

·         Those who identify as Latinx are encouraged to apply

Workgroup activities will include:

·         Continuing to plan, facilitate, and host activities such as town halls, focus groups, listening session, criminal justice info sessions, and community meetings

·         Reviewing content and material related to public education campaigns, information sessions, and community meetings

·         Developing communication strategies between community and criminal justice system organizations

The current grant brings the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s total investment in Buncombe County to $3.55 million to date, and is part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a $246 million national initiative to reduce over-incarceration and advance racial equity in local criminal justice systems by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.

Please see the attachment for a complete timeline and application information. The application deadline is March 29, 2021. Visit buncombecounty.org/justiceservices to learn more about the Safety and Justice Challenge in Buncombe County.

 

4ALL Statewide Service Day – March 5th

The 2021 4ALL (Virtual) Statewide Service Day is a pro bono program of the North Carolina Bar Foundation, held in conjunction with the North Carolina Bar Association. On March 5, 2021, North Carolina lawyers will join forces to provide provide free legal answers, information and resources to callers seeking information regarding North Carolina-related legal matters. Volunteers will participate virtually, from their homes or offices. The 2021 4ALL (Virtual) event will run through a phone service called Telzio that can be accessed by website (recommended) or mobile app. Volunteers will take calls related to their designated areas of practice, which will be noted in the volunteer registration process. Note that volunteers can serve for more than 1 shift, but need only register for the earliest shift they are willing to serve.

Click here to sign up.

NOTE: The greatest need is for volunteers for the 5-7pm shifts. Thank you!