View From The Bench CLE

The Buncombe Bar is hosting a one-hour free CLE featuring both District Court and Superior Court judges discussing professionalism in the courtroom. The View From The Bench will take place on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 in the jury assembly room on the second floor of the courthouse. Topics include pretrial briefs, voir dire, approaching judges, awarding attorney fees, and reviewing the Professionalism Creed. To pre-register, click here.

Presenters include:

Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Grant
Chief District Court Judge Calvin Hill
District Court Judge Andrea Dray
District Court Judge Julie Kepple
District Court Judge Susan Dotson-Smith

Lawyers and Social Media: Maintaining an Ethically-Sound Digital Presence CLE

Join your Bar colleagues for a free hour of CLE on September 14, 2022 at 12:30pm. The seminar is part of the September Bar luncheon, held at the Asheville Social Club on Broadway in downtown Asheville. Sign up here for a boxed lunch, or bring your own! Sign up for CLE credit on the day of the event.

Social media is a great way for attorneys to gather and share information to enhance the client experience.  The technology also presents many ethical traps.  How can attorneys use technology such as Facebook and other social media platforms in their practice to connect with the public in a way that complies with the Rules of Professional Conduct?  Through a discussion of recent case law, ethics opinions and hypotheticals, we’ll address this issue and more.

Program topics include:

  • Effectively counseling clients about the legal ramifications of social media;
  • Managing professional networking websites and online client reviews;
  • Protecting client confidentiality;
  • Maintaining data privacy safeguards;
  • Ensuring social media posts comply with advertising requirements; and
  • Understanding new and pending NC State Bar ethics opinions.

Seminar presenters:

  • Uta Zacharias, Lawyers Mutual Senior Claims Counsel. Lawyers Mutual welcomed Uta Zacharias in 2018. Prior to joining Lawyers Mutual, Uta worked as Senior Subrogation Counsel at Investors Title Insurance Company since 2010.  She came to Investors Title from LandAmerica in Richmond, Virginia, where she served six years as Associate Claims Counsel.  Uta also practiced for several years in law firms in Charlotte, N.C. and Richmond, V.A., where she focused on real estate, general business transactional matters, employment and immigration law.  Uta is licensed in North Carolina and Virginia.  She is a member of the Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association.
  • Julie D. Beavers, Lawyers Mutual Director of Client Services. Julie Beavers joined Lawyers Mutual NC in October 2018 as the Director of Client Services where she provides risk management resources and education in support of professional liability claims prevention and lawyer success. Prior to joining Lawyers Mutual, Julie worked as the Director of Attorney Recruiting and Professional Development at Ward & Smith, P.A.

    Julie is active in the legal community, serving as a frequent speaker at CLE programs, law schools and various bar groups. Presently, she is a member of the Legal Specialization Board at the NC State Bar and is a Guest Advisor on the CLE Committee. Julie is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association with a history of leadership roles. She currently serves as co-chair of the Small Firm & Technology Membership Committee and is the former chair of the Transitioning Lawyers Commission and Professional Wellness Committee. Other professional memberships include the Raleigh chapter of the Legal Marketing Association and the Triangle Association of Legal Recruitment Administrators (TALRA) where she was a founding member and three-term president.

    A native of eastern of North Carolina, Julie earned a Bachelor of Science from East Carolina University and a Human Resource Management Certification from Duke University.  She previously worked at Ward and Smith, P.A., Campbell University School of Law and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC.

Swearing-In Ceremony

New Bar members are invited to sign up now for the annual Swearing-in Ceremony for the Buncombe County Bar.  The event will be held in the fifth floor courtroom in the Buncombe County Courthouse on Thursday, October 20th from 4-5pm.

If you are a new attorney and want to participate in this ceremony, please sign up here.

Partners For Justice Internship Program 2022

The Partners for Justice Internship program helped four local high school seniors explore careers in criminal justice. Students spent each day in court, in the Buncombe County detention center, in local law firms, or riding along with a deputy sheriff. The program, which took place July 25-29, was facilitated by Youth Transformed for Life Training Program, and sponsored by the Buncombe County Bar.

Libby Kyles, Executive Director of the YTL Training Program, said, “YTL Training Programs would like to thank our interns and their parents for taking a leap with us as we delve into creating and building relationships within our Justice System. Thanks so much to Judge Kepple and Lisa Gaye-Hall for sharing your vision and working with YTL to see it to fruition. Last, but certainly not least, thank you to every guest speaker, officer, and individuals working within our justice system for your willingness to teach, listen to and learn from these amazing interns. We look forward to next year with great expectations!” Learn more about the YLT Training Program here.

This year’s interns are rising seniors at Asheville High School, Buncombe County Early College, and Erwin High School.