Register of Deeds Office Third Floor Closed

From Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger:

Due to a positive case of COVID-19 in the office, our Public Health officials have asked to have our office cleaned and staff quarantined at home while they await test results. We will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (July 20 -21). Our Vital Records Department will be open on Wednesday, July 22nd. Our Recording department will resume eRecording documents, and recording paper documents delivered by mail or put in our drop box outside the office on Wednesday as well. The third floor will be closed to in-person services until further notice. I apologize for the inconvenience and the interruption of our services.

I know many of you care about our employees personally and consider them friends. Our employee who contracted the virus seems to be recovering but still has symptoms.

Stay safe,


Drew Reisinger

Register of Deeds

(828) 250-4315

205 College St – Asheville, NC 28801


Respect. Honesty. Integrity. Collaboration. Equity.

Groundwater Racial Equity Training

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 virtually on July 29th. 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.” Please join us as we learn about how to address Racial Equity in our county and criminal justice system.

To attend the training you must register with Eventbrite. One you register, you will receive an email confirmation with the link to the event page where you will click the play button to be brought into the event once it starts. Please RSVP by July 28th

 REI Groundwater Training Link:

Thursday, July 29, 2020 at 9a-12:00p. To register for this session click here.


Congratulations to our North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society Inductees

Buncombe County takes great pride in its many members of the North Carolina Pro
Bono Honor Society, each of whom reported 50 or more hours of pro bono service in
2019. These attorneys volunteered through Pisgah Legal Services and other
organizations to help their community in ways only lawyers can. They are among 520
attorneys the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) inducted into the 2019
North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society. Buncombe County attorneys who are a
member of this year’s honor society are listed here.

“Through our annual pro bono reporting process, our legal profession reaffirms our
commitment to ensuring equal access to justice for all North Carolinians,” said North
Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. “In these times of crisis and extraordinary need, it
is especially heartening to learn about and celebrate our Pro Bono Honor Society
members – these attorneys are truly making a difference for people in our state.
Each member of this year’s cohort of the Honor Society receives a certificate from the
Supreme Court of North Carolina in recognition of their valuable contributions. This
group of attorneys provided nearly 40,000 hours of pro bono legal services in 2019 to
North Carolinians living in poverty.

A program of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission chaired by Chief
Justice Beasley, the PBRC works to increase North Carolina attorneys’ pro bono legal
service as a way to meet the legal needs of people of low-income and modest means in
our state.

“Pro bono lawyers are a crucial resource for those North Carolinians who cannot afford
legal services,” said PBRC Director Sylvia Novinsky. “I am inspired by the volunteer
spirit of the North Carolina bar highlighted by pro bono reporting. The growing list of
attorneys recognized by the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society serves as a symbol
to other attorneys that finding time to volunteer is doable.”

New Officers, Awards at 2020 Annual Meeting

The Buncombe Bar held a virtual Annual Meeting on June 10, 2020. This event featured annual awards, a review of the year’s accomplishments, and the election of new members of the Executive Committee. The following new members of the Executive Committee were sworn in:

President-Sonya Rikhye

President-Elect- Carter Webb

Vice-President-Gill Beck

Secretary-Janet Amburgey 

Treasurer-Barrett McFatter

EC Members-Megan Silver (<36), Zachary Lamb, and Steve Sizemore for three year terms.

The Annual Meeting also revealed the following awards: Judge Sharon Barrett as the 2020 Centennial Award recipient; Wyatt Stevens as the 2020 Professionalism Award recipient; and Yolanda R. Fair and Caroline McLean as the 2020 Distinguished Young Lawyers. The late Jones Byrd was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Bar plans to give out these awards in person at the earliest opportunity.

Virtual Local Bar Meeting with Chief Justice Beasley

Chief Justice Beasley will speak to local Bar members at a Virtual Local Bar Meeting on Monday, June 22, from 12:30-1:30pm on WebEx.

Advanced registration is requested here.

The programming of this meeting will include a brief address by Chief Justice Beasley and then a Question and Answer session for attendees. She is aware that attorneys have many questions about how the current pandemic has affected the Courts and the Bar at large and looks forward to the opportunity to hear from you. Please submit your questions here.

The meetings will be grouped regionally for consolidation purposes. The Virtual Local Bar Meeting for the 40th and 43rd District Bar(s) is scheduled for Monday, June 22 from 12:30-1:30pm.