Courthouse ID Cards Available

The County is offering a new photo identification card that will allow Bar members to bypass the metal detector at the Courthouse entrance, and will allow entrance to secure areas in the criminal district court of the new Buncombe County Judicial Complex. These cards are available by appointment only by contacting Beth Ray at 828-250-4167.

Attorneys who don’t want to get a photo identification card will still have access to the courthouse and courtrooms, but will need to go through the metal detectors and will need someone to access the secure areas for them.

The cost for the cards is $25 with an annual renewal fee of $15. The cost for replacing a lost card will be $10. Checks are to be made payable to the County of Buncombe. Click here for the application form.

Roy Davis Wins Distinguished Service Award from NC State Bar

Roy W. Davis, Jr., was awarded the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award at the November Bar Luncheon. Mr. Davis was nominated by State Bar Councilor Howard Gum, and NC State Bar President Ron Baker made the surprise announcement at the luncheon.

The North Carolina State Bar John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award program honors current and retired members of the NC State Bar throughout the state who have demonstrated exemplary service to the legal profession. Such service may be evidenced by a commitment to the principles and goals stated in the Preamble to the Rules of Professional Conduct, for example: furthering the public’s understanding of and confidence in the rule of law and the justice system; working to strengthen legal education; providing civic leadership to ensure equal access to our system of justice for all those who, because of economic or social barriers, cannot afford or secure adequate legal counsel; seeking to improve the administration of justice and the quality of services rendered by the legal profession; promoting diversity and diverse participation within the legal profession; providing professional services at no fee or a reduced fee to persons of limited means or to public service or charitable groups or organizations; encouraging and counseling peers by providing advice and mentoring; and fostering civility among members of the bar.

Roy W. Davis, Jr., is a recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Davis earned his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in 1952, and graduated cum laude from UNC Law School in 1955. While at UNC Law School, Mr. Davis was selected for the Order of the Coif. In 1960, Mr. Davis began practicing in Asheville with the Van Winkle Law Firm, where he has practiced for over 50 years.

Mr. Davis is a past president of the North Carolina State Bar, past vice-president of the North Carolina Bar Association, a past member of the ABA House of Delegates, and is currently a member of the Board of Law Examiners. Mr. Davis is also a past president of the Buncombe County Bar, where he was honored with the Bar’s Centennial award in 2003. In addition to his service to the bar, Mr. Davis is also very active with Pisgah Legal Services, serving on the board, as President, and recently as a co-chair of a capitol campaign to raise money for adequate office facilities for volunteer attorneys.

In 2009, Mr. Davis was the recipient of the Chief Justice’s Award for Professionalism, which is “presented annually to an individual or organization whose contributions have demonstrated the highest commitment to genuine professionalism and the highest standards of legal ethics.” Mr. Davis’s promotion of ethical, professional, and courteous conduct among members of the bar, coupled with his pro bono work and service to the legal profession make him a role model in western North Carolina and a deserving recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award.

Bar Holiday Party & Toy Drive

All Bar members are invited to join us for the annual Holiday Party & Toy Drive, set for Friday, December 6th from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Help us make a holidays bright for local children by bringing toy donations for Santa Pal, or bringing your check to support the Bar’s Habitat for Humanity house.

The party takes place at The Venue at 21 North Market Street, and starts with appetizers and drinks at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:45 p.m., then live music with CaroMia Tiller & friends starting at 7 p.m. Please click here to reserve your seat.

Each Bar member may attend and bring one guest for free. Sorry, no children allowed.

Thank you to the following sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Asheville Law Offices

Cloninger, Barbour, Searson & Jones, PLLC

Fidelity National Title

Long, Parker, Warren, Anderson & Payne, P.A.

McGuire, Wood & Bissette

Patla, Straus, Robinson & Moore, P.A.

Roberts & Stevens, P.A.

Siemens Family Law Group

Stone and Christy, P.A.

Van Winkle Law Firm

Bronze Sponsors:

Carol Goins Law Office

Adams, Hendon, Carson, Crow & Saenger, PA

Henco Reprographics

Peltz Law Firm, PLLC

Deutsch & Gottschalk

Worley & Scott, PA

Law Office of Phillip Price

RSVP, Please

Need a New Year’s resolution? Please resolve to make a reservation for the monthly Bar Luncheon. At the November luncheon, only 70 attorneys reserved a seat, but we had 128 in attendance. We appreciate The Venue’s attempt to feed everyone who attended the lunch, but our failure to RSVP with a correct head count does make it difficult for them. Please note that you no longer have to log in to the website in order to RSVP. We appreciate your consideration as our Bar grows and becomes more collegial.

In Memoriam: Cathie St. John-Ritzen

We regret to inform you of the death of Cathie St. John-Ritzen on November 7, 2013. She died as the result of a head injury due to a fall. The following obituary was sent to the Bar on Monday:


Cathie St. John‐Ritzen, who passed away on Thursday November 7, represented clients in Elder Law and Estate matters for over 12 years. She was a 1998 graduate of the University of Missouri‐Columbia School of Law. After moving to Asheville in 1999 she passed the North Carolina Bar Exam and opened her practice in in the BB&T Building.

Prior to becoming a lawyer she was a registered nurse in Missouri, a profession at which she excelled for nearly 20 years. In 1984 back problems made her physically unable continue her nursing career. She worked as a nurse consultant for a Springfield, Missouri law firm and pursued a graduate degree in English literature before entering law school at Missouri, where her husband Jim was a member of the faculty. Even after she became a lawyer Cathie remained a nurse at heart, and she was devoted to her practice and her clients because she knew that the law, like nursing, is a helping profession in which a caring individual can make a positive difference in the lives of ordinary people.

Cathie was a sports fan and despite the demands of her ever growing practice, she and Jim faithfully followed the fortunes of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Missouri Tigers, as well as the Carolina Panthers and Tarheel Basketball and football.

A memorial service will be held On Saturday, November 23, at 2:00 p.m at Jubilee Community Church on Wall Street.

Sympathy cards may be addressed to Jim Ritzen and sent to 79 Olney Drive, Asheville, NC 28806.