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Professionalism For New Admittees CLE 2019

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Date(s) - 10/03/2019 - 10/04/2019
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Van Winkle Law Firm


Professionalism For New Admittees in the Buncombe County Bar is a 12-hour, two-day continuing legal education course for attorneys who plan to practice in Buncombe County. It is free for new members of the Buncombe County Bar, and $25 per hour for others. Pre-registration is required. New admittees will be given preference for registration.

The CLE will be held in the Starnes Conference Room at Van Winkle Law Firm in Asheville, beginning Thursday, October 3, at 8 a.m., and ending Friday, October 4, at 4 p.m.

According to the North Carolina State Bar, if you are admitted on or after January 1, 2011, you must complete the 12-hour Professionalism for New Admittees program. To receive credit for the program, you must also complete a written evaluation provided by the sponsor.

The program consists of 12 hours of training in subjects designated by the North Carolina State Bar, including professional responsibility, professionalism, and law office management.

A member who is licensed by a United States jurisdiction other than North Carolina for five or more years prior to admission to practice in North Carolina is exempt from the Professionalism for New Admittees program requirement and must notify the board of the exemption in the first annual report sent to the member.


Agenda highlights:

 Thursday, October 3, 2019

 Anne Salter, Bar President & Lisa-Gaye Hall, Bar Administrator

–Welcome & Introduction

Sabrina Presnell Rockoff McGuire, Wood & Bissette Law Firm

–Organization of a Law Office

Laura Mahr, Conscious Legal Minds

–Five Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Burnout Prevention

Panel: Sonya Rikhye, Forrest Firm; Carter Webb, Strauss Attorneys; Tikkun Gottschalk, Deutsch & Gottschalk

–Professionalism Pitfalls and Law School Debt

Steve Cogburn, Clerk of Superior Court

–Professionalism and Relationships with Clerks & Court Personnel

Jim Barrett, Director, Pisgah Legal Services

–Importance of Pro Bono Service – Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers

Hon. Sharon Barrett, Retired Superior Court Judge

–Professionalism: What Law School Didn’t Teach & The Importance of Mentors


Friday, October 4, 2019

Kevin Mahoney, NC Eminent Domain

–Professionalism and Technology & Social Media

Troy Crawford, Claims Counsel, Lawyers Mutual

–Trust Accounting Rules

Hon. Martin Reidinger, US District Judge, Western District NC

–Professionalism and a Litigator’s Public Relationship

Robynn Moraites, Lawyers Assistance Program

–Professionalism and Work/Life Balance

James Ellis, Stone and Christy Attorneys

–Overview of North Carolina State Bar

Panel: Hon. Sharon Barrett, Special Superior Court Judge; Kenny Hunt, Roberts & Stevens; Johanna Finkelstein, Assistant Clerk of Courts; Anne Salter, Pisgah Legal Services; John Olesiuk, DeVere Lentz & Associates

–Professionalism in Practice


This event is fully booked.