Free CLE Friday: Cultivating Resilience In Your Legal Career

The Buncombe County Bar is excited to offer a free one-hour CLE discussing how to cope with and respond to challenges that occur in our profession. For example, how do you process and respond after a missed deadline or after you lose a trial? This virtual CLE will provide tools and tips on how to cope with difficult situations and build resiliency in the practice of law, and takes place on Zoom from 12:30-1:30 on Friday, May 14.


James Kilbourne is recognized locally and statewide for his leadership in the legal profession.  James was President of the Buncombe Bar in 2018-19 and President of the Western District Federal Bar in 2016-2017.  He served as the chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Convention Planning Advisory Committee for the 2018 (Wilmington) and 2019 (Asheville) Conventions.  He was recently elected as Secretary of the NCBA Appellate Practice Section, slated to become chair of that section in several years.  James has served on the Appellate Rules Committee for 5 terms.

James is a litigation attorney with twenty-two years of experience, in all aspects of civil litigation, including depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, jury trials, and appeals.  He primarily handles the firm’s complex litigation, construction litigation, and appeals.  He has significant trial experience in State, Federal and Tribal court and is an excellent strategist and negotiator.  James is also a certified mediator.

Janet Amburgey is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law.  She graduated from Appalachian School of Law in 2008 and focuses her practice exclusively on family law matters.  She represents people in divorce and separation, surrounding child custody and support, through property settlement and alimony matters.  She helps people build families through adoption, name changes, and marital agreements, protects parents and children in domestic violence matters and serves as parent counsel in DSS matters. She believes problem-solving a primary responsibility of a lawyer. Assisting people through family chaos, ensuring the protection of their rights and property, helping to blend and expand families, and facilitating the transition to newly designed futures, is the heart of Janet’s family law practice.

Pat Patton is a retired Assistant District attorney for the 40th Prosecutorial District, and served in that role for almost 30 years. Pat graduated from the University of North Carolina Law School, and earned a Bachelor’s from Duke University. He was a law clerk for the Hon. Sam J. Ervin, III in the Us Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and practiced commercial litigation before being a prosecutor.

Yolanda Fair is an Assistant Public Defender in the 28th Judicial District of North Carolina. She earned her JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and a BA from Tufts University. She is a board member and co-chair of Marketing for Partners Unlimited and a volunteer judge for the Buncombe County Teen Court. She is the chair of the Wellness Committee for the Buncombe County Bar.

This CLE is pending approval for one hour of mental health credit from the NC State Bar Board of CLE.

Click here to register on Zoom.