President’s Message

Welcome. Throughout the years, the Buncombe County Bar and its members have created an environment of camaraderie and professionalism fostered, in part, through Bar events and socials. While there is uncertainty as to whether we can meet safely in person during the 2020-2021 fiscal year, I want to assure you that the Buncombe County Bar will continue to offer monthly Bar luncheons and socials where our members can access programming and connect with one another. If we are not able to meet in person, we will develop creative ways to engage our members with online programming.

Equally important to the Bar’s leadership is our ability to continue to meet the needs of our members. These times provide an opportunity for the Executive Committee to seek new and innovative ways of serving our legal community. As your Bar President, I intend to have regular conversations with individuals one-on-one and with our Executive Committee around member needs, which may include discussions regarding greater opportunities to serve our local community, particular CLE programming, wellness resources, addressing concerns unique to the practice of law, and ways to assist members in adjusting to changes to the practice of law resulting from COVID-19.

I am truly excited to see how the challenges we are facing push our Bar to find new and creative ways to operate and serve our members. Please do not hesitate to reach out, whether it be to relay ideas or concerns or to connect. I look forward to working with and for you this coming year.

Sonya Rikhye
President, Buncombe County Bar
2020-2021