State Bar Councilor Election 2015

The term of our State Bar Councilor, Howard L. Gum, expires on December 31, 2015. Howard L. Gum has served three consecutive terms and is not eligible for reappointment. An election will be held at the Annual Meeting of the Buncombe County Bar, on June 10, 2015. The meeting will be held at The Venue, 21 N. Market Street, Asheville, from 12:30 – 2 pm.

Any member of the 28th Judicial District who desires to submit a nomination for State Bar Councilor may do so by emailing our Bar Administrator, Lisa-Gaye Hall, at, by June 5, 2015. Nominations may also be made from the floor the day of the meeting. Election must be by a majority of votes cast by those present by secret ballot. Use of proxies is prohibited. Members who are unable to attend the Annual Meeting may vote by secret ballot from noon – 1 pm at The Venue.

Two members have declared their candidacy for State Bar Councilor. The candidates submitted the following profiles:

FullSizeRender (1)BILL CHRISTY

I am thankful that I am a lawyer, and for the many opportunities that the law has given to me, including the opportunity to know so many lawyers both here and around the state. I grew up in Asheville and am a graduate of Warren Wilson College. After a brief career as a high school English teacher I attended and graduated from NCCU School of Law. I next attended and received an LLM in Taxation from the University of Florida. I practiced for a few years in Durham, and then moved to Black Mountain in 1995 and joined Dick Stone to form the firm of Stone & Christy. My practice has included tax matters, real property transactions and litigation, probate transactions and litigation, as well as working with small businesses and general litigation. I served as President of the Buncombe County Bar in 2010-11, and on the Executive committee for a few years before that; since that time I have served on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Conference of Bar Presidents.

I have served on a number of local non-profit Boards. I am currently on the Board and serving as Secretary to the Board of Trustees of Warren Wilson
College, and am on the Board of Black Mountain Savings Bank, SSB. In addition I am involved at the District level with Rotary Youth Exchange.
I think that my many experiences, including significant experience outside of the legal realm, give me the background to understand and evaluate issues
that are critical to the legal profession, as well as the protection of the public. I promise that I will be a diligent participant, a good communicator to the local Bar, and a good listener to concerns from the local Bar. Thank you for considering my candidacy, and I ask for your vote.

anna headshot from websiteANNA HAMRICK

My name is Anna Hamrick, and I am running for State Bar Councilor for the 28th Judicial District. I seek this position as I hope to continue the excellent job our predecessors have done in contributing to the governance of the Bar. I would also like to help the Bar meet the needs of our diverse membership in these quickly changing times.

By way of background, I am a Chapel Hill native, and received my undergraduate degree from UNC and my law degree from George Washington University. My husband, Sam Snead, is an assistant capital defender. We moved to Asheville in 1996, and have two daughters, ages 12 and 14.

I have practiced law in Western North Carolina since we moved here, first in a general practice firm, and later doing residential real estate law, medical malpractice defense, and general civil litigation. Since 2002, Leah Broker and I have represented clients in Social Security and workers’ compensation matters at Broker & Hamrick, P.A.

I am also on the State Bar Publications Committee. This has allowed me to meet members of the Council, as well as learn more about the role of the State Bar. The State Bar Councilor is charged with keeping the constituents within the District Bar informed of important events relating to the administration of the State Bar; exercising good judgment in voting on issues before the Council to serve the best interests of the people of North Carolina; being aware of and to the greatest degree possible representing the views of the constituents, and helping the District Bar put into place any requirements of the Council. I believe I can faithfully execute these important tasks, and should I be elected, would always have an open door to hear questions, criticisms or comments from members of our Bar.