Weekly Bar Briefs, 2-12-2019

Dear Bar Members,

We are delighted to partner with the U.S. District Court to offer two hours of free CLE on Friday, February 27th, including an hour of ethics. For more information, click here. For more CLE options, see our events calendar.


Recent Bar News

Racial Equity Groundwater Presentation Invitation  

Posted on February 25th, 2020 by Bar Administrator 

The Safety and Justice Challenge Racial Equity workgroup is excited to host the Racial Equity Institute (REI) as they bring one of their trainings, the Groundwater Presentation, to Buncombe County.  The Groundwater presentation is an introduction to Racial Equity. REI’s trainings are specifically designed to help leaders and organizations who want to both understand and Read more



Recent Member News

MWB Attorney Lou Bissette Given Highest Honor, Medallion of Merit, from Wake Forest University  

Posted on February 28th, 2020 by McGuire Wood & Bissette Law Firm 

Thursday evening, 2/20,  MWB Attorney Lou Bissette was given The Medallion of Merit, the highest honor given by Wake Forest University presented annually for outstanding achievement and distinguished contribution to the University. Read the official Medallion of Merit citation at the link: http://bit.ly/37SLIZa Watch a truly excellent video courtesy of Wake Forest University about Lou, his history with Read more


WomenBuild Habitat House Update  

Posted on February 24th, 2020 by Bar Administrator 

The women of the Buncombe County Bar contributed almost $9,000 to the Women Build house at Habitat for Humanity. Thank you to all those who contributed! New homeowner Quintania will be speaking at a Women Build fundraising party on March 14th. The party is free to attend and lots of fun! Click here to learn Read more


Couch to 5K Program--Community Health Matters  

Posted on February 17th, 2020 by Perry Fisher 

A Couch to 5K Program Sponsored by Fisher Stark P.A. will begin March 10, 2020 at Carrier Park. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. This is a 12-week program for anyone from beginning runners to those who wish to return to running after a hiatus.  This program is for anyone looking to Read more


Nine Attorneys From The Van Winkle Law Firm Recognized As 2020 Super Lawyers®  

Posted on February 14th, 2020 by The Van Winkle Law Firm 

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that nine attorneys with the firm have been named 2020 Super Lawyers®. Those recognized in their areas of law are: Dale Curriden (Personal Injury-Medical Malpractice: Defense) Stephen J. Grabenstein (Estate and Trust Litigation) Robert H. Haggard (Estate Planning and Probate) William G. Heedy (Intellectual Property, Rising Stars 2020) Read more


Break The Silence 2020  

Posted on February 14th, 2020 by Rebecca Knight 

Please join Our VOICE for their largest fundraiser of the year: Break the Silence 2020, featuring Amber Tamblyn, co-founder of TIME’S UP, actor and best-selling author, in Asheville Thursday, March 12 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville.  This event directly supports Our VOICE’s 24/7 crisis services for survivors of sexual violence, and sustains vital prevention programming in schools across WNC.  Tickets Read more


McGuire Wood & Bissette Elects Two New Shareholders to the Firm  

Posted on February 11th, 2020 by McGuire Wood & Bissette Law Firm 

Congratulations to Lisa Rothman and Matt Roberson! Lisa practices in Trust & Estate Administration. Matt Practices in Commercial Litigation, Real Estate & Development Law.


Two McGuire Wood & Bissette Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year”  

Posted on February 11th, 2020 by McGuire Wood & Bissette Law Firm 

Congratulations to Susan Barbour and Lou Bissette on their recognition from Best Lawyers® as 2020 “Lawyers of the Year.” Susan received the honor for her work in Real Estate Law and Lou for his work in Corporate Law. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each practice area and geographic region.


Hensley Cloninger, P.C. Honored  

Posted on February 11th, 2020 by jack@lawyersasheville.com 

John Hensley and Jack Cloninger have been honored as North Carolina Super Lawyers for 2020. John was selected for his work in Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice and Jack for his work in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury. Both John and Jack are AV Preeminent rated lawyers by Martindale Hubbell. At Hensley Cloninger, P.C., we are committed to providing Read more


Martha Bradley Recognized by Super Lawyers Rising Stars  

Posted on February 10th, 2020 by Martha S. Bradley 

Hall Booth Smith is pleased to announce that Martha Bradley, an attorney in our Asheville office, has been named to the North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2020 list for General Litigation.  While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named Read more


Harold E. Kaplan Receives Martinedale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating  

Posted on February 7th, 2020 by Kaplan Harold 

Kaplan Dispute Resolution in Fairview, North Carolina announces that Harold E. Kaplan, M.H.A., J.D., a Board Certified Specialist in Health Law again received an AV Preeminent Peer Rating by Martindale – Hubbell.  He was also recently granted Pro Bono out of state lawyer status by the North Carolina state Bar enabling him to practice pro Read more


Rod Kight Selected as North Carolina Super Lawyer  

Posted on February 5th, 2020 by Rod Kight 

Kight Law Office is pleased to announce that Rod Kight has been selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers™ 2020 Edition in the category of Cannabis Law. He is the only attorney in North Carolina to earn this distinction. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, rates lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer Read more


James Johnson Named To NC Super Lawyers  

Posted on February 4th, 2020 by William Johnson 

W. James Johnson, of Smith Terry Johnson & Windle, has been named to the North Carolina Super Lawyers 2020 in Construction Litigation.


Grimes Teich Anderson LLP Attorneys Included in North Carolina Super Lawyers 2020 List  

Posted on January 30th, 2020 by Anderson Scott 

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP is pleased to announce that Henry E. Teich, Anna Hamrick, Jessica E. Leaven, and Tod M. Leaven are selected for inclusion in the 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers® list. Super Lawyers is an annual, state-by-state rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes who Read more


Five Roberts & Stevens Attorneys Selected to 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers List; Three attorneys selected to the 2020 North Carolina Rising Stars list  

Posted on January 29th, 2020 by Roberts & Stevens 

(Asheville, N.C.)—Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that five of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Attorneys selected to Read more


In Memoriam - Jones P. Byrd Update  

Posted on January 29th, 2020 by Bar Administrator 

Memorial services for Jones P. Byrd will be held at 1pm Saturday, February 1st at The Cathedral of All Souls. The family will visit with friends following the service in Zabriskie Hall. Click here for the full obituary.



Recent Classifieds

Legal Assistant/Paralegal Job Opening  

Posted on February 28th, 2020 by Mr. Dan Hitchcock 

Hilderbran Hitchcock PA, a boutique law firm providing legal services in the areas of business law, commercial real estate, finance, estate planning, estate administration and health care law, wishes to hire a full-time employee to handle office administration tasks and perform paralegal services. If you have a strong work ethic and are a self-starter in Read more


Hiring State Legislative Liaison  

Posted on February 21st, 2020 by Bar Administrator 

The North Carolina Judicial Branch is hiring a Legislative Liaison who will help develop and coordinate legislative outreach efforts on behalf of the Judicial Branch and its stakeholders. Click here for the job posting.


Legal Screener  

Posted on February 7th, 2020 by Pisgah Legal Services 

All Pisgah Legal Services employees and volunteers should demonstrate commitment to and act in accordance with the PLS mission, vision, values and core competencies. The Legal Screener is directly responsible for the prompt, thorough and accurate legal screening of applicants for a diverse range of PLS’ poverty law services and programs. This position requires high Read more


Upcoming CLE Video Replays in Asheville  

Posted on February 6th, 2020 by Bar Administrator 

Thursday-Friday, February 20-21, 2020  NCBA Real Property Fundamentals CLE Credit: 13.25 hours including 1.0 Ethics/Professionalism and 1.0 Technology Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program Day 1: 9:00am-4:30pm; Day 2:  9:00am-3:45pm   Wednesday-Thursday, February 26-27, 2020    MCB 2019 Annual Review CLE Credit: 12.0 hours including 1.0 Ethics/Professionalism, 1.0 Substance Abuse and 1.0 Technology Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program Day 1: Read more


Managing Attorney – Health Justice Program  

Posted on February 5th, 2020 by Pisgah Legal Services 

Pisgah Legal Services is a community-based non-profit corporation governed by a local Board of Directors. PLS has an annual budget of $5.4 million from a multitude of funding sources. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Pisgah Legal Services’ provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in western North Carolina. Read more



Upcoming Events

Executive Committee Meeting  2020-03-02

The Executive Committee of the Buncombe County Bar meets monthly to approve programs, spending and events for the entire Bar.  Meetings are open to the public, but seats are limited. Please contact Bar Administrator Lisa-Gaye Hall at admin@buncombebar.com if you wish to attend, or have an item for the agenda. Buncombe County Courthouse, room 810


4All Statewide Service Day  2020-03-06

4ALL Statewide Service Day is an annual call-a-lawyer public service program that engages over 500 volunteer attorneys to provide free legal information to almost 10,000 North Carolinians, from the mountains to the coast. The Buncombe County Bar Pro Bono Committee encourages local attorneys to sign up at this link.


March Bar Luncheon  2020-03-11

At the March Bar Luncheon, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein will provide an update about his work to protect the people of North Carolina. Attorney General Stein’s top priorities include confronting the opioid epidemic, testing the backlog of sexual assault kits in local law enforcement custody throughout the state, and keeping our parents and Read more


Special Topics in Real Property Litigation  2020-03-13

Special Topics in Real Property Litigation is a five-hour seminar on various topics of real estate law, including partition, , and other aspects of helping clients prepare for their end of life. This seminar is broken into two sections and attorneys can register for one or both sections. Morning CLE Seminar– Splitting It, Taking It Read more


IWIRC in the Blue Ridge Mountains  2020-03-19

The IWIRC Carolinas Network invites members of the Buncombe County Bar to attend IWIRC in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The IWIRC Carolinas Network will apply for three CLE hours in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.  You can also stay for more and attend the 2020 South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Annual Seminar beginning Read more


Executive Committee Meeting  2020-03-30

The Executive Committee of the Buncombe County Bar meets monthly to approve programs, spending and events for the entire Bar.  Meetings are open to the public, but seats are limited. Please contact Bar Administrator Lisa-Gaye Hall at admin@buncombebar.com if you wish to attend, or have an item for the agenda. Buncombe County Courthouse, room 810


April Bar Luncheon  2020-04-08

Join us for a great buffet lunch! The luncheon takes place at Celine’s on Broadway. Lunch is $15 for members and $25 for guests, and an RSVP is required. Seating is limited; sign up below. Members of the Buncombe Bar are always welcome to attend the business meeting, free of charge.