Weekly Bar Briefs, 2-28-2023

Dear Bar members,

Join us for the March Bar Luncheon next Wednesday as Peter Bolac, Assistant Executive Director of the NC State Bar, provides updates on current issues with ethics and discipline, as well as a presentation on the proposed CLE rules.

All Buncombe Bar members are welcome to attend and order a boxed lunch from us, bring your lunch, or simply join us to hear the program and enjoy a complementary soft drink. We will serve sandwiches, soup or salad from Roman’s Deli, and we will have plenty of drink options. Lunch is free for the first 50 members who sign up! See below to order. We meet at the Asheville Social Hall, 81 Broadway Street, from 12:30-1:30pm. Sign up here.

Recent Bar News

Retirement Ceremony & Reception for Superior Court Clerk Steve Cogburn  

Posted on March 20, 2023 by Bar Administrator  

The Buncombe Bar is hosting a retirement ceremony and reception for Superior Court Clerk Steve Cogburn on Friday, March 24th at 4pm. The ceremony will take place in the fifth floor courtroom, with a reception afterwards. The reception will be held in the rotunda outside the Clerk’s office in the courthouse. All Bar members are Read more

Court Navigator Pilot Program Launches at Buncombe County Courthouse  

Posted on March 17, 2023 by Bar Administrator  

As part of a widespread effort to reduce instances of missed court dates and offer more support to justice-impacted individuals, Buncombe County Justice Services is launching a Court Navigator pilot program. Justice Services is happy to welcome Betsy Chavez to the Court Navigator role. Chavez is bilingual (fluent in Spanish and English) and will serve as Read more

NC Board Certification Notice  

Posted on March 14, 2023 by Bar Administrator  

Lawyers often limit the kinds of matters that they handle in order to acquire expertise in a specific field of law. Board certification provides formal recognition of that concentration of knowledge and experience. Although the requirements vary from one specialty area to the next, the minimum standards for certification as a board certified specialist include Read more

Jean Marie Christy Appointed as Superior Court Clerk  

Posted on March 14, 2023 by Bar Administrator  

In a press release issued on March 13, 2023, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for the 28th Judicial District, Alan Thornburg, announced that he will, upon the retirement of the current Clerk of Superior Court on March 31, 2023, appoint Jean Marie Christy to the position of Clerk of Superior Court.  Ms. Christy currently serves Read more

Recent Member News

Sign Up for Pisgah Legal Services' Batched Pro Bono Will Program  

Posted on March 13, 2023 by Pisgah Legal Services  

Sign up to accept 2-3 will cases when it works for you! Through Pisgah Legal Services’ Batched Wills Program volunteer attorneys sign up to receive 2-3 pro bono will referrals in a particular month of the year. We send you the cases at the beginning of the month and you contact the client at your Read more

Free Incompetency and Guardianship 101 CLE  

Posted on March 13, 2023 by Pisgah Legal Services  

Pisgah Legal Services receives more requests from low-income clients for assistance with adult guardianship matters than we can refer to our current pro bono attorneys. Typical scenarios include: A parent seeks guardianship of an adult disabled child. A spouse seeks guardianship of their partner who has lost the ability to make or carry out decisions about Read more

Nominate a Paralegal for the 2023 Exemplary Pro Bono Paralegal Award  

Posted on March 13, 2023 by Pisgah Legal Services  

The Buncombe County Bar seeks to honor a local paralegal or legal assistant who has made exemplary contributions to support pro bono legal work for low-income people in Western North Carolina. The Pro Bono Committee of the Bar will present the 2023 Exemplary Pro Bono Paralegal Award at its annual pro bono celebration on May Read more

Thomas Taylor Sworn In  

Posted on March 6, 2023 by Bar Administrator  

Mr. Thomas Taylor of Bluffton, SC, was sworn in to practice in North Carolina by Judge Edwin Clontz on Friday, March 3, 2023.

Recent Classifieds

Seeking Paralegal/Administrative Assistant  

Posted on March 15, 2023 by Bar Administrator  

Area law firm has an immediate need for a full-time paralegal/administrative assistant in their Marshall office.  Applicants should be multi-task oriented, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and be able to function well in a fast-paced environment. The responsibilities include supporting attorneys by managing calendars, creating, proofing, editing, revising, and printing correspondence, memoranda, and Read more

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Seeks Prosecutor  

Posted on March 10, 2023 by Bar Administrator  

Position title: Tribal Prosecutor II – Office of the Attorney General (L17 $72,127 – $96,169) Location: Cherokee, NC Main Duties: Prosecutes criminal and juvenile charges in Cherokee Court. Provides assistance and advice to investigators in the field at crime scenes and during investigations. Assists in training Cherokee Police Department in the investigation techniques and the development Read more

Upcoming Events

Real Property Regulation Updates in 2023  2023-03-03

Posted on February 17, 2023 by Bar Administrator  

R. Keith Miller, the Buncombe County Tax Assessor, will provide a one-hour training for real estate attorneys and paralegals about the business property rental listing sheets and property card updates recently requested by the county. The training will include the state regulations for rental property listings, information about how to update property records and file Read more

March 2023 Bar luncheon  2023-03-08

Posted on November 15, 2022 by Bar Administrator  

Join us for lunch as Thomas Amburgey and Sean Devereaux facilitate a discussion about the Alex Murdaugh murder trial in South Carolina. All Buncombe Bar members are welcome to attend and order a boxed lunch from us, bring your lunch, or simply join us to hear the program and enjoy a complementary soft drink. We Read more

Intersection of Real Property & Estate Planning CLE  2023-03-24

Posted on February 10, 2023 by Bar Administrator  

The intersection of real property and estate planning can be fraught with potential problems without proper planning and preparation. As attorneys and advisors, we are often asked how to best facilitate transfers of real property without compromising the careful plans put in place for our clients’ estates. This CLE addresses common questions and concerns that Read more

April 2023 Bar luncheon  2023-04-12

Posted on November 15, 2022 by Bar Administrator  

How does a busy attorney find the time to write a book, get it published, and promote it? Join us for our April Bar Luncheon to hear two of our members discuss the joys and challenges of living in both the legal and the literary world.  At the luncheon, Attorney Frank Goldsmith will moderate a Read more