Weekly Bar Briefs, 6-23-2020

Dear Bar Members,

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has extended emergency directives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that postpone jury trials and prescribe social distancing measures. The Chief Justice also issued a new directive allowing additional time for clerks of superior court to schedule summary ejectment proceedings. Read more below.

COVID-19 Updates

UPDATE--Chief Justice Beasley Issues Order Extending Several Existing Emergency Directives  

Posted on July 29th, 2020 by Bar Administrator  

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has extended several existing emergency directives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The directives continue to allow increased use of technology and seek to limit foot traffic in courthouses. “The extension of these emergency directives help ensure that our court system continues to administer justice while protecting the health and safety Read more

UPDATE--Chief Justice Beasley Orders Extension of Emergency Directive Regarding Summary Ejectment Cases  

Posted on July 24th, 2020 by Bar Administrator  

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has extended Emergency Directive 18 for 30 days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This directive requires that an affidavit be filed in residential evictions to confirm compliance with the federal CARES Act. “Although the federal moratorium on certain evictions is ending, several provisions of the CARES Act continue to apply,” Read more

Recent Bar News

Chief Public Defender Announces Retirement  

Posted on August 3rd, 2020 by Bar Administrator  

Dear Buncombe County Bar Members: It is with great sadness that I am announcing that I am retiring as Chief Public Defender for Buncombe County effective at the end of September, 2020.  My parents are struggling with health and related issues. I need to focus my time and energy on them. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work in the Read more

Recent Member News

In Memoriam - Joel Stevenson  

Posted on July 28th, 2020 by Bar Administrator  

We regret to inform you of the death of attorney Joel Bond Stevenson, who died on July 16, 2020 in Brevard, NC. Joel was born April 16, 1942, to Mary (Wilson) Stevenson and J.J. Stevenson in Asheville. He attended Brevard College and Western Carolina University then earned his law degree from the University of North Read more

Attorney Tod Leaven Admitted to Tennessee Bar  

Posted on July 24th, 2020 by Scott Anderson  

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP attorney Tod Leaven has been sworn into the Tennessee Bar. Tod is a military veteran and partner at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, where he focuses his practice on veterans law. He represents clients in all areas of veterans law, including veteran disability compensation, benefits for dependents, military discharge upgrades, VA healthcare Read more

Attorney Vincent D. Childress Jr. elected to NCBA Board of Governors  

Posted on July 16th, 2020 by Roberts & Stevens  

Roberts & Stevens attorney Vincent D. Childress Jr. was recently elected to the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors. Childress was one of seven members elected to the board during the 2020 annual meeting, held via web conference due to coronavirus restrictions. The NCBA is a statewide organization comprising more than 20,000 lawyers, paralegals and law students. NCBA Read more

Recent Classifieds

Hall Booth Smith Seeking Litigation Attorney  

Posted on August 11th, 2020 by Adam Peoples  

The Asheville, North Carolina office of Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is seeking a lateral attorney to join its litigation team. Candidates must have a minimum of three (3) years of litigation experience. Candidates who can bring business with them are strongly preferred. Candidates must also possess strong communication, research and writing skills, an excellent work Read more

Upcoming Events

CME/CLE: What Mediators Need to Know - live webinar on Zoom  2020-08-21

Mediators face recurrent and tricky problems in their mediation practices. This continuing mediator education (CME) seminar for NCDRC Certified Superior Court mediators will focus on finding answers for these problems under the MSC Rules, the federal WDNC Local Rules and the DRC’s ethical standards. The seminar will walk through an array of practical problems arising Read more

Professionalism For New Admittees CLE 2020  2020-10-01

Professionalism For New Admittees in the Buncombe County Bar is a 12-hour, two-day continuing legal education course for attorneys who plan to practice in Buncombe County. It is free for new members of the Buncombe County Bar, and $25 per hour for others. Pre-registration is required. New admittees will be given preference for registration. The Read more

New Member Swearing-In 2020  2020-10-15

New Bar members are invited to sign up now for the annual Swearing-in Ceremony for the Buncombe County Bar. Members can be sworn in to State, Federal and/or Cherokee courts at this ceremony , held in the 5th floor Courtroom. Family and friends may attend, with appropriate social distancing protocols based on health department mandates. Read more