Weekly Bar Briefs, 6-9-2020

Dear Bar Members,

All members of the Buncombe Bar are invited to join us for a virtual Annual Meeting on June 10, 2020 at 12:30pm. This event is our last Bar meeting of the fiscal year and features annual awards, a review of the year’s accomplishments, and the election of new members of the Executive Committee. Click here for the link to our virtual platform.


COVID-19 Updates

Emergency Directives Extended  

Posted on February 12th, 2021 by Bar Administrator  

Chief Justice Paul Newby issued an order today extending emergency directives an additional 30 days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The dangers posed by COVID-19 remain serious, and Chief Justice Newby’s order encourages local judicial officials to adopt appropriate safety precautions in addition to those mandated by the order. The emergency directives contained in the order expire on Read more


Chief Justice Newby Orders Extension of Time in Bail Bond Forfeiture Proceedings  

Posted on February 1st, 2021 by Bar Administrator  

In response to COVID-19, Chief Justice Paul Newby issued an order today further extending time in certain bail bond forfeiture proceedings. The order extends the time for filing motions to set aside and objections to set-aside motions for forfeiture proceedings due for final disposition between April 14, 2020, and February 27, 2021. Today’s order also extends the stay for Read more


UPDATE--Order Concerning Court Operations in Buncombe County  

Posted on January 14th, 2021 by Bar Administrator  

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE COUNTY OF BUNCOMBE JUDICIAL DISTRICT 28 IN THE MATTER OF THE OPERATION OF THE SUPERIOR and DISTRICT COURTS ORDER CONCERNING COURT OPERATIONS January 13, 2021 through February 12, 2021 This matter comes on before the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge and Chief District Court Judge Read more



Recent Bar News

Buncombe County Bar Wellness Day  

Posted on February 22nd, 2021 by Bar Administrator  

For this year’s Buncombe County Bar Wellness Day, February 26, we are hosting these free wellness events: For a great start to your day, join us for a 15-minute meditation with Laura Mahr of Conscious Legal Minds. We’ll start with a brief introduction by our Bar President Sonya Rikhye at 9:00 a.m. and the meditation Read more


Jury Trial Resumption in District Court  

Posted on February 11th, 2021 by Bar Administrator  

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                                 IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE COUNTY OF BUNCOMBE                                         DISTRICT COURT DIVISION TWENTY-EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER Read more


Update from State Bar Councilor Anna Hamrick  

Posted on February 3rd, 2021 by Bar Administrator  

Dear Fellow Members of the Buncombe Bar – Welcome to 2021.   The Bar Council had its first meeting of the year January 11 – 15, 2021.  As expected, we met via Zoom.  We will also Zoom for the April meeting.  The July meeting is scheduled to take place in Asheville, depending on Covid.  If we Read more



Recent Member News

Barbour, Searson, Jones & Cash Attorneys Recognized As Top Litigators  

Posted on February 23rd, 2021 by Barbour, Searson, Jones & Cash  

Fred Barbour, Brad Searson, Scott Jones, and Steve Cash have each been recognized by numerous organizations as top North Carolina lawyers in their fields of specialty in 2021.  Fred, Brad, Scott, and Steve have been included as Super Lawyers in 2021 in the fields of dispute resolution, personal injury, business litigation, and criminal defense, respectively. Read more


DHW Attorney Missy Spainhour Recognized as 2021 Super Lawyer in Employment & Labor Category  

Posted on February 23rd, 2021 by Shannon (Missy) Spainhour  

Davis Hartman Wright PLLC is proud to announce that Shannon (“Missy”) Spainhour has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” for 2021 in the practice area of Employment & Labor law. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in North Carolina via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation. Read more


Arbitration Panel Formed  

Posted on February 15th, 2021 by Bar Administrator  

It is with great pleasure that Retired Chief District Court Judge Gary Cash, Retired District and Superior Court Judge Marvin Pope and Retired District Court Judge Rebecca Knight announce they have formed an arbitration panel to serve Western North Carolina courts, attorneys and litigants.  They will arbitrate a wide range of cases including matters pending in Read more



Recent Classifieds

Job Opening: Managing Attorney- Health and Income Program Areas  

Posted on February 26th, 2021 by Pisgah Legal Services  

Managing Attorney – PLS Health and Income Program Areas Job Description Pisgah Legal Services is a community-based non-profit corporation governed by a local Board of Directors. PLS has an annual budget of $6.4 million from a multitude of funding sources. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Pisgah Legal Services’ provides Read more



Upcoming Events

March Bar Luncheon  2021-03-10

Join us for our virtual March Bar Luncheon to hear from Nathan Pennington, Director of Planning and Development for Buncombe County. Mr. Pennington will discuss the following issues: Buncombe County Comprehensive Planning Process – FY 2021, release of RFP in January/February Differences between rural/urban levels of service and the relationship to land use in the Read more