Weekly Bar Briefs, 9-17-2019

Dear Bar Members,

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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

August, 2020 Update from State Bar Councilor Anna Hamrick  

Posted on August 3rd, 2020 by Bar Administrator  

Dear Fellow Members of the Buncombe County Bar –

I hope everyone is well. The North Carolina State Bar Council held its Quarterly Meeting last week via Zoom. It was our second Quarterly Meeting held via Zoom, and all committees were able to meet. I would like to share with you some of its highlights. You will get a more detailed report later directly from the Bar.

1. The Ethics Committee approved publication for comment of an amendment to the preamble to the Rules of Professional Conduct that identifies the avoidance of discriminatory conduct as a fundamental value of the profession.

Below is the proposed language. Your opinion matters, and so please consider sending your comments to: ethics@ncbar.gov. Read more

UPDATE--Probation Calendar Change  

Posted on July 24th, 2020 by Bar Administrator  

From Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Alan Z. Thornburg: Yesterday afternoon I learned that a probation officer had been tested for the COVID-19 virus, was concerned about possible exposure and was awaiting test results. In response to this information, I asked that today’s probation matters be continued until next Thursday, July 30th. Pursuant to an 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

Local Treatment Courts Ask Congress For Assistance  

Posted on June 29th, 2020 by Bar Administrator  

Treatment courts are a recovery based intervention to assist people living with substance use and mental health disorders out of the justice system and into lives of wellness and stability. Buncombe County has four treatment courts coordinated by several community partners. Currently, Congress is considering funding for those courts, and members of the local treatment Read more

David Henson Is Now Of Counsel At Grimes Teich Anderson LLP  

Posted on June 24th, 2020 by Scott Anderson  

Grimes Teich Anderson is pleased to announce that attorney David Henson is now of counsel. David is a partner at Henson & Fuerst, P.A., a state-wide personal injury law firm with offices in Raleigh, Rocky Mount, and Boone. David has practiced law for more than 20 years and handles eminent domain cases across the state Read more

In Memoriam - DeVere C. Lentz, Jr. Update  

Posted on June 20th, 2020 by Bar Administrator  

DeVere Craven Lentz, Jr., 91, passed away on June 15, 2020 with his family keeping vigil outside his window at The Elizabeth House at Four Seasons. He was born June 3, 1929, the eldest child of Viola Russell and DeVere C. Lentz, Sr. He was a graduate of Lee Edwards High School, Asheville Biltmore Junior Read more

Congratulations to our North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society inductees  

Posted on June 9th, 2020 by John Noor  

Buncombe County takes great pride in its many members of the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, each of whom reported 50 or more hours of pro bono service in 2019. These attorneys volunteered through Pisgah Legal Services and other organizations to help their community in ways only lawyers can. They are among 520 attorneys 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

Offices for Rent  

Posted on July 27th, 2020 by Jim Siemens  

202 E. Chestnut St. for rent.  6 offices, reception, copier/IT room.  2000 sq ft.  Great curb appeal.  Heart pine floors and custom finishes.  Dual zone climate control.  Basement storage.  1 full bath, 1 half bath, 2 coffee bars.  Off street parking.  On street parking.  $3500.00 per month plus utilities and renters insurance.  Contact Jim Siemens Read more

Office for Rent - One Oak Plaza  

Posted on July 20th, 2020 by Tom Roberts  

Great starter office or 2nd office or just plain small office! Approx 90 sq ft. This is an internal office – no windows. One door opens into Suite 209 reception area, another door opens directly to One Oak 2nd Floor hallway – and has its own external sign. Congenial suitemates. $420. Contact: 828-252-0602 tom@tomrobertslaw.com

Seeking Attorney With Cell Tower Leasing Experience  

Posted on July 13th, 2020 by Kaplan Harold  

Seeking an attorney with cell tower lease experience. I am the president of a local HOA which has been approached by a cell tower development company which says that it wants to locate a cell tower on HOA property. The HOA is very small, with limited financial resources which will impact its ability to pay Read more

Seeking estate administration paralegal/assistant  

Posted on June 29th, 2020 by Bar Administrator  

Local Buncombe County small law office is seeking a permanent legal assistant/paralegal to manage the firm’s estate administration practice, to manage current estate administrations and start new administrations as needed. Duties will include initial client meetings, document preparation and management, responding to Clerk/Estate office requirements, calendar management, consultation with clients as needed, property inventories, estate 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