The Herb Falk Society was established to honor those members of the Greensboro Bar Association who contribute at least 75 hours of pro bono service each calendar year. The deadline for reporting pro bono work done in 2017 is January 31, 2018. The reporting has been simplified in recent years. Complete and mail this form Herb Falk Society Instructions/Report Form 2017 to the GBA office. Form Due January 31
The Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina (CLC) is a nonprofit organization based in Winston-Salem providing children with quality legal advocacy focusing on domestic violence issues, high-conflict custody cases, and the rights of children in public education. CLC is searching for a Staff Attorney to work in the Greensboro office who will successfully advocate for the otherwise voiceless children in our community.
The Staff Attorney serves as Guardian ad Litem to children involved in Guilford County Chapter 50B civil domestic violence cases. Responsibilities include: interviewing the parties, children and collateral witnesses; reviewing civil and criminal court records; preparing written reports for the court; and assisting in the supervision of volunteers and law students. Requirements are a NC licensed attorney with 3-5 years of experience preferably in child advocacy or family law with strong written and communication skills. Must be willing to manage caseload in Guilford County. Part time. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits are not currently offered. Please send resumes and cover letters directly to Iris Sunshine at email@example.com. Information about the Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina can be found at www.childrenslawcenternc.org.
It’s hard to believe we have already arrived at the half-way point of my term as President and at the threshold of a brand new year. Such a point in time provides a great opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, and to envision the shape and scope of the year to come.
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’”
-Alfred Lord Tennyson
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”
-Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline
I offer gratitude and appreciation to Diane Lowe for her energy, insights, enthusiasm, and commitment to our mission. I extend my thanks and congratulations to our membership for making the past few months truly memorable. For every person who served on our Board or a committee, helped financially or in-person at the Habitat House; donated money or delivered wrapped books to Jones Elementary School, stuffed a backpack for BackPack Beginnings, served the less fortunate at the Potter’s House, sponsored a new attorney at the swearing-in ceremony, encouraged an attorney to join us at the Mix-n-Mingle, presented a moving memorial for one of our former colleagues, applied their talents and time to ensure a professional and informative newsletter each month, volunteered for the Second Chance Project, nominated deserving members for recognition for pro bono and community service, read books to the children at Hampton Elementary School, or helped us celebrate the season by planning our holiday party – Thank You! Take a moment and think of the ripple effect of all the amazing accomplishments of our Bar since August.
As much as we achieved in the last year, there is much in store for our membership in the new year. At the beginning of my term, I formed a committee dedicated to creating more opportunities to interact and network with our colleagues in the High Point Bar Association. I am happy to say that, with the help of committee members Allie Petrova, Nicole Patino, Fred Hamlet, and Justice Edmonds, the GBA and HPBA will have two wonderful opportunities for fellowship! Our first joint event is the “Battle of the Bars” trivia night on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at World of Beer. The event will feature drinks and hors d’oeuvres starting at 6:00 p.m., and a dedicated trivia host starting at 7:00 p.m. The GBA members in attendance will take on the HPBA members, and the winning bar will take home a trophy, to be kept until the next showdown. Calling all GBA trivia buffs – we need you! The second event will be a joint picnic with the HPBA at the Grasshoppers’ stadium on Sunday, May 20, 2018,
at 2:00 p.m.!
Also on the horizon is our annual Legal Aid Fundraiser at the Greensboro Science Center’s Aquarium on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The event features beer and wine tasting, raffle prizes, and an incredible buffet of dinner and dessert. Mark your calendars and please consider becoming a sponsor of this event or making a donation to this worthy cause. Information to enable you to become a sponsor is included in this newsletter.
Thank you again for all of your commitment and energy. Let’s carry that forward into 2018. I wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy new year.
Our Annual CLE will take place on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 12:30 – 5:15 PM at Starmount Forest Country Club. The program will offer 4 hours of CLE credit (approval pending). Registration information will be sent via email soon. This CLE is a fundraiser for the GBA Foundation.
On behalf of the Greensboro Bar Association and the Greensboro Bar Association Foundation, we invite you to consider becoming a sponsor of our 2018 Legal Aid of North Carolina fundraiser on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Science Center & Aquarium! The event features a delicious, catered dinner, craft beer from local breweries, a wine tasting contest, raffles for great prizes, and an evening enjoying fellowship and the exhibits at the aquarium. All proceeds will benefit the Greensboro office of Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Legal Aid of North Carolina (“LANC”) is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.
The fundraiser provides four different levels of sponsorship:
Platinum Sponsorship: $2,000
Gold Sponsorship: $1,000
Silver Sponsorship: $500
Bronze Sponsorship: $250
If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact Johnna Herron at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
GREENSBORO BAR ASSOCIATION
J. REED JOHNSTON, JR.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, by the Greensboro Bar Association at its regularly scheduled meeting on November 16, 2017, that:
WHEREAS, J. Reed Johnston, Jr. died on May 20, 2017, in Greensboro, North Carolina after a long period of declining health; and
WHEREAS, this Association desires to reflect upon his exemplary career and service to the Bar and his fellow citizens, and the minutes should therefore reflect that:
Reed was born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 22, 1944 to John Reed Johnston and Pauline Barton Johnston. His family moved to Winston-Salem in 1946, where he grew up and went to school at R.J. Reynolds High School. After completing his junior year of high school, he was accepted as a freshman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received his high school diploma after he completed his first year at the university.
Following graduation from UNC-CH in 1965, Reed entered the School of Law at UNC-CH and began his life-long commitment to the practice of the law. When asked when he decided to become an attorney, Reed always answered he never wanted to do anything else. In 1968, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he served as articles editor of the Law Review, was a member of the Order of the Coif and graduated with high honors. He was admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina in 1968.
Following graduation from law school, Reed moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as an appellate attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1971, Reed joined the faculty of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar and later practiced law in St. Louis for several years.
Reed moved back to North Carolina in 1983, and joined the law firm of Tuggle Duggins in Greensboro as a member of its litigation practice. Reed was a director of the firm and practiced with the firm of Tuggle Duggins for over 30 years. During his time at the firm, he served as a president of Tuggle Duggins and oversaw the firm’s transition from its original offices at 228 W. Market Street to the current location in the Lincoln Financial building. He continued to assist the Firm even as his health declined and as he transitioned to senior counsel. He was a member of the Greensboro, the North Carolina and the American Bar Associations. His practice focused on business, insurance, ERISA, intellectual property and appellate litigation. Reed was admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. Reed handled appeals in these courts and the appellate courts of various states including North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois and New York. He was AV designated by Martindale Hubbell.
Reed met his wife Sharon “Sherry” O’Donnell while they were both students at UNC-CH School of Law. They have two sons, Sean and Michael. In addition to being an avid supporter of Tar Heel sports, Reed enjoyed spending free time in his woodwork shop. He loved nothing better than spending his weekends with his sons working on projects for the house or a gift for the family. Always interested in photography, his time was spent not only capturing family memories but searching for interesting examples of old tobacco barns and the Carolina countryside. During the last three years, Reed received the gift of a beautiful granddaughter, Maddie, who brought a special joy and light to his life.
Reed is survived by Sherry, his wife of 47 years, sons John Reed Johnston, IV “Sean,” wife Cyndi and granddaughter Madison Harper of Durham and Michael O’Donnell Johnston of Oakton, VA; sisters Carolyn Carroll (Ed) of Danville, VA; Pauline Johnston of Winston-Salem; Rebecca Johnston of Fayetteville; sister-in-law Patricia O’Donnell of Annandale, VA; brother-in-law H. Scott Sigler of Atlanta, GA; nephews Edward Carroll (Barbara); Gregory Carroll; Jeremy Carroll ( Elizabeth); Jeffery Sigler (Sage), Kevin Sigler (Heather), Tyler Sigler (Sasha), as well as eight great-nieces and nephews.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Greensboro Bar Association, in this duly assembled meeting of its members, does hereby adopt this Resolution to honor and memorialize the life and works of our colleague J. Reed Johnston, Jr., and directs that this Resolution be made part of the official records of the Association and that a true copy hereof shall be delivered to Reed’s family in token of the esteem, high regard, and enduring affection in which he was held by his friends and colleagues of the Bar.
DONE BY ACCLAMATION at the regularly scheduled meeting of the membership of the Greensboro Bar Association, this the 16th day of November, 2017.
Presented by J. Nathan Duggins, III