The Herb Falk Society honors those members of the Greensboro Bar Association who contribute at least 75 hours of pro bono service annually. The sixteen individuals inducted for 2020 were recognized at the April 15, 2021 virtual annual meeting. They are:
Lisa Arthur (130.3 hours)
Kearns Davis (156.6 hours)
Richard W. Gabriel (75 hours)
Eloise McCain Hassell (90.6 hours)
Manisha P. Patel (393.25 hours)
Karen McKeithen Schaede (76 hours)
Jim Slaughter (94 hours)
D. Clark Smith, Jr. (305.4 hours)
Theodora A. Vaporis (94 hours)
Jonathan Wall (94 hours)
Congratulations and Thank You for Your Service!
President Lisa Arthur was recognized for her service at the virtual Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Bar Association and the 24th Judicial District Bar on April 15, 2021. President Elect Desmond Sheridan paid tribute to Ms. Arthur’s many accomplishments and contributions to our organization. This year’s need for social distance dictated that a gift from the members be presented to Lisa at her office after the meeting.
Thank you, Lisa, for serving the members of the Greensboro Bar Association well in these challenging times!
After a one-year COVID delay, we will begin construction of GBA’s ninth Habitat house on September 18. In the meantime, we need to raise the rest of the $75,000 we have committed to Habitat for the cost of house. Already GBA members have given $40,078 including the $25,000 anonymous contribution that got us started. In the coming weeks, you will receive an email with a link to a giving page for you to make contributions and volunteer to work on the house. Please be on the lookout for the email. Our goal is to complete the fundraising by May 31 and to have a list of volunteers who have committed to join in the work.
This project adds to our long-standing tradition of sponsoring Habitat houses going back to 1990. Our Habitat work has brought great credit to this Bar Association and provided us with an opportunity to work together in partnership with one another, with the judges who join with us, and with the homeowner families who move from substandard housing to a home of their own and who can then build equity for the future as they pay down their mortgages to Habitat. When you receive the link to the giving page, please give generously so we can meet our fundraising goal going away and be among the first to volunteer for our work on the site.
Christon earned her B.A. from Rutgers University in 2000 and her J.D. (cum laude) from N.C. Central University School of Law in 2004. She was an Assistant District Attorney in the District Attorney’s Office in Greensboro and High Point for 15 years,
from 2004 to 2019. She has had her own law practice since October of 2019.
Christon’s community service has largely been with the Junior League of Greensboro where she had a stellar year as President. She focused her volunteer and fundraising efforts on the League’s goals of providing resources and assistance to elderly adults in our community. Some of the community projects she has been involved with include Friends Against Fraud, which provided assistance to elderly individuals on elder financial abuse; Community Housing Solutions, which provided financial help and volunteers to assist elderly residents in Greensboro by making home repairs when they were unable to complete those repairs themselves due to physical and financial issues; Food Assistance to provide food to elderly members of our community who are homebound; and she assisted with the rehabilitation of the Smith Senior Center.
She has always been a big supporter of the League-run thrift store, the Bargain Box. As a sustaining member of the League, Christon continues to go out of her way to support the Bargain Box through donations and volunteering her time because she believes it plays an essential role in our community, and specifically to women in need through the League’s special partnership with the Women’s Resource Center.
We are pleased to recognize Christon Halkiotis for her dedicated service to the community and her commitment to making it a better place for all.
Dear Members of the Bar,
As you may know, our backlog of cases has grown exponentially due to COVID-19. By not issuing Orders for Arrest (except for good cause) or entering Failures to Appear, it has caused a significant rise in pending cases. In fact, the clerk is running out of space to store pending case files. Files marked as “Failed to Appear” are not stored with pending files, neither are they counted as pending cases for purposes of establishing the number of pending (backlog) cases. Consequently, effective Monday, March 1, 2021, I will have a clerk to classify files that remain at the end of the court session with a “failure to appear” status for defendants that are NOT out of jail on a secured bond.
Teresa H. Vincent
Chief District Court Judge Guilford
North Carolina Judicial Branch