Thursday, February 16, 2023
12:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Starmount Country Club
The Greensboro Bar Association, in conjunction with Fox Rothschild LLP, invites you to join us for our Annual CLE Seminar covering the topics identified below. We have applied for 4.5 hours of CLE credit which includes 1 hour of ethics credit and 3.5 hours of general credit.
GBA members can register for $110 ($130 after Feb. 9); non-GBA members can register for $130 ($150 after Feb. 9).
Proceeds: This seminar is a fundraiser for the Greensboro Bar Association Foundation, providing support for its community grants program.
Lunch will NOT be served. Please eat prior to arrival.
Family Law for Non-Family Lawyers
Presenter: Attorney Afi Johnson-Parris
1 Hour General Credit (pending approval)
How to Leverage Allyship to Build & Communicate Diversity and Refute Implicit Bias in Your Legal Practice
Confirmed Panelists: Attorneys Kimberly Gatling & Gerald Walden
1 Hour General Credit (pending approval)
Ethical Considerations Faced by Small Firms and Solo Practitioners
Presenter: Attorney Nichole McLaughlin
1 Hour Ethics Credit (pending approval)
A View from the Bench – Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Criminal & Civil Litigation
Judges Michelle Fletcher, Bill Davis & Lora Cubbage
1.5 Hour General Credit (pending approval)
The Greensboro Bar Association established the Distinguished Service Award in 1993 to annually recognize a lawyer for exhibiting a deep devotion to the legal profession and an enduring contribution to the administration of justice and the public good through unselfish service. It is the highest honor bestowed by our association. We were fortunate to have two very deserving recipients in 2022, the Hon. Robert N. Hunter, Jr. and Barbara R. Christy.
They were honored at the member meeting on September 12 at Greensboro Country Club. Justice Robert Edmunds and Tom Watkins presented.
Special Joint Meeting of 24th and 24H Judicial District Bars
The purpose of the meeting is to select nominees for the District Court judicial vacancy occasioned by the resignation of the Honorable Marcus A. Shields
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
3:00 p.m. – Member check-in and ballot distribution
3:30 p.m. – Joint meeting begins
High Point Country Club
800 Country Club Drive, High Point, NC 27262
Click Special Election to view the written notice.
VOTING ELIGIBILITY : Members of the 24th or 24H Judicial District Bars MUST RESIDE in their respective district to be eligible to vote. An attorney is not authorized to vote if he or she is merely practicing but not residing in either district.
After COVID and supply chain delays, we are finally ready to begin building the Greensboro Bar’s 2022 Habitat House at 1310 Pickard Street! Construction will begin on September 17, when we will raise the exterior walls and meet our homeowner family. At 10:00 that morning, we will have a kickoff ceremony at the site, to which all GBA members are invited and encouraged to attend. We have an immediate need for volunteers for the first two work crews on September 17 and September 24 (see links below).
Safe and stable housing is transformational for families who have loved ones with significant health challenges. For David Sosa-Ramos, diagnosed with MS in 2011, maneuvering his wheelchair from room to room quickly and safely and having access to a handicapped bathroom will be life-changing. Thanks to the Greensboro Bar Association, David and his wife, Martha, will move into a Habitat Greensboro home, meeting all ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements. Their two grandchildren, Jani and Juan, will be living with them and are so excited that their grandparents will finally have a home that will enable David to be comfortable and for everyone in the family to have their own space.
The Greensboro Bar Association encourages its members to share in the excitement of providing Mr. Sosa-Ramos and his family with a safe and comfortable home by registering to volunteer on one (or more) of our various workdays throughout the coming months. Work begins at 7:45AM and concludes mid-afternoon. Lunch will be provided! The first two available workdays are set for September 17th and 24th.
Members can register for each workday using the following links. You will need to create a username and password to register.
Opportunity for Sept. 17th: REGISTER ONLINE
Opportunity for Sept. 24th: REGISTER ONLINE
User group (for future workday schedule): REGISTER ONLINE
No particular woodworking or construction skills are needed to participate, and training will be provided to the crew members on each workday prior to starting work. Habitat for Humanity will supply our members with tools and other materials, but we welcome members to bring along their own hammers, pencils, tape measures, or other useful items from their toolboxes!
As our kickoff approaches, the GBA Habitat for Humanity Committee will follow up with details about the full workday schedule. By way of our service, we look forward to showing Mr. Sosa-Ramos and his family how much support they have from the Greensboro Bar Association!
ANNOUNCING SLATE OF NOMINEES FOR OFFICER & DIRECTOR 2022-2023
The following members have been nominated to serve as officers of the Greensboro Bar Association for June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023:
GBA President Elect (24th JD VP): Gerald L. Walden, Jr.
GBA/24th JD Secretary: Molly A. Hilburn-Holte
GBA/24th JD Treasurer: Davis McDonald
The following members have been nominated to serve as directors of the Greensboro Bar Association for a 3-year term starting June 1, 2022 and ending in May 31, 2025:
Rosetta Davidson Davis
Chelsea A. Peele
Jennifer G. Mencarini
The nominations were submitted by the 2021-22 Nominating Committee:
Lisa Williford (Arthur) (Chair), Desmond Sheridan, Jim Bryan, Mark Gaylord, Molly Hilburn-Holte, Sarah Roane, Judge Teresa Vincent, and Judge Marcus Shields
Voting will take place at the Annual Joint Meeting of the Greensboro Bar Association and the 24th Judicial District Bar on April 21, 2022 at Starmount Forest Country Club with a Zoom option.
The Greensboro Bar Association’s 2021 Pro Bono Award was presented to Taniya D. Reaves at the virtual member meeting on January 20, 2022.
Taniya is well deserving of this award. She earned her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2016 and started to practice law after passing the North Carolina bar exam in February 2017. Since then, she has been an Assistant County Attorney in the Office of the Guilford County Attorney.
Legal Aid’s managing director, Janet McAuley-Blue, nominated Taniya because she has been very generous in contributing her time by handling expunction cases.
Mark Payne, the recently-retired Guilford County Attorney and presenter of the award, had this to say about Taniya: “First of all, Taniya is an outstanding lawyer who I know has put a significant amount of time into pro bono work. I cannot tell you exactly how much because she is also an extremely conscientious lawyer who is scrupulous about doing it all on her own time and not interfering with her work with the county. The county does not give her any extra time for this kind of pro bono work as some law firms do. (Of course, all her work is, in fact, for the public and, especially the disadvantaged. A significant portion, perhaps the majority of her work is in Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services and Child Support.) She does not have to account to me for her hours as it is all on her own time.” Mr. Payne added that Taniya does up to 50 expunctions per year and she reported 82 hours in pro bono time to the GBA and the North Carolina State Bar.
The Greensboro Bar Association is proud to recognize Taniya Reaves for outstanding pro bono service.
The Greensboro Bar Association established the Distinguished Service Award in 1993 to annually recognize a lawyer for exhibiting a deep devotion to the legal profession and an enduring contribution to the administration of justice and the public good through unselfish service. Alan Duncan was honored at the Greensboro Bar Association’s virtual member meeting on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Governor Roy Cooper made the presentation.
Members are invited to read the nomination submitted by the Awards Committee HERE.
The Greensboro Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section is hosting a Swearing-In Ceremony for newly licensed attorneys on October 29, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. If you know of a newly licensed attorney that would like to participate in the ceremony, please have that individual contact Tyler Nullmeyer for more information or a copy of the Swearing-In Packet 2021.
The term of State Bar Councilors Patrice A. Hinnant and Stephen Robertson expire on December 31, 2021. Patrice A. Hinnant is eligible to serve two (2) additional three-year terms; Stephen Robertson is eligible to serve one (1) additional three-year term.
Members of the 24th Judicial District Bar may join the virtual Member Meeting of the Greensboro Bar Association on November 18, 2021 at 12:30 PM to cast a vote electronically. A notice will be mailed to all members pursuant to Section .0800 of Subchapter 1A of the Rules of the North Carolina State Bar.
Any member of Judicial District 24 who desires to submit a nomination for State Bar Councilor may do so by mailing a written request to
Desmond Sheridan, President
804 Green Valley Road, Suite 200
Greensboro, NC 27408
or emailing the nomination to [email protected] any time prior to the meeting. Nominations may be made from the floor the day of the meeting. Election must be by a majority of votes cast by those present by secret ballot. Use of proxies is prohibited.
Candidates for Seat One:
Candidates for Seat Two:
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!