Please help the Greensboro Bar Association continue the wonderful holiday tradition of buying and presenting a book to each student in the traditional program at Jones Elementary School.
You may donate online at Jones Elementary Project Donations or mail your check made payable to the “Greensboro Bar Foundation” to:
Greensboro Bar Association Foundation
P.O. Box 1825
Greensboro, NC 27402
Although donations will be accepted at any time, we encourage members to act before November 30, 2017 in order to allow time for the books to be ordered through Scholastic.
Please join us for book wrapping at the Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 13th at Elon University School of Law. Wrapping supplies will be provided.
If you have any questions regarding the book drive,
please contact Adam Kerr at email@example.com
or (336) 500-7599. Donate Today! Thank you!
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. We were fortunate to have two very deserving recipients this year, Robert H. Edmunds, Jr. and Patrice A. Hinnant.
The Greensboro Bar Association’s 8th Habitat House is well underway! Members, invited guests and the work crew viewed the groundbreaking ceremony before enjoying a delicious bbq chicken lunch on Saturday, April 1. Volunteers are needed to complete the project. You may register at Habitat Online Volunteer Registration.
The Herb Falk Society honors those members of the Greensboro Bar Association who contribute at least 75 hours of pro bono service annually. The fifteen individuals inducted for 2016 were recognized at the March 16 member meeting at the Empire Room. Please join us in congratulating:
Barbara R. Christy – 87.5 Hours
Locke T. Clifford – 77.8 Hours
Elizabeth Collins – 116 Hours
Benjamin Crissman – 98 Hours
Blinn L. Cushman – 111 Hours
Erwin Fuller, Jr. – 100 Hours
Richard W. Gabriel – 76.2 Hours
Holt Gwyn – 168 Hours
Eloise Robinson Hassel – 91.1
Adam G. Kerr – 120.9 Hours
Jennifer L.J. Koenig – 110.75 Hours
Manisha P. Patel – 118 Hours
Steven A. Scoggan – 118.5 Hours
Clark Smith, Jr. – 270.8 Hours
Gerald L. Walden, Jr. – 282 Hours
The 2016 Centennial Award for outstanding and exemplary community service was presented to John M. Cross, Jr. on January 19 at the GBA member meeting. John is a seasoned corporate attorney with the Brooks Pierce firm. His community service in Greensboro began with this Bar Association in the Young Lawyers Section, where he participated in community service projects and later served on the section’s board. John became Chair of that Section in 1999-2000. He was also a member of the Greensboro Board of Adjustment for six years, serving as its Chairman in 2008-09. He has long supported the United Way, serving as campaign coordinator, on the board of Directors and as Chairman in 2010-11. John supported the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, where he volunteered and served on the camp’s board for 10 years. John has also supported the Greensboro Children’s Museum, serving in every leadership capacity. John is currently on the Boards of the Cone Health Foundation and the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad (NCCJ), and he served as Board chair of NCCJ during 2015-16. We are pleased to recognize John Cross for his service to our community.
Efforts to build our eighth Habitat for Humanity House are underway and we are asking for your support through financial contributions and volunteer hours. Please complete the 2017 Habitat Contribution Form the 2017 Habitat Volunteer Form now. We also offer the option of donating online at Habitat House Online Donations. Although your payment can be made either this year or by February 28, 2017, we need to obtain donations and commitments as soon as possible.
Donations are tax deductible and can be made to the Greensboro Bar Association Foundation, Inc., marked for the Habitat for Humanity House. You have the option of making a donation in honor of or in memory of persons you specify.
Please also complete and submit your volunteer form. You do NOT need prior construction experience. In fact, you may wish to sign up for an unfamiliar task in order to obtain a new skill. In addition to volunteers for construction, we also need volunteers to help schedule work crews and volunteers to act as liaison with the homebuyer and their family.
We plan to begin construction on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Typically we work on Saturdays and construction takes 18 weeks. However, if there is sufficient interest (typically 18 or so volunteers for outside tasks or 8 to 10 for inside tasks), we can schedule workdays on Wednesdays or Thursdays in addition to Saturdays. Please indicate on your volunteer form if you can work during the week.
The Greensboro Bar Association’s 2016 Pro Bono Award was presented to Amanda C. Feder at the October 20 member meeting. Amanda has represented multiple clients referred from Legal Aid with a wide variety of legal problems. She has accepted 20 cases from Legal Aid over the past year, providing more than 100 hours of pro bono service. She has handled four housing cases (including one jury trial), nine expungements, six powers of attorney, and one will preparation matter. Legal Aid went on to point out that six of the nine expungements our award recipient handled resulted in completely clean records, giving these persons a fresh start and significantly improving their chances of obtaining or maintaining employment, housing and other benefits. Read Pro Bono Award presentation in full.
The North Carolina State Bar’s John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award was presented to Robert C. Cone at our October 20 member meeting, recognizing a lifetime of exemplary service to his clients, his profession and his community. The award was presented by NC State Bar President Margaret M. Hunt. View Ms. Hunt’s DSA Presentation.
Attention all newly licensed attorneys. The Young Lawyers Section of the Greensboro Bar Association is sponsoring a Swearing-In Ceremony for the admission of newly licensed attorneys to the state and federal courts on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room located on the second floor of the Old Courthouse (301 W. Market Street). This ceremony is also open to newly licensed attorneys (who have already been admitted to state and/or federal court) who simply want to participate in the ceremony and be introduced to the Greensboro Bar Association.
A reception serving complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, will be held in honor of all newly sworn-in attorneys immediately following the ceremony at Churchill’s on Elm.
In addition to the Swearing-In Ceremony and reception, the Young Lawyers Section of the Greensboro Bar Association has also organized an optional event on October 14th known as Bridge The Gap, which gives new attorneys in Guilford County an opportunity to become familiar with the local court systems by touring the Federal, State, and Bankruptcy Courts. This program starts at 9:00 a.m. on October 14th at the U.S. Federal Courthouse. Newly licensed attorneys are invited and encouraged to attend.
Click on 2016-17 Swearing-In Packet for the application and more information.
If you have any questions about the Swearing-In Ceremony, the reception, and/or Bridge The Gap, please contact Lisa Arthur, President of the Young Lawyers Section, at 336-378-5318 or Lisa Arthur.
A Compilation of Interim Reports from the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law & Justice now available here: NCCALJ Interim Report
The JD18 & GBA Dues Notice for 2016-17 was emailed to members of the 18th Judicial District and the Greensboro Bar Association on Wednesday, June 15. The mandatory JD18 fee of $15 and the voluntary GBA dues may be paid with one check payable to the 18th Judicial District Bar. Firms are encouraged to pay for multiple attorneys with one check.
Printable Invoice: JD18 & GBA Dues Notice for 2016-17
A meeting of the Executive Board of the Greensboro Bar Association will take place on Tuesday, June 14 in the Self Help Building, 122 N. Elm Street, Suite 820. The meeting will begin promptly at 4:00 PM. At this meeting, the officers and directors in attendance will vote on a proposed annual membership dues increase of $5.00 per member, effective June 2016. The increase, the first in over 12 years, will help offset increased operating and meeting expenses. Members will continue to enjoy the same level of benefits currently provided:
* Reduced fee or no-cost GBA-sponsored seminars;
* 6 dinner/luncheon meetings with programs of interest to members of our profession at no additional cost;
* 18th Judicial District Bar Meeting and dinner at no additional cost;
* BarCARES: A short-term intervention program provided cost-free to member’s immediate family;
* Holiday Party in December;
* Picnic at the Ballpark (Greensboro Grasshoppers) for members and a guest at no additional cost;
* Opportunities to participate in Bar sections – Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business & Transactional Law, Family Law, Real Property, Young Lawyers;
* Opportunity to participate in Bar-sponsored activities, such as Community Service at Potters House or Sussmans Park, Friends of Jones School, CLE.
Membership Categories and Proposed Dues Rate:
Sustaining Member – $165
Regular Member – $130
Licensed less than 3 yrs. – $85
Senior (over age 70) – no charge
In order to tell the story of this Association, for the past seventeen years the
History and Archives Committee has quietly and diligently collected the oral history of our older, distinguished members. This project videotaped interviews with nearly forty longstanding members of our Association who were lions of the Greensboro legal community. Many are still living, and some are departed, but through this project, their stories endure.
Now the committee has endeavored to share pieces of these stories with the membership in a short film. You’re invited to learn more about our Association history in this presentation of voices from the past and present.
The following members have been nominated to serve as officers and directors of the Greensboro Bar Association for June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017:
- President-elect: Sarah H. Roane
- Secretary: Chelsea E. Anderson
- Treasurer: Desmond G. Sheridan
Director (3) for 3-year term starting June 1, 2016 and ending in May 30, 2019:
- Nicholas J. Bakatsias
- William B. Davis
- Kimberly B. Gatling
Regarding the officer nominations, Ms. Roane currently serves as Secretary, has chaired the GBA elementary school book project, and is an attorney working as a law clerk for the Honorable L. Patrick Auld, Magistrate Judge, MDNC. Ms. Anderson has co-chaired the benefit for Legal Aid of North Carolina for the past two years and is an attorney at Connors Morgan, PLLC. Mr. Sheridan was Treasurer for the GBA a few years ago and is an attorney at Isaacson Isaacson Sheridan Fountain & Leftwich, LLP.
Regarding the director nominations, Ms. Gatling currently co-chairs the benefit for Legal Aid of North Carolina and is an attorney at Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP. Mr. Bakatsias and Mr. Davis are each completing their first term as director and are eligible to serve a second term. Mr. Bakatsias is an attorney at Carruthers & Roth, P.A. Mr. Davis is an attorney in the Guilford County Public Defender’s Office.
Officers of the Judicial District 18 are the same as the GBA officers. Thus, the nominating committee is also recommending for JD18 President-Elect Sarah H. Roane, Secretary Chelsea E. Anderson, and Treasurer Desmond G. Sheridan.
Voting for the GBA officers and directors will take place at the April 28, 2016 membership meeting. Voting for the JD18 officers will take place at the April 28, 2016 JD18 meeting, held concurrently with the GBA membership meeting.
The nominations were submitted by the 2016 Nominating Committee:
- James W. Bryan (chair)
- Thomas D. Carruthers
- Stephen M. Russell, Jr.
- Karen McKeithen Schaede
- Hon. Teresa H. Vincent
The Herb Falk Society honors those members of the Greensboro Bar Association who contribute at least 75 hours of pro bono service annually. The fifteen individuals inducted for 2015 were recognized at the March 17 member lunch at The Empire Room. They are:
Barbara R. Christy — 95.3 hours
Locke T. Clifford — 76.9 hours;
Robert C. Cone — 144.5 hours;
Erwin Fuller, Jr. — 145 hours
Richard W. Gabriel- 103.9
Holt Gwyn — 93 hours;
Craig P. Hensel — 105.4 hours;
Afi S. Johnson-Parris — 131.4 hours;
Jennifer L. J. Koenig — 97.1 hours;
Phyllis Lile-King — 153 hours;
Eric A. Richardson – 103
James H. Slaughter — 79 hours;
Daniel F. E. Smith — 181.7 hours;
Clark Smith, Jr.– 314.4 hours;
Gerald Walden. Jr. — 178 hours
The Judicial Performance Evaluation is done in each election cycle to collect the input of members of the bar that practice before the judges. The collection of this information is meant for gaining insight on the judicial candidates.
Click on http://www.electncjudges.org to view the results.
The North Carolina State Bar Association along with the Greensboro Bar Association chose Ronald P. Johnson as the 2015 recipient of the Centennial Award for community service. Martha Peddrick presented the award to Ron at the January 21, 2016 membership meeting. The full text of her remarks can be found at Centennial Award Remarks.
Pictured (left to right) is GBA President Afi Johnson-Parris, Ron Johnson, Board Member Martha Peddrick
The GBA is sponsoring a trip to the US Supreme Court November 28 for a group admission. We are limited to 12 applicants as we are going on an argument day for the Court.
This is an EBGTW (early bird gets the worm—first come first served) process. We’ll have hard copy applications at the January 21 bar meeting, or you can download the forms from the Supreme Court website at www.supremecourt.gov. Bring or send your completed application (including certificate of good standing and check) to the superior court judges’ chambers on the fourth floor of the Guilford County Courthouse. Judges Susan Bray and Patrice Hinnant are leading the trip.
On the last trip, we also had a reception at the Court, a visit to Howard Coble’s office and lunch at the Congressional dining hall. Howard set this up for us. We are confident that Alma Adams and Mark Walker will assist us in something similar for this trip.
You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging. Please keep in mind that November 28 is the Monday after Thanksgiving.