Entries by Greensboro Bar Association

“Lessons from Legends” Video Montage of GBA Member Interviews

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.

Elections for GBA Officers & Directors and JD18 Officers – April 28

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.

Fifteen Members Inducted Into Herb Falk Society 2015

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…

Ronald P. Johnson Receives 2015 Centennial Award

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.

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Pictured (left to right) is GBA President Afi Johnson-Parris, Ron Johnson, Board Member Martha Peddrick…

GBA Trip to US Supreme Court Planned for Nov. 28

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.…

2015 Pro Bono Award Goes To The Clifford Division

The Clifford Division of Clifford Clendenin & O’Hale, LLP was awarded GBA’s 2015 Pro Bono Award at the October 15 member meeting. According to the local Legal Aid office, the Clifford Division has accepted 15 expungement cases over the past year and many more in previous years, adding that team is “always willing to help and to go the extra mile for the clients we refer.” Members of the expungement team are Locke Clifford, Andrew Clifford and Daniel Harris, who are ably assisted by Lynda Clifford, Lyn Howell, and intern Rebekah Shanaman.

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Swearing-In Ceremony/Bridge The Gap Nov. 6

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, November 6, 2015 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.

Click on 2015 Swearing-In Packet for more information.

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 November 6th 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 November 6th at the U.S. Federal Courthouse. Newly licensed attorneys are invited and encouraged to attend.…

“Save the Fox” Bone Marrow Registry

At the GBA Monthly Meeting on September 17, 2015 the Health and Wellness Committee held a Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive in conjunction with Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, which is the world’s largest bone marrow donor center.  The Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive was conducted to show GBA’s support of Superior Court Judge Carl Fox, who is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

To register, a registrant provides a cheek cell sample by swabbing the insides of their cheeks after rinsing their mouth with water.

GBA registered more than 30 individuals and collected more than $500.00 in donations which helps off-set the costs incurred by Delete Blood Cancer DKMS to register potential donors.  The GBA Health and Wellness Committee would like to thank Committee co-chairs Lisa Arthur and Martha Peddrick for their leadership in this endeavor as well as registry drive volunteers Adam Arthur, Janet Ward Black, Gerard Davidson, Afi Johnson-Parris, Megan Kunz, and Manisha Patel for their hard work in making the Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive a success.…

Jim Bryan Recognized for GBA Service

Jim Bryan, Immediate Past President, was recognized at the September 17th member meeting for his dedicated service and commitment to GBA during his tenure in 2014-15. Current president Afi Johnson-Parris presented Jim with an engraved plate… and tennis balls that are sure to be put to good use in Jim’s newfound spare time.…