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Herb Falk Society Report Deadline Extended

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 extended to February 16, 2018.

The reporting has been simplified in recent years.

Complete and mail the Herb Falk Society Report Form to the GBA office.…

GBA 2018 Annual CLE

Please join the Greensboro Bar Association, in conjunction with Smith Moore Leatherwood, for our Annual CLE Seminar on February 15, 2018 at Starmount Country Club. Registration begins at 12:30 pm and the first program will start at 1:00 pm. The seminar will conclude with a cocktail reception beginning at 5:30 pm – just prior to the start of our regular monthly meeting at 6:15pm.

This year, we are fortunate to have the following exciting and comprehensive programs totaling 4 CLE hours of instruction:

Compassion Fatigue: The Price We Pay as Professional Problem Solvers
1 CLE Hour – Substance Abuse/Mental Health)

Lanée Borsman, North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program

This program will assist attendees in gaining an understanding of compassion fatigue, specifically: (i) how it is defined; (ii) the associated signs and symptoms; (iii) factors contributing to it; and (iv) best practices for prevention and mitigation.

State Court Appeal Crash Course (2 CLE Hours – General)

Former NC Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds, Smith Moore Leatherwood
Matt Leerberg, Smith Moore Leatherwood
Pat Kane, Smith Moore Leatherwood
Kip Nelson, Smith Moore Leatherwood

This program will focus on appellate practice and procedure. The speakers will discuss their experiences navigating the statutes, rules, and customs applicable to North Carolina appeals, as well as identify the pitfalls and traps presented by appeals in North Carolina, including the long- and short-term solutions currently under consideration.

Maintaining Professional Ethics in the Internet Age (1 CLE Hour – Ethics)

Nichole McLaughlin, Assistant Ethics Counsel for the North Carolina State Bar

This program with provide (i) an overview of law firm websites and include client testimonials and success stories, (ii) online reviews from clients and how attorneys should respond, (iii) a discussion on ethically appropriate ways to connect with people/potential clients on social media, and (iv) tips on how to advise clients in the use of social media.…

Allie Petrova Ranked in Business North Carolina Magazine’s 2018 Legal Elite

Allie Petrova

Allie Petrova

Petrova Law is pleased to announce that Allie Petrova has been recognized by her peers in the 2018 edition of Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related practice areas.

Published by Business North Carolina magazine, Legal Elite names the state’s top lawyers as selected by their peers. The Legal Elite awards are presented annually in 14 categories based on the votes of members of the North Carolina Bar Association who reside in North Carolina. Attorneys are prohibited from voting for themselves.

Fewer than 3 percent of the state’s attorneys are selected in Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite.…

Message from the President, February 2018

2018 is certainly off to a wintry start!  My appreciation to all of our members for rearranging their schedules to attend our rescheduled January members meeting.  Those who attended witnessed inspirational presentations from representatives of Tiny Houses Greensboro, the Human Race, and the Jones Elementary School Food Pantry, our new community service partners.  Many attendees were surprised to learn that 3,000 students in Guilford County Schools experience ongoing homelessness, and that the Jones Food Pantry provides some children with their only meals of the day.  Links to sign up to volunteer with these organizations were recently sent out to the membership.  Let’s all do our part to address homelessness and hunger in our city.

February is Black History Month, a time to learn about and celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans throughout our nation’s history.  As our Nominating Committee meets in the coming weeks to consider candidates for our next slate of Officers and Board of Directors, we will endeavor to include individuals of diverse backgrounds.  If you have someone in mind who you think would make a great officer or director, please contact me at sarahroane@gmail.com.

Please join the GBA, in conjunction with Smith Moore Leatherwood, for our Annual CLE on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at Starmount Forest Country Club.  Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. with the first program starting at 1:00 p.m.  Topics include Compassion Fatigue: The Price We Pay as Professional Problem Solvers (1 CLE Hour – Substance Abuse/Mental Health), a State Court Appeal Crash Course (2 CLE Hours – General), and Maintaining Professional Ethics in the Internet Age (1 CLE Hour – Ethics).  The cost for GBA members is just $75.  You can register using the link on the GBA’s website or you can complete the 2018 Annual CLE Registration Form on the GBA’s website and mail the form with your check payable to GBA Foundation (by February 12th) to: GBA Foundation, P.O.…

Volunteer with a GBA Community Partner

Greetings!  We hope the presentations from Tiny Houses Greensboro, Human Race and Jones Elementary Food Pantry representatives inspired you all to get involved in some capacity with our community partners.  Unfortunately, homelessness and food deserts are significant issues for adults and children that call Greensboro, North Carolina home.  However, we can be a part of the solution because…

“True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.”
― Sheri Dew, and

“The greatest joys in life are found not only in what we do and feel, but also in our quiet hopes and labors for others.”
― Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

Please sign up and volunteer via the following links:

Jones Elementary Food Pantry

Tiny Houses Greensboro

Human Race

Thank you all in advance for your service to our community. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Duncan or the Honorable Teresa Vincent.…

Karen McKeithen Schaede Named to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite

Karen McKeithen Schaede

Karen McKeithen Schaede

Karen McKeithen Schaede, a partner in Connors Morgan, PLLC, a business law firm in Greensboro, has been named one of the state’s Legal Elite for 2018 by Business North Carolina magazine. Fewer than 3 percent of North Carolina attorneys are chosen for this honor, which recognizes the top lawyers in the state as voted upon by their peers.

The listing of North Carolina’s Legal Elite, which this year includes winners in 16 business categories, is published annually in the January issue of Business North Carolina. Schaede was chosen in the category of employment law.

To select the winners, Business North Carolina asks all members of the North Carolina State Bar living in North Carolina to answer one question: “Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in these categories?”

Lawyers are not allowed to vote for themselves. They may select members of their firms only if they pick out-of-firm lawyers in the same categories, with the latter votes weighted more heavily. The top vote-getter in each category becomes a member of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame and is ineligible to win again.

An attorney practicing employment law and healthcare law in the Carolinas since 1992, Schaede has extensive experience providing legal services to businesses and healthcare institutions of all sizes.

She can be reached via email at KSchaede@ConnorsMorgan.com, via phone at 336-333-7907, or on the web at www.ConnorsMorgan.com. Connors Morgan is located at 1175 Revolution Mill Dr., Suite 8, in Greensboro, NC.

For more information on Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite: http://businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/

Young Lawyers Section: Connections, February 2018

The Young Lawyers Section kicked off the New Year at Natty Greene’s last month.  During the event, we raised over $300 for the Book Buddies program at Hampton Elementary School.  Thank you everyone for the support!  Please see the following upcoming events for YLS members:

4All Statewide Service Day – Greensboro.  YLS is excited to partner with Piedmont Triad Women Attorneys to recruit attorney volunteers to take calls during the 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. shift on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Volunteer Center of Greensboro, located at 1500 Yanceyville St.  YLS is providing pizza for the volunteers during this shift.  Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4all-statewide-service-day-2018-greensboro-tickets-39020290740

Lunch & Learn with Justin Outling.  YLS is pleased to announce a Lunch & Learn event featuring local attorney and Greensboro City Council Member, Justin Outling at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  Topics will include recent developments in Greensboro and how Justin’s legal background provides him with a unique perspective on public service.  Smith Moore Leatherwood is hosting this Lunch & Learn in their Greensboro office located at 300 N. Greene St., Suite 1400, and lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to Grant Sigmon at grant@sklawnc.com.

Connect with Us. Do you want more information about upcoming YLS events or how you can get involved? Check out our website at www.greensboroyls.org.  E-mail Grant Sigmon (grant@sklawnc.com) to make sure you are on the listserv.

Good times were had by all at Natty Greene’s


Good times were had by all at Natty Greene’s

Good times were had by all at Natty Greene’s

Good times were had by all at Natty Greene’s

Good times were had by all at Natty Greene’s


Carruthers & Roth Adds New Associate to Its Commercial Real Estate Practice

Britton Lewis

Britton Lewis

Carruthers & Roth, P.A. announced that attorney Britton Lewis has joined the firm’s commercial real estate practice where he will specialize in real estate development, leasing, secured financing, commercial lending and commercial bankruptcy.

“We are delighted to add Britton to our team and know that his experience will benefit our clients,” said Chris Vaughn, director and shareholder at Carruthers & Roth.

Before joining Carruthers & Roth, Britton completed a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Patrick Flatley in the bankruptcy court for the Northern District of West Virginia. In that role, he gained significant experience in bankruptcy and real estate law and in secured transactions.

Britton is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. While a student there, he was a research assistant on bankruptcy matters for a law professor. He completed an externship at IQVIA (formerly, Quintiles Transnational) where he assisted in the drafting of securities documents, commercial contracts, and corporate policies, and an internship with the Insurance Section of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office involving insurance, corporate and construction law. He also completed an internship with the District Attorney’s office in Chatham County.

Britton can be reached at bcl@crlaw.com
or at 336.478.1137.…