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Michael Taliercio Elected National Treasurer of the ACPL

Michael Talicero

Michael Talicero

Attorney Michael Taliercio with the law firm of Black, Slaughter & Black has been elected the 2018 National Treasurer of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. The ACPL recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the practice of parliamentary law, including lawyers who advise conventions, condominium and homeowner associations, governmental bodies, and nonprofits. Taliercio is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian and a Fellow in the ACPL.…

Brooks Pierce’s Greensboro Office Receives 27 Tier-One Rankings in “Best Law Firms”

Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 27 of the practice areas in its Greensboro office received tier-­one metropolitan rankings in the 2018 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

“We feel privileged that year after year so many of our practice areas are distinguished as among the best,” said Reid Phillips, managing partner of Brooks Pierce. “Brooks Pierce prides itself on tackling very complex legal issues and finding successful, and often creative, solutions for our clients. Consistently seeing this kind of recognition for the work we do is truly an honor.”

The 27 Brooks Pierce practice areas that received a tier‑one ranking in the Greensboro metropolitan area include:

  • Antitrust Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions/UCC Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-­ Collar
  • Employment Law -­ Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Labor Law -­ Management
  • Litigation -­ Antitrust
  • Litigation -­ Banking & Finance
  • Litigation -­ Bankruptcy
  • Litigation -­ Environmental
  • Litigation -­ Intellectual Property
  • Litigation -­ Labor & Employment
  • Litigation -­ Securities
  • Litigation -­ Tax
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Non-­ Profit/Charities Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys and a review of information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Firms are only eligible for a ranking in a particular practice if at least one lawyer is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area. More information on the “Best Law Firms” methodology can be found at bestlawfirms.usnews.com/methodology.aspx.…

Sponsor the Legal Aid of North Carolina Fundraiser

On behalf of the Greensboro Bar Association and the Greensboro Bar Association Foundation, we invite you to consider becoming a sponsor of our 2018 Legal Aid of North Carolina fundraiser on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Science Center & Aquarium! The event features a delicious, catered dinner, craft beer from local breweries, a wine tasting contest, raffles for great prizes, and an evening enjoying fellowship and the exhibits at the aquarium. All proceeds will benefit the Greensboro office of Legal Aid of North Carolina.

Legal Aid of North Carolina (“LANC”) is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

The fundraiser provides four different levels of sponsorship:

Platinum Sponsorship: $2,000

  • 8 tickets to the event
  • Company name included on promotional material
  • Company logo included on promotional material
  • Company logo displayed on table cards at the event
  • Sponsorship announced at the event

Gold Sponsorship: $1,000

  • 6 tickets to the event
  • Company name included on promotional material
  • Company logo included on promotional material
  • Company logo displayed on table cards at the event

Silver Sponsorship: $500

  • 4 tickets to the event
  • Company name included on promotional material
  • Company logo included on promotional material

Bronze Sponsorship: $250

  • 2 tickets to the event
  • Company name included on promotional material

If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact Johnna Herron at jzherron@gmail.com. Thank you!…

Volunteer at Potter’s House

Volunteers are needed to serve food to the less fortunate at the Urban Ministry’s Potter’s House.

Shifts are from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Sunday, December 17. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community in the company of fellow members of the bar.

Please email Melissa Duncan at mduncan6@elon.edu if you are able to help. Write POTTER’S HOUSE in the subject line.…

Message from the President, December 2017

The holiday season is upon us, also known as “the season of giving.”  The Online Giving Study conducted by the Network for Good found that a third of all charitable donations in the U.S. happens in December, and a whopping 22 percent occurs on the final two days of the year.  As we enter this wonderful (and sometimes overwhelming) season, I wanted to highlight some opportunities for our members to give to others less fortunate.

“Real generosity toward the future
lies in giving all to the present.”
          -Albert Camus

“I have found that among its other benefits,
giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
          -Maya Angelou

Based on the responses to the survey the Community Involvement Committee sent to our membership a few months ago, the Committee has partnered with the Volunteer Center of Greensboro to provide us with two fantastic ways to help others:

Tiny Houses Greensboro has broken ground on North Carolina’s first tiny house community for the homeless!  Tiny Houses convenes a 15-member work crew every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 4120 Causey Street in Greensboro.  Much like Habitat for Humanity, prior construction experience is welcomed but not required.  Please visit www.volunteergso.org and sign up for a work day.

The GBA has a long history of partnering with Jones Elementary School to provide books for the students at the holidays and for the graduating fifth graders. Now we have an additional way to assist at Jones. BackPack Beginnings donates food to Jones to distribute to students’ families who are in need. Volunteers are needed the 2nd and 4th weeks of each month from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. to distribute donated food to the classrooms. Please visit www.volunteergso.org and sign up for a shift. Additionally, volunteers may stuff bags and work in the food pantry at their convenience.…

New Members, Approved on November 8, 2017

Daniel Davis Stratton
Tuggle Duggins P.A.
Endorsed by Clinton H. Cogburn

Spencer C. Krantz
Tuggle Duggins P.A.
Endorsed by Richard W. Andrews

Shea Brianne Ward
Dummit Fradin
Endorsed by Megan E. Spidell

Paige Nicole McElravy
Aycock Family Law
Endorsed by George “Trey” W. Aycock III

Laura Whitworth Milloway
Endorsed by Kristen M. Redman

Sarah M. Saint
Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP
Endorsed by Kimberly M. Marston

Sharon Elizabeth Dunmore
Jeffries Law, PLLC
Endorsed by Lauren Jeffries

Chimeaka LaVette White
Endorsed by Hon. Mark T. Cummings

Spencer David Warren
Connors Morgan PLLC
Endorsed by Karen McKeithen Schaede

Donna Rinck
Endorsed by Gerald L. Walden, Jr.

Brenton Begley
Endorsed by Ames Chamberlin

Joseph D. Hammond
Ellis & Winters LLP
Endorsed by Christopher W. Jackson…

Stell: #ClioCloud9

A few years ago, I asked NC Bar Association staffer Joyce Brafford, “If I can attend only one conference this year, what should it be?” Joyce did not hesitate, the Clio Cloud Conference. I am so glad I took her advice.

Clio is a cloud based legal technology company and Clio hosted their first conference in 2013 with 200 attendees. I attended my first Clio Conference in Chicago in 2015, then again in 2016. This year the conference moved to New Orleans in September and I attended for the third year in a row along with 1,200 others. What keeps me going back?

There are several standout features of the conference. The conference is highly produced and includes excellent facilities and great networking. The conference extras include hangover tables and massage chairs, plenty of food and beverage, and fun add-ons such as “Clio After Dark” after-conference socials.

As everyone attending the conference is a forward thinking legal professional , many conversations start at a different level – “what can we do better, more effectively and more efficiently?”, along with, “what does the future hold and what is my role in that future?”. These are individuals who have embraced technology and are using it in every part of their practice.

One of my favorite aspects of the conference is getting to know the Clio staff. CEO Jack Newton and Lawyer in Residence, Joshua Lennon are wandering the halls and looking to join in conversations or share a table at the social events. The staff is warm and welcoming and they embrace the mission of the company.

The speakers are forward thinking. There are multiple tracks offered: Clio University (Clio users), business of law and legal technology.

Keynote Speakers

The keynote speakers are always fantastic and this year was no exception. Canadian astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield, was perfectly on theme with Clio’s yearlong update to their software, which they christened Apollo.…

Attorney Jeremy Foltz Receives Pro Bono Award

(L-R) President Sarah Roane, Jeremy Foltz and wife Marcelle Foltz

(L-R) President Sarah Roane, Jeremy Foltz and wife Marcelle Foltz

The Greensboro Bar Association’s 2017 Pro Bono Award was presented to Jeremy B. Foltz at the November 16 member meeting.  Jeremy first practiced law in Texas. As soon as he became licensed in North Carolina, he joined the Greensboro Bar Association and contacted the Greensboro Legal Aid Office and asked if he could volunteer. Initially, he helped out with some routine housing cases. As time passed, he undertook some more complex housing matters, where his litigation and insurance law experience proved to be a major benefit for his clients. Since 2015, our award recipient has handled a total of ten (10) Legal Aid referrals with outstanding results. The Greensboro Bar Association is pleased to recognize Jeremy for his service.…