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Young Lawyers Section: Connections, April 2018

The Young Lawyers Section of the GBA has several exciting events happening this Spring!

Last month YLS partnered with Piedmont Triad Women Attorneys to fill volunteer slots for the 4All Service Day.  We provided pizza for the many volunteer attorneys who fielded telephone calls and helped make the annual 4All event a success.  YLS also hosted a Lunch & Learn with local attorney and Greensboro City Council Member, Justin Outling.  Justin offered unique insight on various current events in Greensboro and led an engaging discussion among the attorneys in attendance.  Thanks to Justin for all he does for our community!  Last week YLS had a “March Madness” themed happy hour at World of Beer where young lawyers donated school supplies reflecting their favorite NCAA team spirit to benefit Hampton Elementary School.




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.…

Nick G. Carr Joins KDB as Senior Associate

Kacvinsky Daisak Bluni PLLC (KDB) is thrilled to announce the expansion of its IP capacity with the hire of Nick G. Carr as senior associate. Based in the firm’s North Carolina office, Nick works across a broad range of industries including software and computer services, technology, hardware, electronics and financial services. His educational background in computer science is a significant asset for KDB clients, bringing valuable industry perspective.

“KDB is a terrific fit for my practice and clients,” said Nick. “The breadth of IP work, strong roster of clients and workplace culture attracted me to KDB.”

He focuses his practice on matters involving patent counseling, drafting and prosecution as well as opinion work. Prior to joining KDB, Nick was an associate at Patterson + Sheridan. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Supreme Court of North Carolina as the Law Clerk to Chief Justice Sarah Parker providing him with valuable court experience.

KDB is a full-service intellectual property law firm focused on providing clients with the best IP attorneys regardless of their location.…

Stell: Legal Trends 2018

The 21st century law firm is undergoing unprecedented change.

Challenges include increased competition, 21st century clients, and generational differences to name a few.

Let’s look ahead to see what to expect in 2018.

Changing Business Model. What has always worked for law firms is not working as well as it used to. Adapt. Be flexible. Experiment with different options for your clients – try new ways to communicate, bill, and deliver services – and see what your clients like. Many successful businesses experiment with their business model until they find what works best for them. Then they build on the model. Most law firms adopt a model that was built decades ago and they continue to operate the firm the same way, regardless of whether clients like it, employees like it, or associate attorneys like it. When the model ceases to provide results, there is no enthusiasm for building a new model.

The idea of a nimble workplace allows you to seek new ideas, collect input from your lawyers and staff and experiment with your clients. After putting an experiment in place, debrief about the process and results. Ask yourself three questions:

  • What went well that we should keep doing?
  • What didn’t go well that we should stop?
  • What should we try next time?

Practice Areas. According to articles and surveys by many of the top legal staffing companies in the U.S., hot practice areas include healthcare, corporate transactional law, intellectual property particularly as pertains to entertainment law and technology law. There continues to be a rise in cyber practices including privacy issues and data breach response. In North Carolina, real estate practices, both residential and commercial continue to be robust.

Legal Jobs. Special Counsel’s 2018 Salary Guide reports increased demand and competition for top legal talent. Firms are looking at creative ways to provide more perks to professionals including signing bonuses, relocation reimbursement and unique benefits

For example:

  • The top non-traditional benefits are pet insurance, back-up or emergency child care, and credit union or loan access
  • 35% of attorney placements are relocations and most involve a bonus or reimbursement of expenses
  • The average signing bonus is $27,000, while relocation bonuses range from $5,000 to $10,000
  • While there are plenty of lawyers in North Carolina, many firms are competing for top talent and that includes recruiting attorneys from out of state.

Smith Moore Leatherwood Names Kimberly Gatling as Leadership Council of Legal Diversity Fellow

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP has chosen Kimberly Bullock Gatling to be a member of the 2018 class of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows, a landmark program created by the LCLD to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

According to LCLD President Robert J. Grey Jr., the LCLD Fellows Program offers participants “a year-long, in-depth program devoted to relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership and the best teachers in the business.”

Gatling concentrates her practice at Smith Moore Leatherwood in intellectual property prosecution, licensing and litigation. She serves as the firm’s technology industry group co-leader, working with a group of attorneys who draw upon the firm’s intellectual property, litigation and corporate experience to advise clients on a variety of issues that arise in today’s electronic marketplace. Additionally, Gatling has served as chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee since 2009.

In her community, Gatling serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Greensboro, Cone Health Foundation and the Gateway Research Park. She was recently appointed chair of the North Carolina A&T State University board of visitors.

Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 285 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. The LCLD Fellows Program, which has trained more than a thousand mid-career attorneys since 2011, is one of LCLD’s most important initiatives. For more information, visit www.lcldnet.org.…

Legal Aid of North Carolina Benefit 2018 Recap

The Greensboro Bar Association’s Legal Aid Fundraiser, held on Saturday, February 17 at the Greensboro Science Center’s Aquarium, was a great success! We hosted 126 guests, which included GBA members, many of our sponsors, friends and family.

Guests enjoyed an amazing array of Mediterranean-style food provided by Catering by Bakatsias, locally brewed craft beer from Four Saints Brewing Company, Gibbs Hundred Brewing Company, Joymongers Brewing Company, Pig Pounder Brewery, and Preyer Brewing Company, as well as a selection of red and white wine from Rioja! A Wine Bar.

We raffled off over 10 great prizes donated by local businesses and organizations, including Whole Foods, Chakras Spa, Parizade, Little Brother Brewing, Beer Co., Natty Greene’s, Bottle & Can, beerthirty, and Matt Logan, Inc.

The Fundraiser Committee, consisting of Johnna Herron (chair), Brennan Aberle, Nick Bakatsias, Jennifer Gibert Mencarini, Katherine Reynolds, Alicia Edwards, Alex Eiffe and Andrew Evans is grateful for the incredible support of our sponsors and extends its thanks to the following companies and individuals:

Platinum ($2,000): Brooks Pierce, Lincoln Financial Group;

Gold ($1,000): Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina, Barbara Morgenstern;

Silver ($500): Black, Slaughter & Black, Cone Health, Connors Morgan, Johnson Peddrick & McDonald, Nexsen Pruet, Smith Moore Leatherwood, Turning Point Litigation, Whole Foods;

Bronze ($250): Capital City Law, Carruthers & Roth, Elon University School of Law, Garrett Walker Aycoth & Olson, Isaacson Isaacson Sheridan, Jill Wilson & Marc Isaacson, Logan Financial, Sally Cone, Schell Bray, The Nelson Law Firm.

Thanks to the hard work of the committee, ticket sales, sponsorships, and donations (including an incredible anonymous donation of $5,000 and $2,500 from the GBA Foundation), the GBA raised an amazing total of $21,218.46 (with $2,500 donated directly to Legal Aid). At the March 15th member meeting, Johnna Herron presented Janet McAuley-Blue, Managing Attorney of our local Greensboro Legal Aid office, and all Legal Aid attorneys and staff in attendance, with a check for $18,718.46.…

Message from the President, April 2018

April is upon us, and winter, which has seemed especially tenacious this year, is finally making its exit.  March Madness is also coming to a close, and I hope you have fared better than my UVA-is-going-to-win-it-all bracket!

Please save the date of Sunday, May 20th!  Our annual picnic at the Hoppers’ Stadium will be a joint occasion with the High Point Bar Association!  The fun begins at 2 p.m. 

As my year as President nears its end, I would like to highlight a few important events on the horizon:

Recently, Judge Avery Crump announced her resignation from the District Court bench in order to pursue her candidacy for the office of District Attorney.  Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 7A-142, Judicial Districts 18 (Greensboro) and 18H (High Point) are required to schedule a joint special meeting to nominate five attorneys to Governor Cooper to fill Judge Crump’s vacancy.  Our Judicial District’s By-Laws provide that the responsibility to determine the location of the special meeting will alternate between Greensboro and High Point.  As Greensboro presided over the last special meeting, High Point will host this meeting.  The special meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the High Point Country Club, 800 Country Club Drive, High Point, North Carolina 27262, with registration and ballot distribution beginning at 3:00 p.m., and candidate speeches starting at 3:30 p.m.  You will receive an official written notice of the special meeting at least 15 days in advance via your email or mailing address on file.  If you are interested in being considered for the nomination, you must be a resident of either Judicial District 18 or 18H, and must notify either me (sarahroane@gmail.com) or Quin Schoch (schochlaw5@northstate.net), the President of District 18H, in writing no later than 5 days before the meeting, as nominations from the floor are not permitted.…

Kenneth Greene and Christopher Genheimer Co-Author Chapter for Strategic Alternatives For and Against Distressed Businesses

Carruthers & Roth, P.A. is pleased to announce that Messrs. Greene and Genheimer are the co-authors of the chapter on North Carolina receiverships in the state-by-state treatise published most recently in 2018 by Thomson/Reuters/West entitled Strategic Alternatives For and Against Distressed Businesses.


Kenneth Greene

Christopher Genheimer

Christopher Genheimer

Their chapter provides a thorough analysis of the current North Carolina laws that apply to receiverships, details the powers and authority of a court appointed receiver and the procedures applicable to the creation, administration, liquidation and distribution of a receivership estate.

For more information on the publication, please click here.…

Notice Joint Special Meeting April 2018

18th Judicial District Bar 18-H Judicial District Bar

March 27, 2018

TO: Members of the Bar, 18th Judicial District and 18-H Judicial District

FROM: Quin Schoch, President of the 18-H Judicial District Bar, Sarah H. Roane, President of the 18th Judicial District Bar

RE: Notice of Special Joint Meeting for the Selection of Nominees for the District Court Judicial Vacancy Occasioned by the Resignation of the Honorable Avery M. Crump

Notice: Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 7A-142 and the Bylaws of the 18th and 18-H Judicial District Bars, notice hereby is given that a SPECIAL JOINT MEETING OF THE 18th and 18-H JUDICIAL DISTRICT BARS will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the High Point Country Club, located at 800 Country Club Drive, High Point, North Carolina 27262,1 for the sole purpose of selecting nominees to submit to Governor Roy A. Cooper III to fill the District Court judicial vacancy occasioned by the resignation of the Honorable Avery M. Crump on or about February 27, 2018. Member check-in and ballot distribution will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Candidates: Any member of the 18th Judicial District Bar or the 18-H Judicial District Bar who wishes to be a candidate for the judicial seat and who is a resident in either district must notify us of his or her intention in writing, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018, five (5) days in advance of the meeting. The notification shall state that he or she is duly authorized to practice law in the 18th and 18-H Judicial District Bars, and that his or her residence address is located within either district. Notification should be delivered or mailed to Quin Schoch, 500 East Green Drive, Suite 100, High Point, NC 27260, or e-mailed to schochlaw5@northstate.net, or delivered or mailed to Sarah H.