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 SPECIAL JOINT MEETING OF THE 18th and 18-H JUDICIAL DISTRICT BARS will be held on September 29, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room (the Old Superior Court Room) at the Old Guilford County Courthouse at 301 West Market Street in Greensboro, NC, to 1) amend the Bylaws of the 18th Judicial District (click on Bylaws with Proposed Amendments to review proposed revisions); and 2) select nominees to submit to the Governor to fill the District Court judicial vacancy occasioned by the July 31, 2016 retirement of the Honorable District Court Judge Wendy Enochs. Member check-in and distribution of ballots will begin at 3:00 p.m.
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.
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