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.
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. Carruthers
- Stephen M. Russell, Jr.
- Karen McKeithen Schaede
- Hon. Teresa H. Vincent
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
The Judicial Performance Evaluation is done in each election cycle to collect the input of members of the bar that practice before the judges. The collection of this information is meant for gaining insight on the judicial candidates.
Click on http://www.electncjudges.org to view the results.
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.
Pictured (left to right) is GBA President Afi Johnson-Parris, Ron Johnson, Board Member Martha Peddrick
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.