GBA Mix & Mingle

We encourage members of the Greensboro Bar Association to bring at least one nonmember to the Mix and Mingle membership social scheduled for March 8, 2018 at Joymonger’s. It’s great opportunity to enjoy fellowship with your colleagues, and learn more about all of the benefits that come with being a Greensboro Bar Association member.GBA-Mix-and-Mingle

Three Higgins Benjamin Attorneys Recognized by 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers

Higgins Benjamin, PLLC, is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s attorneys were recognized in the 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine for their professional achievement recognized by their peers.  Super Lawyers is an independent lawyer-ranking service that selects attorneys using a rigorous, multi-phase rating process.  Through peer nominations, evaluations, and third-party research, exceptional attorneys are selected within each state.

Gilbert J. Andia Jr. was selected in the area of Civil Litigation: Defense; Kenneth J. Gumbiner was selected for Business Litigation; and Jonathan Wall was selected for Employment Litigation: Plaintiff.  Higgins Benjamin, PLLC is a general practice law firm located in downtown Greensboro.

Brooks Pierce Attorney Elected to the Board of the North Star LGBTQ Community Center

Brooks Pierce attorney Sarah Saint has been elected to the board of directors for the North Star LGBTQ Community Center.

The North Star LGBTQ Community Center focuses on encouraging a sense of community across diverse identities through advocacy, compassion, education and service. It is committed to providing educational, social and collaborative activities for LGBTQ youth, adults and families in the Triad.

Saint focuses her practice on representing school boards, educational institutions, teachers, administrators and students in a diverse range of education law issues. She also represents businesses in various industries as they seek to resolve disputes, litigating in state and federal court when necessary. She holds a master’s degree in school counseling and has served public school students in a variety of capacities. In 2017, she received the North Carolina State Bar Student Pro Bono Service Award as well as the American Bar Association and Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law. Saint has also worked with the annual Winston-­‐Salem Pride Festival and Parade since 2016.

Robert Edmunds Certified as Superior Court Mediator by North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission

The Honorable Robert H. Edmunds Jr.

The Honorable Robert H. Edmunds Jr.

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP is pleased to announce that The Honorable Robert H. Edmunds Jr. recently has been certified to conduct settlement conferences in Superior Court civil actions by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (DRC). As a Superior Court mediator, Edmunds will draw on his extensive experience in the public and private sectors to assist disputing parties in reaching a mutually-satisfactory resolution of the issues that divide them.

With 16 years of experience as an elected North Carolina Supreme Court Justice and two years as an elected judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Edmunds will offer a unique perspective as a mediator. He was also appointed by the President of the United States to U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. Throughout his career, Edmunds has litigated more than 100 jury trials to verdict.

Edmunds now practices with Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Appellate Group, where he applies his extensive knowledge to serve the firm’s clients with the same dedication that he demonstrated over many years as a public servant. He is board certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in state and federal criminal law and in appellate practice.

GBA & Elon Law Blood Drive

Blood Drive

Greensboro Bar Association &Elon-Law

Carolina Theatre

310 S. Greene Street / Greensboro, NC 27401

Thursday, March 29, 2018
10:00am – 2:30pm

Give the gift from the heart! Save lives by donating blood!
To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org
and key sponsor code: GBA.

Questions? Contact Diane Lowe at jd18gba@greensborobar.org.

Appointments are encouraged.

Walk-ins welcome. Bring a photo ID.

Mark York Named Director at Carruthers & Roth

Mark York

Mark York

Carruthers & Roth, P.A. announced that attorney Mark York has been named a director at the firm effective January 1, 2018.

Mark is a member of the Carruthers & Roth commercial litigation team and is experienced in advocating for clients in a wide range of business, shareholder, commercial, construction and employment disputes, as well as other general litigation matters.

Previously Mark served in the U.S. Army for twenty years, fourteen of those years as part of an elite special operations team conducting high-risk missions throughout the world. It was an experience that taught him how to unravel complex problems and to make smart, well-informed decisions under tough conditions.

“Mark brings those same problem-solving skills to his work at Carruthers & Roth,” said Kenneth Keller, managing director of Carruthers & Roth, P.A. “We look forward to his continued leadership on behalf of both our clients and colleagues.”

Mark graduated magna cum lade from the Elon University School of Law, where he was named the inaugural McMichael Law and Leadership Fellow. He was recently named to the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Martha T. Peddrick Receives 2017 Centennial Award

Pedderick-2017-Centennial-Award

Martha T. Peddrick received the award presented by her law partner Davis McDonald

The 2017 Centennial Award for outstanding and exemplary community service was presented to Martha T. Peddrick at the GBA member meeting on February 15, 2018. Martha is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning with Johnson Peddrick & McDonald, PLLC. Her community service in North Carolina began with the founding of The Rape Crisis Center and Clara’s House. Her extensive work with non-profit organizations includes Board of Directors service to the Carolina Theater, Friends You Can Count On (now known as Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test), Greensboro Day School, the Women’s Professional Forum, and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, working diligently on its Tanger Performing Arts Center project. She has been active at Elon Law School where she has served as a preceptor for first year law students.  And of course, Martha has been an active board member of our own Greensboro Bar Association, serving as Treasurer from 2009 to 2012 and as a member of the Board through 2016.  Since 2015 she has chaired the Health and Wellness Committee of the Greensboro Bar Association so she has had the task of planning and implementing our annual Blood Drive. We are pleased to recognize Martha for her service to our community.

Sign Up for Ask a Lawyer Day

The Pro Bono Board at Elon University School of Law will host its annual Ask a Lawyer Day at the law school on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  GBA members are invited to join Elon Law students to serve members of the Greensboro community who are in need of free legal assistance.  Practice areas needed are family law (including domestic violence), public benefits, housing issues, foreclosure, and employment. To confirm your participation, please send an email to probono@elon.edu by March 30. Please indicate your practice area(s) and whether you would like to volunteer from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., or 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Ask A Lawyer Day

Stell: Lawyers Helping Lawyers

In 2017, Lawyers Mutual celebrated 40 years of providing insurance coverage to North Carolina lawyers.

I often meet lawyers who are proud to tell me their personal story of how they helped to form Lawyers Mutual. In 1977, a call went out from the NC Bar Association asking the lawyers in our state to contribute $1 million dollars to create the first lawyer owned insurance company in the country. Nearly everyone answered the call. Whether they wrote a check they could barely afford, or they put their initial payment on a credit card, 1,623 lawyers collected $947,780.

The loyalty these initial investors have towards our Company is both gratifying and humbling.

Today, Lawyers Mutual insures 8,000 North Carolina lawyers. Lawyers are connected to us because they are our insureds, they serve on our defense panel, they serve on our Board of Directors and our Community Boards, they speak at our CLE programs and write articles for our newsletter. North Carolina lawyers are our family.

The people who work at Lawyers Mutual are our family, as well. We have employees who have worked with us for more than 30 years. Our people are passionate about our insureds. They take care of them as though they are family.

We are lucky to partner with bar associations across the state.  All thirteen lawyers who work for Lawyers Mutual and Lawyers Insurance Agency are members of various bar associations and many serve in leadership positions, in other areas of service, write content for bar newsletters, and serve as CLE speakers.

You may know that we have a staff of 7 claims attorneys in our office. They spend much of their time not handling cases filed against our insured attorneys, but providing proactive advice to our insureds. If you have questions, you have a difficult client and need some advice, you have ethics concerns or you are concerned that you have made a mistake, our claims attorneys stand ready to assist you.

We also provide advice and consultation through our Client Services department. We provide advice about practice management issues and business development and marketing concerns. We offer a free 3-hour CLE for our insureds each year. Our website has many risk management resources, including practice guides, articles, and a Lending Library. We communicate with law students through our virtual Student Resource Center. Law students visit on Twitter @LM_SRC and everyone visit us @LawyersMutualNC, connect with us on LinkedIn and “like” our Facebook page, Lawyers Mutual NC.

We are especially proud of our blog, A Byte of Prevention. While we had more than 101,000 visitors to our website in 2017, more than 70% go directly to our blog (or risk management articles), where we post daily. http://www.lawyersmutualnc.com/blog

Lawyers Mutual also owns Lawyers Insurance, a subsidiary company that offers all other types of insurance such as health, life, disability, business owners policies, crime, cyber, as well as providing structured settlements. You can learn more about Lawyers Insurance by visiting their website from a link on our home page or via http://www.lawyersinsuranceagency.com/ .

The practice of law is not for the faint of heart. A support system can make all the difference in overcoming obstacles, finding solutions, and achieving success. Lawyers Mutual has made it our mission to serve as your support. We are “lawyers helping lawyers”.

Camille Stell is the Vice President of Client Services for Lawyers Mutual. Keep the conversation going by reaching out to
Camille at 800.662.8843 or
Camille@lawyersmutualnc.com.