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!

Memorial Resolution for J. Reed Johnston, Jr.

GREENSBORO BAR ASSOCIATION

MEMORIAL RESOLUTION

FOR

J. REED JOHNSTON, JR.

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, by the Greensboro Bar Association at its regularly scheduled meeting on November 16, 2017, that:

WHEREAS, J. Reed Johnston, Jr. died on May 20, 2017, in Greensboro, North Carolina after a long period of declining health; and

WHEREAS, this Association desires to reflect upon his exemplary career and service to the Bar and his fellow citizens, and the minutes should therefore reflect that:

Reed was born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 22, 1944 to John Reed Johnston and Pauline Barton Johnston. His family moved to Winston-Salem in 1946, where he grew up and went to school at R.J. Reynolds High School. After completing his junior year of high school, he was accepted as a freshman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received his high school diploma after he completed his first year at the university.

Following graduation from UNC-CH in 1965, Reed entered the School of Law at UNC-CH and began his life-long commitment to the practice of the law. When asked when he decided to become an attorney, Reed always answered he never wanted to do anything else. In 1968, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he served as articles editor of the Law Review, was a member of the Order of the Coif and graduated with high honors.  He was admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina in 1968.

Following graduation from law school, Reed moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as an appellate attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1971, Reed joined the faculty of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri.  He was admitted to the Missouri Bar and later practiced law in St. Louis for several years.

Reed moved back to North Carolina in 1983, and joined the law firm of Tuggle Duggins in Greensboro as a member of its litigation practice. Reed was a director of the firm and practiced with the firm of Tuggle Duggins for over 30 years. During his time at the firm, he served as a president of Tuggle Duggins and oversaw the firm’s transition from its original offices at 228 W. Market Street to the current location in the Lincoln Financial building.  He continued to assist the Firm even as his health declined and as he transitioned to senior counsel.  He was a member of the Greensboro, the North Carolina and the American Bar Associations.  His practice focused on business, insurance, ERISA, intellectual property and appellate litigation. Reed was admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits.  Reed handled appeals in these courts and the appellate courts of various states including North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois and New York. He was AV designated by Martindale Hubbell.

Reed met his wife Sharon “Sherry” O’Donnell while they were both students at UNC-CH School of Law.  They have two sons, Sean and Michael.  In addition to being an avid supporter of Tar Heel sports, Reed enjoyed spending free time in his woodwork shop. He loved nothing better than spending his weekends with his sons working on projects for the house or a gift for the family. Always interested in photography, his time was spent not only capturing family memories but searching for interesting examples of old tobacco barns and the Carolina countryside. During the last three years, Reed received the gift of a beautiful granddaughter, Maddie, who brought a special joy and light to his life.     

Reed is survived by Sherry, his wife of 47 years, sons John Reed Johnston, IV “Sean,” wife Cyndi and granddaughter Madison Harper of Durham and Michael O’Donnell Johnston of Oakton, VA; sisters Carolyn Carroll (Ed) of Danville, VA; Pauline Johnston of Winston-Salem; Rebecca Johnston of Fayetteville; sister-in-law Patricia O’Donnell of Annandale, VA; brother-in-law H. Scott Sigler of Atlanta, GA; nephews Edward Carroll (Barbara); Gregory Carroll; Jeremy Carroll ( Elizabeth); Jeffery Sigler (Sage), Kevin Sigler (Heather), Tyler Sigler (Sasha), as well as eight great-nieces and nephews.

NOW,  THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Greensboro Bar Association, in this duly assembled meeting of its members, does hereby adopt this Resolution to honor and memorialize the life and works of our colleague J. Reed Johnston, Jr., and directs that this Resolution be made part of the official records of the Association and that a true copy hereof shall be delivered to Reed’s family in token of the esteem, high regard, and enduring affection in which he was held by his friends and colleagues of the Bar.

DONE BY ACCLAMATION at the regularly scheduled meeting of the membership of the Greensboro Bar Association, this the 16th day of November, 2017.

Presented by J. Nathan Duggins, III

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.

Mix and Mingle Highlights

The GBA Mix and Mingle event was held at Joymongers Brewing Co. on Thursday, November 9.  Over 60 people (and one dog) were in attendance.  Stay tuned! The Greensboro Bar Association Membership Committee will be hosting a similar event in the spring.

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. Please contact Kimberly Simmons, Jones Elementary Social Worker, at 336.370.8230 if you would like to help.

Speaking of Jones Elementary, if you have not yet had a chance to make your donation for the annual book project, please consider mailing a check made payable to “GBA Foundation” (include “Jones Elementary” on the memo line) to Post Office Box 1825, Greensboro, NC 27402, or donating online via PayPal.  We hope you will also join the GBA’s “elves” and wrap some of the Jones books at our annual holiday party at Elon Law School on Wednesday, December 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and volunteer to distribute the wrapped books to the children on Tuesday, December 19th at 8:30 a.m.

Our Community Involvement Committee has also continued its relationship with Urban Ministries and continues to seek volunteers to serve food to the less fortunate at the Potter’s House.  The next opportunity is on Sunday, December 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Please volunteer by Melissa Duncan at mduncan6@elon.edu. Please list Potter’s House in subject line.

I wish you all a safe, happy, and fulfilling season of giving.

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