Herb Falk Society 2016 Honors

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 2016 were recognized at the March 16 member meeting at the Empire Room. Please join us in congratulating:

Barbara R. Christy – 87.5 Hours

Locke T. Clifford – 77.8 Hours

Elizabeth Collins – 116 Hours

Benjamin Crissman – 98 Hours

Blinn L. Cushman – 111 Hours

Erwin Fuller, Jr. – 100 Hours

Richard W. Gabriel – 76.2 Hours

Holt Gwyn – 168 Hours

Eloise Robinson Hassel – 91.1

Adam G. Kerr  – 120.9 Hours

Jennifer L.J. Koenig – 110.75 Hours

Manisha P. Patel – 118 Hours

Steven A. Scoggan – 118.5 Hours

Clark Smith, Jr. – 270.8 Hours

Gerald L. Walden, Jr. – 282 Hours

Ten Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP Attorneys Named to North Carolina Legal Elite

Ten Greensboro attorneys from Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP have been selected by their peers as part of Business North Carolina’s 2017 Legal Elite. The Legal Elite awards are categorized into 14 legal and business-related categories and are compiled annually based upon a poll of North Carolina attorneys. The attorneys selected are considered by their peers to be the best practitioners in their respective fields.

The Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP attorneys honored as North Carolina Legal Elite are:

  • E. Kent Auberry, Business
  • Amber R. Duncan, Business
  • Kimberly Bullock Gatling, Intellectual Property
  • Gregory G. Holland, Litigation
  • Neale T. Johnson, Construction
  • Frankie T. Jones Jr., Real Estate
  • Patrick M. Kane, Litigation and Young Guns
  • Robert D. Kidwell, Business
  • Alexander L. Maultsby, Employment
  • Patti West Ramseur, Employment
  • E. Garrett Walker, Real Estate

Habitat House 2017 Volunteers & Contributions Needed

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.

Habitat House Online Donations

Amanda Feder Receives 2016 Pro Bono Award

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.

Judicial Nominee Election Results

Election of nominees for District Court Judge, held September 29, 2016.

Results:

Jonathan G. Kreider: 119

Ronald P. Butler: 53

Randall Ross Howell: 45

Zachary T. Dawson

Zachary T. Dawson Joins Smith Moore Leatherwood

Zachary T. Dawson

Zachary T. Dawson

Smith Moore Leatherwood is pleased to announce the addition of Zachary T. Dawson to the firm’s litigation team in the Greensboro office. Dawson’s practice will focus on complex commercial, antitrust, products liability, and intellectual property cases in state and federal courts in North Carolina and other jurisdictions.

Dawson received his law degree from University of North Carolina School of Law, where he served as a staff member of the North Carolina Law Review. He earned his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of the varsity cross country and track team, and a graduate of the Carolina Leadership Academy.

Swearing-In & Bridge The Gap Oct. 14

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.

“Lessons from Legends” Video Montage of GBA Member Interviews

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.

Elections for GBA Officers & Directors and JD18 Officers – April 28

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