Judicial Nominee Election Results

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


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

Joint Meeting of JD 18 and JD 18H

Special Joint Meeting
18th Judicial District Bar and 18-H Judicial District Bar
Thursday, January 8, 2015   4:00 PM

Commissioners Meeting Room (the Old Superior Court Room)

Old Guilford County Courthouse

301 West Market Street

Greensboro, NC


For Candidate Information Click On:

Brenton Boyce Letter, Brenton Boyce Resume

Bill Davis Letter , Bill Davis Resume

Tab Hunter LetterTab Hunter Resume

David Sherrill LetterDavid Sherrill Resume

Marc Tyrey Letter

Julie Wall LetterJulie Wall Resume

Janet Wallace Resume


Fred Lind

Jim Swisher

Click on JD 18-JD 18H Notice for the written notice for the election for nominees for Public Defender and the election for nominees for the judicial seat of District Court Judge.  

The deadline for written submissions of the Public Defender nominations will be December 19, 2014 and the deadline for written submissions of the District Court Judge nominations will be January 3, 2015.  

Volunteers are needed to help with check in/counting ballots. If you can help please respond by email to JD18GBA@greensborobar.org.


Jones Elementary School Book Project Begins

Each year, the GBA collects generous donations from our members to purchase books from Scholastic at a significant discount.  We collect enough money to buy a book for each and every child in the traditional program at Jones Elementary School in grades K through 5.  Right before the holiday break, GBA volunteers wrap each book and then hand deliver the books to the kids in their classrooms wearing Santa hats and other festive attire.  The look on the children’s faces is what the holidays are all about.

So . . . we are asking you to consider:

(1) making a donation to this project by writing a check made payable to the “Greensboro Bar Association  Foundation”;

(2) wrapping a book while attending the GBA’s annual holiday party on Thursday, December 18th at Elon Law School; and

(3) volunteering to distribute the books at Jones on Friday, December 19th.

Donations need to be received by December 10, 2014 and can be mailed to the GBA at Post Office Box 1825, Greensboro, NC 27402 or hand-delivered to either Diane Lowe or Sarah Roane at the November 20th membership lunch meeting.  Please include “Jones Elementary Book Project” in the memo line of the check so we know what your donation is for.  All donors, both individual and firm, will be recognized in a subsequent GBA newsletter.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and holiday spirit!

Triad Legal Geeks Meet-up

The Law Practice Management and Technology Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, in conjunction with the Greensboro Bar Association, is happy to announce that our next Triad Legal Geeks Meet-up is Tuesday, June 24th at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema starting at 6:00 pm. Anyone who is a member of the Greensboro Bar Association or North Carolina Bar Association is invited.

We will be showing Merlin Mann’s Inbox Zero Google Tech Talk followed by a general discussion on handling e-mail and other electronic communications.

Please RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/nc-legal-geeks-6483542311

October 2013

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September 2013

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