Useful Links

Visit the GBA blog at greensborolegalblog@gmail.com .

For member discounts, visit the ABA member benefit site at www.abanet.org/advantage and for GBA discount at Brooks Brothers, use Membership.BrooksBrothers.com as the web address with further details contained in the Enrollment Letter.

The Greensboro Bar Association maintains a relationship with several other organizations, associations, government, and courts.  Their links are listed here:

American Bar Association  www.abanet.org/

City of Greensboro www.greensboro-nc.gov  

Greensboro Bar Association Young Lawyers Section  www.GSOYoungLawyers.com

Guilford County  www.co.guilford.nc.us/

Guilford Paralegal Association  www.guilfordparalegalassociation.org

North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys  www.ncawa.org/

North Carolina Bar Association   www.ncbar.org/

+  NCBA Friends  www.ncbar.com/home/friends_volunteers.asp

+  NCBA Pals  www.ncbar.com/home/pal_volunteers.asp

North Carolina Board of Continuing Legal Education  www.nccle.org


Past Presidents

Past Presidents

The GBA President serves for one year as the President-Elect and then one year as President.  Since 1929, there have been 80 past presidents.

A. Wayland Cooke 1930-31 
Roger W. Harrison 1931-32
C. Clifford Frazier, Sr. 1932-33
Thomas C. Hoyle, Sr. 1933-34
Charles A. Hines 1934-35
Julius C. Smith 1935-36
Sidney J. Stern 1936-37
H.L. Koontz 1937-38
Armistead W. Sapp, Sr. 1938-39

E.D. Kuykendall, Sr. 1939-40
Norman A. Boren 1940-41
Robert R. King, Jr. 1941-42
D. Newton Farnell, Jr. 1942-43
George C. Hampton 1943-44
William E. Comer 1944-45
T. Settle Graham, Jr. 1945-46
Benjamin T. Ward 1946-47
N. Dalton McNairy 1947-48
Robert F. Moseley 1948-49

Beverly C. Moore 1949-50
C.L. Shuping, Sr. 1950-51
Robert H. Frazier 1951-52
Bryce R. Holt 1952-53
Leonidas Herbin, Sr. 1953-54
Thomas C. Hoyle, Jr. 1954-55
Welch O. Jordan 1955-56
Robert A. Merritt 1956-57
W.J. Adams, Jr. 1957-58
Adam Younce 1958-59

J.A. Kleemeier, Jr. 1959-60
Arthur O. Cooke 1960-61
Rufus W. Reynolds 1961-62
R. Kennedy Harris 1962-63
Herman A. Smith 1963-64
Charles T. Boyd 1964-65
Bynum M. Hunter 1965-66
R.D. Douglas, Jr. 1966-67
E.D. Kuykendall, Jr. 1967-68
Joseph T. Carruthers, Jr. 1968-69

Claude C. Pierce, Jr. 1969-70
W. Owen Cooke 1970-71
Charles M. Ivey, Jr. 1971-72
A. W. Flynn 1972-73
G. Neil Daniels 1973-74
A. L. Meyland 1974-75
Luke Wright 1975-76
C. Clifford Frazier, Jr. 1976-77
L. P. McLendon 1977-78
Julius Dees, Jr. 1978-79

Richard L. Wharton 1979-80
John L. Rendleman 1980-81
Jordan J. Frassineti 1981-82
Percy L. Wall 1982-83
Benjamin D. Haines 1983-84
Daniel W. Fouts 1984-85
James B. Wolfe, Jr. 1985-86
Perry N. Walker 1986-87
Charles T. Hagan, Jr. 1987-88
G. Stevenson Crihfield 1988-89

William L. Osteen 1989-90
Doris R. Bray 1990-91
Herbert S. Falk, Jr. 1991-92
Horace R. Kornegay 1992-93
Charles E. Nichols 1993-94
John W. Hardy 1994-95
Harold C. Mahler 1995-96
Charles P. Younce 1996-97
Richmond G. Bernhardt, Jr.1997-98
W. Erwin Fuller, Jr. 1998-99

Larry I. Moore, III 1999-2000
Locke T. Clifford 2000-01
Nancy Short Ferguson 2001-02
Joseph A. Williams 2002-03
T. M. (Mark) Gaylord 2003-04
Polly D. Sizemore 2004-05
Robert C. Cone 2005-06
William R. Hoyle 2006-07
Patrice A. Hinnant 2007-08
Wanda Bracks Daughtry 2008-09

William O. Cooke, Jr. 2009-10
Edward C. Winslow, III 2010-11
Robert D. Douglas, III 2011-12
John R. Morgan 2012-13
Vance Barron, Jr. 2013-14

Sustaining Members

GBA Sustaining Members

We thank them for their extra financial support!

Michael R. Abel

James C. Adams, II

Michael J. Allen

Joseph S. Atwell

William P. Aycock, II

J. Alexander S. Barrett

June L. Basden

Jack B. Bayliss, Jr.

Frederick L. Berry

Marc D. Bishop

H. Arthur Bolick, II

Howard L. Borum

Doris R. Bray

Elizabeth S. Brewington

Jason B. Buckland

John S. Buford

Mark T. Cain

Forrest W. Campbell, Jr.

William P. H. Cary

Ames Chamberlin

Barbara R. Christy

Harry H. Clendenin, III

Locke T. Clifford

Robert C. Cone

Barden W. Cooke

William O. Cooke, Jr.

Nicole A. Crawford

John M. Cross, Jr.

Wanda Bracks Daughtry

B. Mark Davidson

Herbert O. Davis

Kearns Davis

W. B. Rodman Davis

Daniel L. Deuterman

M. Jay DeVaney

J. Scott Dillon

Robert D. Douglas, III

Thomas C. Duncan

Robert H. Edmunds, Jr.

Alexander Elkan

James G. Exum, Jr.

LindaL.Falls

John M. Flynn

Susan M Fradenburg

Darrell A. Fruth

Richard W. Gabriel

Stuart C. Gauffreau

Michael H. Godwin

Garland G. Graham

Kenneth M. Greene

Lynn G. Gullick

Jennifer T. Harrod

Marcus E. Hayes, Sr.

J. Patrick Haywood

L. Worth Holleman, Jr.

George W. House

Marc L. Isaacson

Kenneth L. Jones

Susan M Fradenburg

Darrell A. Fruth

Richard W. Gabriel

Stuart C. Gauffreau

Michael H. Godwin

Garland G. Graham

Kenneth M. Greene

Lynn G. Gullick

Jennifer T. Harrod

Marcus E. Hayes, Sr.

J. Patrick Haywood

L. Worth Holleman, Jr.

George W. House

Marc L. Isaacson

Kenneth L. Jones

William W. Jordan

Kenneth R. Keller

Michael E. Kelly

Amy H. Kincaid

Robert J. King, III

W. Winburne King, III

J. Craig Kiser

Norman F. Klick, Jr.

Jennifer L.  J. Koenig

D. Beth Langley

Paul H. Livingston, Jr.

J. Lee Lloyd

Iain MacSween

Henry B. Mangum, Jr.

Thomas C. McCarty

M. Daniel McGinn

Brian J. McMillan

William G. McNairy

Michael D. Meeker

Larry I. Moore, III

Joel N. Oakley

Jeffrey E. Oleynik

Jim W. Phillips, Jr.

Reid L. Phillips

Clinton R. Pinyan

John P. Reilly

James M. Roane III

Christopher H. Roberts

Stanley L. Rodenbough, IV

David W. Sar

Robert W. Saunders

Robert A. Singer

John H. Small

Norman B. Smith

Mack Sperling

William L. Tankersley, III

Craig A. Taylor

V. Randall Tinsley

Anita Jo Kinlaw Troxler

Melanie Samson Tuttle

Randall A. Underwood

Jennifer K. Van Zant

Richard L. Vanore

Donald R. Vaughan

Christopher J. Vaughn

E. Garrett Walker

Thomas C. Watkins

Jeri L. Whitfield

Gregory S. Williams

Howard L. Williams

Joseph A. Williams

Jill R. Wilson

Edward C. Winslow III

S. Kyle Woosley

Charles P. Younce

Susan M. Young

GBA Foundation

Purpose of the Foundation

The objects and purposes for which this corporation is organized are:

To carry on the following educational, literary, scientific and charitable purposes or any of them both directly and by the application of assets to the use of the Greensboro Bar Association, for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes, or to any other corporation, trust, fund or foundation whose purposes and operations are charitable, scientific, literary or educational:

To foster and maintain the honor and integrity of the law;

To study, improve and to facilitate the administration of justice;

To promote the study of the law and research therein, the diffusion of knowledge thereof, and the continuing education of lawyers;

To cause to be published and to distribute addresses, reports, treatises and other literary works on legal subjects;

To maintain a law library and research center;

To acquire, preserve and exhibit rare books and documents, objects or art, and items of historical interest having legal significance or bearing on the administration of justice;

To promote suitable standards of legal education. 

Grants

GBAF provides yearly grants to law-related organizations or projects.  The procedure is explained and the application form is provided by clicking  here.

Bylaws

The Bylaws of the Greensboro Bar Association Foundation, Inc. were most recently amended in 2010 to alter the composition of the board to correspond with the Articles of Incorporation.

Annual CLE Seminar


Foundation Projects

From time to time, the Board of Directors initiates a special project which may require funding from the Foundation plus additional input, both in work and monetary contributions, from the GBA members.  Past projects include six Habitat for Humanity houses and playground equipment for Foust Elementary School

Sections

GBA Sections

The Greensboro Bar Association is comprised of five sections.  Each section is authorized by the Executive Board and has general supervision of its affairs, the power to fix its own time and place of meeting, and to adopt rules for its own government and course of action, including the election of officers and the appointment of such committees as it may deem advisable.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Established in 1998 for education of mediators and discussion about current issues.  The section meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, except December, from September to May at Tex & Shirley’s in Friendly Shopping Center.  Meetings commence at 7:30 AM and last for one hour, and breakfast service is available.  All members of the Greensboro Bar Association and certified mediators practicing in Greensboro are welcome.  There are no section dues.

Section Head:
William L. Daisy
336-558-4255
wldmediations@triad.rr.com

Section Secretary:
David Polinsky
336-402-2211
polinsky@polinskylaw.com

Business & Transactions

The section meets at least once each calendar year for dinner to socialize and discuss current issues of interest to attorneys practicing business, investment and transactional law in Greensboro.  Suggestions for discussion topics or speakers are always welcome.  All members of the Greensboro Bar Association are welcome to attend the section’s dinner meetings (usually held at the Greensboro Country Club), provided that we ask attendees to bear the cost of the dinner, which has in the past been approximately $50 per person.  There are no other section dues.  Members of the Greensboro Bar Association who wish to be included in the section’s mailing list should contact the section head.

Section Head:
Lee D. Hamilton
235-4298
lhamilton@purringtonmoody.com

Family Law

Established 1989 in cooperation with the High Point Bar Association to address matters of interest to attorneys practicing domestic or family law in Guilford County.  The section meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month from September to May at the restaurant 223 South Elm.  Meetings commence at 12:30 p.m. and lunch is available.   Programs address topics of interest to domestic law practitioners. All members of the Greensboro and High Point Bar Associations are welcome to attend. Section dues are $25.00 each calendar year; dues are payable by Jan 31, or within 30 days of joining the section.

Section Head:
Sam Spagnola
373-8469
sam@triadlaw.com

Real Property

Established in 1989 to address matters of interest to attorneys practicing real estate law in Guilford County, including associate memberships by High Point attorneys, meetings of the Real Estate Section are held quarterly in September, November, March and June.  Meetings begin with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and a brief program.  Dues for the current year are $80. Non-member guests are welcome for a charge of $35.  All members in good standing of the Greensboro Bar are eligible to join. High Point lawyers are also eligible to join on a non-voting basis unless they are also members of the Greensboro Bar Association.

Section Head:
Robert D. (Bob) Douglas
232-0650
rdouglas@hagandavis.com

Young Lawyers

For members younger than 36 years of age. Regularly scheduled luncheon meetings and socials, special projects such as the Swearing-In Ceremony and Bridge-the-Gaap program, Ask-A-Lawyer, Child Safety Day, serving meals at Urban Ministry and others, at the discretion of the Section board.

Section Head:
Stephen M. Russell, Jr.
645-3320
srussell@vldlitigation.com

History

Greensboro Bar Association History

Guilford County was created from parts of Rowan and Orange County in 1771.  The Guilford County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, presided over by Judges having the title of Justice of the Peace, conducted civil, criminal and administrative court.  The demeanor of the early court as indicated by the entry in the minutes that:  “It is ordered that in the future each sheriff attend this court with a wand of tough wood eight feet in length and one inch in diameter and that each constable attend the court with staffs neatly shaved, six and one-half feet in length and one and one-half inches in diameter, painted black on the head for eight inches.”

The Greensboro Bar began with the abandonment of the Guilford Courthouse in the village of Martinsville and the erection of a new courthouse in the newly created town of Greensboro, named for revolutionary hero General Nathanael Greene.  It was located near the approximate center of the County at the intersection of Elm and Market Streets.  At the May 1809 Term of Court, it was announced that “The New Courthouse in Greensboro, now ready for reception of Court, the Court adjourned from the town of Martinsville to the town of Greensboro to meet at 10:00 tomorrow, Friday, 19, May 1809.”

Prior to the creation of the Greensboro Bar Association there had been friendly association among Greensboro lawyers.  In early days, lawyers’ offices were located in one or two story buildings on Court Square around the stately structure of the Guilford Courthouse.  Frequently on a summer day a group of lawyers might be found sitting in chairs beneath the high spreading elms that shaded the park area of the Square.  Here, one might overhear through an open Courthouse window a voice arguing before a jury.  Here, one might hear a lawyer’s conversation about law, literature or philosophy with frequent quotations from the Bible and Shakespeare.

In April 1927, a group of young lawyers who had been practicing more than three years and less than fifteen years were invited to a dinner in the private dining room of the restaurant on the top floor of the Jefferson Standard Building.  That dinner led to the organization of the Greensboro Barrister’s Club. Its primary purpose was to bring about a formal organization of a Greensboro Bar Association, and incidentally, to meet for dinner every other week with a member giving a talk on some topic of the law.  The first officers were: Robert H. Frazier, President; Robert F. Moseley, Vice-President; and Harry R. Stanley, Secretary.

Not long thereafter, in a meeting at the Greensboro Country Club to which all members of the Greensboro Bar were invited, a resolution to form the present association was enthusiastically adopted.  On March 22, 1929, the Greensboro Bar Association was duly organized and it’s Constitution and Bylaws were adopted.

The objects for the Association were as follows:

This Association is established to encourage the assembly of its members at stated periods for the transaction of business conducive to the public good and their own welfare; to co-operate with the legislative, judicial and executive departments of government in securing, administrating and enforcing laws for the common weal; to aid in maintaining the honor and dignity of the profession of law; to promote legal science and the administration of justice; and to cultivate social intercourse among its members.

The Association’s actual activities are less well known. One early Executive Committee considered a report that some members were chasing “the business of banks,” a problem likely resolved by the Great Depression of the 1930’s.  Another early committee, of unknown inspiration, formed to investigate the “moral fitness and professional qualities” of Greensboro law license applicants.  Occasionally, the Association adopted resolutions regarding proposed or needed legislation, or polled a meeting and reported recommendations about pending judicial appointments.  Primarily, however, the Association was a collegial fellowship of practitioners who met monthly, except in summer, for the pleasure of one another’s company and the exchange of ideas.

Horace Heyworth of the High Point Bar, on February 12, 1931, presented a proposal to establish two divisions of the Superior Court in Guilford County – –  a Greensboro Division and a High Point Division.  At the meeting on February 20, 1931, Thomas Turner sponsored a proposal to set up equal court facilities in both Greensboro and High Point.  By subsequent act of the General Assembly the two divisions of Superior Court were set up in Guilford County.  Several years later, on September 26, 1945, the Association approved a proposed act to create Guilford County as a separate judicial district.

Lacking the legal capacity to do so, the Association has never attempted to be an enforcement arm with respect to matters of legal regulation.  Nevertheless, early records disclose attention paid to ethical transgressions that today appear more amusing than threatening.  One older practitioner apparently developed the habit of hanging out in bank lobbies attempting to cage fees out of the ignorant for helping them to cash checks.  Then there was the case in the 1950’s of a Greensboro attorney who boarded a train at Lynchburg, was unable to display the ticket he claimed to have lost, was expelled from the train, and sued the Southern Railway and lost—he left town shortly thereafter.  Until 1971, schedules setting out suggested fees for various services were promulgated by the Association, but such practice lapsed after it came under scrutiny for its possible price fixing implications.  One speculates that the schedules were honored in the breach often enough to provide a defense to such a charge.