The Young Lawyers Section ended the year by hosting a successful dinner event at Urban Ministries in December. We served about 80 meals, including lasagna and vegetables, to those in need. Thanks to all those who participated! See below for what’s in store for YLS members in 2018:
Annual YLS Kick-Off Party. The Young Lawyer’s Section will be hosting its annual Kick-Off Event at Natty Greene’s on Friday, January 19th at 7 p.m. During the event, YLS will be collecting donations at the door to support our Book Buddies Program at Hampton Elementary. YLS members, as well as prospective members, are invited and encouraged to attend.
Lunch & Learn. YLS has partnered with local attorney and Greensboro City Council member Justin Outling from Brooks Pierce to arrange a Lunch & Learn event for Monday, March 5. Lunch will be provided by YLS and Smith Moore Leatherwood is hosting the event. The topics will include current events that impact our City and legal community.
Connect with Us. Do you want more information about upcoming YLS events or how you can get involved? Check out our website at www.greensboroyls.org. E-mail Grant Sigmon (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make sure you are on the listserv.
Brett Matthew Becker
Endorsed by Jeffrey M. Reichard
Jamey Maris Lowdermilk
Law Clerk to Hon. Benjamin A. Kahn
Endorsed by Ames Chamberlin
I enjoy talking about my favorite podcasts. These podcasts represent my favorite legal podcasts, as well as new podcasts I discovered in 2017. I hope you will add some of my picks to your playlist and share your own favorites with me.
S-Town. S-Town is an investigative journalism show created by the producers of the award-winning podcast, Serial. The host, Brian Reed, created S-Town in seven chapters and unlike the common form of releasing a chapter a week, released all seven chapters at once allowing followers to binge listen. The podcast was downloaded a record-breaking 10 million times in four days.
Reed lets us in on a secret; S-Town is actually a euphemism for “Shit Town”, the colorful name bestowed on the town of Woodstock, Alabama by the show’s even more colorful protagonist, John B. McLemore.
McLemore sends an email to Reed, a staff member of This American Life, asking him to investigate a murder in Woodstock. The journey Reed and McLemore takes is breathtaking with shocking turns of events. If you have ever lived in the rural south, you will recognize the characters and their stories, and your heart will rise and break along with theirs.
Stay Tuned With Preet with Preet Bharara. Preet Bharara is the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara fought corruption, financial fraud and violent crime. His most recent claim to fame? He was fired by President Trump. His podcast launched in 2017 and opens with the story of President-Elect Trump asking him to stay in office, followed by his firing a few months later. Bharara’s guests have included Senator Jeff Flake, Leon Panetta, and Catherine Hoke discussing her work in moving inmates to entrepreneurs. Bharara’s show chronicles the Mueller investigation and breaking news stories as well. It’s no surprise that a trial attorney such as Bharara is a captivating podcast storyteller.
Sex at Work with Leto Copely and Valerie Johnson, The Law Sisters. While Leto and Valerie are not actual sisters, they have practiced law together in Durham, North Carolina for 20 years. Their comfortable banter and easy repartee make learning about the law a lot easier. Sex at Work is an entertaining and informative look at the world of employment law played out each week in discussions of recent scandals, cases in the news (Uber we are looking at you) and segments such as “Bad Boss of the Week”. This is the Law Sisters first go at a podcast, but it certainly does not feel that way.
Ear Hustle. An intriguing name, to ear hustle is to eavesdrop. Or, as the Urban Dictionary says, “all up in somebody else’s business without knowing the details”. When you finish Ear Hustle, you will know the details. Co-produced by San Quentin inmates Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, along with Bay Area artist Nigel Poor, the series explores life as a prisoner inside San Quentin.
The podcast does not preach against the ills of mass incarceration or of a justice system that has glaring faults, instead, the show humanizes men who are spending decades in prison. They talk about everything from family and heartbreak to the difficulties of finding a compatible roommate.
With no training in the medium, rudimentary equipment, and boatloads of bureaucracy and red tape, Woods, Williams and Poor are becoming master storytellers. I am hooked. As I listen, I am reminded of Bryan Stevenson’s quote in his excellent book on social justice, Just Mercy, “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”
Legal Talk Network. Legal Talk Network is a curated collection of podcasts featuring some of the best known names in practice management, marketing and legal news reporting. There are podcasts for law students, new lawyers, senior lawyers, in-house counsel and paralegals. This is a “must add” to your podcast feed as new content is created daily.
Bulldog Bites with Mark Enriques. Mark is a business litigator in the Charlotte office of Womble Bond Dickinson (formerly Womble Carlyle). Bulldog Bites, featuring a handsome Winston the famous WCSR bulldog mascot, provides corporate attorneys with tips and insights from general counsel, politicians, analysts and leading business professionals. Mark’s show about Womble’s combination with the UK firm Bond Dickinson is an interesting inside look at how two firms across the pond met and fell in love.
Revisionist History. One of my favorite social scientists and authors, Malcolm Gladwell, examines the way the passage of time “changes and enlightens our understanding of the world around us.” Or as Malcolm says of the show, “my podcast about things overlooked and misunderstood.”
One of my favorite episodes from last season was “My Little Hundred Million”. This episode looks at the ideologies behind charitable giving and educational philanthropy. This season features a fascinating look at some of the biggest names in the civil rights movement, along with names we may not know, but stories we will not forget.
The Gen Why Lawyer with Nicole Abboud. Nicole practiced law for 5 years before acknowledging a shocking revelation; she hated practicing law. She launched a podcast and a business, Abboud Media, where she works with lawyers to build their brands and grow their businesses. Each week, Nicole talks with lawyers who are sharing courageous stories and offering tactical advice about practicing law in unconventional ways.
The West Wing Weekly with Joshua Malina (actor from The West Wing and Scandal, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder podcast). The WWW is an episode-by-episode discussion of my favorite TV show of all time, The West Wing. If you loved the show, you will love the podcast. If you are new to the show, watch it on Netflix and follow along with the podcast. Josh and Hrishi are entertaining, have good banter and the show has high production value. The guest stars include actors from the show, politicians, staffers from former White House administrations and the fabulous creator of the West Wing, Aaron Sorkin.
Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman. Internet entrepreneur, venture capitalist and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman interviews famous founders such as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook and Lean In, Eric Schmidt of Google and Sara Blakely of Spanx.
Hoffman explores ideas such as leadership, building company culture, critical problem solving and gender equality in the workplace. I’m currently reading Hoffman’s book, The Start-up of You.
The Secret to Victory. This podcast is about how the most competitive athletes in the world use defeat to fuel their next win. Host Domonique Foxworth, ESPN writer and former NFL player, interviews sports royalty such as Serena Williams, and Peyton and Eli Manning.
WDW Prep to Go. Walt Disney World. Enough said. Well, perhaps a little more. Shannon Albert, the host of this delightful podcast offers tips to planning the most magical Disney vacation. Her website, WDW Prep School, is a “must visit” if you are planning a trip and her six step planning process is a great model.
I hope you will get a chance to listen to some of these great stories and share your favorites podcasts with me.
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This is so special, I think I’m going to cry.
On December 19, 2017, eleven volunteers from the GBA delivered holiday cheer and more than 200 well-wrapped books to the K-5 students in the Neighborhood Leadership Program (NLP) at David D. Jones Elementary School. As always, the children were happy and excited to receive their gifts. One student remarked, “This is so special, I think I’m going to cry.” This year’s GBA Elementary School Project was one of our most successful, thanks to generous member donations of over $3,000 and a $500 matching grant from the GBA Foundation, and the time and care members showed wrapping the books at the GBA Holiday Party on December 13. As has been done in years past, the books were purchased through Jones Elementary’s Scholastic Book Fair, which provides the school with funds that can be used to purchase new books for the school library and classrooms. Sufficient funds were raised to purchase additional books as gifts for all fifth graders graduating from Jones Elementary this year in both the NLP and Spanish Immersion programs.
The GBA would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their generosity in donating to the annual Elementary School Project:
Hon. Patrice Hinnant
Alicia C. Edwards
Edward R. Sharp
Hon. Teresa H. Vincent
Sarah H. Roane
Sally B. Cone
Doris R. Bray
Richard H. Hicks
Joseph R. Beatty
Sharon O. Johnston
Michael R. Abel
Kenneth R. Keller
Hon. A. Robinson Hassell
Hon. Tonia Cutchin
Hon. Catherine Eagles
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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.
This is a great opportunity to give back to the community in the company of fellow members of the bar. We need help on the following Sundays:
- Jan. 21
- Feb. 18
- Mar. 18
- April 15
- May 20
Please email Melissa Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help. Write POTTER’S HOUSE in the subject line.
The Herb Falk Society was established to honor those members of the Greensboro Bar Association who contribute at least 75 hours of pro bono service each calendar year. The deadline for reporting pro bono work done in 2017 is January 31, 2018. The reporting has been simplified in recent years. Complete and mail this form Herb Falk Society Instructions/Report Form 2017 to the GBA office. Form Due January 31
The Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina (CLC) is a nonprofit organization based in Winston-Salem providing children with quality legal advocacy focusing on domestic violence issues, high-conflict custody cases, and the rights of children in public education. CLC is searching for a Staff Attorney to work in the Greensboro office who will successfully advocate for the otherwise voiceless children in our community.
The Staff Attorney serves as Guardian ad Litem to children involved in Guilford County Chapter 50B civil domestic violence cases. Responsibilities include: interviewing the parties, children and collateral witnesses; reviewing civil and criminal court records; preparing written reports for the court; and assisting in the supervision of volunteers and law students. Requirements are a NC licensed attorney with 3-5 years of experience preferably in child advocacy or family law with strong written and communication skills. Must be willing to manage caseload in Guilford County. Part time. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits are not currently offered. Please send resumes and cover letters directly to Iris Sunshine at email@example.com. Information about the Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina can be found at www.childrenslawcenternc.org.
It’s hard to believe we have already arrived at the half-way point of my term as President and at the threshold of a brand new year. Such a point in time provides a great opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, and to envision the shape and scope of the year to come.
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’”
-Alfred Lord Tennyson
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”
-Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline
I offer gratitude and appreciation to Diane Lowe for her energy, insights, enthusiasm, and commitment to our mission. I extend my thanks and congratulations to our membership for making the past few months truly memorable. For every person who served on our Board or a committee, helped financially or in-person at the Habitat House; donated money or delivered wrapped books to Jones Elementary School, stuffed a backpack for BackPack Beginnings, served the less fortunate at the Potter’s House, sponsored a new attorney at the swearing-in ceremony, encouraged an attorney to join us at the Mix-n-Mingle, presented a moving memorial for one of our former colleagues, applied their talents and time to ensure a professional and informative newsletter each month, volunteered for the Second Chance Project, nominated deserving members for recognition for pro bono and community service, read books to the children at Hampton Elementary School, or helped us celebrate the season by planning our holiday party – Thank You! Take a moment and think of the ripple effect of all the amazing accomplishments of our Bar since August.
As much as we achieved in the last year, there is much in store for our membership in the new year. At the beginning of my term, I formed a committee dedicated to creating more opportunities to interact and network with our colleagues in the High Point Bar Association. I am happy to say that, with the help of committee members Allie Petrova, Nicole Patino, Fred Hamlet, and Justice Edmonds, the GBA and HPBA will have two wonderful opportunities for fellowship! Our first joint event is the “Battle of the Bars” trivia night on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at World of Beer. The event will feature drinks and hors d’oeuvres starting at 6:00 p.m., and a dedicated trivia host starting at 7:00 p.m. The GBA members in attendance will take on the HPBA members, and the winning bar will take home a trophy, to be kept until the next showdown. Calling all GBA trivia buffs – we need you! The second event will be a joint picnic with the HPBA at the Grasshoppers’ stadium on Sunday, May 20, 2018,
at 2:00 p.m.!
Also on the horizon is our annual Legal Aid Fundraiser at the Greensboro Science Center’s Aquarium on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The event features beer and wine tasting, raffle prizes, and an incredible buffet of dinner and dessert. Mark your calendars and please consider becoming a sponsor of this event or making a donation to this worthy cause. Information to enable you to become a sponsor is included in this newsletter.
Thank you again for all of your commitment and energy. Let’s carry that forward into 2018. I wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy new year.