The Judicial Performance Evaluation is done in each election cycle to collect the input of members of the bar that practice before the judges. The collection of this information is meant for gaining insight on the judicial candidates.
Click on http://www.electncjudges.org to view the results.
The North Carolina State Bar Association along with the Greensboro Bar Association chose Ronald P. Johnson as the 2015 recipient of the Centennial Award for community service. Martha Peddrick presented the award to Ron at the January 21, 2016 membership meeting. The full text of her remarks can be found at Centennial Award Remarks.
Pictured (left to right) is GBA President Afi Johnson-Parris, Ron Johnson, Board Member Martha Peddrick
The GBA is sponsoring a trip to the US Supreme Court November 28 for a group admission. We are limited to 12 applicants as we are going on an argument day for the Court.
This is an EBGTW (early bird gets the worm—first come first served) process. We’ll have hard copy applications at the January 21 bar meeting, or you can download the forms from the Supreme Court website at www.supremecourt.gov. Bring or send your completed application (including certificate of good standing and check) to the superior court judges’ chambers on the fourth floor of the Guilford County Courthouse. Judges Susan Bray and Patrice Hinnant are leading the trip.
On the last trip, we also had a reception at the Court, a visit to Howard Coble’s office and lunch at the Congressional dining hall. Howard set this up for us. We are confident that Alma Adams and Mark Walker will assist us in something similar for this trip.
You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging. Please keep in mind that November 28 is the Monday after Thanksgiving.
The Clifford Division of Clifford Clendenin & O’Hale, LLP was awarded GBA’s 2015 Pro Bono Award at the October 15 member meeting. According to the local Legal Aid office, the Clifford Division has accepted 15 expungement cases over the past year and many more in previous years, adding that team is “always willing to help and to go the extra mile for the clients we refer.” Members of the expungement team are Locke Clifford, Andrew Clifford and Daniel Harris, who are ably assisted by Lynda Clifford, Lyn Howell, and intern Rebekah Shanaman.
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, November 6, 2015 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.
Click on 2015 Swearing-In Packet for more information.
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 November 6th 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 November 6th at the U.S. Federal Courthouse. Newly licensed attorneys are invited and encouraged to attend.
At the GBA Monthly Meeting on September 17, 2015 the Health and Wellness Committee held a Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive in conjunction with Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, which is the world’s largest bone marrow donor center. The Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive was conducted to show GBA’s support of Superior Court Judge Carl Fox, who is in need of a bone marrow transplant.
To register, a registrant provides a cheek cell sample by swabbing the insides of their cheeks after rinsing their mouth with water.
GBA registered more than 30 individuals and collected more than $500.00 in donations which helps off-set the costs incurred by Delete Blood Cancer DKMS to register potential donors. The GBA Health and Wellness Committee would like to thank Committee co-chairs Lisa Arthur and Martha Peddrick for their leadership in this endeavor as well as registry drive volunteers Adam Arthur, Janet Ward Black, Gerard Davidson, Afi Johnson-Parris, Megan Kunz, and Manisha Patel for their hard work in making the Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive a success.
Jim Bryan, Immediate Past President, was recognized at the September 17th member meeting for his dedicated service and commitment to GBA during his tenure in 2014-15. Current president Afi Johnson-Parris presented Jim with an engraved plate… and tennis balls that are sure to be put to good use in Jim’s newfound spare time.
TO: Members of the 18th Judicial District Bar
FROM: Afi Johnson-Parris
President, 18th Judicial District Bar
208 West Wendover Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27401-1307
RE: Election of State Bar Councilor
DATE: September 15, 2015
The terms of our State Bar Councilors, Barbara R. Christy and Robert C. Cone, expire on December 31, 2015. Barbara Christy and Bob Cone have each served two consecutive terms and each is eligible for one additional three-year term. I am having this official notice sent to you pursuant to Section .0800 of Subchapter 1A of the Rules of the North Carolina State Bar. Take notice that an election will be held as follows:
EVENT: Annual Meeting of the 18th Judicial District
DATE: October 15, 2015
TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: Starmount Forest Country Club
Any member of Judicial District 18 who desires to submit a nomination for State Bar Councilor may do so by mailing a written request to me, at the address listed above or by emailing me at the address listed above, any time prior to the day of the meeting. Nominations may also be made from the floor the day of the meeting. Election must be by a majority of votes cast by those present by secret ballot. Use of proxies is prohibited.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Commissioners Meeting Room (the Old Superior Court Room)
Old Guilford County Courthouse
301 West Market Street
CANDIDATES FOR DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
For Candidate Information Click On:
CANDIDATES FOR PUBLIC DEFENDER
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.
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!