Beer & Wine Tasting to Benefit Legal Aid of North Carolina

Please Join the Greensboro Bar Association for a

Beer & Wine Tasting
Legal Aid of North Carolina

Featuring Rioja! A Wine Bar

Saturday April 16, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Greensboro Science Center

Event Tickets

$50 per person advance
$60 per person at door

Tickets include Beer & Wine Tasting, Dinner, and Participation in our “Guess the Wine” and “Guess the Beer” Contests

Raffle Tickets

$10 per ticket

Prizes include:

1 Weekend-Night Stay at the Proximity Hotel,
including two $25 Gift Certificates to Printworks;


1-night stay at The Durham Hotel
and a complimentary continental breakfast


Email Diane Lowe at and follow the link provided;


Mail a check payable to:

Greensboro Bar Association Foundation

Attn: Diane Lowe
P.O. Box 1825
Greensboro, NC 27402

**If you purchase ticket(s) by mail, please include the name(s) for the ticket(s) and the number of raffle tickets with your check**

Sponsored by:






Benson Brown & Faucher, PLLC,
Cunningham & Company Mortgage Bankers,
Elon University School of Law,
ITG Brands,
Jill Wilson & Marc Isaacson,
Nexsen Pruet, LLC, and Senn Dunn Insurance

Grimsley Rugby Club Giving Back

Patrick Kane, an attorney at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, and Isaiah Ashley, son of Bruce Ashley of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, are mixing fun, competition, and community service on the rugby field. The result is “ITries,” which raises money for the Salvation Army, a non-profit organization which helps those in need.
Kane coaches and Ashley plays for the Grimsley Rugby Club. Money is being raised for the Salvation Army based on how many points the Grimsley Rugby Club scores this spring.  The club expects to average about 20 points per game.
You can pledge any amount per point.  Assuming that the club plays eight games and scores an average of 20 points per game, below are the donation amounts associated with representative pledge levels:
$0.25 per point: 20 points x 8 games x $0.25 = $40.00
$0.50 per point:  20 points x 8 games x $0.50 = $80.00
$1.00 per point:  20 points x 8 games x $1.00 = $160.00
$2.00 per point:  20 points x 8 games x $2.00 = $320.00
If you want, you can set a minimum level for your pledge,
and you can set a maximum level for your pledge.
As an example, you can pledge $1.00 per point with a minimum of $50.00 and a maximum of $100.00.
If you make this pledge and Grimsley scores less than 50 points during the season, your donation will be $50.00.  If you make this pledge and Grimsley scores over 100 points during the season, your donation will be capped at $100.00 (unless you want to give more!).
Please consider supporting ITries by visiting and making a pledge.

Message from the President – April 2016

Afi Johnson-Parris Headshot

I’ve always loved history, but I’m partial to oral history, the kind that comes in the form of a story. When it’s told in the words of those who lived it and witnessed it, that’s what makes history come alive to me.

Since childhood I’ve been fascinated by the simple daily lives of my family members and tales of the times as they experienced them. I would beg for stories about what I called, “the olden times.”  My 97-year-old grandmother would indulge my early cross examinations with an exasperated, “here you go again with all your questions!” Bless her heart for her patience. I would ask her to tell the same stories over and over again, correcting missed details and teasing more stories out of her as I discovered new lines of questioning.  Perhaps I’m raising future litigators as my children now do the same thing. I’ll admit it was a little humbling to have my son make the same request to hear about “the olden times” from when I was in college.

Sometimes a story is the only connection you have to those who have gone on before us. I’ve reached a point in life where the parents and grandparents of my peers are starting to pass away at an increasing pace. It’s not uncommon to know very little about the deceased, even as you might know the family member quite well. It can be strange and awkward to talk about their loved-one or attend the funeral but nothing cuts through those feelings and sadness like a good story about the deceased. It’s a relief to be able to not just cry but laugh when people share their memories. The best stories are normally reserved for the time after the funeral. In my church, that time of food and fellowship is called the repast and it’s something akin to a funeral after-party. For those few moments over a meal, people visit with old acquaintances and connect over stories of the departed.  It’s a reminder that although no one is here to stay, everyone can remain with us through a good story.

Law makes for good stories and lawyers, notwithstanding areas of practice, are often reliable sources of the very best yarns.  My favorite times with members of our Association are spent in the back halls of the courthouse, or killing time in someone’s office listening to stories about their cases. I also enjoy the memorials that are read at Association member meetings. Most of the lawyers I don’t know, but I love to hear how they were a part of the legal community, the funny anecdotes, how they will be missed, and the impact they made on the profession.  Beyond all of the biographical and academic data that is shared, the very best memorials contains nuggets of good stories that make these departed colleagues come to life.  I strive mightily for that good story of good family, good friends and good work.

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, initiated by former president Larry Moore, 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.

The importance of the committee’s work was too great to keep it on a shelf in the Association office. Now the committee has endeavored to share pieces of these stories with the membership in a short film during our next member meeting.  Our very special speakers for the April meeting will be the best among us who have shaped our Association and our community.  I’m sure each of us can find value in the stories that were shared in the committee’s interviews.  Join us for an opportunity to learn more about our Association history in this presentation of voices from the past and present.  If you too love a good story about “the olden times,” you’ll want to be there.

Afi Johnson-Parris practices Family Law and Veterans Disability with Ward Black Law

Fifteen Members Inducted Into Herb Falk Society 2015

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 2015 were recognized at the March 17 member lunch at The Empire Room. They are:

Barbara R. Christy — 95.3 hours

Locke T. Clifford — 76.9 hours;

Robert C. Cone — 144.5 hours;

Erwin Fuller, Jr. — 145 hours

Richard W. Gabriel- 103.9

Holt Gwyn — 93 hours;

Craig P. Hensel — 105.4 hours;

Afi S. Johnson-Parris — 131.4 hours;

Jennifer L. J. Koenig — 97.1 hours;

Phyllis Lile-King — 153 hours;

Eric A. Richardson – 103

James H. Slaughter — 79 hours;

Daniel F. E. Smith — 181.7 hours;

Clark Smith, Jr.– 314.4 hours;

Gerald Walden. Jr. — 178 hours

Judicial Performance Evaluation Results Now Available

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 to view the results.

Ronald P. Johnson Receives 2015 Centennial Award

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

GBA Trip to US Supreme Court Planned for Nov. 28

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  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.

2015 Pro Bono Award Goes To The Clifford Division

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.


Swearing-In Ceremony/Bridge The Gap Nov. 6

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.

“Save the Fox” Bone Marrow Registry

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.