If you would like to serve on a GBA committee for the 2017-18 FY, please indicate up to three preferences by placing 1, 2 or 3 by your choices below (1 being your 1st choice, etc.). If you currently serve on a committee and would like to continue, we ask that you also complete and return this form. Committee member selections are made in September and members will be appointed by e-mail by September 30th.
Awards & Recognitions-Researches and makes recommendations to the Executive Board for annual awards, award recipients, and member recognitions.
Community Involvement-Recommends community service projects to the Association to adopt and runs such projects.
CLE-Plans and presents the Association’s CLE programs for the coming year; expands and enhances the number of CLE offerings of GBA.
Elementary School Project-Arranges a program or project for benefit of students to enhance interest in learning; coordinates the holiday Elementary Book drive for each student to receive the gift of a book.
Herb Falk Society-Serves as a conduit for attorneys to quantify their pro bono services and be recognized for such efforts by carrying the designation as a Herb Falk Fellow. The terms and conditions that will govern this initiative will be recommended by this committee and accepted by the Association before it is instituted.
Health & Wellness-Recommends a health & wellness project for the GBA to adopt and implements such project.
High Point Bar Liaison-Plans events and collaborative projects with the High Point Bar.
History & Archives-Conducts interviews with senior members of the Association; preserves GBA history and records.
Holiday Party-Decides on location, prepares invitations, plans menus, prizes and entertainment for the annual holiday party.
Legal Aid Fundraiser-Identifies a fundraiser project to benefit Legal Aid of NC, and organizes the event.
Membership-Recruits, retains, and engages members through information, involvement in GBA committees and events, and membership meetings.
Memorials-Monitors newspaper obituaries and contacts members regarding deceased members; arranges for notice to members for special seating if funeral (if applicable); arranges to present memorial to the family at a membership meeting; maintains archives.
Newsletter-Publishes 9 issues per year, sends notices to officers and committee chairs, solicits/ writes articles, advises and assists with publication of directory.
Nominating-Presents a slate of candidates for new officers and 3 new directors for the upcoming year, to be presented to the Executive Committee in March, published in the newsletter, and voted on at the April Business Meeting of the Association.
Public Relations-Serves as a liaison between the news media and the GBA, promotes the publication of good news about GBA and its members in the news media, and updates the GBA website and blog.
The Second Chance Project-The GBA’s Signature Pro Bono project, which assists Legal Aid referred clients in obtaining expunctions of criminal records
Greetings and welcome to the GBA’s 88th year! I am deeply honored to serve as your President and am excited about all of the wonderful fellowship and opportunities to serve that await us.
I am delighted to announce that the dedication for the GBA’s eighth Habitat for Humanity house will occur on Saturday, September 16 at 11:30 at 722 Prince Street in Greensboro. We are grateful to all of the folks who donated to the fundraising effort for the house. We also appreciate the volunteers who came out during the construction process and worked hard with the homeowners, the R’Mah family. The R’Mahs are remarkable people who could not be more deserving of their beautiful new home. I urge all of you to attend this joyous celebration of hard work, determination, generosity and community collaboration.
On Thursday, September 21, the GBA will hold its first member meeting of the year at the Starmount Forest Country Club. Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m., with the meeting’s call to order to follow at 6:15 p.m. This year, we are changing up our usual format for the first meeting. One of my goals as President is to increase participation on our committees across a broader swath of ages, races/ethnicities and practice areas. A greater diversity of viewpoints will better enhance the ability of our committees to serve our profession and the community. To accomplish that goal, we are going to have a “Get to Know the GBA” panel of our committee chairs who will describe their committee’s goals and planned activities. Sign-up sheets will be available at each table. Any member who signs up for a new committee will receive a GBA mouse pad. Many of you may be surprised to learn about all of the activities the GBA’s committees engage in each year!
Another goal of my term is to increase communication and interaction between the GBA and the High Point Bar Association. Accordingly, I have created the High Point Bar Liaison committee. Allie Petrova has graciously agreed to co-chair the committee with me. We will keep our members informed of HPBA CLEs, meetings and social events that GBA members can attend. We will look for opportunities to include HPBA members in our activities. We hope that this committee will provide multiple occasions for fellowship, networking and cross-referrals between the two bar associations.
In closing, I want to emphasize that my door is always open. If you have ideas for activities, CLEs or community service projects, please reach out to me at any time.
Here’s to a memorable and successful year!
The law firm of Hill Evans Jordan & Beatty, PLLC, is proud to announce that William W. Jordan and Everett B. Saslow, Jr. have been included in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Will, continually listed since 1995, is included in the Family Law Section. Rett, included since 2010, is named to the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Section and to the Litigation – Bankruptcy Section. Rett is named Greensboro’s Lawyer of the Year for 2018 in the area of Bankruptcy Litigation.
Will Jordan is Board Certified Specialist in Family Law by the NC State Board of Legal Specialization. He is a 47 year veteran of the practice and a career long member of the firm.
Rett Saslow is a Board Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is a 44 year veteran of the practice and is also a career long member of the firm. Rett is a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees.
Using sophisticated methodology, Best Lawyers© compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers within the same legal practice area and geographical area. The Best Lawyers in America methodology for inclusion can be found on their website here: https://www.bestlawyers.com/Content/Downloads/bl-expanded-methodology.pdf
The Greensboro law firm of Hill Evans Jordan & Beatty, PLLC has been serving the greater Triad region since 1948. We provide more than two centuries of cumulative experience in several core practice areas, including workers’ compensation and personal injury, family law and adoption, corporate law, business and consumer bankruptcy, estate planning and administration, and civil litigation secondary to these. Our firm offers the expertise of four board certified specialists in three areas of practice, and two mediators. The attorneys at Hill Evans Jordan & Beatty welcome referrals and are commonly associated with their peers on complex matters in their individual fields. To find out more about Hill Evans Jordan & Beatty, PLLC, its lawyers and services, visit our website at http://hillevans.com.
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP is pleased to announce that Marilyn Feuchs-Marker has been elected president of the Guilford Inn of Court, which is a chapter of the American Inns of Court.
The American Inns of Court is an association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals from all levels and backgrounds who share a passion for professional excellence. There are nearly 400 chartered American Inns of Court in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Tokyo, with more than 30,000 active members nationwide.
Feuchs-Marker is a partner in the firm’s Greensboro office and has more than 25 years of experience practicing family law. She is experienced in all aspects of family law matters, including complex equitable distribution matters, custody, spousal support, child support and international family law under the Hague Convention under the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. She has been recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for her work in the protection of children. For more than 20 years she has helped parents whose children have been abducted to and from the United States, England, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
Feuchs-Marker is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Loyola Law School. She has been recognized in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite and has been selected by her peers for inclusion in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America for more than 10 years.
The Greensboro Bar Association established the Distinguished Service Award in 1993 to annually recognize a lawyer for exhibiting a deep devotion to the legal profession and an enduring contribution to the administration of justice and the public good through unselfish service. We were fortunate to have two very deserving recipients this year, Robert H. Edmunds, Jr. and Patrice A. Hinnant.
Providing great client service is among the best ways to avoid bar grievances and malpractice claims. Impressing your client with your legal skills, your business savvy and high emotional intelligence is also guaranteed to encourage referrals, which is the best way to build your law practice. Here are 52 tips to wow your clients.
- Return phone calls
- Ask questions
- Under-promise and over-deliver
- Anticipate future needs
- Help clients maneuver the system
- Be sensitive to client needs
- Be aware of the time you are charging clients
- Be empathetic
- Be transparent in communications
- Make technology your friend
- Be efficient
- Be transparent in pricing
- Ask for feedback
- Create and share content with your client
- Offer educational programs to your client
- Be available
- Advocate for your client
- Treat your client with respect
- Treat your staff with respect
- Be a team player
- Check your ego at the door
- Be honest
- Be authentic
- Get personal
- Listen to your gut
- Apologize if something goes wrong
- Choose clients you like
- Fire clients when necessary
- Be a life-long learner
- Cultivate a team approach
- Refresh your office space
- Put fresh flowers in the reception area
- Freshen your bathrooms and offer amenities like mouthwash, mints, lotion
- Provide parking or directions for parking
- Become an expert
- Become a NC State Bar Specialist
- Develop leadership skills
- Develop a niche
- Invest in your community
- Invest in a charity
- Invest in pro bono work – visit ncprobono.net
- Update your client intake process
- Use effective client engagement letters – visit lawyersmutualnc.com
- Encourage referrals from your clients
- Survey your clients
- Take time off
- Fill your office with positive, energetic, inspirational people
- Develop a Board of Advisors, trusted friends and colleagues to guide you and your practice
- Focus on one client at a time
- Network and develop business in an authentic manner
- Earn your client’s trust
- Build an awesome website
Good luck as you work hard cultivating exceptional client relationships.
Camille Stell is the Vice President of Client Services for Lawyers Mutual. Continue this conversation by contacting Camille at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.662.8843.
Sunday, May 21
First National Bank Park’s
Novant Health Picnic Area (at 3rd Base)
Bring your family (kids too!) to cheer on the
as they take on the Delmarva Shorebirds
The Young Lawyers Section will be collecting donations for
the Book Buddies program at Hampton Elementary School.
YLS will use all donations to purchase books so that our Book Buddies
will have a new book to take home for the summer—our goal is $500!
Brandon Kenneth Jones
Carruthers & Roth, P.A
Endorsed by Kenneth L. Jones
Stacey L. Kraftchick
Tuggle Duggins P.A.
Endorsed by Michael J. Wenig
Legal Aid of NC
Endorsed by Janet McAuley Blue
The GBA will sponsor a CLE to be held on Thursday, May 25th at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP in Greensboro, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Check in begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
The CLE will feature a presentation from Dwight A. Ensley, a Certified Valuation Analyst and North Carolina licensed attorney. Mr. Ensley is the founder and principal of ValuePoint.biz, a valuation firm that performs valuations of closely held businesses across the U.S. and valuations of defined benefit pension plans for divorce cases in North Carolina. Mr. Ensley’s presentation will focus on how businesses are defined, when business valuations are required, what to look for in selecting an evaluator, the various types of business valuations, what standards to use when evaluating a business, and the elements of a business valuation report. One hour of general credit for this CLE is pending approval from the State Bar.
The CLE is free for GBA members.
Please contact Ellis Martin at email@example.com for any further questions.
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP is pleased to announce Allyson Labban, partner in the Greensboro office, recently obtained her Certification in Health Care Privacy Compliance (CHPC®) by the Compliance Certification Board.
This certification signifies knowledge of relevant regulations and proficiency in compliance processes sufficient to assist the health care industry in understanding and addressing legal obligations, as well as the promotion of organizational integrity through the operation of effective compliance programs. The certification is valid for two years and is affiliated with the Health Care Compliance Association.
Labban works with hospitals and other health care providers to identify, respond to and resolve compliance issues and keep their businesses running. A large part of her practice focuses on state and federal regulatory compliance and fraud and abuse issues and response to OCR and OIG investigations and inquiries.
As a member of a local hospital system’s ethics committee, Labban assists providers and staff in navigating complex patient care and communication issues within the framework of the law and ethical considerations. She also provides education and training on research ethics and compliance to researchers in the university and private health care settings.
Labban is a graduate of Wofford College with degrees in history and Spanish, and received her law degree from Duke University.