Kenneth R. Keller, President, Greensboro Bar Association

Message from the President, May 2017

Our May meeting will be a family picnic outing on Sunday, May 21, 2017 for the Hopper’s game at the First National Bank Field downtown.  The picnic (hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, vegetarian item, cole slaw, baked beans, beer, tea, lemonade and water) runs from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. The game with the Delmarva Shorebirds begins at 4:00 p.m.  The event is free to all GBA members and their families.

This event is coordinated by the Young Lawyers Section of the GBA, which will solicit financial donations for their very successful Book Buddies program.  Please help the Young Lawyers Section reach their goal of $500 (tax deductible contributions can be made to the Greensboro Bar Association Foundation, Inc., marked “YLS – Book Buddies”).

To obtain tickets for the game and picnic, please respond to the e-mail registration notice that Diane will be sending very soon. A special GBA “will call” table will be located at the east entrance (closest to the dog statutes/playground) to the ball park just prior to the picnic.

Construction of our eighth Habitat house is off to a great start.  The Student Veterans Association at UNC-G and a number of our law firms and associated entities (Brooks Pierce, District Court Judges, Federal Court Unity Committee, Nexsen Pruet, Oxner Permar, and Schell Bray) have signed up to staff complete workdays.  However, we still need volunteers.  Please access the Habitat/GBA website to review the schedule and volunteer.

With your help, this year the Greensboro Bar Association:

Amended the 18th Judicial District Bylaws, coordinating efforts with our 18H sister District so both Bylaws are now consistent and on file with the North Carolina Bar Association

Held a special meeting and submitted nominations of Jonathan Kreider, Ronald Butler, and Randall Howell to Governor McCrory for the position of District Court Judge vacated by the retirement of the Honorable Wendy Enochs

Hosted a special session of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and reception to honor Judge Enochs

Awarded the annual GBA Award for Pro Bono Service to Amanda Feder

Recognized Bob Cone as the recipient of the NC State Bar McMillan Distinguished Service Award

Awarded the Centennial Award to John Cross

Awarded two annual GBA Distinguished Service Awards, one to Judge Patrice Hinnant and one to Justice Bob Edmunds

Coordinated a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court

Raised almost $25,000 for Legal Aid

Continued donation of books at Jones Elementary

Continued staffing Potter’s House the third Sunday each month

Donated 35 pints of blood to the Red Cross

Recognized 15 members receiving Herb Falk Society awards for Pro Bono Service

Raised funding and volunteers for our eighth Habitat for Humanity House

Provided 1 hour of substance abuse and 2 hours of ethics CLE to our members

Special thanks to

Afi Johnson-Parrish for her guidance throughout the year, her service as chair of the nominating committee, and her service on the compensation committee

Eloise Hassell, Judge Bill Davis, Sarah Roane, Jeff Oleynik, Ashley Bennington, and Gwen Lewis for their service on the nominating committee

Sarah Roane and Desmond Sheridan for their service on the compensation committee

Judge Teresa Vincent and Ames Chamberlin for the creative “ice breakers” during our lunch meetings and the successful membership mix and mingle events

Gwen Lewis and Elon University School of Law for the Holiday Party

Craig Hensel and his team of volunteers for continued staffing at Potter’s House

YLS President Lisa Arthur and her team for coordinating Pro Bono CLE, the Scrubs versus Suits basketball game fund raiser for the Mustard Seed, and annual Hoppers Picnic and fund raiser for Hampton Elementary Book Buddies Program

Erin Reis, Adam Kerr and their team for the continuing successful Jones Elementary Jones Book project

Martha Peddrick, Judge Vincent, Melissa Duncan and their team for coordinating the Red Cross Blood drive

Sarah Roane, Judge Bill Davis, and Nick Bakatsias for coordinating the most successful fund raiser yet for Legal Aid

Eric Richardson and his team for coordinating the annual Herb Falk Society awards for Pro Bono service

Bob King for our upcoming Lunch & Learn CLE

Sarah Roane for coordinating a very well received (and interesting) annual CLE

Bill Cooke, Nancy Ferguson and their team for raising funds and staffing for construction of our eighth Habitat for Humanity House

Richard Gabriel for coordinating Memorial Resolutions

Eloise Hassell, Doug Henderson, and Judge Vincent on completion of 3 years of service on the GBA Board

Erwin Fuller, Eloise Hassell, and Doug Henderson for their work on the GBA awards committee

Chelsea Anderson for her service as Secretary for both the GBA and 18th Judicial District

Desmond Sheridan for his service as Treasurer for both the GBA and 18th Judicial District

Mark Gaylord and his team for continuing History and Archives interviews

Damon Duncan for keeping our social media active

Doug Tsao for his service as GBA newsletter editor

Pat Kane and Tom Carruthers for their work with the Second Chance Project

Abigail Peoples, Kim Gatling and Margaret Kantlehner for their many contributions to the board

And last but not least, Diane Lowe, our Administrator, for keeping everything together in both the GBA and 18th Judicial District.

Thanks, Ken Keller

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