Upcoming CLE Video Replays in Asheville

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

 NCBA 2017 Basics of Elder Law & Special Needs

CLE Credit: 7.0 hours including 1.0 Substance Abuse/Mental Health

Reg:  8:15-8:30am; Program:8:30am-5:00pm


Thursday, November 30, 2017

 NCBA What to Expect When You are Expecting to Practice Workers’ Compensation

(2017 Basics of Workers’ Compensation)

CLE Credit: 6.25 hours including 1.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program: 9:00am-4:30pm


Friday, December 1, 2017  

 NCADA Going Through the Motions

CLE Credit: 4.0 hours

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program:  9:00am-1:15pm


Monday-Tuesday, December 4-5, 2017

NCBA From Handshake to Payment: Navigating the Legal Landscape of the Modern Construction Project from Drafting Agreements to Litigating Disputes

(2017 NC/SC Joint Construction Law Program)

CLE Credit: 9.0 hours including 1.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility and 1.0 Substance Abuse/Mental Health

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program Day 1: 9:00am-4:30pm; Day 2:  9:00am-12:15pm


Monday-Tuesday, December 11-12, 2017 

 NCBA Skills Necessary for Representing Your Clients’

Real Estate Needs

(2017 Real Property Practical Skills Course)

CLE Credit: 12.5 including 1.5 Ethics/ Professional Responsibility

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program Day 1:  9:00am-5:00pm; Day 2:  9:00am-4:30pm

All replays at Comfort Suites Outlet Center, 890 Brevard Rd.

For more information or to register, please contact Sally Davis, Tar Heel Seminars at 252-567-3053 or tarheelseminars@gmail.com

You may also visit the NCBA and NCADA websites for program information and to register.


Getting it Settled: Resolving Tough Cases and Thorny Controversies

All registration fees from the program benefit The Mediation Center
Friday, December 1, 2017
9:00am – 4:15pm
$300 per person
$275 early bird for the first 10 people
with presenters Fred Barbour, Brian Davis, Joy McIver, Bill Wolcott, Kip Marshall,and Sharon Alexander
6 hours of CLE credit:  5 hours general, one hour ethics, approved by the  North Carolina Board of Continuing Legal Education
Light snacks, coffee, and water are included.  Add a boxed lunch to your registration for $10.
Western Carolina University Asheville Campus at Biltmore Park

Upcoming NCBA CLE in Asheville

Video replay at Comfort Suites Outlet Center, 890 Brevard Rd., Asheville

Thursday, October 19, 2017

 A Taxing Day for Family Lawyers

CLE Credit: 6.5 hours

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program: 9:00am-5:00pm


Friday, October 20, 2017 

 Appellate Advocacy in the Digital Age:  The Future is Now

CLE Credit: 6.0 including 1.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program:  9:00am-4:30pm


Thursday-Friday, November 2-3, 2017 

 2017 Estate Planning & Probate Law Survey Course

CLE Credit: 14.5

Reg:  8:15-8:30am; Program:  8:30am-5:00pm daily


Wednesday, November 29, 2017 

 2017 Basics of Elder & Special Needs Law

CLE Credit: 7.0 including 1.0 Substance Abuse/Mental Health

Reg:  8:15-8:30am; Program:  8:30am-5:00pm


For more information or to register, please contact NCBAF CLE at (919) 677-8745 or (800) 228-3402, or visit the website at www.ncbar.org/cle

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Professionalism For New Admittees CLE

Professionalism For New Admittees in the 28th Judicial District Bar is a 12-hour, two-day continuing legal education course for attorneys who plan to practice in Buncombe County. It is free for new members of the 28th JDB, and $25 per hour for others. Pre-registration is required. New admittees will be given preference for registration.

The CLE will be held in the Starnes Conference Room at Van Winkle Law Firm in Asheville, beginning Thursday, October 5, at 8 a.m., and ending Friday, October 6, at 4 p.m.

According to the North Carolina State Bar, if you are admitted on or after January 1, 2011, you must complete the 12-hour Professionalism for New Admittees program. To receive credit for the program, you must also complete a written evaluation provided by the sponsor.

The program consists of 12 hours of training in subjects designated by the North Carolina State Bar, including professional responsibility, professionalism, and law office management.

A member who is licensed by a United States jurisdiction other than North Carolina for five or more years prior to admission to practice in North Carolina is exempt from the Professionalism for New Admittees program requirement and must notify the board of the exemption in the first annual report sent to the member.

Upcoming CLE in Asheville

Thursday-Friday, May 11-12, 2017 – Comfort Suites Outlet Center, 890 Brevard Rd.

 2017 Annual Review

CLE Credit: 12.0 including 2.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility and 1.0 Substance Abuse

Reg:  8:45-9:00am (Day 1); Program:  9:00am-4:00pm daily

Tuition:  $495/ $300 per day

Topics include: Pre & Post-Judgment Remedies to Maximize Recovery; Home Owners Association Update; Real Property Case Law Update; Appeals Update; Mediation Tips & Techniques; Bankruptcy Update; Workers’ Compensation Update; Employment Law Update; Family Law Update; Trust Accounting Rules; An Ethical Guide to Old School & New School Communication Skills; & Work-Life Balance


Thursday-Friday, May 18-19, 2017 – Comfort Suites Outlet Center, 890 Brevard Rd.

NCBA 21st Annual Elder Law & Special Needs Symposium

CLE Credit: 11.0 including 1.0 Substance Abuse

Reg:  8:45-9:00am Day 1: Program:  9:00am-4:30pm; Day 2:  9:00am-3:15pm


Topics include:  Recent Developments; Estate and Trust Fiduciary Litigation; Nursing Home Litigation; Gun Trusts in Elder and Special Needs Law;  Veterans Benefits: Developments and Updates; Non-LTC Medicaid and Other Public Benefits for the Elderly and Disabled: Hypotheticals and Issue Spotting; Guardianship Panel; Assessing Financial Decision Making Skills; Care Managers and Life Care Professional Panel; Alcohol and Substance Abuse Issues for Elder Law Attorneys


For more information or to register, please contact Sally Davis at Tar Heel Seminars at 252-567-3053 or tarheelseminars@gmail.com

Pro Bono CLE on Thursday, May 11 at noon

Join us for this lunch hour continuing legal education seminar on Pro Bono Ethics/Rule 6.1, presented by Sylvia Novinsky, Director, North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center, a program of the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission.

This CLE will cover unmet legal needs in NC, the Equal Access to Justice Commission, NC Rule 6.1, national and NC surveys discussing barriers and factors that encourage pro bono, the Pro Bono Status Rule, and the newly established NC Pro Bono Resource Center.

One hour of ethics CLE for $25, with sandwiches & drinks available for all participants at no extra charge. Our thanks go out to The Van Winkle Law Firm for the use of the Starnes Conference Room. Sign up here.

Sylvia K. Novinsky is the Pro Bono Resource Center’s inaugural director. Chief Justice Mark D. Martin launched the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center, the newest program of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, in 2016.

The Pro Bono Resource Center is tasked with increasing pro bono participation statewide, initially focusing on connecting recent law graduates with projects that address legal needs in Wake and Mecklenburg counties. It will also provide a way for North Carolina lawyers to report on their pro bono service to clients in need, and will encourage and support this work through recruitment, training and communication. The Center will be one of only a handful of statewide pro bono resource centers in the country.

Sylvia comes to this role after nearly twenty years of service to the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she most recently held the role of Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs. During her tenure at Carolina Law, Sylvia founded and advised the UNC Law Pro Bono Program, a national model for inspiring students and alumni to participate in pro bono service. She has also served as the institution’s Associate Director for Public Interest Law, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Sylvia also spends time inside the classroom as an adjunct professor, teaching “Spanish for American Lawyers” and “Leadership for Lawyers.”

In addition to her career in higher education, Sylvia has experience working for legal aid providers. After law school, Sylvia litigated federal employment-related issues and administrative unemployment, wage and hour claims, and consumer cases, for Peninsula Legal Aid in Virginia. She then served as Legal Director for the Center for Immigrants’ Rights in New York, New York where she supervised a statewide hotline for immigrants and advocates and represented domestic workers on employment matters.

Sylvia grew up in Queens, NY, and is from Argentina.  She is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations and The American University’s Washington College of Law.  She is licensed to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia and New Jersey.  She is a member of the NC Bar Association serving on the Pro Bono Activities Committee.  She volunteers as the Statistician of the Fairfield Summer Swim Team and is a member of Judea Reform Congregation in Durham.  She lives in Durham, with her husband, who teaches at Durham Public Schools, and her daughter.

Legal Decision Making Training

The Buncombe County Justice Advisory Group invites you to a special day-long training on decision-making and implicit bias featuring leading national and state trainers on this topic. Implicit biases are “attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, decision-making, and behavior, without our even realizing it.”[1] This is an emerging field of research with important implications for our court system. We are excited to have Kimberly Papillion of TheBetterMind.com and Judge Mark Bennett from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa to train our community on the neuroscience of decision-making and strategies for addressing implicit bias in our court system. The program will also feature Dr. Eric Howard, Director of Buncombe County’s Veterans’ Treatment Court, and a discussion facilitated by Professor James Drennan of the UNC School of Government.

It will be held on April 21, 2017 in the Buncombe County Government/TD Bank Building (1st Floor Conference Room, 200 College Street, Asheville NC 28801). The program starts at 8:45 AM and will include lunch. CLE credit for the program is pending approval. To register for the program, please click here or contact Kim Moretz (kim.moretz@buncombecounty.org) with Pre-trial Services or Yolanda Fair (yolanda.r.fair@nccourts.org) with the Public Defender’s Office. Spaces are limited, please register as soon as possible. Registration is free.

Featured Speakers:

Kimberly Papillon, Esq. is a nationally recognized expert on legal and judicial decision making. She has delivered over 300 lectures nationally and internationally to audiences including prosecutors, law enforcement officials, judges, and public defenders, on the implications of neuroscience, psychology and implicit association in the analysis of decision-making.

Judge Mark Bennett is in his twenty-third year as a district judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. He has written and lectured extensively about implicit bias in the legal system, having helped train more than 1,500 state and federal judges from Alaska to Florida and many more lawyers. He has conducted empirical research on state and federal judges about how implicit bias affects their decision-making. He is also the first judge in the nation to instruct jurors on implicit bias.

Dr. Eric Howard, MSW has over 16 years of experience working with disenfranchised communities in various fields, including many years of service as a school social worker for Asheville City Schools. He now serves as coordinator for Veteran’s Treatment Court in Buncombe County where he leads a team of professionals who provide comprehensive support for veterans facing criminal charges and struggle with mental health and trauma related issues.

Professor James C. Drennan joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1974. He teaches and advises on court administration issues, judicial ethics and fairness, criminal sentencing, and judicial leadership. While on leave from 1993 through 1995, he served as director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts.


Current Topics in Rental Housing CLE


Current Topics in Rental Housing CLE
Thursday, March 30th
11:30 am -1:30 pm at Pisgah Legal Services
62 Charlotte Street, Asheville

Pisgah Legal Services’ Housing Program Director Ben Many will provide a CLE workshop on various issues related to assisting tenants of rental housing, including evictions, rent abatement, securing repairs, security deposit return, harassment or abuse, tenants breaking a lease, recovery of tenant property, and liability related to roommates. Participants will receive 2 hours of CLE credit. The CLE is free to any attorney who agrees to take two pro bono cases through the Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program or to join the Pro Bono Hotline team. CLE is $50 for attorneys who do not wish to volunteer. Lunch provided with $10 charge.

Register here: https://28thjdb.com/events/current-topics-in-rental-housing-cle/

January & February CLE Video Replays in Asheville!

Comfort Suites Outlet Center, 890 Brevard Rd.

January 30, 2017 — NCAJ 23rd Annual Workplace Torts and Workers’ Comp

CLE: 5.5 hours including 1.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Tuition: NCAJ Member: $275; Non-Member: $375


January 31, 2017 — MCB All Star Trial Advocacy

CLE: 6.5 hours including 1.5 Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Tuition: $295


February 13-14 — MBC 2016 Annual Review

CLE: 12.0 hours incl 2.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility and 1.0 Substance Abuse

Tuition: $495 or $275 per day


February 27 — NCADA Ethics & Substance Abuse

CLE: 3.0 hours including 2.0 Ethics and 1.0 Substance Abuse

Tuition: NCADA Member: $165; Non-Member: $185


February 27 — NCADA Order in the Court: Recent Civil Decisions and Courtroom Tips

CLE: 2.75 hours

Tuition: NCADA Member: $165; Non-Member: $185


For more information, please contact Sally Davis at Tar Heel Seminars – 252-567-3053 or tarheelseminars@gmail.com

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Overview of Special Proceedings: Foreclosure, Partition, Estate Administration, & Guardianship CLE

The Overview of Special Proceedings: Foreclosure, Partition, Estate Administration, and Guardianship CLE provides a general overview of the most common special proceedings, including foreclosure, land partition, estate administration, and guardianship.


Johanna Finkelstein, Assistant Clerk of Superior Court for Buncombe County, will begin with a presentation on Foreclosure Proceedings, including process, procedure and common mistakes.

Tikkun Gottschalk, will discuss the elements of proof, general procedures, and special circumstance procedures for Land Partition Proceedings.

Tiffany Tyler, Assistant Clerk and Scott Coates, Deputy Clerk of Court for the Estates Division of Buncombe County, will co-panel a discussion on Estate Administration Proceedings, including basic procedure, best practices and common mistakes.

Tim Tyson and Cynthia Alleman will co-panel a discussion on Guardianship Proceedings, including types of guardianships, procedures, and best practices.

The CLE is presented through a partnership with the 28th Judicial District Bar and the Young Lawyers Division of the 28th JDB. Local YLD members are encouraged to sign up, and will pay only $12 for the four-hour program. Non-YLD Members pay only $100. Approval from the NC State Bar CLE Board is pending for four (4) hours of general credit.

Friday, January 27th, 8:30am to 2:30pm, at Roberts & Stevens, P.A., 301 College Street, Suite 400, Asheville, NC 28801.

Coffee, Snacks and Lunch included!

Click here to sign up.