High School Moot Court Tournament Needs Volunteers

The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association is delighted to announce that Moot Court will be included at the Black Mountain, North Carolina National Open for the second year.  We are excited to be hosting this event at Ridgecrest Conference Center, Monday, February 5.  NCFCA is the third largest Speech and Debate League in the country and serves the growing home school community.

We are seeking volunteers (pro-bono) from the legal community to assist with judging this competition.  Your role will be to listen to two teams of students present oral arguments, question the counsels as they present, and then provide written feedback and ranking.

The time commitment for one round of Moot Court is approximately two hours from start to finish. This includes a short orientation, the round itself, and time to complete the ballots. If you are able to judge an additional round, the time added is approximately an hour and 15 minutes. All volunteers will be encouraged to read the bench memorandum and tournament rules provided via email approximately two weeks prior to the event.

To register, simply visit www.NCFCAJudges.com and submit your information. You will also notice there that we offer several other types of debate and speech events. If you are available to judge any of those events, we would welcome your participation!

If you have questions or would like additional information please contact Renee Miller at NCFCAJudges@MillerAcademyNC.org  or check our website www.NCFCA.org.

In Memoriam – Judge Lewis

Dear Bar Members,

We regret to inform you of the death of Judge Robert Dobbins Lewis, 88, on Thursday, January 4th.  Information about memorial services will be posted by Morris Family Funeral Home at this link.  A memorial Service will be held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Asheville at 2pm, Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Bo Carpenter to be on WLOS Town Hall Panel

Robert C. “Bo” Carpenter of Dungan, Kilbourne and Stahl, P.A. will be one of four panelists on the WLOS Town Hall “Crossing the Line: Workplace Sexual Harassment.”  The town hall will air live on WLOS Channel 13.3 and stream on www.wlos.com on Thursday, January 11 at 8:00 pm.  More information about the event can be found here:  http://wlos.com/news/town-hall/panelists-for-wlos-town-hall-crossing-the-line-workplace-sexual-harassment.

John C. Hunter Selected As 2018 Legal Elite For Employment Law

John C. Hunter of Asheville has been recognized by a vote of his peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite for the practice of Employment Law.   John accepts referrals in all areas of Employment Law, including Employee/Plaintiff matters.

To read the methodology Business North Carolina uses to select the Legal Elite attorneys click here .

Nine McGuire Wood & Bissette Attorneys Included in 2018 Legal Elite

Nine McGuire Wood & Bissette attorneys are recognized by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers. We congratulate our attorneys John Fleming (Corporate); Sarah Thornburg (Tax/Estate Planning); Alston Ludwig (Construction); Tom Grella (Business); Mary Euler (Litigation);  Joe McGuire (Appellate);  Rebecca Crandall (Intellectual Property); Sabrina Rockoff (Employment); and  Murphy Fletcher (Young Guns).

To read the methodology Business North Carolina magazine uses to select the Legal Elite attorneys around the state click here.

Very proud of you all!

Frank Goldsmith Announces Opening of New ADR Practice

Frank Goldsmith announces the opening of his new practice, Goldsmith Resolutions, limited to mediation and arbitration. Goldsmith, a graduate of Davidson College and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Law, previously engaged in a litigation and mediation practice for many years with Goldsmith, Goldsmith, and Dews, P.A., in Marion, North Carolina. He was certified as a mediator in 1996 and has mediated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts, as well as serving as an arbitrator, both in multiple arbitrator panels and as a single arbitrator. He has consistently been recognized by “Best Lawyers in America” and “Super Lawyers” in the field of alternative dispute resolution, and he was honored by Best Lawyers in America as the 2014 Asheville Mediation Lawyer of the Year. He resides in Buncombe County. As a litigator, he was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at Duke University and in programs for lawyers. He has served on the Boards of Governors of both the North Carolina Bar Association and North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and on the Council of the NCBA’s Dispute Resolution Section.

Visit his website, www.goldsmithresolutions.com, which includes tips on preparing for mediation, links to useful resources, and more about Goldsmith’s background, as well as other helpful information on mediation and arbitration.

Reminder! Free event at Asheville Museum of Science for 28th JDB – Tuesday, December 12

Please join Deutsch & Gottschalk, P.A. for an evening introducing the 28th JDB to the Asheville Museum of Science on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  We will be serving hors d’oeuvres and wine/beer. Camille Beatty, local teenager the founder of Beatty Robotics, will be speaking.  All are welcome, no RSVP required!

Roberts & Stevens Makes U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2018 “Best Law Firms” Rankings in Twelve Practice Areas

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that it has been included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers© in 12 different practice areas.

Roberts & Stevens received Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in Asheville for Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Trusts & Estates, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Real Estate Law. The firm received Metropolitan Tier 2 ranking in Asheville for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Litigation – Construction, and Trusts and Estates Law.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers© “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty.

The 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

Roberts & Stevens is one of the largest law firms in Western North Carolina and serves regional and national clients in 30 practice areas and industries. To learn more, visit www.roberts-stevens.com.


Roberts & Stevens Attorney Mary Robinson Hervig Recognized as Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning by North Carolina State Bar

Roberts & Stevens attorney Mary Robinson Hervig was recently recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning by the North Carolina State Bar.

Hervig focuses her practice on assisting clients with advance medical directives (or “living wills”), powers of attorney, wills, and trusts, including tax planning. She also assists personal representatives and trustees with the administration of estates and trusts in North Carolina. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Hervig joined Roberts & Stevens in 2011.

The North Carolina State Bar, an agency of the State of North Carolina, certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of law. The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.

To be certified as a board certified specialist in a practice area, a lawyer must

  • Be an active member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar for at least five years,
  • Devote at least 25% of his or her practice to the specialty during the past five years (substantial involvement),
  • Attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty,
  • Be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and
  • Pass a written examination in the specialty practice area.

Certification is granted for a period of five years. To maintain certification, a lawyer must again demonstrate that he or she is substantially involved in the practice area; attend CLE seminars in the practice area; and be favorably evaluated by peers.

For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program, and to view a list of board certified specialists by practice area, please visit the Legal Specialization website at nclawspecialists.gov, or call the State Bar at 919.828.4620.

Roberts & Stevens is one of the largest law firms in Western North Carolina and serves regional and national clients in 30 practice areas and industries. To learn more, visit www.roberts-stevens.com.