Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting & CLE

Please save the date for the Annual Meeting and CLE presented by the Federal Bar Association for the W.D.N.C. at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville on Friday, 9/21/2018. The CLE will cover a variety of topics affecting federal court practitioners. See the attached flyer for more information and to register for the CLE. This year’s CLE sessions will include a wide variety of topics and opportunities for networking with fellow federal practitioners:

– Successful Appellate Advocacy – The Honorable Albert Diaz, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

– Effective District Court Advocacy – Judge Martin K. Reidinger, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina.

– Ethics When Handling Social Media Evidence – Kevin Tate, Senior Litigation Counsel for the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina.

– Preparing for your Trial in Federal Court. Panel members will include Sean P. Devereux, attorney with Devereux & Banzhoff, PLLC (Asheville), Alice Carmichael Richey, attorney with Alexander Ricks, PLLC (Charlotte), Wyatt S. Stevens, attorney with Roberts & Stevens, PA (Asheville), and Dana Washington, Senior Litigation Counsel of the Criminal Division of the W.D.N.C. United States Attorney’s Office. Moderated by Gill Beck, Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the W.D.N.C. and Ann-Patton Hornthal, attorney with Roberts & Stevens, PA (Asheville).

– The History of the Grove Park Inn as the U.S. Supreme Court’s Cold War Relocation Headquarters – Kevan D. Frazier, Ph.D., Historian and Executive Director for Western Carolina University Programs at Biltmore Park.

– Plated lunch and business meeting to include the State of the Union address by Chief Judge Frank D. Whitney, address by Kenneth D. Bell, nominee for the United States District Court judicial vacancy for the Western District of North Carolina, and election of 2018-2019 officers.

– Following the CLE portion of the meeting, we’ll gather on the Mountain View Terrace for a judicial reception hosted and sponsored by Chief Judge Frank D. Whitney on behalf of the Western District of North Carolina and Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvers served.

– Group rates are available Friday and Saturday at $349.00 for Run of House room types plus applicable taxes and fees. Upgrade pricing options are available. Limited rooms. It is strongly recommended you CALL as soon as possible to make your reservation to receive the discounted rate (rather than booking online). Contact: Kat Conley Phone: (828) 252-2711 ext. 1030. Reference WDNC FBA Annual Meeting and/or 092118WDNCFEDER. Discount room rate limited.

– See the attached flyer for more information and to register for the CLE. Additional details will be posted to this website once the agenda is finalized. Program cost: $125 – Federal Prosecutors and Federal Defenders; $175 – Members of the Federal Bar Association and Cherokee Bar Association Members; $200 – All Others. Judge and Federal Law Clerks – No charge.

Thomas More Scholarship for High School Seniors

In an age when many political leaders seem to have gone from bending the truth, to abandoning it, and when the media is constantly on trial for fake news our country is desperately in need for young leaders who are willing to speak and stand up for the truth. Minick Law’s Thomas More Scholarship is for high school seniors. Applications are available at: http://www.minicklaw.com/thomas-more-scholarship/.

Young Lawyers: Naming the Stress and Building Resilience

The Buncombe County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division is pleased to announce it will offer a FREE CLE to young lawyers (attorneys under the age of 37 or within their first 5 years of practice) this Friday, June 8, 2018. This CLE is approved for 3.00 hours of professional responsibility/ethics credit.

NOTE: We are also inviting any law students in the area (e.g. summer interns). Feel free to send them our way. Please just let me know so we have enough coffee for everyone.

A recent national landmark ABA study confirmed that lawyers are at the highest risk of any profession for issues like depression and alcoholism. Many of the skills that make us good lawyers also make us good at hiding these issues. This CLE will present attendees with personal stories of lawyers struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues told by the lawyers who lived it. Attendees will then take part in a two-hour presentation on mindfulness and neuroscience taught by Laura Mahr, of Conscious Legal Minds LLC. Laura will cover material related to how human brains–and lawyers’ brains in particular–are wired, and how our wiring impacts the way we practice law and experience our lives. Participating attorneys will then put the theory into practice and learn how to use tools to build resilience to stress and improve their mental health.

This FREE CLE will be held on June 8, 2018, from 8:30-12:15am and is free to Young Lawyers in Buncombe and Henderson Counties [AND LAW STUDENTS]. The YLD of Buncombe County would like to thank The Van Winkle Law Firm for hosting this event, which will be located at 11 N. Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801. A light breakfast and drinks (i.e. lots of coffee) will be provided.

For more information or to sign up contact Matthew Holloway at mholloway@vwlawfirm.com.

Upcoming CLE Video Replays in Asheville

Lenoir Rhyne University-Asheville Campus

36 Montford Ave, Room 311


Thursday, June 14  –  2018 Real Property Law Section Annual Meeting

CLE Credit: 6.0 including 1.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program:  9:00am-3:30pm


Friday, June 15  –  NCBA 2018 Family  Law Section Annual Meeting

CLE Credit: 6.0 including 1.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program:  9:00am-3:30pm


Thursday-Friday, June 21-22 –  MCB  2018 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


Friday, June 29 –  NCBA Veterans’ Legal Issues

CLE Credit: 6.0

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program:  9:00am-3:30pm

NOTE:  The first 3 hour block of this program qualifies as approved VA accreditation training for accredited individuals, under 38 CFR 14.629.


Thursday, July 12 –  NCBA Basics of Estate Administration

CLE Credit: 6.75

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program:  9:00am-4:15pm


Friday, July 13 –  NCBA Basics of Will & Revocable Trust Drafting

CLE Credit: 6.0

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program:  9:00am-3:30pm


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

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New Office

Worley and Peltz, PLLC has moved their office to 42 Orchard Street.  Please feel free to stop by and say hello.