Annual Meeting 2018 Photos

At the Bar’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 13:

Joseph McGuire of McGuire, Wood & Bissette received the NCBA/28thJDB Centennial Award. In his nomination, he was lauded as a leader who has “served Asheville and WNC for decades with thoughtful care and compassion for the people living and working here.”

Kenny Hunt of Roberts & Stevens received the the 28th JDB’s 2018 Professionalism Award. His nomination called him a “credit to our Bar,” and noted that he is knowledgeable about the law and effective at trial, but also encourages his clients to be reasonable and settle matters when possible.

Zephyr Jost Sullivan of MGC Insurance Defense was named the 2018 Distinguished Young Lawyer. She was the Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award winner in 2017, and is a past president of the Bar’s YLD.

In addition, President James Kilbourne reviewed the year’s accomplishments, and new members of the Executive Committee were approved by members.

Email Scams

The State Bar has learned of two separate email scams that appear to be targeting lawyers or individuals associated with the legal profession. These emails (one purporting to be from “Jason Goree,” another purporting to be from attorney Mark Aderhold) ask recipients to either open an attached file or click on a link to receive a document. The State Bar has confirmed with both of the purported senders that these emails are not legitimate. If you have received either of these emails, do not click on the included link and do not open any attached file(s).

As a reminder, if you receive an email containing an attachment or asking you to visit an outside internet source that is a) from an unknown sender, or b) concerns some unknown case/transaction, exercise extreme caution in handling such email. When in doubt, contact the purported sender using contact information found outside of the suspicious email to confirm the legitimacy of the email.

The State Bar is presently only aware of these two scams, but there may be more. Lawyers who discover that their email addresses have been compromised or are being used in a phishing scam should contact the State Bar at (919) 828-4620.

Annual Meeting June 13

Congratulations to this year’s awards honorees! The Bar’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 13 will honor Joseph McGuire as Centennial Award recipient; Kenny Hunt as Professionalism Award recipient, and Zephyr Jost Sullivan as the Distinguished Young Lawyer Award. This event, our last Bar luncheon of the fiscal year, features annual awards, a review of the accomplishments of the year, and the election of new members of the Executive Committee. We request an RSVP for attendees: click here to RSVP.

Summer Law Student Intern Program

Each summer for the past 8 years, your local Bar has helped to provide professional enrichment and development to summer law school interns from private law firms, non-profits, Pisgah Legal Services, the Federal District Court, and other legal entities throughout Buncombe County. Facilitated by Pisgah Legal Services and funded by the 28th JDB, this program creates a foundation for law students to understand the importance of pro bono work within our community and the legal profession, and fosters a camaraderie that encourages the interns’ future involvement in pro bono work.

Funding from the 28th Judicial District Bar enables PLS to host a variety learning opportunities and professional development events, including meeting with judges from all the local courts, including the Cherokee Tribal Court.

Please contact Parker Smith at Pisgah Legal Services ( ) to make sure your summer intern is included in this program.

NC Supreme Court Visit to Asheville – photos