4ALL Statewide Service Day

Please join us Friday, March 2, in Asheville for the North Carolina Bar Foundation’s 11th Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day. Each year, attorney volunteers are invited to sign up for three-hour shifts to help answer law-related questions from the public. Last year over 500 attorneys answered 9,900 calls in just one day. Don’t miss out on the fun this year!

Volunteer at 4ALL in Asheville:  https://asheville4all2018.eventbrite.com

Use the link above to register, and you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. If you need to change or cancel your registration, you may do so through the link provided in your confirmation email. If you wish to register for more than one shift, please complete the registration process for each desired shift.

Wellness Committee Offers Discounted YMCA Rates For Members

The Wellness Committee has entered into a partnership agreement with the YMCA, effective immediately! As a member of the 28th Judicial District Bar, you now have until February 15th to join the YMCA of Western North Carolina at a reduced rate with no contract or commitment requirement, and no cancellation or joining fee.

In 2018, we will have two 30-day windows to take advantage of this opportunity. The first 30-day window is January 10, 2018 through February 15, 2018. The second 30-day window will be announced at a later date.

Please visit any one of the seven YMCA of Western North Carolina locations and let them know that you are a member of the 28th Judicial District Bar to take advantage of this and to begin your membership.

The YMCA also has a separate promo going on through January 15th. If you sign up today, then you only pay $10 for the month of January. If you sign up on January 15th, then you only pay $15. However, you must sign up by January 15th to take advantage of this promo.

These documents provide more details:

1. YMCA January 2018 Promo

2. 28th Judicial District Bar Q&A for YMCA Membership

3. YMCA Corporate Rates for 28th Judicial District Bar

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Gang with the YMCA of Western North Carolina at 828-651-9622or by email at tgang@ymcawnc.org.

Luke Skywalker, the Last Mentor?

By Brian Elston, Mentoring Committee Chair


The 28th Judicial Bar offers a mentorship program to mentors and mentees. The benefits to both is unquestionable. However, as depicted in The Last Jedi, a mentor/mentee relationship can involve growing pains.

In summary, The Last Jedi features Luke Skywalker-a once idealist mentee of the Jedi way, now-turned into self-exiled curmudgeon. In short, Luke has turned into a frustrated-mentor because of a prior failed mentor/mentee relationship, to such an extent, that Luke pulled a light saber on his mentee.

As I watched, I couldn’t help but think of Star Wars in the context of mentor/mentee relationships. Turning to our local bar’s mentoring program, and borrowing from a galaxy far far away, here are a couple lessons for each the mentor and mentee:

To the Mentee:

Trust the Force: Mentors became Jedi Masters for a reason. They’ve put in the hours, tried the cases, learned the lessons, and already made the mistakes. There’s a reason for the gray hairs. It is tempting, and human nature, for a mentee to think they can do it better and follow their own way. However, trust the mentor.

Get in the Millennium Falcon and go to Ahch-to. In TLJ, Luke, the great Jedi Master, is a hermit on an island. Rey, a hopeful-mentee, goes to great lengths to find him and eventually does. Does Luke welcome her with open arms when she arrives? Not at all.

Mentors are busy. They’ve have clients, their own families, billables, etc. However, like Rey, continue to show up and help the mentor make time for the lessons. Seek them out and follow up. On that note, mentees that need assistance with finding a mentor can visit the Local Bar’s website and fill out an application.

This is not going to go the way you think. Luke did not work out as a mentor for Kylo Ren. Kylo ended up finding another mentor. In other words, if a mentoring relationship isn’t working out, a mentee should find another.

On that note, there is no rule that a mentee can only have one mentor. Mentors can serve different roles: academic mentor, personal mentor, business mentor, etc.

To the Mentors:

Be patient and easy on the light-saber. In one of the most climatic scenes, Luke is about to give up when he feels that his mentee is going down the wrong path. Mentors may see their promising young mentees make ill-advised decisions or mistakes. Mentors-don’t go for the light saber. After all, the mentees are mentees for a reason. A mentee’s need for

knowledge and help is the reason they need a mentor.

Get off Ach-to: Luke was a Jedi master. He even had the only books in the universe to train Jedi. Instead of passing on his wealth of knowledge to mentees, he lived on his comfortable island drinking freshly squeezed Bantha Milk.

As a mentor, it will be easy to stay on the proverbial island. However, mentors have learned too much to keep it for themselves. On that note, mentors can visit the Local Bar’s website and fill out a mentor application.

See you around kid. In his final scene, Luke matches up with his former mentee. At the conclusion of their duel, Luke smirks “see you around kid.”

Mentors, like Luke, make an indelible mark on their mentees. A mentor’s teaching and guidance will follow a mentee like a force-ghost. Any knowledge that can be passed down won’t be forgotten, and if not at the time, a mentee will appreciate it.

In sum, a successful mentoring relationship will likely teach both the mentor and mentee lessons. The local bar is here to help both, and more information can be found here. May the force be with both!

Landlord/Tenant Law CLE

Pisgah Legal Services and the 28th Judicial District Bar will co-host a Landlord/Tenant Law CLE on Friday, February 16, 2018 at The Van Winkle Law Firm, 11 N. Market Street, Asheville.  Pisgah Legal Services’ Housing Program Director Ben Many and Managing Attorney Robin Merrell will provide presentations 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, liability related to roommates, and rights of tenants who are victims of domestic violence. Tom Gallagher, PLS staff attorney, will provide a presentation on ethics as it relates to pro bono service and landlord-tenant law.

Participants are eligible for 3 hours of standard CLE credit and 1 hour of ethics CLE credit from the NC Bar. The CLE is free to any attorney who agrees to take two pro bono cases through the Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program in 2018 or to serve on the Housing Advice Line or the Pro Bono Hotline. The CLE is $100 for attorneys who do not wish to volunteer. Lunch is provided with $10 charge. Sign up here.


Courthouse Holiday Party

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Buncombe County Courthouse Holiday Party!


Noon until 3:00 pm



Parking is available in the Buncombe County Garage across the street.