Addiction: Disease vs Choice

Join us for a 90 minute talk that provides information everyone should hear.  Judges, lawyers, law enforcement, probation, pretrial, juvenile court counselors, teachers and everyone in the general public should attend this presentation and learn the reality of addiction.



WHEN:        TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2017

TIME:          10 am (there will be donuts)

Presented by Dr. Susan Holman, MD

Dr. Holman has served as Medical Director at Pavillon from 2005-2011 and senior consultant and medical adviser until 2014. Dr. Holman provides patient education on the medical aspects of addictions, brain chemistry and medication management. She received her doctor of medicine at Emory University. She is board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine. She is VP of the North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine; has served on the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine for Carolinas Medical Center; and as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She has also served on the board of directors for the North Carolina Physicians’ Health Program.

Hosted by Adult Drug Treatment Court Coordinator Tracie Bodford and Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator Kevin Rumley.

Holiday Party & Toy Drive 2017 Photos

The 2017 annual Holiday Party & Toy Drive collected lots of toys and goodies for Santa Pal’s sleigh! Bar members enjoyed delicious food and drinks at The Venue, and enjoyed live jazz & swing music from the Russ Wilson Jazz Trio. Thanks to our sponsors and to all those who gave generously to both Santa Pal and Manna Food Bank.

Dues Deadline December 1

Annual dues for membership in the 28th JDB is $150 per member. To avoid a $15 late fee, please make sure your 2017-2018 dues have been paid by December 1, 2017. The Bar accepts payment by check, cash, or credit card, and members may log in to their online account on this website to make a payment.

Holiday Party & Toy Drive

A huge thank you to all the lawyers and law firms who are sponsoring our annual Bar Holiday Party & Toy Drive!

Gold Sponsors
Cloninger, Barbour, Searson, Jones & Cash, PLLC
Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
Ms. Phaedra Xanthos, CPA, CFE
Westlaw – Thomson Reuters

Silver Sponsors
Amburgey Law
Brian Elston Law
Dungan, Kilbourne & Stahl PA
Fidelity National Title
Goosman, Rose, Colvard & Cramer, PA
Grimes Teich Anderson LLP
Gum, Hillier & McCroskey
McGuire, Wood, Bissette Law Firm
Patla, Straus, Robinson & Moore, PA
Stone & Christy, PA
Siemens Family Law Group
Van Winkle Law Firm

Bronze Sponsors
Asheville Law Offices
Aceto Law Office, PA
Brock Law Firm
Broker Law Firm
Burt Langley
Steve Cogburn, Clerk of Superior Court
Clement Law Firm
Daniels Law Firm
Eugene Ellison Attorney At Law
Fisher, Stark, PA
Garlock & McKinney
Carol Goins Law Office
Henco Reprographics
Kight Law Office
Lancaster Law  Firm
Lentz & Associates
Montford Family Law
Matney & Associates, PA
McAngus, Goudelock & Courie
Pitts, Hay & Hugenschmidt
Strauss Attorneys, PLLC
Teague Campbell
Todd Williams, District Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Worley & Peltz


At the event, held on December 1st, we collect toys for Santa Pal and food for Manna Food Bank. (We will also accept cash or checks for these organizations.) Our party begins with cocktails and appetizers at 5:30 at The Venue, 21 N. Market Street. At 6pm, President Annika Brock will offer holiday greetings, and a delicious buffet will open in the upper level. Diners will enjoy live music from the Russ Wilson Jazz Trio from 6-8pm.

All Bar members are invited, and may bring a guest. An RSVP is required; click here to RSVP.


Memorial Ceremony Thursday, November 16

Plan to join us on November 16th at 4pm for a Memorial Ceremony, honoring Bar members who have died in the past two years. The event will take place in the 5th floor courtroom of the Buncombe County Courthouse, and all Bar members are urged to attend. Family and colleagues of the deceased are also cordially invited.

Message from State Bar President Regarding SB 698

Dear Colleagues:

A bill has been introduced in the Senate that seeks to amend the North Carolina Constitution to provide for two-year terms of office for justices and judges. Today, Chief Justice Mark Martin released the following statement opposing that legislation:

Nowhere in America do voters elect their general jurisdiction judges for two-year terms of office. This is as it should be. Electing judges for two-year terms would force judges to campaign and raise money constantly, and would disrupt the administration of justice.

Judicial terms of office are longer than executive and legislative terms of office because judges have a different function. Judges are accountable, first and foremost, to the federal and state constitutions and to the law. They apply the law uniformly, and equal justice under law is the ultimate goal of any court system.

The people of North Carolina should have a meaningful role in the judicial selection and retention process, just as citizens of states around the country do. But two-year terms are not the answer.

I urge every lawyer to pay attention to this important issue.

With best regards,

Mark W. Merritt
President, North Carolina State Bar

NCBA Requests Volunteers Friday, November 17

The North Carolina Bar Foundation is gearing up for its 7th Justice Iredell Middle School Mock Trial Tournament that is held annually and hosted at regional courthouses. Attorneys, Judges, Paralegals, and Law Students are all encouraged to participate.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Volunteers are needed at the Henderson County Courthouse
The NCBFoundation still needs three Scoring Judges and a group of 4 that will stay for a 3rd trial if possible
The time commitment would be 8:00 – 8:30am until 12:30 – 1pm

This is the closest courthouse participating at the middle school level.

Please email Diane Wright if you would like to participate

The Path To Lawyer Well-Being

At the October Bar Luncheon, members heard about the ABA’s study on lawyer wellness from Dr. Richard Blanks of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Pictured here after the luncheon, from left to right: James Kilbourne, Bar President-Elect; Dr. Richard Blanks; Annika Brock, Bar President; and Laura Mahr, Conscious Legal Minds.


Seeking Bench-Bar Liaison Committee Members

The Bench-Bar Liaison Committee was created to facilitate and maintain good relations between the Bar and judiciary of the 28th Judicial District. The Committee shall endeavor to create an environment of a respectful, but friendly, dialogue and camaraderie between the Bench and the Bar. The Committee will endeavor to facilitate open and frank discussions between Bar representatives and the Bench to further the administration of justice in Buncombe County.

The Committee shall consist of at least five but not more than nine members of the 28th Judicial District.

Ex Officio members shall include one Superior Court Judge (nominated by the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge), a District Court Judge appointed by the Chief District Court Judge, and the President of the 28th JDB.

The remaining members of the Committee shall be selected by the Executive Committee of the 28th JDB to staggered two-year terms with at least one member of the 28th JDB who practices in each of the following areas of law: Criminal; Superior Court Civil; and Family Law.

To apply for service to this committee, please send an email to Bar Administrator Lisa-Gaye Hall at with the subject line: Bench-Bar Liaison Committee. Please include a statement about your interest in serving on the committee, and your areas of practice, and submit by October 30, 2017.

Proposed Resolution to the NC State Legislature

The following resolution will be voted on at the October 11, 2017 meeting of the 28th Judicial Bar. Members must be present to vote.




WHEREAS, the 28th Judicial District, located in Buncombe County, is currently a single county judicial district for administrative and electoral purposes; and


WHEREAS, all 28th Judicial District Court and Superior Court Judges are currently elected in countywide elections; and


WHEREAS, currently all registered voters in Buncombe County are able to vote in each judicial election in the 28th Judicial District; and


WHEREAS, House Bill 717 would divide Buncombe County into two judicial districts, Judicial District 39A and Judicial District 39B, for electoral purposes only; and


WHEREAS, under House Bill 717, all registered voters in Buncombe would not be able to vote in each judicial election in Buncombe County; and


WHEREAS, the 28th Judicial District adopts the positon of the North Carolina State Bar in that we urge the North Carolina Legislature to be respectful of historical geographical boundaries in making decisions and to not split up counties, including Buncombe County, into separate judicial districts; and


WHEREAS, the 28th Judicial District further adopts the position of the North Carolina State Bar in that we urge the North Carolina Legislature to hold over voting on this matter until the next session to allow all stakeholders time to review and provide input on these important decisions.


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the 28th Judicial District Bar respectfully requests that the North Carolina Legislature be respectful of historical geographical boundaries when deciding whether to split Buncombe County into two judicial districts and that the North Carolina Legislature hold over voting on this matter until the next session to allow all stakeholders time to review and provide input on these important decisions.


Adopted this the 11th day of October, 2017.








Annika M. Brock, President