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

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



YLD Social for New Admittees

The Young Lawyers Division of the 28th Judicial District Bar will be hosting the Annual New Admittee Social at 5:30 on Thursday, October 5th to honor the new admittees to the 28th Judicial District Bar! Please join us on the patio at Asheville Brewing, 77 Coxe Avenue.  All 28th Judicial Bar Members are welcome!

Message From Bar Councilor Anna Hamrick

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the 28th Judicial District Bar –

I hope you are recovering from the recent storm and power outages.

I wanted to give you some brief information in addition to what your received in the email from the State Bar Quarterly Update / e-newsletter.  I know that document can be voluminous, so I asked Alice Mine (Ethics Counsel) and Peter Bolac (Legislative Liaison) from the North Carolina State Bar to let me know what might be useful areas to highlight to the membership.

Alice Mine recommended I highlight the proposed opinion regarding participation in Avvo (2017 FEO 6 – Scroll Down) and the proposed rule amendments (Rule 5.4 and Comment to Rule 1.15 – Scroll Down) relating to that opinion.

Peter Bolac emailed me an attachment of the Legislative Update on H717: An Act to Revise Judicial Districts.  I am attaching it to this email for your review.  That bill is being considered by a select committee beginning yesterday (Sept. 12).

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your State Bar Council representative, and please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns.  My office contact information is below, and my cell is (828) 707-4249.

Take care,

Anna Hamrick
State Bar Councilor


Professionalism for New Admittees CLE set for Oct 5-6

The 28th Judicial District Bar invites all new attorneys to join us for the Professionalism for New Admittees required continuing education class. The two-day class is free for new attorneys, and is offered on October 5th and 6th at the Van Winkle Law Firm’s Starnes Conference Room. Click here for more information, or to sign up.

House Bill To Reorganize WNC Judicial Districts

The House Judiciary 1 Committee of the North Carolina Legislature approved a committee substitute to HB 717 which revises Superior Court Districts across the state.  Of particular interest to Buncombe County Attorneys are three effects close to home:

  1. Renumbering the Buncombe County single county district from the 28th Judicial district to the 39th.
  2. Reorganizing the state from 8 divisions into 5 larger divisions.  This means that Superior court Judges from Charlotte-Hickory-Lenior-Boone West would rotate through Asheville, and that judges from Murphy would hold sessions in Charlotte.
  3. Buncombe County’s District Court District and Superior Court District would be divided in two, with 39B representing Fairview, Arden, Biltmore Park, Enka, Candler, and Leicester, while seat B would represent Asheville, West Asheville, Swannanoa, and Black Mountain.  Each superior court seat would have one judge, while District 39A would have four District Court Judges and 39B would have 3 District Court Judges

The bill would still need approval from the full house and the Senate.  It is on the House calendar for June 27th.  The text can be found here (

Maps were attached to a tweet from Representative Justin Burr.  (


28th JDB Goes to the Ballpark!

The Asheville Tourists won over the Rome Braves with an impressive 7-0 series finale victory on Monday evening! Bar President Natalie Bacon threw out an impressive first pitch, and about 70 members of the Bar enjoyed a fun night of baseball at McCormick Field.

Executive Committee 2017-2017 Slate

The election of officers for the fiscal year of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 will occur at the annual meeting of the Bar on June 14, 2017. The Nominating Committee of the 28th Judicial District Bar met Friday, April 28th from 12:30-1:30 to consider nominations for President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three members of the Executive Committee for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  At large members are elected for three year terms; officers serve for three year terms. Bar members may volunteer for service or nominate a colleague.

The following nominations will be presented:

President-Elect—James Kilbourne

Vice-President—Anne Salter

Secretary–Dustin McIntee

Treasurer—Carter Webb

At-large EC members—Janet Amburgey, Sonya Rikhye and Gil Beck for three-year terms, and Jessica Leaven to replace Carter Webb for a two-year term.

Current Executive Committee members are listed here. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the meeting when the election is held.