Friday, April 18, 2014

Save the Date - Law Day Celebration - Tuesday, May 6 at Noon


Law Day Celebration
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Guilford County Government Plaza

The Public is encouraged to attend

Saturday, April 05, 2014

FREE Symposium commemorating the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Join NCAJ Board of Governor Member, James E. Williams, Jr. and Civil Right Section Chair, Michele Luecking-Sunman for a FREE Symposium commemorating the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 

The speakers will examine the state of minority rights in North Carolina.  This event is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers.

 The Dawn of a New Fulfillment: Equal Justice Under the Law 50 Years After the 1964 Civil Rights Act

April 11, 2014: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM / Reception to follow

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum

Greensboro, North Carolina

Free to attend/ No CLE credit provided

For the schedule and to register, please email or call Michelle LaPorte or 919.836.4215

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Free CLE at Elon on March 7

Continuing Legal Education ǀ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Elon Law

Friday, March 7, 2014

Take advantage of this FREE CLE!

Topic: Ethics/Issues in Trust Account Disbursement
Presenters: Brooke Ottesen & Crystal Carlisle - The Brocker Law Firm P.A.

Credit: 1 hour
Coordinator: Damon Duncan ‘06 L’09 – Duncan Law, PLLC
Sponsored by Elon Law Alumni Association

If you wish to attend please contact Monica Glover at .

Reception to follow.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Invite to GBA members from Elon Law - MLK forum celebrating life of Julius Chambers - Jan. 21

Please Join Us for Elon Law's 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Forum

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of 
Civil Rights Attorney Pioneer Julius Chambers
·     The Hon. Henry Frye – Chief Justice (retired), North Carolina Supreme Court
·      John Charles Boger - Dean & Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC School of Law
·     Geraldine Sumter - Partner, Ferguson Chambers & Sumter law firm
MODERATOR - Jonathan R. Harkavy - Partner, Patterson Harkavy law firm
Tuesday, January 21st, 6:00 pm
In the library at Elon University School of Law
201 N. Greene St., Greensboro, N.C.
Reception to follow
  • Elon Law student chapter of North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Elon Law Black Law Students Association

Julius L. Chambers (1936-2013), graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1962, first in his class of 100. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif and Order of the Golden Fleece, the highest honorary societies at the University. He taught at Columbia University School of Law while earning his masters of law degree in 1964. 
In June 1964, Mr. Chambers opened his law practice in a cold water walkup on East Trade Street in Charlotte. This one person law practice eventually became the first integrated law firm in North Carolina history. In its first decade, the law firm did more to influence evolving federal civil rights law than any other private law practice in the United States. Mr. Chambers and his founding partners, James E. Ferguson, II, and Adam Stein, working with lawyers of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., successfully litigated civil rights cases and helped shape the contours of civil rights law by winning landmark United States Supreme Court rulings in such cases as Swann v. Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education, 402 U.S. 1 (1971), (the famous school busing decision) and Griggs v. Duke Power Co., 401 U.S. 424, 91 S.Ct. 849, 28 L.Ed.2d 158 (1971) and Albemarle Paper Co. v. Moody, 422 U.S. 405 (1975) (two of the Supreme Court's most significant Title VII employment discrimination decisions). 
Mr. Chambers retired from his position as Chancellor of North Carolina Central University on June 30, 2001 and reentered private law practice with the Firm where his work includes business matters, employment discrimination, education and civil rights. The preceding biography provided courtesy of the law office of Ferguson, Chambers & Sumter, P.A.  A detailed remembrance of Mr. Chambers is available here:

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Volunteers Needed at Potters House

The GBA, through its community involvement committee, needs volunteers to help serve brunch (9:00 am – 12:30 pm) at the Potters House community kitchen of the Greensboro Urban Ministry, 1002 South Eugene Street, for the third Sunday of the month --  Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20, and May 18.

If you are interested in being one of the five volunteers for one or more of those Sundays, please respond to the community involvement committee chair Jim Bryan at Nexsen Pruet:, 373-1600,  and let us know the dates you want to volunteer. 

Thank you.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

From the North Carolina bar, and for a good cause!

11211844 -- Remember that number: 11211844. Better yet, write it down and take it with you to any Barnes & Noble store, or the Barnes & Noble website, and use it to support Lawyers 4 Literacy. Fifteen percent of purchases made using this promotion code from Sunday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Dec. 6, will provide funding to purchase books for the Law-Related Education Department's volunteer reading program.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NCABL Offers CLE on Nov. 23


The North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers Presents “The Quest for Justice” WITH Ben Crump, Former attorney for the Trayvon Martin Family

Nov. 23, 2013

at Elon U. School of Law

For more information, contact S. Camille Payton at

Greensboro Bar Association - Holiday Book Drive

It is that time of year again -- time for the GBA's annual Jones Elementary School Book Project! 

Each year, the GBA collects generous donations from our members to purchase books from Scholastic at a significant discount.  We collect enough money to buy a book for each and every child in the traditional program at Jones Elementary School in grades K through 5.  Right before the holiday break, GBA volunteers wrap each book and then hand deliver the books to the kids in their classrooms wearing Santa hats and other festive attire.  The look on the children's faces is what the holidays are all about. 

So . . . we are asking you to consider:

(1) making a donation to this project by writing a check made payable to the "Greensboro Bar Association  Foundation"; 

(2) wrapping a book while attending the GBA's annual holiday party on December 19th at Elon Law School; and

(3) volunteering to distribute the books at Jones on Friday, December 20th. 

Donations need to be received by December 10, 2013 and can be mailed to the GBA at Post Office Box 1825, Greensboro, NC 27402 or hand-delivered to either Chris Gumbiner or Sarah Roane at the November 21st membership dinner meeting.  Please include "Jones Elementary Book Project" in the memo line of the check so we know what your donation is for.  All donors, both individual and firm, will be recognized in a subsequent GBA newsletter. 

Thank you in advance for your generosity and holiday spirit!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Upcoming CLE for Attorneys

Upcoming CLE for attorneys hosted by NC Institute for Constitutional Law
on Nov. 13, 2013 at Brooks Pierce Law Firm from 2:30 - 5:00 pm.

The CLE will feature an NC Supreme Court & Court of Appeals Review and Constitutional Primer. Presenters include Justice Paul Newby, Jeanette Doran, and Tyler Younts, president of NCICL.  We’re approved for 2.25 hours CLE credit. The event is free (other than the Bar's $3 per credit hour fee) but registration is required. 

Anyone interested in attending is asked to complete the registration form here ( and return it to NCICL.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October 30 CLE with Judge Mark Davis

On October 30, 2013 Judge Mark Davis of the North Carolina Court of Appeals will present a CLE entitled “The Do’s and Don’ts at the Court of Appeals, A View from the Bench.” This free CLE, sponsored by the Piedmont Triad Women Attorneys, has been approved for 1.0 general credit hours. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

The program will be held at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, beginning with a social at 6:00pm. The program will run from 6:30pm-7:30pmSpace is limited. In order to reserve a space, please RSVP to with your name and your NC State Bar Number by October 25th

The RSVP date has been extended to Friday, October 25th.

This event is open to both members and non-members of the PTWA and its parent organization, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. Please feel free to forward this information on.. However, the RSVP date will apply regardless of the forwarding date.

At this event, we will be collecting clothing for Dress for Success, a 501(c)(3) which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support andthe career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Please bring an article of gently used professional clothing to donate to this worthy cause

Friday, October 18, 2013

Technology CLE on November 1

Sign up now for Friday, November 1, “Practice Forward: Using Technology to Advance Your Firm.”  This program is co-planned by the NCBA Law Practice Management & Technology and Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Sections.    

Please plan to attend this informative and practical CLE.  If you sign up now, you can get your early bird discount. 

We will cover important topics never before addressed, including:

1)      Transitioning to the Cloud with a panel discussion of NC Attorneys that have actually “done it”
2)      Managing your Information Tech with a Strategic Plan instead of letting them manage you (in a disaster)
3)      Creating in-house Audio/Visual Content from start to finish

For more information on this great CLE check out this short video:
We look forward to seeing you on Friday, November 1.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Greensboro Bar Association - Annual Ethics CLE on October 10

Co-Sponsored by the Greensboro Bar Association and First Citizens Bank

Here are the details:

Annual Ethics CLE

The program agenda and contributors include:

  • Trust Accounting presented by the North Carolina State Bar,
  • Fraud Prevention presented by First Citizens Bank’s Fraud Prevention Department, and
  • A North Carolina Legislative Update presented by the NC Chamber of Commerce. 

We have applied for 2 hours of CLE credit and are optimistic the program will qualify again this year. 

This event is free to GBA members thanks to the generous partnership and support of First Citizens Bank.
October 10, 2013
2:30pm – 5:00pm
Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Auditorium

Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us and First Citizens Bank for our annual ethics CLE on October 10 as we learn more about fraud prevention, legislative updates and trust accounting. 

To Register: Email Chris Gumbiner at no later than Monday, October 7 to reserve your spot! 

For CLE credit, please include your NC State Bar number along with your name.  (Non-GBA members will be charged the $6 CLE fee.)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Book Signing with Henry Frye

You are invited to a

book signing and reception


North Carolina’s First African American Chief  Justice

With special guests Justice and Mrs. Frye

        and Howard E. Covington, Jr.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Greensboro Offices of  Brooks Pierce

230 N Elm Street, Suite 2000

Greensboro, NC 27401

Books will be available for purchase and signing by

Justice and Mrs. Frye and Howard E. Covington, Jr.

Light refreshments will be served.

R.S.V.P  Lynne Gray    336-232-4618

About the Author:

Howard E. Covington, Jr., is a former journalist and the author of more than

two dozen books. The 2004 winner of the Ragan Award for the best

non- ction by a North Carolina writer, he lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Monday, September 09, 2013

PottersHouse Volunteers Needed

The GBA, through its community involvement committee, needs volunteers to help serve brunch (9:00 am – 12:30 pm) at the Potters House community kitchen of the Greensboro Urban Ministry, 1002 South Eugene Street, for the third Sunday of the month --  Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, and Dec. 15.

If you are interested in being one of those volunteers for one or more of those Sundays, please respond to the community involvement committee chair Jim Bryan at Nexsen Pruet:, 373-1600  and let us know the dates you want to volunteer. Thank you.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Join the NC Bar Association on Thursday, July 18, for a Legal Geek Meetup on Blogging!

What:  An open forum on blogging – no experience necessary!

Where: Geeksboro | 2134 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro |

When: 5:30 p.m. until

Legal Geek events are designed to help lawyers and legal professionals interested in practice management and technology learn from each other. Each meetup focuses on a different topic, and may occasionally involve short presentations. While offered primarily to NCBA members, all local legal professionals are welcome to attend. There is no cost to attend these events, just join us after work and be part of a great discussion on practice tips and tricks.

Go to to RSVP.