November E-Blast: Construction Law For YLD, Legal Feeding Frenzy, Law Student Outreach and More


November 15, 2018 | Insurance Law Networking |Charlotte| 5:30 pm

November 15, 2018 | Member Social | Greenville| 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

November 19, 2018 | Sports & Entertainment Law Charlotte Hornets Networking | Charlotte| TBA

November 20, 2018 | YLD Brewing For the Greater Good | Wilmington | 5:30 pm

November 29, 2018 | Family Law Section Reception | Winston-Salem | 5:30 pm

December 1, 2018 | Young Lawyers Division Council Meeting | 9:00 am

December 1, 2018 | Young Lawyers Division Escape Room Networking Event | Greensboro | 2:00 pm


Legal Feeding Frenzy: Legal Feeding Frenzy 2019: On Tour in NC! We invite you to join us this year at the LFF KICK-OFF EVENT at your local food bank. We’re hosting events at food banks across the state throughout January and February 2019, leading up to this year’s contest March 1-30.  Attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, practice administrators, law professors and students are invited to network with colleagues, give back to our communities, and see firsthand how the LFF impacts our neighbors.  Families welcome; age restrictions may apply.  Contact the LFF’s Event Coordinator, Shirley Smircic at for information about the event nearest you.

The Construction Section: The NCBA Construction Section is working to actively engage Young Lawyers in its programs. The Construction Section has established a special YLD Committee, led by John Holton (Williams Mullen) and Lee Robertson (Robertson & Associates) to focus on innovative ways the Section can deliver targeted programs to young lawyers to equip them with the skills they need to provide clients with strong representation. Any members of the YLD who are interested in learning more about the Construction Section are invited to reach out to John or Lee to learn about the exciting direction of the Construction Section.

Law Student Outreach Committee: The NCBA YLD Law Student Outreach Committee needs volunteers for two new programs!

  1. “Grab a Coffee”
    We are looking for volunteers who are willing to get together with current law students over coffee at a location that is convenient for you. This is a great opportunity to connect with a law student and pass on valuable insight you may have about succeeding in law school, passing the bar exam, or entering the practice of law.  This is only a one (1) time commitment of 30 minutes of your time, but could have a lasting impact on a student!
  2. “Resume Review”
    We are looking for volunteers who can to review law student resumes and provide anonymous feedback.  After signing up, we will provide you with as many resumes as you would like to take on (we ask that you commit to at least two) and spend 10 to 15 minutes reviewing each resume and completing an anonymous one (1) page form that will be returned to the student.

If you are interested in participating in either of these programs, please contact Eric Spose at

Disaster Legal Services: The NCBA YLD And Legal Aid of North Carolina have implemented pro bono disaster legal services for victims of Hurricane Florence.  To date, over 550 cases have been opened.  More volunteer attorneys are needed to accept these cases.  The majority of the questions are basic and currently focus on housing rights, insurance claims, and FEMA appeals.  No special expertise is needed and numerous resources, trainings, and examples are available.  The vast majority of cases can be handled in under 5 hours.  Please consider volunteering with the NCBA YLD and Legal Aid of North Carolina to assist with this effort.  Additional information and sign ups can be found here.

Wellness Committee Tip #11 | “Be Where Your Feet Are”  Lawyers know the value of time. However, if we accept that time is our most valuable resource, why do we spend so much of it thinking about things in the future outside of our control? Focus on the task at hand. Doing the basics well is not easy because the allure of something better distracts us from the incremental steps we must take to get where we want to go. By being where our feet are, by living present, we increase our opportunities for connection. By increasing our opportunities for connection, we increase the likelihood of fulfillment. Connection and fulfillment are linked inexorably to living present; to being where your feet are. So, as you find yourself looking ahead, challenge yourself to win the moment in front of you, because that moment is all that’s promised.


Huntersville, NC | Carolina Renaissance Festival | November 16-18, 2018 | Welcome to Fairhaven! History comes alive with non-stop, day long entertainments, arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, feasting and so much more. Time travel to the greatest party since Camelot! First introduced in 1994 with six acres of exhibits, attractions and entertainment, the event has grown into a 22-acre theme park. The Renaissance Festival is a 16th century European-style art and entertainment festival combining outdoor theater, circus entertainment, marketplace, jousting tournament, and a feast fit for royalty. | Learn More HERE.

Wilmington, NC | Riverfest 2018 | November 16-18, 2018 | Celebrate Wilmington’s Annual Riverfest featuring a street fair with special exhibits, vendors selling art and handmade crafts, competitions, fireworks, more than 30 food vendors and more. Enjoy a car show, continuous live entertainment showcasing local musicians and bands, and see Miss Riverfest crowned as the festival’s ambassador. Firework show is usually Saturday evening. The website will have the complete schedule closer to event date. Be sure to check Facebook page to view a drone video of last year’s celebration. | Learn More HERE.

Bryson City, NC |  The Polar Express Train Ride | November 9-Dcember 31, 2018|All aboard The Polar Express for a memorable and incredible journey! The 1¼-hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Families wearing their pajamas and clutching their golden tickets enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening to music from the motion picture soundtrack, and hearing and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express, greet each child, and give them a special gift — their own silver sleigh bell, just like in the story. Everyone will sing Christmas carols on the return trip to the Bryson City Depot. Believe the magic this holiday season! Learn more HERE.

Blowing Rock, NC | Tweetsie Christmas | November 23, 2018 5:00 pm-November 24, 2018 10:00 pm| Tweetsie Christmas is celebrating the holidays in 2018. Activities include a nighttime train ride with light displays, Santa’s Gingerbread House, A Christmas Variety Show, Giant Snow Globe, and possibly snow! Advance tickets are required as there’s a limited number of guests allowed each night. Learn More HERE.

Pinehurst, NC | 22nd Annual Festival of Trees | November 28-December 1, 2018 | The 22nd Annual Sandhills Children’s Center Festival of Trees will help raise money to provide vital therapies to children with special developmental needs. Stroll among 200+ holiday trees, wreaths, and gift baskets all available for bids at an online auction. There’s also a raffle, gift shop and photo booth. It’s a great time for the entire family to start the holiday season. Learn More HERE.


Volunteer with the Young Lawyers Division | We want your talents, energy and viewpoints in the YLD!  Whether your passion is for serving the public, serving the profession, writing articles for publication, improving the administration of justice, building your skills and gaining experience, or helping those in need, we’ve got a role that’s perfect for you!  To review committee descriptions and sign up for what most interests you, click here.  If you have questions about membership or committee participation, please reach out to Administrative Division Director Will Quick.

North Carolina Bar Foundation Pro Bono Opportunities and Training | Be sure to check out the exciting pro bono opportunities available across the state! Click here for NCBF Volunteer Opportunities.

BarCARES | Check out this 8-minute video that BarCARES has released regarding the benefits of BarCARES to young lawyers and law students.

Minorities in Practice | Do you work with Spanish-speaking clients? Be sure to check out the resources available through the Wake Forest University’s Elder Law Clinic. Click here to get started.

NCBA Career Center | Our online career center averages between four to seven new North Carolina jobs a week! Job-seekers can post their resume online and receive weekly email updates on new postings, and employers with an NCBA membership receive a 15 percent posting discount. Email questions to Tesha Blancett.

E-Blast Ideas? | If you’d like to see additional or new content in the E-Blast Newsletter, email Rachel Matesic – she’d love to hear from you!