Month: September 2011

Buncombe County Family Court Changes

The Buncombe County Family Court and Offices have moved to the third floor of the Courthouse in reasonably renovated space.  The Family Court offices are accessible, functional and seem comfortable for the Family Court case managers.  There are 2 new courtrooms on this floor which are equally comfortable and functional.

The Family Court bench has changed as well.  The Honorable Ward D. Scott, Andrea F. Dray and Rebecca B. Knight now preside exclusively in Family Court.  Judge Julie M. Kepple, who began her career as a District Court Judge in Family Court, is now handling criminal matters primarily.

Conference space for lawyers and clients remains inadequate on the 3rd floor in our view.  There are also no wireless signals available in the Buncombe County courthouse.  We typically solve these deficiencies by meeting with clients on the 10th floor of the courthouse in library conference rooms.  We bring our PCs and portable printer in order to deliver services that are not otherwise readily available in the building.

We continue to support the efforts of the Family Court program and believe it is the right paradigm.  We appreciate the hard work of the Family Court case managers and staff.  And we appreciate the dedication, competence and patience demonstrated by the Family Court bench and clerks on a daily basis.

Katie Recognized by Pisgah Legal Services

Pisgah Legal Services is our local, amazingly productive and effective, legal non-profit organization.  Although there is little time to spare between this busy private practice and the family, putting some time in for people in this community who would not otherwise have access to representation is truly important.  Thanks for the kudos PLS!  Straight from the Fall 2011 Newsletter:

The MAVL Volunteer of the Month of September is Katie Fisher.   Katie practices primarily family law and some estate planning services at Siemens Law Office, P.A.  Prior to working at Siemens Law Office, Katie worked at Pisgah Legal Services for five years on the domestic violence team.

Katie volunteers for the MAVL program because she, “know[s] how great the need for legal services is in our community, having been on the front lines for a good amount of time.  I also know that the numbers of people needing legal assistance continues to rise and staff attorneys have to make tough decisions and turn people down all the time.  If I can help out by applying a skill I have and ensuring that a family can move on with a little more stability, then I’m still helping PLS in its mission to improve this community, which remains important to me out here in the private practice world.”

As a small token of our appreciation for her contributions to the MAVL program, we are giving Katie a $50 gift certificate donated by Laughing Seed Cafe.