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Yes Weekly
The readers of YES! Weekly magazine have selected the firm as a “Best Lawyer/Law Firm.”

It’s nice to be recognized!

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New Charlotte Office Purchased!

The Charlotte office of Black, Slaughter & Black will be moving to larger office space! Due to a growing practice and the addition of several attorneys, more room was needed to best serve our clients. On May 11, 2017 the firm closed on its new property that will give the firm about 40% more space from a new location in our same Historic South End buidling.

1927 South Tryon

Construction and upfit should start soon. We'll keep you updated as to progress!


Spring 2016 Kickball-Season Champions

The Firm's kickball team, Nightmare on Elm Street, has ended its Spring 2016, season. We are especially proud of every member, every fan, and the sportsmanship that was demonstrated throughout the entire season. Winning the league this season showed team spirit at its finest! 


Jim Slaughter Recognized for His Pro Bono Work

For the sixth year in a row, Jim Slaughter, Partner at Black, Slaughter & Black, PA, has been recognized as a member of the Herb Falk Society.  The Herb Falk Society honors those members of the Greensboro Bar Association who contribute at least 75 hours of pro bono service annually.  Jim has donated his time in a variety of areas, but most notably as a volunteer parliamentarian for several nonprofit organizations. Congratulations Jim on a job well done!


Firm Participates in Service Day

The firm had 13 attorneys participate in the "4All Statewide Service Day" on Friday, March 4th. The attorneys donated 3 hours of their time answering legal questions from folks around North Carolina. Ashley Bennington, a 2016 4ALL Co-Chair, helped organize and host the event held at the offices of United Way of Greater Greensboro.  

"The 4All Statewide Day of Service is an annual public service event sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation.  As part of the Statewide Day of Service, attorneys volunteer to staff call centers statewide including sites in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilimington and Winston-Salem." https://www.ncbar.org/giving/volunteer-now/4all-statewide-service-day/ 




Firm Participates in Love Our Teachers and Schools Supply Drive

The firm collected school supplies during the month of February as part of the Love Our Teachers and Schools supply drive sponsored by the Guilford Education Alliance. We filled four boxes full of supplies and delivered the donations to the Teacher’s Supply Warehouse, which is where Guilford County Schools teachers get to shop bi-annually to avoid spending money out of pocket.


Keith Black Interviewed for Ask-A-Lawyer

Attorney Keith Black was interviewed on issues of family law and child support for the North Carolina Bar Association 4-All Service Day.  View it at http://www.wfmynews2.com/mb/news/ask-a-lawyer-family-law-and-child-support/63589120

Holloway Licensed in South Carolina

Congratulations to attorney Elizabeth Holloway, who was sworn in before the South Carolina Supreme Court on Tuesday, Febuary 9, 2016!
  Elizabeth Holloway

Attorney Leads State Community Associations Institute


Jim Slaughter, a partner in the law firm of Black, Slaughter & Black, has been elected President of the North Carolina Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.

  CAI provides resources, education, credentialing and advocacy for homeowner and condominium associations and the professionals who support them. The NC-CAI Chapter is composed of association board members and other homeowner leaders, community managers, association management firms and other professionals who provide products and services to associations.  North Carolina is now the fifth largest state in number of community associations with almost 14,000 associations and more than 2 million residents.  For more information, visit http://www.cai-nc.org

Firm Serves at Greensboro Urban Ministiry

The firm got together before the holidays to give back to the community. As a team, we were able to make over 100 sandwhich bags to deliver to the Urban Ministry Emergency Assistance Program. Donations of formula and diapers were made as well!


Our Firm's New Board Certified Specialists!

Congratulations to T. Keith Black, Carole Albright and Ashley Bennington on becoming North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Family Law and Steven Black on becoming a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Residential Real Estate.

Spivey Hosts Craft Brewing Program

Attorney Adam Spivey hosted the synerG program, The Economic Impact of Craft Brewing in Greensboro. Representatives from four area breweries discussed the economic impact of the industry, business philosophy and goals, and the future of craft brewing in the city. A beer tasting featuring signature brews from the participating breweries followed. SynerG, under the umbrella of Action Greensboro, is an organization of young adults who lead initiatives with the mission to attract, engage and connect young professionals to Greensboro.

Adam Spivey synerG Program


2015 Kickball Season Finals

The Firm's kickball team, Nightmare on Elm Street, has ended it's 2015 season. The participants have played great all year, demonstrating athleticism and sportsmanship.
Thank you to the Greensboro Parks & Recreation and all the fans who came out to support us! 


Trademark Seminar June 2, 2015

Please join us, and bring your co-workers and friends, for a complementary light dinner and an important discussion about how you can protect your brand. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and become better educated about the importance of trademarks.

Topics for Discussion

• Differences between Trademarks, Patents and Copyrights
• How To Select A Mark
• Benefits of Registering a Mark
• Trademark Searches
• Application Process
• Maintenance of Your Trademark

When:
June 2, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where:
3623 North Elm Street, Suite 200
Greensboro, North Carolina 27455

Presented By:
Beth Klein, Esq.

Please RSVP to: (336) 378-1899
*Capacity will be limited to the first twenty (20) to RSVP

Cost: $0

*This is intended as a community educational opportunity. There will be no solicitation for legal services at this event.

Secure Email Announcement

Black, Slaughter & Black, P.A. (RBS) understands the importance of privacy to our clients and consumers.  Because the security and integrity of client and consumer information is paramount, our firm is taking steps to protect Non-public Personal Information (NPPI) in accordance with new ALTA Best Practices standards. In the coming weeks, you may notice that emails from our firm are now encrypted.

When you receive an email containing NPPI:

  • If we establish a secure connection to your email system/provider, you will not notice any change in the way emails are delivered.  For example, some email providers/systems have “behind-the-scenes” protection that allows encrypted messages to be presented to the recipient already decrypted. 
  • If we cannot establish a secure connection to your email system/provider, you will receive an email with a link to access the secure message and its contents.  The one-time set up required will take approximately thirty (30) seconds to complete and will enable you to receive future messages from us containing NPPI by simply entering your self-created username and password.

Our firm strives to deliver to clients the highest degree of service possible while still meeting the compliance standards required by State and Federal laws and regulations, as well as professional standards. It is our hope that this step to help protect your NPPI will cause minimal impact or burden to you and will deliver necessary information in a secure and safe electronic format.


Jim Slaughter Teaches Parliamentary Procedure Survival Skills for Attorneys

Jim Slaughter was a speaker at the 2015 Festival of Legal Learning at the UNC School of Law.  He taught on Parliamentary Procedure Survival Skills for Attorneys, which took a look at running effective meetings – whether board, membership, governmental, or HOA/condo, including which rules to use, frequently used motions, voting, proxies, agendas and minutes. Jim is a Certified Professional Parliamentarian, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track and Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fourth Edition.  For more information, visit www.jimslaughter.com
 

Law Firms Ranked by Triad attorneys

The Triad Business Journal ranks the top 25 Law Firms in the Piedmont Triad. You can read the article here


CLE on December 5, 2014: The Life of a Lawsuit: Issues in the Six Phases of a Civil Action

Need some CLE hours before the end of the year?

On December 5, 2014, beginning at 8:40 am, our firm will host a Greensboro CLE on "The Life of a Lawsuit: Issues in the Six Phases of a Civil Action from Case Assessment through Executing on a Judgment." The CLE has been approved for 6 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour credit for professional responsibility/ethics. All credits should also apply to the CLE requirements for Appellate Practice Specialization certification.

WHERE: Rossabi Black Slaughter, P.A., 3623 N. Elm St., Suite 200, Greensboro.

HOW: Cost: $50.00. (Includes the NC State Bar CLE fee of $18.00 for 6.0 credit hours, as well as a catered lunch.)

Registration – (336) 378-1899.

Participants may also register at the CLE if space is available.

Materials: Course materials will be emailed to registrants and posted at our firm website the week of the CLE. Paper copies will not be provided.



Firm Is Site of Judicial Press Conference

On October 29, at the Greensboro office, North Carolina Supreme Court candidates Justice Robin Hudson, Justice Cheri Beasley, and Judge Sam Ervin held a press conference on the dangers of "dark money" from outside the state in judicial races.  On November 4, all three candidates were the top vote getters for eight-year terms to the State’s highest court.  

Pictured here with attorney Gavin Reardon are Supreme Court Justices Beasley, Hudson and Ervin.

RBS Press Conference

Estate Planning Dinners and Seminars Scheduled

Attorney Theodore Vaporis will be presenting two estate planning seminars, which include a complimentary light dinner, on how you can protect your loved ones today, tomorrow and in the future.  The programs will be Thursday, March 27, 2014 and Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 6 pm.  Topics will include Health Care Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, North Carolina Probate, Wills versus Living Trusts, Consequences of Dying Without a Will in North Carolina, Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Couples, Naming a Guardian for Minor Children, Special Needs Trusts, Guardianships for the Disabled, and Care of aging parents. 

For more information or to RSVP, contact Amy Duncan at aduncan@lawfirmcarolinas.com or (336) 378-1899

Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules Receives 2013 Phifer Award

Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules of Order, Fourth Edition has received the 2013 Phifer Award from the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice (CAPP), an affiliate of the National Communication Association (NCA).  The Award recognizes distinguished scholarship in parliamentary procedure and was presented to authors Jim Slaughter, Gaut Ragsdale and Jon Ericson at NCA’s recent 99th annual convention in Washington, DC.  More information and a review of the book can be found at www.jimslaughter.com


Firm Kickball Team Undefeated in Regular Season, Wins First Playoff Game

Kickball TeamThe firm's kickball team, “Nightmare on Elm Street,” finished the regular season undefeated after playing seven games, securing the number two spot in the playoffs.  “We were excited to participate in the fall league for the first time, because we have had such a great time playing kickball in the spring,” says attorney and team manager Jennifer Reutter.  The team received a bye for the first round of play-off games, and won its game in the second round.  “We are hoping to make it all the way to the championship game,” says Reutter.  “But regardless, this has been another great opportunity to spend time together outside the office and meet others in the community.”


Jim Slaughter Recertified as Professional Registered Parliamentarian

Attorney Jim Slaughter has been recertified as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), a designation he has held since 1993.  Slaughter is also a Certified Professional Parliamentarian with the American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP) and past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. 


Michael Taliercio Attains Status as Professional Registered Parliamentarian

Congratulations to attorney Michael Taliercio, who has obtained Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) status with the National Association of Parliamentarians.  Our firm now becomes the only law firm in the country with two licensed attorneys who are also Professional Registered Parliamentarians.


Beth Klein Speaks at Elon Law School

Attorney Beth Klein spoke on The Practice: Lawyering, Leadership & Professionalism as a panelist at Elon Law School's Friends and Family Day on October 5.  


Michael Taliercio Selected as State Party Parliamentarian

Attorney Michael Taliercio has been selected Parliamentarian for the North Carolina State Democratic Party.  In addition to advising associations and bankrupty clients, Michael is a Registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians.


13th Annual Firm Retreat Held

The firm held its 13th annual firmwide retreat in the mountains of Virginia on May 30-June 1, 2013.  Partner Keith Black once again graciously opened his family home for attorneys and staff to conduct a bit of business, but mainly to decompress.  As usual, there was lots of competitive volleyball, croquet, cornhole, Kan-Jam (a disk game) as well as swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing!


Jim Slaughter Recognized for Pro Bono Service

Partner Jim Slaughter was recognized by the Greensboro Bar Association by inclusion in the Herb Falk Society at the its third annual Recognition Dinner held on May 22, 2013.  Jim was honored for his pro bono service hours in 2012. The Society is named for past Greensbor Bar Association President Herbert S. Falk, Jr., who was deeply committed to pro bono service.


Firm Kickball Team Finishes in Playoffs

"Nightmare on Elm Street," our firm's kickball team in the Greensboro Kickball League, ended its 2012-2013 season in second round play-offs.  Employees, family and friends have enjoyed several successful seasons, including recognition as the 2012 Regular Season Champions.  “Playing kickball together is a wonderful opportunity for all employees--regardless of their position at the firm--as well as family and friends to bond outside of the office,” says attorney and team manager Jennifer Reutter. “We enjoy the competition and finding a way to work together in a recreational setting.”

 


Partners Present at Seminar for Homeowner and Condominium Association Board Members

Partners Jim Slaughter and Steve Black will present a "Board 101" legal program for board members of homeowner and condominium associations on Monday, May 6, at the Koury Sheraton Convention Center.  Topics will include the roles and responsibilities of community association board members, running effective meetings, Robert's Rules of Order, overseeing the budget, fiduciary duties, conduct, and more.  The program is sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.


Firm a St. Pius X BASH Sponsor

The firm is a Gold sponsor of St. Pius X Catholic School’s charitable BASH event.  Estate attorney Theodora Vaporis will offer an estate planning consultation, including a Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney, and Living Will as an auction donation.


Steve Black Speaks at 2013 Community Association Law Day

Partner Steve Black is a speaker for the 2013 Law Day of the North Carolina Chapter of the Community Associations Institute on Saturday, March 2.  His topic is “Creating Enforceable Rules and Regulations in Homeowner Associations.”


Firm's Kickball Team Named 2012 Regular Season Champions

The Firm's kickball team, Nightmare on Elm Street, was crowned Regular Season Champions in the City of Greensboro, Parks and Recreation league.


Jim Slaughter Authors Parliamentary Procedure Books

Partner Jim Slaughter, who is a Certified Professional Parliamentarian and Professional Registered Parliamentarian, has authored two books on meeting procedure, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track and Notes and Comments on ‘Robert’s Rules,’ Fourth Edition. 

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track is short, to-the-point, and focused on smaller meetings, including boards and committees, and provides details on the most-used motions, appropriate informal procedures for smaller boards, and general advice for shortening meetings.

Notes and Comments on ‘Robert’s Rules,’ Fourth Edition is a user’s guide to the new 716 page edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) and is designed for more procedurally complicated meetings, such as annual and special membership meetings or conventions.  Notes and Comments is designed to make Robert’s accessible and uses a question-and-answer format to cover the most misused and asked-about provisions.