Meeting commenced at 12:00 pm and ended at approximately 1:00 p.m.  There were 56 attendees.

 

1.     Welcome by President Alan Meincke.

2.     Discussion of the survey email sent by Alan and a request that everyone complete the survey.

3.     Reminder that annual dues are due by the end of July.

4.     Discussion regarding the Summer Bar Party.

a.     Tentatively scheduled for August 13th at Coo Coo’s nest again.  This location seems to be the best suited for the size of our group.

b.     Attorney Steven Leibel announced his wife has an event facility in North Forsyth that could accommodate the party.  Will consider looking into a facility but time might restrict that option.

5.     Reminder for members to update the Bar membership online directory.

6.     Announcement that the Law Library has full Westlaw access.

7.     Announcements from the Bench

a.     Judge Bagley announced that the Attorney Resource Center located next to the Law Library is open and available to members of the Bar.  Currently the front door is locked to the public but you can access the Center through the Law Library.  Judge Bagley is open to suggestions regarding the main door and access.  The Center was decorated courtesy of the Superior Court Judges.

b.     Judge Bagley also announced that the statue of Lady Justice for the new courthouse has been approved and will be sent off for bronzing soon.  The unveiling date has been set for November 5, 2015.

c.     Judge McClelland announced that the Fourth Floor renovations are mostly complete and that the Indigent Defense Office, Pre-Trial Services and Accountability Court Offices will be moving into their new spaces in about thirty days.

d.     Judge McClelland also announced that he will be the presenting speaker at the Forsyth County Defense Bar Meeting on Friday July 17 and will be speaking on the process changes regarding State Court and DUI Court.

e.     Judge Jordan announced that the remodeling of the old Courthouse to accommodate Probate Court is proceeding and it looks excellent.  There will be easy ADA compliant access from the back door.  They are also installing a high density filing system.  Expected move in time frame is 60 to 90 days.

f.      Judge Jordan also announced that a new set of probate forms became effective on July 1, 2015.

g.     Judge Boles did not have any announcements from Magistrate Court.

h.     Judge Jackson announced that Juvenile Court has experienced a 70% increase in dependency cases and he is in need of attorneys willing to accept appointments to these cases.

i.      Judge Jackson also announced that due to the work volume in Juvenile Court that Assistant Juvenile Judge Meincke is now sitting three days per week.

8.     Frank Hamilton announced that the Hamilton Ice Cream Social is scheduled for Friday July 24, 2015 at the Gazebo on the old Courthouse lawn.

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