Business North Carolina has named Rebecca Smitherman, partner at Craige Jenkins Liipfert & Walker, to its 2020 Legal Elite list. Rebecca is recognized in the Tax & Estate Planning category for this year. To be selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, the magazine asks attorneys in the state to vote for their peers who excel in their respective practice areas. Please join us in congratulating Rebecca on this honor.
Julian Robb, partner at Craige Jenkins Liipfert & Walker LLP, has
been awarded the 2018 Winston-Salem Journal Readers’ Choice Award for
Best Real Estate Attorney!
Julian is a board-certified specialist in both Residential and Commercial Real Property Law. During his 20 years of practice, Julian has helped many individuals and families achieve their dream of home ownership, and has assisted countless businesses in their efforts to grow and thrive. Thank you to the members of community for voting in the Winston-Salem Journal 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, and please join us in congratulating our own Julian Robb!
Rebecca Smitherman has been elected as a
Fellow to The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”).
ACTEC peer-elects a class of Fellows from across the United States as
well as internationally, and its selection process is rigorous. ACTEC’s
press release describes the organization and its membership as follows:
ACTEC is an organization of
peer-elected trust and estate lawyers and law professors who are skilled
and experienced in: the preparation of wills and revocable and
irrevocable trusts; probate; trust, guardianship and conservatorship
administration; transfer taxation planning and administration;
integration of asset protection planning with the aforementioned
practice areas; fiduciary income taxation; incapacity planning; elder
law; employee benefit planning; donative planning; charitable planning;
advising exempt organizations; and probate, trust, and protective
proceedings litigation to improve and reform probate, trust, and tax
laws, procedures, and professional responsibility.
To qualify for membership, a lawyer
must have no fewer than 10 years’ experience in the active practice of
trust and estate law. Lawyers and law professors are elected to be
Fellows based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and
substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching,
and participating in bar leadership or legislative activities. It is
their aim to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures,
and professional responsibility.
Rebecca is a Board-Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and
Probate Law. She also maintains a high level of involvement with the
North Carolina Bar Association, where she has served as a speaker and
author for a number of programs, as well as Vice-Chair of the
Legislative Committee of the Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section.
Rebecca is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, where she teaches Planning and Drafting Wills and Trusts. She is an integral member of our community and of our law firm.
On Friday, April 13, 2018, Craige Jenkins attorneys, staff, and our friends and colleagues in the community attended the 2018 Annual Pinwheel Gala, held by The Parenting PATH (formerly Exchange/SCAN). Assistant District Attorney Jessica Spencer, Chairperson, and Elizabeth Miller, Executive Director, were the hospitable hosts for the evening. The event featured a silent auction, a live auction, a D.J., a Community Hero award presentation, and even a moving testimonial from an individual in the community whose life had been changed for the better by the services of The Parenting PATH.
The Parenting PATH is a local, non-profit, United Way partner agency
that offers a multitude of services to strengthen families and support
parents, many of which are free of charge. Parenting classes, in-home
services, father-oriented classes, respite care, and supervised
visitation are just a few of the services that the organization
provides. The Parenting PATH describes their mission as follows:
The Exchange Club Center for Child Abuse Prevention of North
Carolina, Inc. was founded in October of 1981, following a Forsyth
County N.C. task force discussion on needed prevention services to deal
with rapidly increasing reports of child abuse and neglect. The
Exchange Club of Greater Winston-Salem had proposed the program model
following the adoption nationally of using parent aides (then known as
lay therapists) to work in homes with families. Core services of in
home parent aides and community awareness were provided in the first
year of operation. By 1983 both parent education services and support
group services had been added. As our services expanded we wanted to
incorporate our positive, strengths based approach into our name. So in
2018, our name changed from Exchange/SCAN to the Parenting Path:
Positive Actions, Thriving Homes.
Various local businesses and individuals were donors for this year’s Pinwheel Gala, which has proven to be a successful night in the past; in 2017, the gala raised a total of $27,500. Craige Jenkins Liipfert & Walker was one of the sponsors at this year’s event. Elizabeth Miller told the crowd that this was the largest turnout they have had for the Pinwheel Gala and inspired guests to donate with anecdotes of extraordinary members going above and beyond to do the most with very limited means, even if that meant cooking dinners out of their own homes to help others.
Attorney and staff volunteers from Craige Jenkins Liipfert &
Walker gathered together this week at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church to
help serve dinner to women experiencing homelessness. St. Timothy’s
serves as an overflow shelter for women, where guests are able to get a
warm meal, a change of clothes, and a full night’s sleep supervised by
volunteer monitors. The church works together with a local non-profit
organization to provide shelter during the coldest months of the year.
As our Craige Jenkins volunteers prepared the dinner, they learned
about the church and its local efforts to combat the issue of
homelessness in Winston-Salem. Most of the women who would stay at the
shelter that night were transported from a downtown location where they
check in for the evening. Because the permanent shelter locations are
often at capacity now, overflow shelters are able to take in guests for
the night. All of our volunteers enjoyed the conversations with the
guests while serving dinner, and all were able to sit down together as a
community to enjoy the dinner together.
Pictured from left to right: Ashley Robbins, Melissa Webb, Crissy
Dixon, Lori Edwards, Allie Booker, Lynn Miller, and Lorrie Bennett.
Rebecca L. Smitherman has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 24th edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in elder law & trusts and estates. The Best Lawyers in America was first published in 1983. Since then, the same tried and tested peer review process has been used consistently for more than thirty years. While the scope and scale of this publication has dramatically grown over the past three decades, the core mission of Best Lawyers to highlight the top legal talent in America has remained unchanged. The 24th edition highlights the top 5% of practicing attorneys in the U.S. and is organized by state, city, and practice area for readability.
Craige Jenkins Liipfert & Walker is pleased to announce that Crissy Dixon has joined the firm as an Associate. Crissy concentrates her practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration, and Tax. She received her J.D. from Wake Forest in 2016 where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy and received The National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Student Award upon graduation. Crissy received her B.A. from Rutgers University in 2013 where she graduated magna cum laude from the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. While attending Wake Forest School of Law here in Winston-Salem, she served as a teaching assistant for several courses as well as a student attorney in the Elder Law Clinic.
Business NC has named two of our attorneys – Julian Robb in Real Estate and Rebecca Smitherman as a “Young Gun” – to their 2017 list of the legal elites! We are very proud to have such talent and dedication at our law firm.