President's Message

5 Messages found

Posted by: Fred DeVore on Jul 1, 2021

I think the police officer enjoyed stopping my Volkswagen bug in the parking lot of Independence High School just as my classmates were arriving for school.  With his blue lights flashing, the officer sashayed to my car and handed me a ticket for speeding, running a stop sign and, for good measure, reckless driving.  Students rubbernecked to see what dangerous criminal had been apprehended.  I was indignant because I was innocent, of course.

Posted by: Milton Gilbert on May 1, 2021

As many members know, I am challenged with ADHD, which I did not discover that I had until I was almost 30 years old and well past graduate school and law school. I have found that many in our profession are similarly afflicted. I have served as an instructor in CLE’s on this topic for this Bar and hope to do a follow-up on the topic in the future. With that said, one of the challenges that comes with ADHD is that one’s mind tends to operate very much like a television set constantly changing channels and weirdly at the same time, one’s mind can hyperfocus on something so fiercely that any actions or activity going on around the object of focus can be totally blocked out. Also, those of us with ADHD have an underlying level of pent-up energy that lends itself well to the engagement of trial work or high-pressure contract negotiation.  So, as one can imagine, at the end of each day, every day, those of us with ADHD generally have to spend some time settling down and reflecting upon the activities of the day. This helps to recenter us and refocus us as we move forward and candidly, doing this makes it easier to fall asleep in the evening.   

Posted by: Milton Gilbert on Mar 1, 2021

I have written in the past about my father’s vocation as a pastor, however, I have not mentioned the fact that one of my father and mother’s non-vocational advocations was to perform marionette shows throughout North Carolina, including schools, malls, churches and a few times on local television in Durham.

Posted by: Milton Gilbert on Sep 1, 2020

In the beginning of the second act of the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day”, the protagonist TV weatherman Phil Conners, played by Bill Murray, begins to realize that he may be doomed to re-live the same day of his life, over and over, in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where he is reporting on the Annual Groundhog Day festival. After he repeats the earlier days’ events, including the requirement to begin his “on air” report, he expresses into the camera “It’s Groundhog Day...again.”

Posted by: Milton Gilbert on Jul 1, 2020

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic into our world and the subsequent collective pause that we all have undergone has created a crisis in all aspects of our lives. From the closing of schools, to the stay-at-home orders, to change in our daily routines, economic loss to our clients and practices and the tragic loss of life in our community and nationwide, life as we have known it, has changed.