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David L. Sherlin

Wake county bar association 




The Personal Ask

In December 2018, the Wake County Bar Association’s Strategic Planning Committee held a day-long retreat to outline the WCBA’s priorities for the next three years.  Our facilitator, down from the American Bar Association, asked each one of us on the committee to discuss how we became involved with the WCBA.  Of the twenty-or-so responses that were given a common thread ran throughout; a personal invitation to not only join, but also to get involved. 

My first personal ask came in 2009 when I was nominated to be on the Board of Directors.  I made it onto the Board, although my initial term can best be described as inauspicious.  I walked into the first Board meeting without a handle on what I was doing, how the Board worked or who people were.  But as time passed, I figured things out.  I came to understand the difference between the WCBA and the Tenth Judicial District, and the nameplates at our Board meetings became less necessary as I started to make relationships with fellow attorneys.

Then, over the next couple of years, I started getting asks by attorneys that I knew and respected to join committees and to take part in WCBA projects.   With each of those asks came not only an opportunity to help the WCBA in some way, but also an opportunity to meet new attorneys.   As plaintiff’s personal injury attorney my day job is more-or-less limited to speaking with insurance adjustors and defense attorneys.  But through my time with the WCBA, I have built lasting relationships with attorneys that I would not otherwise have come to know.  Attorneys like Ashley Campbell, Atiya Mosley, Doug Brocker, Katherine Frye and Sid Eagles. 

So, let this serve as a personal ask.  If you know someone who is not a member of the WCBA we would absolutely love to have them join.  And if you are a member and aren’t already involved with a committee then by all means please sign up for a committee.  If you don’t know where to start then please feel free to send me an email ( and I can help. 

And finally, a sincere thank you to those of you who have made personal asks of me to get involved with the WCBA.  You know who you are, and I am forever grateful.


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