Michael Kohagen Named President of Durham’s Rotaract Club

Michael E. Kohagen, attorney with Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly, PLLC, is making a difference in Durham. He was recently named president of Durham’s Rotaract, a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to community and international service. 

Its membership totals over 184.000 in more than 8,000 clubs worldwide. Rotaract clubs are self-governing and self-supporting and can be either university or community-based. Individual Rotary clubs sponsor Rotaract clubs and offer guidance and support, making the Rotaract clubs true ‘partners in service’ and key members of the family of Rotary. 

Last February the Durham Rotaract club packaged diapers for the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, a service that provides and delivers diapers to families in the local community. Other recent service opportunities the club has volunteered for include Habitat for Humanity builds and serving food at Urban Ministries. 

Thank you Michael, and your fellow Rotaract members, for volunteering in the Durham community!

Guy Crabtree Elected President of the Durham County Bar Association

Durham Attorney Guy W. Crabtree, Partner at Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly, PLLC, was elected President of the Durham County Bar Association at its annual meeting in June.

The Durham County Bar Association is made up of attorneys who live or practice in Durham County, the 14th Judicial District. Mr. Crabtree, who has also served as President of The North Carolina Advocates for Justice, has been practicing law in Durham and throughout North Carolina since 1978. Mr. Crabtree is a trial attorney who handles cases for people who have injury or death claims, are involved in business disputes, or whose property has been contaminated by toxic chemicals.

When asked about his election, Mr. Crabtree said, “I am humbled and honored that my peers have chosen me to lead the Durham Bar this year. I hope I can carry on the great work that our Past President, Judge Fred Battaglia, did while he served. I have some ideas I hope to implement in the coming year to make our association even stronger and more beneficial to our members and the public we serve.”

Crayons2Calculators — You Can Help!

Back-to-school time will soon be upon the children and families in Durham. Purchase of school supplies is a regular exercise at the end of each summer, but not for all students whose families are unable to afford supplies. In many Durham County schools, that task falls upon their teachers in order to provide needed supplies in their classrooms. 

You can help! This year, Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly is participating in Crayons2Calculators Fill That Bus! supply drive. From July 24 – August 20 you can donate school supplies or make a financial contribution to Crayons2Calculators.

Mr. Malvern King, Of Counsel with CCC, has been working with the Durham Rotary Clubs on the Crayons2Calculators Fill That Bus! supply drive for many years through the SW Durham Rotary Club, where he was and is a charter member since 1979. 

This year Mr. King is personally working directly with Crayons2Calculators, because he believes “that public school teachers should not have to go into their own pockets to purchase school supplies for students whose parents cannot afford them.”  

Mr. King has distributed six collection bins to locations around Durham where you can drop off school supplies, including one at the offices of CCC located at 1011 Broad Street.  

If you prefer to make a financial donation or learn more about the program and supplies needed, please visit http://www.crayons2calculators.org


Welcome Diego!

Please welcome Diego Cervantes, a sophomore at Durham School for the Arts, who recently joined our firm as in intern through Partners for Youth Opportunities. The organization partners with the community to provide Durham youth with opportunities through mentoring, employment and educational support.  

When Mal King volunteered Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly to sponsor a student, he learned about Diego’s interest in working in a law firm.  Diego now comes in four days a week and is learning a lot about the law practice every day.  “He is a hard worker and we are excited to have him as part of our family,” said Angie Elliott, Paralegal and Office Manager.