Stephanie W. Adelman “This sounds really corny, I know.  But I want to be able to give power to people who don’t have it.”, Stephanie Adelman, decribing what motivated her to become a public defender. For more than 20 years, she has worked as an assistant public defender in Mecklenburg County, where her work has ranged from trying cases from misdemeanors to murders, to managing the felony drug unit, to spearheading a unique program called Fast Track that speeds defendants through the criminal process while still protecting their rights.  Read More

10-24-14 Legal Eagle Charity Golf Tournament
Take part in a charity golf tournament in support of organizations and projects with a legal nexus in our community.

10-30-14 Swearing-In Ceremony
All MCB members are invited to attend the Ceremony, RSVP required.

11-6-14 Lawyers' Luncheon Series - Practicing Law in a War Zone
Join your Bar for a monthly lunch meeting to eat, socialize and hear remarks from Stephen Romeo, a MCB member who served with the U.S. Army as a JAG Officer in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2013. Registration Deadline: 10/31/14

11-12-14 Law & Society Luncheon
The MCB and MBF present this annual luncheon with the keynote address from Michael J. Gerhardt, UNC School of Law Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor in Constitutional Law & Director, UNC Center for Law and Government and presentation of the Ayscue Professionalism Award.

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Clerk of Court Candidates - November 2014 Election
The MCB invited all Clerk of Superior Court candidates who will appear on the November ballot in Mecklenburg County to submit biographical information, a candidate statement and photo to be posted.

Judicial Candidates - November 2014 Election
The MCB invited all Superior and District Court judicial candidates who will appear on the November ballot in Mecklenburg County to submit biographical information, a candidate statement and photo to be posted.

Nominations Sought for 2014-15 MCB Pro Bono Awards
Send in your choices and supporting materials for Outstanding Individual Attorney and Outstanding Collaborative Project by 12/31/14

Nominations Sought for Ayscue Professionalism Award
The MBF is accepting nominations for the Ayscue Professionalism Award. Entries should include a letter of nomination as well as the nominee’s bio and/or resume. Nominations are due on or before Fri., Oct. 17, 2014.

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Moving Day
By Carla N. Archie

If you have ever purchased a home, you know how hectic it is to prepare for the move, but also how very exciting it is.  There is the purging (theoretically) and packing that happens beforehand.  There are the tasks of coordinating school transfers, utility connections, and postal address updates.  There is cleaning, and painting, and furniture and appliance delivery, and all the devilish, little details in between.

If you have ever built a home from the ground up, you know, perhaps better than most, about devilish, little details.  There are countless choices to be made about flooring and lighting, and windows and doors, and appliances and hardware.  Will the cabinets that are on back-order arrive before the countertops?  Are the electrical outlets in the right place, and do all the light switches work?

Then moving day finally arrives.  You were likely up late the night before, and up early the morning of, filled with nervous excitement about whether your plans would unfold smoothly.  Throughout moving day, there is usually at least one glitch, but given the laundry list of accomplishments it took to bring about the move, the glitches pale in comparison. Read More

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