Mecklenburg County Bar


Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Giving Funds

The Bar Foundation Fund (BFF) is the primary means of fundraising for the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation. The BFF is an umbrella campaign that includes both unrestricted and restricted giving and allows the Foundation to recognize all of its supporters, all year long. Giving funds that make up the Bar Foundation Fund include:


Lawyers' Impact Fund

The Lawyers' Impact Fund (LIF) is the Foundation's unrestricted giving fund. Gifts to this fund provide grants that support and enhance projects and organizations that have a legal nexus in the greater community as well as support the day-to-day operations of the Foundation. Because MCB membership dues do not support this separate, charitable organization, your tax-deductible donations to the Lawyers' Impact Fund are the lifeblood of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation.


James B. McMillan Fellowship Fund

The James B. McMillan Fellowship Fund was established in 1995 to honor the memory and example of U.S District Court Judge James B. McMillan with the goal of promoting justice and innovation within the legal system in Mecklenburg County. Through this fund, the Foundation awards summer fellowships to law students pursuing legal careers in the nonprofit or government sector. 


James B. McMillan Fellowship Application


Law & Society

The Law & Society Lecture presents a speaker of interest to the public and those in the legal profession to advance public understanding and respect for the rule of law and the role of the legal profession in accordance with the Foundation's mission. Previous speakers include: Ralph Nader, Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr, Harvard law professor Arthur Miller, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Janet Reno, the first woman Attorney General of the United States, celebrated author Kathy Reichs, and "Master of Disaster" Ken Feinberg.


Bar Leadership Institute (BLI)

The Bar Leadership Institute is a six-month program designed to cultivate future leaders with an emphasis on giving back to the Bar and the community through involvement with the Mecklenburg County Bar and Mecklenburg Bar Foundation leadership projects.


Bar History Initiatives

The Bar History initiatives are projects and programs designed to preserve the history of the Mecklenburg County Bar through the writing of a book on the history of the legal profession in Mecklenburg County---from Revolutionary War times to present day---and celebrating the Bar's Centennial in 2012. The celebration of the Bar's 100th birthday includes an exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South, a black-tie gala, a book signing with the authors of the Bar history book, a lecture series and a month-long celebration of community service in April in which the Bar hopes to mobilize 1,000 volunteers to serve in our community.


If you would like additional information about any of the giving funds or have questions about how you can best support the Foundation, please contact Director of Foundation Development Leah Campbell at

Monday December 22, 2014

Quick Links

Donate to Lawyers Impact Fund


Need a lawyer?  Call the Lawyer Referral Service

MCB CLE - Your #1 Source for CLEs in Mecklenburg County 

En Espanol/Spanish

Upcoming MCB Events

1-8-15 Lawyers' Luncheon Series - Cyber Security for Attorneys: Preventing Cyber Theft
Join your colleagues at a regular monthly luncheon to eat, socialize and learn from an FBI representative about ways to protect against cyber theft. NEW LOCATION: Bar & Foundation Center, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

1-22-15 Come Rap With Us - Women in the Legal Field
Free networking event and lunch to connect informally with peers and discuss the history of women practicing law in Mecklenburg County and look at current state of affairs for women in the legal field. Register by 1/19/15.

1-29-15 Bar Leadership Dinner featuring Keynote Speaker Anne M. Tompkins
The Bar Leadership Dinner is a celebration of leadership and service provided by Mecklenburg County Bar members & Mecklenburg Bar Foundation supporters.


Mecklenburg County Bar