The annual Law & Society Luncheon was created by the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation in 1987 as a way of educating the entire community on the role of law in a democratic society and, through that, of creating a sense of community between the Bar and the citizenry.  The Bar's Ayscue Professionalism Award is presented during the Luncheon to a current or former member of the MCB in recognition of exemplary professionalism.


The Luncheon also gives lawyers an opportunity to enjoy good fellowship and an inspiring message, and to support the good work of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation. Net proceeds from the Luncheon benefit the Bar Foundation Fund to support grants to local nonprofits with a legal nexus in our community.


It has become a tradition for members of the Bar to bring clients and friends as guests to this event.

Michael J. Gerhardt is the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and Director of the UNC Center on Law and Government.  He specializes in constitutional conflicts and has written five books, including The Power of Precedent. The Financial Times selected his most recent book, The Forgotten Presidents: Their Untold Constitutional Legacy as one of its Best Books of 2013.   Professor Gerhardt received a B.A. from Yale University, M.S. from the London School of Economics and J.D. from the University of Chicago.


Professor Gerhardt has advised congressional leaders and White House officials on numerous constitutional issues, including judicial nominations, recess appointments, impeachment and the filibuster. In 1992-93, he wrote the judicial selection policy for President Clinton's transition, and in 1998 he was the only joint witness in the House Judiciary Committee's historic hearing on the background and history of impeachment held in conjunction with its consideration of the impeachment of President Clinton. In 2003 and 2005, he advised both Senate leaders and the Democratic Policy Committee on the constitutionality of the filibuster.  


He has participated in Supreme Court confirmation hearings for five of the nine justices currently sitting on the Supreme Court.  He served as special counsel assisting the Clinton White House on Justice Stephen Breyer's confirmation hearings.  In 2005, he advised several senators on President Bush's nomination of John Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States and testified as an expert witness in the confirmation hearings for Justice Samuel Alito Jr.  In 2009-10, Professor Gerhardt served as Special Counsel to Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and the Senate Judiciary Committee for the nominations of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the the Supreme Court.   


Professor Gerhardt frequently participates in academic workshops and colloquia around the country, and he is regularly interviewed as an expert on constitutional law by network and cable television, major newspapers, and National Public Radio.  In 1998-99, he was CNN's resident expert throughout President Clinton's impeachment hearings.     


His honors include distinguished lectures at several law schools and universities, including Princeton University.  His book, The Power of Precedent, was the first book to receive UNC Law School's Van Hecke-Wettach Award, given every two years in recognition of an outstanding book written by a faculty member. In 2004, he was a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Institutions and Ideals at Princeton University. He has previously served as Dean of Case Western Reserve Law School, taught at Wake Forest and William & Mary Law Schools, and been a visiting professor at Cornell and Duke Law Schools.

Registration and Sponsor Costs
Net proceeds from the Luncheon benefit the Bar Foundation Fund to support grants to local nonprofits with a legal nexus in our community.

 Individual Registration (Lunch ONLY - no CLE credit)  $35
 Platinum Sponsor (table of 10, Lunch only - tax deductible: $4,650)  $5,000
 Platinum Sponsor (table of 10, Lunch and CLE - tax deductible: $4,250)  $5,000
 Gold Sponsor (table of 10, Lunch only - tax deductible: $2,150)  $2,500
 Gold Sponsor (table of 10, Lunch and CLE - tax deductible: $1,750)  $2,500
 Silver Sponsor (2 tickets, Lunch only - tax deductible: $930)  $1,000
 Silver Sponsor (2 tickets, Lunch and CLE - tax deductible: $850)  $1,000
 Contributor Sponsor - no tickets  $500


Registration Deadline:  Wed., Nov. 5


Questions regarding registrations, please contact


Registration Cancellation / Refund Policy
Board Approved 1/24/13


Registration refunds are 1) 100% refundable for requests made 8 or more days before the event; 2) 75% refundable for requests made 7 to 4 days before the event (a 25% processing fee will be incurred); and 3) non-refundable for requests made 3 days or less before the event. Registrants requesting refunds 3 days or less before the event may be offered the option to transfer the registration to a substitute attendee. Payment is due in full if no cancellation is received or if cancellation is received 3 days or less in advance of event.


Reservations are not guaranteed if received less than 24 hours prior to the event. Registrations at the event door will be accepted on a space available basis--additional charges may apply. For some events, food or beverage is not guaranteed for last-minute registrants.


A sponsorship and/or advertisement refund will only be granted in the case that the Mecklenburg County Bar does not fulfill the commitment(s) stated in the signed "Sponsorship/Advertisement Agreement".


Refunds on any fees paid to the Mecklenburg County Bar Lawyer Referral Service are subject to the specifications of the MCB LRS Guidelines.


Exceptions or requests for refunds not covered by the above registration refund policy may be considered for approval by the MCB Executive Director or his or her designee.




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Upcoming MCB Events

5-29-15 YLD Spring Social
Join the MCB YLD for drinks and networking at Sugar Creek Brewing Company.

6-4-15 Swearing-In Ceremony
All MCB members are invited to attend the Ceremony, RSVP required.

6-5-15 YLD Working Mothers Luncheon
Informal networking luncheon for working attorney mothers to discuss relevant topics in an unstructured atmosphere.


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