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Continuing Legal Education Committee


The Continuing Legal Education Committee develops, implements, and oversees all CLE programs for the MCB in conformance with the rules of the North Carolina State Bar CLE Board.  Committee members are requested to plan one CLE training in a practice area or with an ethics/professionalism theme.







2013-14 Chair

2013-14 Vice-Chair

Mr. Glenn Thompson

Patricia W. Magee




Staff Liaison

Lisa Armanini, Director of Continuing Legal Education -

Sara Poplin, Continuing Legal Education Assistant Coordinator -   

Leigh Wright, Continuing Legal Education Assistant -





Volunteer Need / Commitment

Monthly lunch meetings.  Committee members are expected to plan one CLE program during the year; the time commitment for planning varies depending on the program.  Program planners attend the CLE that they plan, ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 hours in length. Interested in joining this committee? Complete the committee interest form.


Committee Documents/Links

CLE Committee Manual

CLE Committee, 2012-13 Report

FY '13 MCB CLE Financial Analysis (as of 6/14/13)
2013 Budgeted Income $587,500
2013 Projected Income $582,000

2013 Budgeted Expense $198,000
2013 Projected Expenses $195,000

2013 Budged Net $389,500
2013 Projected Net $387,000
2013 Projected Net Shortfall $2,500

Comparison with FY '12
Actual Income $569,000
Actual Expense $210,000
Actual Net $359,000

Project FY '13 to exceed FY '12 Net Income by $28,000

Income Analysis:
Medium to small solo firms comprised the majority of live CLE program attendees. Those numbers are slightly up over FY '12. Large firms made the most financial impact by sponsoring video replays. Income from on-demand classes held steady with FY '12. Offering the Professionalism for New Admittees program (fka NAPP) live presentation twice and video format once filled MCB financial. MCB projects we attract over 75% of local new admittees to the mandatory state bar class.

Expense Analysis:
Decreased expenses due in large part to non CLE merchant card fees being removed from CLE expense line item. Queens Road onsite catering a decrease as MCB offered "brown bags", no large breakfast buffets and "lunch on your own" programs. No negative feedback received.

Hits and Misses:
o     Large Annual Programs -- Annual Review, Banking and Finance, Employment Law, Landord Tenant
o     Ethics Professionalism Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs
o     Hot topic CLEs -- i.e. Trial of John Edwards
o     Section Programs
o     CLE offered in connection with large events
o     Entertaiment CLE at the Music Factory and Dram Shop Liability at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
o     Saturday CLE-fests
o     Law firm video replays
o     Professionalism for New Admittees Program
o     December video replays
o     Excellent Committee participation and continuity of membership

o     Minimal large firm members attending live programming
o     Absence of webcast programming
o     Addressing local state and national competitors
o     Lack of consistent contact with all Section Chairs



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5-2-14 Come Rap With Us -Alternative Options for Legal Practice
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5-8-14 Law Day Luncheon
Mary C. Curtis, award-winning multimedia journalist, will provide the keynote address. The MCB will present the Liberty Bell Award and winner of the Charlotte Observer's Law Day essay contest.

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