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Social & Networking Committee


The Social & Networking Committee coordinates a variety of social and networking opportunities to promote collegiality and a cohesive membership, including the Lawyers' Luncheon Series and Holiday Party.




2013-14 Chair

2013-14 Vice-Chair

Ms. Meredith S. Jeffries

Jason A. McGrath




Class of 2014

Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Morgan Lendino

Emily W. Anderson

Laura G. Barringer

David Galbavy

Roderick M. Wright

Kyle W. LeBlac

Toussaint C. Romain

Stephen Lareau

R. Lee Robertson


Michael E. Navarro

Devire' Robinson


Staff Liaison

Sara Taylor Moore, Member Networking & Sponsorship Coordinator,

Rhea Kelley, Director of Communications & Member Networking,  



Volunteer Need / Commitment

Members of the Social & Networking Committee attend committee meetings to discuss and plan established and new events.  Responsibilities include securing speakers for Luncheon Series, developing format and entertainment for the Holiday Party, reviewing current Bar events and evaluating need/desire for new and/or different activities. Interested in joining this committee? Complete the committee interest form. 

Social & Networking Committee, 2012-13 Report
By: Lori R. Keeton, Chair and Meredith S. Jeffries, Vice Chair

The Social & Networking Committee was formed  in 2012-13 as a new committee to coordinate a variety of social and networking opportunities to promote collegiality and a cohesive membership, including the Lawyers' uncheon Series and the MCB Holiday Party. The responsibilities of this Committee were previously part of the dissolved "Social Sports" Committee.

The Committee worked to use new marketing techniques and personal outreach to drive participation in the Lawyers'Luncheon Series. The series garnered strong attendance at the luncheons which took place in October, November, January, February, March and April.  Speakers for the 2012-13 Luncheon Series included a forum of Judicial Candidates, Mr. Carl Scheer of the Bobcats, and Charlotte Historian and MCB Member David Erdman. Also at the luncheons were the popular February Luncheon with CLE, presented by Bill Diehl on "Ethical Lapses, Don't Do What I've Done" and the March Luncheon featuring City Attorney Bob Hagemann on Charlotte's growth and future with the Carolina Panthers.

The Committee also closed out the Bar' year of Centennial Celebrations with the 2012 MCB Holiday Party. This year, the MCB highlighted the Bar' Centennial celebration of service by asking Holiday Party guests to bring supplies for the children of Larry King's Clubhouse. The Clubhouse provides a safe haven and childcare for children whose parents have business at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.

MCB Holiday Party Attendance was approximately 200, an increase of over 90 percent from the previous year's attendance. Four MCB Sections (Tax, Corporate Counsel, Civil Litigation and Real Property) and the MCB Young Lawyers Division sponsored the party, allowing their members to attend for a highly discounted rate.

In addition to the Luncheon Series and Holiday Party, the Committee developed new networking events to attract a more diverse group of the Bar membership. They hosted two Social & Networking Happy Hours, providing Bar members the opportunity to network and meet attorneys from different practice. Each was hosted in a different area (on in uptown Charlotte, and one in the SouthPark neighborhood) to appeal to a wide group of attorneys from different office locations.

In the planning of 2012-13 events, the Committee utilized archival data from previous events.  After a successful first year as a Committee, the Social & Networking Committee will focus next year on the evaluation of current events through participant surveys and Bar member feedback.



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Upcoming MCB Events

5-2-14 Come Rap With Us -Alternative Options for Legal Practice
Free networking event and lunch to connect informally with peers and discuss the steps and things to consider when making a big career change. Register by 4/28/14.

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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