Professionalism, Lawyer Life and Culture Committee


The Professionalism, Lawyer Life and Culture Committee seeks to enhance and support the Mecklenburg County legal community, through the active development and promotion of educational programs, resources and mentoring relationships in order to facilitate healthy, collaborative, rewarding and service oriented professional lives and culture among its members.





2013-14 Chair

2013-14 Vice-Chair

Jameson P. Wells

Frederick R. Benson




Class of 2014

Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Lina E. James

Charles M. Viser

Scott R. Branam

William A. Navarro

Hon. Donald R. Cureton

Katherine Kliebert

Noell P. Tin

David S. Melin


David M. Bishop


Jordan G. Forsythe


Staff Liaison

Maya M. Engle, Assistant Executive Director -


Volunteer Need / Commitment

Members of the Professionalism, Lawyer Life and Culture Committee (PLLC) attend bi-monthly committee meetings, develop CLE programs focused on the health and wellbeing of attorneys, discuss relevant topics for Coffee Connections and work to provide useful resources for the legal community that will promote a healthy work /life balance. Opportunities for involvement on one of four subcommittees of PLLC include: Linking Lawyers Mentoring Program, Coffee Connections, Career Transition Series and North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program.  Interested in joining this committee? Complete the committee interest form.  




Committee Documents/Links

 Linking Lawyers: A Mentoring Initiative

Professionalism, Lawyer Life and Culture Committee, 2012-13 Report

By Colette T. Davis, Chair



The fourth full fiscal year of the Professionalism, Lawyer Life and Culture Committee (PLLC) brought about some reflection of current programs, especially in response to Bar members' needs in the current economic climate.


This year Coffee Connections took a new approach to their regular programming. In order to reach a more concentrated group of attorneys, a Coffee Connections event was held directly after a CLE at the courthouse on May 3, 2013 in conjunction with the "Civil Practice Before the Clerk." Next year, the Committee hopes to offer more programs in this same format.


The Career Transition Series Subcommittee took a hiatus this year to consider a new approach to reaching out to attorneys who find themselves transitioning with their careers. This subcommittee hosted a roundtable discussion, or "old rap session", in order to take the pulse of the Bar and determine how better the Bar can serve attorneys who have either gone through a career transition in the last five years or are currently in transition. Not only did this discussion provide insight into the needs of these attorneys, but it also provided an opportunity for attorneys to network and share with others their successes and challenges.


The NC Lawyer Assistance Program (NC LAP), under the new direction of Ms. Robynn Moraites, continued to provide updates to the Committee on current trends in the Bar and provide practical ways the Bar can provide help to local lawyers in need of assistance.


PLLC is also exploring three new areas: how to meet the needs of senior lawyers, how to provide better support for attorneys needing support, and how to address professionalism topics that are not otherwise being addressed by the MCB. These concepts are still being researched and programs should be developed in the coming year. A social was held directly after the Past Presidents lunch in October of 2012 for interested attorneys who fit the "senior lawyer" criteria that were interested in the formation of a senior lawyers division. The general consensus of this group was that a senior lawyers division should be developed organically and serve to provide social opportunities and programming relevant to its members.


Another successful year for the Linking Lawyers mentoring program kicked off in August 2013 and currently has more than 60 mentor/mentee pairings. This program strives to provide mentoring in many different practice areas and levels of practice. This third year of the expansion has been incredibly successful under the leadership of Christian P. Cherry, Lina E. James and Casey Viser. This subcommittee is currently considering the programs future.


PLLC will continue to work with other MCB Committees - including the Continuing Legal Education and Communications Committees - to ensure professionalism topics are fully presented to the Bar.