Law & Society Committee
The Law & Society Committee arranges a speaker of interest to the public and the legal profession for the annual Law & Society Luncheon, including presentation of the Ayscue Professionalism Award that recognizes a current or former MCB member for exemplary professionalism through outstanding service to the MCB and the community. Event proceeds benefit the MBF.
Leah Campbell, Director of Foundation Development - firstname.lastname@example.org
Law & Society Committee, 2012- 13 Report
The 2012-13 Law & Society was again well received. Although Brig. General Martins may not be a well-known name to all, his presentation was thoughtful and insightful and those in attendance were engaged, particularly in the Q&A session at the end of the lecture.
Attendance increased slightly from the year before, due in part to securing a speaker earlier and being able to promote the event for a longer amount of time. There was also more participation from firms and corporations with military ties that do not always attend this event. The 2012-13 Luncheon set a new fundraising record, with $38,313.13 going to MBF (previous record, $38,200). The partnership with Charlotte School of Law continues to be a successful one and should continue going forward (in exchange for being a $5,000 sponsor, the speaker also presents at the school as part of its lecture series), as should the partnership between L&S and CLE as this helps increase attendance numbers at the Luncheon each year. Next year the committee should consider whether CLE credit should be included with sponsorships or charged separately. Whether CLE is offered may not influence the participation of many large firms that traditionally sponsor this event because they have separate budgets for CLE. Offering CLE with sponsorships, however, has a significant impact on the net income available to MBF for grants.
The BFF Thank You presentation was again successful. Although some Bar members expressed concern at having a hard sell at an annual MBF event, most Bar members were receptive to the presentation and appreciated learning more about what the Foundation does. Several attendees asked that we continue this tradition at future Law & Society Luncheons. Having another MBF grant recipient give the invocation and spend a few minutes explaining how the Foundation has helped the organization was also successful and helped establish a stronger tie between MCB and MBF at this event. Next year, no knowledge of the BFF should be presumed. This is a terrific opportunity to educate our membership about the MBF grantmaking program.
2) Secure at least 300 registered attendees.
3) Secure sufficient sponsorships to ensure budgeted goal of at least $16,000 net proceeds to MBF is met.
4) Collaborate with CLE department to offer 1.0 hour credit for the Law & Society Luncheon.
5) Begin planning to recruit speaker for October/November 2013.
6) Evaluate program at conclusion and submit year-end report.
7) Collaborate with other event committees that have needs for speaker and volunteer resources (to avoid committees duplicating efforts).