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.





2013-14 Chair

2013-14 Vice-Chair

Mr. Bradley R. Kutrow

Alice C. Richey


Class of 2014

Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Claire J. Rauscher

Hon. Kimberly Best-Staton

Brian E. Koontz

Brandon M. Lofton

Leslie A. Pedernales

Pax Sinsangkeo

Tin Nguyen

Melissa A. Romanzo

Deborah L. Edney

Ken I. Helfing

Noell P. Tin

Michelle S. Spak




Staff Liaison

Leah Campbell, Director of Foundation Development -  


Committee Documents/Links

Law & Society

Ayscue Professionalism Award

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.

2012-13 Goals
1) Identify and confirm a diverse Law & Society Committee in accordance with MCB Best Practices.
The 2012-13 L&S Committee was more diverse than Committees in previous years. The Committee consisted of three white males, six white females, two Asian males, and one African-American male and one African-American female. Of those Committee members, eight were from large firms, three were from solo/small firm practices,  one representative from the Charlotte School of Law and one judge.

2) Secure at least 300 registered attendees.
The 2012-13 luncheon had 335 registered attendees

3) Secure sufficient sponsorships to ensure budgeted goal of at least $16,000 net proceeds to MBF is met.
The 2012-13 luncheon more than doubled this goal with over $38,000 in net proceeds to MBF.

4) Collaborate with CLE department to offer 1.0 hour credit for the Law & Society Luncheon.
1.0 hour of General CLE credit was offered for this event.

5) Begin planning to recruit speaker for October/November 2013.
The 2013-14 Law & Society speaker and the venue have already been secured.

6) Evaluate program at conclusion and submit year-end report.
 Evaluation of 2012-13 Law & Society Luncheon is completed.

7) Collaborate with other event committees that have needs for speaker and volunteer resources (to avoid committees duplicating efforts).
Will make other event committees aware of the Law & Society Committee's efforts to secure 2013-14 speaker when they begin planning process.