COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to the pandemic, we kindly request that you contact staff by email.  Individual staff email addresses are located at www.MeckBar.org/staff.  If you are unsure of who best to contact, you may email info@meckbar.org to be routed to the appropriate staff person.  Alternatively, please allow 1-2 business days for a return phone call.  Thank you!

Click here to view all the COVID-19 updates from the North Carolina Judicial Branch.

September 14, 2020 - For the health and safety of the community, all MCB events will be virtual for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. Staff will continue to work remotely, but we will still have someone in the building daily on a limited basis. Members needing to drop off or pick up from the Bar Center may do so by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact receptionist@meckbar.org.

Please note, all MCB committees and sections will continue to meet at their scheduled times via teleconferencing.

We understand this is a fluid situation and we will keep you updated as we learn more in the upcoming weeks. Please continue to stay connected with us through MeckBar.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

 


August 5, 2020 - In compliance with Governor Cooper's extension of Phase 2, the Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center will remain closed to visitors through at least September 11. Staff will continue to work remotely, but we will still have someone in the building daily on a limited basis. Members needing to drop off or pick up from the Bar Center may do so by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact receptionist@meckbar.org.

 


July 16, 2020 - In compliance with Governor Cooper's extension of Phase 2, the Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center will remain closed to visitors through at least August 7. Staff will continue to work remotely, but we will still have someone in the building daily on a limited basis. Members needing to drop off or pick up from the Bar Center may do so by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact receptionist@meckbar.org.

 



June 24, 2020 - In compliance with Governor Cooper's extension of Phase 2, the Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center will remain closed to visitors through at least July 17. Staff will continue to work remotely, but we will still have someone in the building daily on a limited basis. Members needing to drop off or pick up from the Bar Center may do so by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact receptionist@meckbar.org.

 


May 27, 2020 -


Dear MCB Members:

As our state continues the process of reopening gradually, the Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center will remain closed to visitors through at least June 30. While most MCB staff will continue to work remotely, there will be someone in the building daily on a limited basis. Members needing to drop off or pick up from the Bar Center may do so by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact receptionist@meckbar.org.

For the safety of our staff, we ask that you please wear a mask if you need to enter the building.

During this time, MCB Committees and Sections will continue to meet virtually. If you had a room reservation at the Bar Center during this time, please contact us to reschedule.

We will continue to provide additional updates as we move forward.

Stay safe and be well.

Leah Campbell
MCB/MBF Executive Director

 

 


April 23, 2020 - In compliance with Governor Roy Cooper's extension of the statewide Stay at Home Order, the Bar & Foundation Center will remain closed until at least May 8. MCB Committees and Sections will continue to meet via teleconference.

 


March 27, 2020 - In compliance with Governor Roy Cooper's statewide Stay at Home Order, the Bar & Foundation Center will remain closed until at least April 30. MCB Committees and Sections will continue to meet via teleconference. If you had a room reservation at the Bar Center during this time, please contact receptionist@meckbar.org to reschedule.

You may read the full order here.

 


March 24, 2020 - Message from MCB President Chris Lam

Dear MCB Members:

As you likely know, Mecklenburg County has today issued a “Stay at Home” order effective 8:00am Thursday, March 26 through April 16.  Please use this link to access both the Order and some helpful FAQ regarding the Order:

https://www.mecknc.gov/news/Pages/County-Issues-'Stay-at-Home'-Order-for-Next-21-Days.aspx

Of particular note to you, as indicated on page 3 of the FAQ, is that legal services are considered “essential businesses” within the context of the Order.  Therefore, you may conduct yourselves and your practices accordingly.

The Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center will remain closed until at least April 16.  MCB Committees and Sections will continue to meet via teleconference. If you had a room reservation at the Bar Center during this time, please contact receptionist@meckbar.org to reschedule.

On behalf of the MCB, I extend my wishes for health and safety to you, your families, and colleagues and I thank you for your professional commitment to your clients and community.  Although these restrictions are disruptive to our traditional interactions, we will be emphasizing ways to maintain virtual connection and engagement.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at clam@bradley.com if I can be of assistance or if you have helpful suggestions.

Stay safe and be well.

Chris Lam
MCB President

 


March 16, 2020 - The Mecklenburg County Bar is joining the collective effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, by closing the Bar & Foundation Center effective Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 3. Our team will also work remotely until at least Friday, April 3.

We are available and here to help! You can continue to reach all MCB staff via their office emails and phone numbers during regular business hours. As stated in our previous update, committee and section meetings will continue to take place at their regularly scheduled times via teleconferencing.

If you have a building reservation during this time, staff will contact you to discuss details of your reservation.

This is a challenging time for everyone and we remain committed to providing the best member experience possible. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We’ll continue to provide updates on our plans. Please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram for the most up-to-date information.

 


 

March, 13, 2020 - Like so many organizations in our state and around the country, the Mecklenburg County Bar has been closely monitoring the ever-changing public health situation regarding COVID-19. The well-being of our members and staff is our highest priority. In light of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are instituting the following changes through at least the end of March.

Effective Monday, March 16 through March 31, 2020:

  • MCB & MBF board, committee, section and division business meetings will be held exclusively via teleconferencing;
  • All MCB live CLE programs have been postponed. All previously scheduled video replay courses will be made available on-demand and the CLE staff will automatically transfer your registration to the on-demand course for you once the course is online. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact clestaff@meckbar.org; and
  • All facility use reservations will proceed as scheduled for now. If that changes, we will try to provide ample notice so that alternate arrangements can be made but, recognizing that may not be possible, we ask that those with reservations start planning accordingly.

Individuals who are confirmed to have COVID-19 or who have a family member at home who is confirmed to have COVID-19 must not attend in-person programs/meetings for the safety of others. 

The following individuals are strongly advised to not attend in-person programs/meetings, and, if available, to access the program/meeting via teleconferencing: 

  • Individuals who are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. People at high risk include anyone:
    • over 65 years of age, or
    • with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or
    • with weakened immune systems.
  • Individuals who are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we will ask individuals who are displaying symptoms to return home for the safety of their fellow Bar members and employees.
  • Individuals who have recently traveled outside of the United States.

Please note that per the recommendations of the NC Department of Human Resources, the NC State Bar will be greatly reducing their staff on-site in their Raleigh office. Staff will be working remotely, so response times may be slower than usual. Click here for more information.

The MCB will continue to carefully monitor the rapidly evolving recommendations regarding COVID-19 and will update our members should there be any further changes. If you are unsure of the status of your upcoming meeting or event, please contact your MCB staff liaison or events@meckbar.org

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