Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are the Mecklenburg County Bar and Mecklenburg Bar Foundation selling the property on Zebulon Avenue?

Several factors drove this decision, not the least of which was the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to efficiently and effectively provide programs and services in a remote environment. The North Carolina State Bar’s decision to allow lawyers to take all 12 CLE hours online, the success of signature events that have outgrown the Bar Center’s current location, and the state of the current real estate market, are also contributing factors. Executive committees from both the Bar and Bar Foundation recognize the sale of the property as a sound financial decision. A new location with a smaller footprint and reduced costs will allow the Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation to be more nimble in its approach to meeting membership needs and allow for more efficient delivery of Bar services.  

 

When is the property expected to sell? 

At this point, there is not a target timeline, but the committees expect to post on the Bar’s website an RFP for broker services on or before the end of August. 

 

Why not lease all or part of the building and property? 

Leasing some or all of the building would limit the use of space available to members, and put the Bar & Foundation at unnecessary financial risk. 

 

Can I expect a reduction in staff and/or services? 

Our goal is to maintain all services and staff during this transition. Staff members have proven themselves to be both flexible and efficient throughout the work-from-home and hybrid work situations. We expect that responsibilities and services will remain the same. Reservable space for attorneys, clients, courts, or events, will be determined by the size and/or location of any temporary or transitional location. 

 

Will this move impact CLE credits available through the Mecklenburg County Bar? 

In a word, no. Beginning in 2020, Bar members may take all of their CLE hours online. An active member of the North Carolina State Bar who does not qualify for an exemption must take 12 hours of approved CLE during each calendar year. The MCB is an accredited provider of CLE and reports your attendance at all of our courses to the North Carolina State Bar. Should you have questions regarding your cumulative annual CLE credit hour totals please contact the NCSB CLE department at 919-733-0123. For more on CLE credits available through the Mecklenburg County Bar, visit  https://www.meckbar.org/?pg=mcb-cle-overview 

 

Will the Bar continue to have a physical location? 

Yes, the Mecklenburg County Bar & Mecklenburg Bar Foundation expect to secure at least a temporary location before vacating the property on Zebulon Avenue. 

 

I or my firm donated to the Mecklenburg County Bar and Mecklenburg Bar Foundation’s Naming Rights Campaign and/or the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Brick Campaign. Can I expect a refund? 

We are grateful for your pledges and payments to either or both of these campaigns.  The Mecklenburg Bar Foundation is a charitable organization (501c3) which has as its mission to advance public understanding and respect for the rule of law and the role of the legal profession; to promote the highest ideals of professionalism, public service and access to the legal system; and to support the goals of the Mecklenburg County Bar. While payments to any Foundation funds are non-refundable, please consult with your tax professional about tax deductibility. 

 

What will happen to the plaques, bricks, and named conference rooms at the Zebulon property? 

The Foundation will find a suitable location to re-home these memorials and recognitions once a permanent site has been selected. 

 

How will the sale of the property impact my Bar dues? 

In order to provide its current level of membership services, Mecklenburg County Bar dues will remain the same for the time being. Bar dues will be evaluated as operating budgets and expenses are realigned to meet the future needs of the membership.

 

Who can I contact if I have more questions? 

Leah Campbell, Executive Director of the Mecklenburg County Bar and Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, can be reached at 704-375-8624, ext 108 or lcampbell@meckbar.org 

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