Mecklenburg County Bar Member benefits
Dear Fellow Bar member,
The Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB) is the heartbeat of and #1 resource for the greater Charlotte metropolitan legal community. Our mission is to serve the public and YOU, our members, through a variety of benefits and opportunities, many of which are highlighted below. We are 5,600 members strong and encourage you to join your colleagues in supporting the community, the profession, and each other.
Like you, the MCB has had to become a virtual organization over the past few months and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Despite these challenges, there are still several ways you can get involved, network with your fellow Bar members, and benefit from your MCB membership, including:
Continuing Legal Education - More than 125 accredited CLE programs are offered annually by the MCB and more than 90 online CLE programs are available on-demand at MeckBar.org. We concentrate on local trends and developments and are responsive to members’ requests for trainings and delivery methods.
Committee Membership & Leadership Opportunities - The goals of the MCB and Mecklenburg Bar Foundation (MBF) are accomplished through the work of established, energetic committees. There are 27 MCB and MBF committees on which to serve.
Lawyer Referral Service - The MCB Lawyer Referral Service is an ABA-accredited service that has provided client referrals to its lawyer panel members for more than 60 years. Newly restructured in 2019-20, the LRS is now a robust online system operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing members more referrals than ever before.
Linking Lawyers Mentoring Program - This program provides a broad and flexible opportunity for mentorship within the MCB. Whether you are starting out as a new attorney, in the midst of a career transition, seeking to expand your network of peers, or looking to give back, Linking Lawyers provides an avenue in which to discuss your career in the legal profession.
Networking & Social Events - Networking and social activities are scheduled throughout the year for MCB members including monthly luncheons on community issues, Annual Meeting, Law Day, Law & Society, Holiday Party and the Legal Eagle Charity Golf Tournament.
MCB Section Membership - The MCB offers 12 sections through which you can network and develop skills with attorneys who practice in the same area.
Free Member Photos – At various times throughout the year, the MCB offers free headshot photo sessions for all MCB members. Digital copies of all headshots taken are provided free of charge.
Young Lawyers Division - If you are 36 years of age or younger, or within your first three years of practicing law, you are eligible for membership in the MCB YLD.
In addition to the list above, we invite you to check out the MCB’s new podcast, The 26th, and the variety of vendor and other benefits listed on MeckBar.org.
In order to truly maximize the value of your MCB membership, it is incumbent upon you as a member to be proactive in this process. I encourage you to become involved with your Bar. Join a section of interest or apply to join a committee. Your interest and continued involvement will prove to be beneficial both to you and your Bar. This Bar needs the leadership inherent in each one of you as leadership is a hallmark of our noble profession.
Secondarily, through your involvement, you will make new friends. Your Bar is also an excellent source to create a referral base and establish colleague mentoring, or what is commonly referred to as one’s “go to person”.
Also, take the time to introduce yourself to and develop a relationship with your excellent Bar staff. They are here to serve you and can guide you through what all your Bar has to offer.
If you are already involved, invite a colleague to join you at your next MCB event. We are eager to help you do what matters to you.
With Warm Regards,
M. Heath Gilbert, Jr.
2020-21 President, Mecklenburg County Bar
Professional High Resolution Headshots - POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 - All MCB members and their support staff are eligible to receive professional, high resolution headshots as part of your membership! Contact Director of Digital Media & Outreach Greg Hicks for availability!
Bar Center Reservations - TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19 - MCB members are able to reserve conference rooms, event space or the Hon. James B. McMillan mock courtroom during business hours at no charge. Members regularly reserve this space for mediations, arbitrations, depositions, jury focus groups, closings and more. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation today!
Fastcase Legal Research Kiosk - TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19 - The MCB is excited to announce a partnership with the North Carolina Bar Association to offer all MCB members access to a Fastcase legal research kiosk conveniently located at the Bar & Foundation Center! All NCBA members receive Fastcase Access. Thank you so much to NCBA for this opportunity! The kiosk is in the small conference room to your left when you enter the Bar & Foundation Center from the parking lot.
NordVPN - This Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider is consistently ranked as one of the best VPN providers by Forbes, Wired, BBC, TechRadar, PCMag and more. Using a VPN is the best way to encrypt confidential information, especially when connected to a public WiFi network like the one offered at the courthouse. NordVPN is offering MCB members a nearly 40% discount on its subscription service.
Non-Member Subscription Price
1 year: $83.88
2 years: $95.75
3 years: $107.55
MCB Member Subscription Price
1 year: $52.50
2 years: $59.75
3 years: $67.25
CoLaw - CoLaw is offering all new MCB members five free uses of one of their coworking spaces every month (offices are located uptown and near the Bar & Foundation Center in West Charlotte), including conference room access. New members are any member that is newly-admitted to the MCB. Whether you're a recent graduate having just passed the Bar Exam or an experienced attorney who recently relocated to Mecklenburg County, you're eligible to take advantage of this within your first year of being sworn in.
Long-term Care Insurance: Dixon Wells is announcing a discounted Long Term Care Insurance Program for MCB members of 5%. There is an additional 15% discount for married applicants. Also, if the member qualifies for a preferred health rating the premium is discounted an additional 10%.
MyCase is an affordable, intuitive and powerful legal case management software designed for the modern law firm. Give your law firm the advantage of a complete case management software solution - get organized with contacts, calendars, cases, documents, time tracking, and billing. MyCase also includes a first of its kind integrated client portal so everyone stays informed and connected. MCB members get a 10% lifetime discount. Start your free trial here.
Please note: The MCB works to obtain discounts on a variety of products and services for MCB members. Members should fully evaluate each product or service to determine its suitability for the member's particular purpose. The MCB makes no representations, warranties, endorsements or recommendations containing any of the products or services listed.