2015 - 16 Community Services Committee



Seeks to improve and prioritize the Bar's volunteer outreach opportunities and to collaborate with the community on legal issues, the legal system, and school and community needs.









       2015-16 Chair

        2015-16 Vice-Chair

      Erin K. Taylor

       P. Barrett Morris







Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

James L. Bagwell

Breanna A. Davenport

Courtney Ballard 

Leah Kane

Kimberly A. Gossage

 Denise L. Bessellieu

Dirk Lasater

Stephanie Jackson

Kelsey J. Queen 


Erik M. Rosenwood



All proposed Community Service Activities to be undertaken by a member or Section of the Mecklenburg County Bar (“MCB”), acting as a representative of the MCB, must be approved in advance by the Community Service Committee (the “Committee”) of the Lawyer as Volunteers Advisory Panel. All community service activities that contain a fundraising component must also be coordinated with the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation.  To submit a Request for Approval, please complete the Community Service Activity-Request for Approval Form and return it to Breanne Mercer, Legal Services Coordinator, at bmercer@meckbar.org



Staff Liaison

Breanne Mercer, Legal Services & Referral Assistant Coordinator, bmercer@meckbar.org 



Communications Committee Liasion
Chad Fights



Volunteer Need / Commitment
Members of the Community Services Committee attend quarterly committee meetings, review community service and volunteer project ideas, and look for additional opportunities to collaborate with the community. Interested in joining this committee? Complete the committee interest form.

2014-15 Community Services Committee Report
Maria Satterfield, Chair & Erin K. Taylor, Vice-Chair


For the first time since its inception three years ago, the Community Services Committee had the opportunity to organize its own community service project.  After a number of considerations, the Committee chose to work with The Relatives ‘On Ramp’ program – a community resource that provides counseling, workshops, and structured support to young people transitioning into adulthood.  The Committee planned a supplies drive and an on-site expunction clinic, including coordination with local legal-services providers.

Additionally, the Community Services Committee approved six community service projects in 2014-15.  Those projects are outlined below.

• The Young Lawyers Division (YLD):
o Collected and dropped off Thanksgiving food donations for Thompson Child and Family Focus (TCFF) and provided a legal presentation for the families served by TCFF;
o Collected gifts for children in need through the Salvation Army Angel Tree project and followed up with the project by offering free legal advice through an Ask-A-Lawyer Clinic;
o Collaborated with Habitat for Humanity on a house project and hosted a pro bono wills workshop; and
o Worked with Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte to provide groceries and a free legal clinic to those in need.

• The Juvenile Law Section collected perishable and nonperishable items for students and families invovled in the Truancy Court Program in support of the efforts at improving Truancy Court attendance.

• The Diversity & Inclusion Bench, Bar, and Community Subcommittee hosted a free legal clinic and lunch event for the neighborhoods surrounding the new Bar and Foundation Center.

The Committee’s approval process involves identifying both a service component, as well as a legal nexus, by an MCB committee, section, or division or other group of MCB members.