2016 - 17 Professionalism, Lawyer Life and Culture Committee



The Professionalism, Lawyer Life and Culture Committee seeks to enhance and support the Mecklenburg County legal community, through the active development and promotion of educational programs, resources and mentoring relationships in order to facilitate healthy, collaborative, rewarding and service oriented professional lives and culture among its members.





2016-17 Chair 2016-17 Vice-Chair
David S. Melin
Matthew S. DeAntonio


Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019
Daria Barrett
Shantia J. Coley
William Garrity
Jason B. James
Abbey L Mrkus
Alexandria L. Andresen
Catherine A. Barnes
Hon. Karen Eady-Williams
Kenneth R. Harris Jr.
Kenneth R. Raynor
Danielle M. Crockford
Faith A. Fickling
Lisa C. Flowers
Sean F. Herrmann
Craig M. Morgan



Staff Liaison

Lauren Johns, Legal Services Coordinator - ljohns@meckbar.org 



Volunteer Need / Commitment

Members of the Professionalism, Lawyer Life and Culture Committee (PLLC) attend bi-monthly committee meetings, develop CLE programs focused on the health and wellbeing of attorneys, discuss relevant topics for Coffee Connections and work to provide useful resources for the legal community that will promote a healthy work /life balance. Opportunities for involvement on one of four subcommittees of PLLC include: Linking Lawyers Mentoring Program, Coffee Connections, Career Transition Series and North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program.  Interested in joining this committee? Complete the committee interest form.  




Committee Documents/Links



 Linking Lawyers: A Mentoring Initiative


2015-16 Professionalism, Lawyer Life, Culture Committee Report
Jennifer Coble, Chair, David Melin, Vice-Chair

The Professionalism, Lawyer Life and Culture (PLLC) Committee is now in its sixth fiscal year. The Committee has worked tirelessly to create an outlet for many attorneys to collaborate on ideas, network and share experiences throughout his/her career. The Committee will continue to work with other MCB Committees including the Continuing Legal Education and Communication Committees. 
2015-16 Highlights:
The Committee’s Professionalism Taskforce submitted a proposal to the BLI Committee for the opportunity to collaborate on a class project.  The class is planning to use courthouse personnel professionalism survey results to develop and plan a CLE program.
The Linking Lawyers Subcommittee matched over 40 mentor/mentee pairs this fiscal year, in addition to organizing successful meet-up events and discussion topics. 
The Career Networking & Transition Subcommittee planned and implemented three roundtable programs this year (Women in the Judiciary, Financing a Law Career, and Alternative Law Careers). The Financing a Law Career roundtable also provided CLE credit.