MCB Announcements

Bar Leadership Institute Applications Now Available

Program Overview

The primary focus of the Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) is to identify and develop leaders for the Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB) and Mecklenburg Bar Foundation (MBF). The goal of the BLI program is to provide an opportunity for participating attorneys to: 

  • develop their personal leadership potential and skills to become a leader in the Bar/Foundation;
  • become aware of leadership opportunities with the Bar/Foundation and the greater Charlotte community;
  • consider pressing Bar and community issues with peers and presenters of the highest caliber; and
  • develop a spirit of lasting collegiality with their fellow participants.

Selection Criteria

Application to the BLI is open to members of the MCB who have been practicing attorneys for at least three years. Approximately fifteen to twenty lawyers will be selected for participation in the 2018 class.

The BLI Committee will look for potential participants who demonstrated the following critera:

  • Commitment and motivation to serve in positions of leadership;
  • A record of public service and service for charitable organizations;
  • A minimum of three years practicing; and
  • The ability to attend all sessions, including the weekend retreat, and the willingness to engage meaningfully in the work of the Bar or the Foundation beginning the upcoming fiscal year.

This is a competitive selection process. In choosing potential participants, the BLI Committee will review and evaluate all portions of your application and attachments. Additionally, the BLI Committee is committed to seeking a diverse and dynamic class of participants in an effort to obtain representation from a cross-section of the Bar.

Applications are due by November 17, 2017 at 5 p.m. Candidate selections will be announced in January.

Click here for the 2018 BLI Class Application

LRS Panel Member Spotlight

The Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB) is proud to spotlight Kenneth Raynor of Raynor Law Firm, who is a member of the MCB’s Lawyer Referral Service. Ken is dedicated to practicing primarily Civil Litigation.  But, more importantly, Ken is committed to serving the community as a lawyer and leader in the Mecklenburg County area. Click here to read the interview with MCB LRS member Kenneth Raynor.

Interested in joining the LRS Panel? Click here to learn more.

NCSB Notice - Unauthorized Attempts to Audit Trust Accounts

The North Carolina State Bar has learned that a caller representing an entity named “Small Business Growth Alliance" is calling lawyers and telling them that their IOLTA accounts are due for audit. The caller falsely claims that Small Business Growth Alliance is authorized by the State Bar to perform random audits and tries to schedule the audits.
Neither Small Business Growth Alliance nor any entity other than the State Bar is authorized to perform a State Bar random trust account audit. Auditors who are employees of the State Bar perform all random trust account audits. If you are selected for a random State Bar audit, you will be contacted by a State Bar official and will receive a written subpoena signed by State Bar officials.
If you receive a call from anyone other than an employee of the State Bar seeking to arrange a State Bar random trust account audit, please report the call to the State Bar immediately at (919)828-4620 and, if possible, provide the caller’s contact information.


Seeking Nominations for the 2017-18 Pro Bono Awards
The Mecklenburg County Bar welcomes nominations for the 2017-18 Pro Bono Awards. 
This year’s categories are:
I. Outstanding Individual Attorney: This individual has contributed extraordinary service to the provision of pro bono services for indigents, children, or non-profit organizations by providing legal services directly or by developing programs or projects within the volunteer’s firm.
II. Outstanding Collaborative Project: This association of MCB members has accomplished any one or combination of the following:
a. Contributed an extraordinary amount of pro bono services directly to indigents, children, or non-profit organizations serving indigents or children; or
b. Provided an extraordinary impact for justice to indigents or children, or developed particularly innovative or enduring projects or programs that serve indigents, children, or non-profit organizations that serve indigents or children; or
c. Demonstrated a dramatic improvement in its pro bono services to indigents, children, or non-profit organizations that served indigents or children in the previous year.
Please submit nominations to before 5 p.m. on December 8, 2017.  Any attorney or law firm may submit nominations. Nominations should state all relevant information, including the types of volunteer work performed, the approximate number of pro bono hours worked (if known), and the impact of the nominee’s volunteer work. Winners will receive their awards at the annual Bar Leadership Dinner in January. 

Nominations Sought for Ayscue Professionalism Award

The Mecklenburg Bar Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2017-18 Ayscue Professionalism Award. Entries should include a letter of nomination as well as the nominee’s bio and/or CV. Nominations are due on or before Friday, October 20, 2017, to MBF Executive Director Nancy Roberson at or mailed to Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, 2850 Zebulon Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208. 

The award will be presented at the 2017–18 Law & Society Luncheon.

Click here for more information on the award.

Chambers Diversity Champion Award Nominations Sought

Nominations are now being sought for the Mecklenburg County Bar Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award. Nominee names and information supporting how the nominee reflects the criteria of the award should be sent by Tuesday, October 31, 2017, to Membership Inclusion & Diversity Director Carmen Thomas at Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center, 2850 Zebulon Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208, or via e-mail at

The award will be presented at the Hon. James B. McMillan Fellowship Dinner held in early 2018.

Click here for more information on the award.

Be a Part of the MBF Brick Campaign

Leave a lasting mark at the Bar & Foundation Center with a personalized brick!

Brick Options*:

  • 4x8" Brick: $250 payable over two years (three lines of text up to 20 characters/line)
  • 8x8" Brick: $500 payable over two years (six lines of text up to 20 characters/line

*all brick orders (and requested wording) are subject to approval)

Click here to purchase a brick!