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Notice of Bar Election: Judicial Vacancy in District Court



All active members of the Mecklenburg County Bar (the 26th Judicial District Bar, hereinafter the MCB), as reflected on the official records of the North Carolina State Bar, who are residents of Mecklenburg County, are requested to take notice that Judge Ronald L. Chapman will be vacating his District Court seat effective June 25, 2019.

Judge Chapman’s District Court term was set to expire on December 31, 2020 and will be filled through the process set forth in North Carolina General Statutes Section 7A-142.  This law requires, in part, that the judicial district bar submits the names of five nominees for each vacant seat to the Governor for consideration.  Note: N.C.G.S. Section 7A-133 (as amended by Session Law 2018-14) divides the district courts of the 26th Judicial District into sub-districts but does not impact the vacancy at this time.  Upon expiration of the vacancy, the individual appointed to this vacancy can only seek reelection for a seat in the sub-district in which he or she resides. 

Voting begins on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 8 a.m. and ends on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 5 p.m.  On the first day of the election period, an online voting system vendor, Simply Voting, will send you a link and voting credentials (a unique username and password) to access an electronic ballot.  This information will be sent to the e-mail address you have on file with the MCB.  Please add to your safe senders list.

  • If you are unable to locate the e-mail from Simply Voting, please first check all inboxes you may have on file with the MCB and the spam filters for those inboxes. The subject line will be “Judicial Vacancy: Chapman Seat,” and the sender will appear as “26th Judicial District - Mecklenburg County Bar” with the address
  • If the e-mail is not in any of your inboxes/spam filters, you do not have an e-mail address on file, or you otherwise require assistance, please contact MCB Director of Compliance, Ethics & HR Shannon Reid at or 704-375-8624. 
  • If you do not have Internet access, computers will be available throughout the voting period at the Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center, located at 2850 Zebulon Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Please note that, pursuant to an amendment to N.C.G.S. 7A-142 in 2013, only those bar members who reside in Mecklenburg County are eligible to vote in this election.  Therefore, the ballot will require verification of residency and an acknowledgment that misrepresentation as to residency is a violation of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct.  If you do not reside in Mecklenburg County, you are not an eligible voter.    

At the closing of the voting period, the MCB President will review and certify the results.  The names of the top five candidates, in order of finish with the vote and abstention totals, will be sent to the Governor of North Carolina for consideration.  The full results may also be shared.

Submitted by:

Martin L. White, Chair of the MCB Judicial Nominating Committee

If you wish to be considered as a candidate, please refer to Instructions for Candidates Interested in Being Considered for the Judicial District Court Vacancy in the 26th Judicial District.

Executive Director Search Committee Issues RFP

The Executive Director Search Committee has issued an RFP for a search consultant to assist the Committee and Bar members are asked to share this RFP with any qualified search consultant you may know. Click here for more information.

MCB Members Honored by NC Pro Bono Resource Center

Almost 500 MCB members reported pro bono hours to the NC Pro Bono Resource Center in 2018 and 180 members have been inducted into the 2018 Pro Bono Honor Society! Check out the full list here!

2019-20 MCB Board of Directors Nominees

Board of Directors Nominations

Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 3(e) of the bylaws of the Mecklenburg County Bar, 26th Judicial District, the 2018-19 Nominating Committee met March 11, 2019 to consider a slate of nominees for the four officers; two members of the board of directors for one-year terms; six members of the board of directors for three-year terms; one member of the Young Lawyers Division to fill a one-year term as Chair; and one member for the ABA Delegate two-year term.


The following people have been nominated and will be presented for election at the Annual Meeting on May 23, 2019. Click here to register to attend. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at that time.



One-year term

M. Heath Gilbert, President-Elect

Fred W. DeVore, III, Vice President

Cary Davis, Treasurer

Erin K. Taylor, Secretary


Board of Directors - Class of 2020

One-year term

James Young


Board of Directors - Class of 2022

Three-year term

Courtney L. Ballard

Johnathon “Rex” Marvel

T. Richmond McPherson, III

Maria Ortiz

Dulce M. Plaza

Lani R. Quarmby


Young Lawyers Division Chair

One-year term

Michael C. Harman


ABA Delegate

One-year term

M. Cabell Clay

Notice of Procedural Change to Fee Dispute Resolution Program in the 26th Judicial District

The MCB Fee Dispute Resolution Committee requests all active members of the 26th Judicial District Bar take notice of the following:


The North Carolina State Bar is now processing all petitions for the resolution of disputed fees involving members of the 26th Judicial District Bar.  If your engagement letters, disengagement letters, collection letters, fee dispute notices, or other correspondence reference the MCB Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, please revise such correspondence to reference the North Carolina State Bar’s Fee Dispute Resolution Program (919-828-4620 / 


If you have questions or concerns regarding your compliance with Rule 1.5(f) of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct, please contact  


If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact MCB Director of Compliance, Ethics & HR Shannon Reid at or 704/375-8624 x126.