MCB Announcements

Charles R. Jonas Federal Courthouse 100th Anniversary Celebration and Annex Groundbreaking Ceremony

Invitation from the Board of Judges for the Western District of North Carolina

Charles R. Jonas Federal Courthouse
100th Anniversary Celebration and Annex Groundbreaking Ceremony

Friday, March 23, 2018
4:30 p.m.

Click here to view the formal invitation and to RSVP


Nominations for the 2018 Liberty Bell Award

The MCB Law Day Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Liberty Bell Award. This annual award, our Bar’s highest honor for a non-lawyer, will be presented during the 2018 MCB Law Day Luncheon.

The Liberty Bell Award recognizes an individual who has performed community service that has strengthened the American system of freedom under the law. 

Click here to learn more about Liberty Bell Award criteria and past winners.

Please submit your nominations, including supporting materials and résumé of the nominee (if possible), by Friday, March 23, 2018, to MCB, ATTN: Liberty Bell Award, 2850 Zebulon Ave., Charlotte, NC 28208 or e-mail  LibertyBell@meckbar.org, subject line: Liberty Bell Award. All nominations will be held in confidence.


February LRS Panel Member Spotlight

The Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB) is proud to spotlight Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Panel Member Denzil Forrester. Mr. Forrester has been in practice since 1998 and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is dedicated to serving clients in numerous practice areas, such as criminal defense and individual rights. Mr. Forrester has been a panel member for almost 10 years and is admitted to the U.S. Federal Court.

Click here to read the full Q&A 


Notice of Bar Election: District Court Judgeship - 26th Judicial District

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 Judges Karen Eady-Williams and Donnie Hoover were appointed to serve in Superior Court, and so have vacated their District Court seats. A Notice of Bar Election and Instructions for Candidates Interested in Being Considered for a Judicial Vacancy in the 26th Judicial District were sent to all active members of the MCB on Monday, January 29, 2018 by first class mail via USPS. Those documents are also available at the links below:

Notice of Bar Election

Instructions for Candidates Interested in Being Considered for a Judicial Vacancy in the 26th Judicial District

Please contact MCB Director of Compliance & Ethics Shannon R. Reid at sreid@meckbar.org or 704/375-8624 with any questions.


MCB Board of Directors Nominations Sought

If you’ve ever considered serving as a leader in the Bar, now is your chance. The Mecklenburg County Bar is currently seeking nominations for the 2018-19 Board of Directors. In accordance with Article VIII, Section 3(e) of the MCB bylaws, all interested members of the MCB are encouraged to submit their names or the names of other active members of the Bar for consideration as nominees for various officer and Board of Directors’ seats for the MCB fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018. Please note that potential nominees must have agreed to serve prior to being officially nominated.  

All nominations should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on March 2, 2018, to MCBNominating@meckbar.org; Nominating Committee Chair Lane Williamson; MCB Executive Director Nancy M. Roberson; any member of the Nominating Committee; or mailed to Nominating Committee, c/o MCB, 2850 Zebulon Ave., Charlotte, NC 28208. Members of the Nominating Committee can be found here.

The Nominating Committee will meet on March 6, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. at the Bar & Foundation Center at 2850 Zebulon Ave., Charlotte, NC 28208 to consider all nominations. MCB members may nominate an individual in person at this meeting. 

The proposed slate will be posted on MeckBar.org in March, printed in the April edition of the Mecklenburg Bar News and presented to the MCB membership for approval at the MCB Annual Meeting on May 23, 2018. Additional nominations may also be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting.

The Committee shall approve nominations to serve in the following officer and Board positions for the 2018-19 term, pursuant to Article VII, Section 1(b) and Article VIII, Section 3(a):
 

  • President-Elect (one-year term)
  • Vice President (one-year term)
  • Secretary (one-year term)
  • Treasurer (one-year term)
  • Board of Directors Class of 2021 (three-year term, six members - two of whom must be current members of the Young Lawyers Division)
  • Board of Directors Class of 2019 Vacancies (one-year term, two members)
  • Young Lawyers Division Chair (one-year term - current member of the Young Lawyers Division)
  • ABA Delegate (two-year term)

McMillan Fellowship Applications Available

The Hon. James B. McMillan Fellowship Fund was established in 1995 to honor the memory and example of U.S. District Judge James B. McMillan. The Fellowship Program’s goal is to promote justice and innovation within the legal system in Mecklenburg County by awarding fellowships to law students desiring work experience with nonprofit or governmental agencies. The amount of the Fellowship award is up to, but not to exceed, $3,500 per Fellow for a summer or fall semester placement.

The McMillan Fellowship Committee requires applications to be submitted by the employing agency on behalf of the agency and the student. The application should describe what the applicant will do for the agency and how that student’s interests dovetail with the work to be performed. Please visit MeckBar.org for more details or contact Foundation Development Coordinator Sydney Hammond at shammond@meckbar.org if there are questions concerning the application process. 

Applications for the Hon. James B. McMillan Fellowship are now available here. The application deadline is March 2, 2018, at 5 p.m. 


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!


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