The Mecklenburg Bar Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2020-21 Ayscue Professionalism Award. Entries should include a letter of nomination as well as the nominee's bio and/or resume. Nominations are due on or before Wednesday, October 21, 2020, to AyscueAward@meckbar.org. The award will be presented at this year's virtual Law & Society Luncheon.
The Mecklenburg Bar Foundation's Ayscue Professionalism Award is presented each year to a present or former member(s) of the Mecklenburg County Bar. The award may be given to more than one Bar member in a year for outstanding work done together on a specific project or if the work they do is inextricably linked. Its purpose is to recognize exemplary professionalism, as broadly defined.
Criteria may include one or more of the following:
The Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award is presented each year by the Mecklenburg County Bar through its Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Its purpose is to recognize an attorney who champions diversity and inclusion in Mecklenburg County while embodying high ethical standards, unquestioned integrity and consistent competence. Nominations are due on or before Friday, November 6, 2020, and should be addressed to members of the MCB Diversity & Inclusion Committee, sent to ChambersAward@meckbar.org or 2850 Zebulon Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208. The award will be presented to the selected recipient at the McMillan Fund Fellowship Dinner.
Nominees must be attorneys based in Mecklenburg County who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and impact in the following areas:
The Award is fittingly named after its first honoree, the distinguished civil rights attorney Julius L. Chambers. Mr. Chambers represented the plaintiffs in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school desegregation case Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education.
The YLD Education Committee is creating a "day in the life" video series as a way to increase awareness, understanding and knowledge of what being an attorney is actually like. To that end, the Committee is seeking volunteers to be featured in the video. In particular, we are looking for attorneys who practice in the following environments:
The people featured in the videos will give brief explanations of their day-to-day lives as attorneys and speak generally about what its like to practice law in their work environment. More detailed questions will be provided before shooting the video.
If this is something you are interested in, please reach out to Austin Backus (Backus_austin@hotmail.com) for further information.
At the May 21, 2020, MCB Annual Meeting, now MCB President Heath Gilbert announced the creation of the Justice Access Initiative to prepare recommendations on how to move the legal profession forward and provide meaningful access to justice in a post-pandemic world. Click here for more information.