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Posted by: Christopher Lam on Jan 1, 2020

Notwithstanding the headline, you are not required to read the rest of this column in the voice of Barbara Walters.  Likewise, if you do read the rest of the column, I hope you will not channel John Stossel and say, “Give me a break!”

Posted by: Christopher Lam on Nov 1, 2019

On the heels of my prescient reference to Cam Newton in last issue’s column, I can only hope Kyle Allen is still performing as well as he did in his first two games when this issue is published a few weeks from now. The MCB has been busy in the last couple of months.  On October 9, 64 new members were sworn in to our state and federal courts during our annual ceremony.  That event always makes me reflect on my own swearing-in over 17 years ago in Spirit Square and the years of practice since taking the oath.

Posted by: Christopher Lam on Sep 1, 2019

As you know, the MCB has reduced the number of annual newsletters from 12 to six. Although I am very much in favor of writing fewer columns, there is a challenge in timing the content with the ultimate publication date. In some ways, this process is analogous to a quarterback leading the wide receiver by throwing the ball to a spot farther downfield where the receiver should end up. [Note to Panthers fans: if you are unaccustomed to witnessing this fundamental aspect of football, please watch highlights from almost any other team.] Therefore, I am trying to write about things now (in late July) that should be relatively timely when you are reading this column.

Posted by: Christopher Lam on Jul 1, 2019

In April, Anne and I took our girls to Washington, DC for spring break.  We saw many of the usual monuments, memorials and museums.  We were also fortunate to have a private tour of the National Archives and as the four of us stood alone in the Rotunda with only our historian guide and our nation’s charter documents, I was struck by the courage and the foresight that these formative leaders had to shape our country.  Then, three days later, we all sat in the front row of the Supreme Court and thought of the cases that have been argued there that define our rights and freedoms, often harkening back to the principles laid out in the four pages of the Constitution.  I thought of the important and critical role that an independent judiciary has in our democracy. 

Posted by: Timika Shafeek-Horton on Jun 1, 2019

Thank you for the privilege of serving as this year’s MCB president. As last year’s president told me, it’s a big job. It’s big because we’re 5,000+ members strong, there are many moving parts and it’s a volunteer gig and you need to continue to do your day job as well. That said, I’ve had a great time meeting and getting to know many more of you and working to advance the ideas and issues you said are important.

Posted by: Timika Shafeek-Horton on May 1, 2019

You, my fellow bar members, have definite opinions on MCB CLE and we’ve heard you.

Posted by: Timika Shafeek-Horton on Apr 1, 2019

I recently attended the MCB’s Bar Leadership Dinner & Extraordinary Service Awards which kicks off the start of the Bar Leadership Institute (BLI).

Posted by: Timika Shafeek-Horton on Mar 6, 2019

As you know from a prior communication to the MCB membership, Nancy Roberson is no longer with the Mecklenburg County Bar.

Posted by: Timika Shafeek-Horton on Feb 6, 2019

Believe it or not, at the MCB, we’re already starting to think about leadership for next year –July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. We know that Chris Lam of Bradley LLP will be our next president, but many other roles must be filled too. The Board consists of 26 positions. Each year, six positions in the new class must be filled, along with one Young Lawyers Division Chair, the President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. An ABA Delegate is selected every other year. The hope is that candidates will have had experience with committees, sections or task forces as leaders or active members, but any member in good standing is encouraged to submit his or her name as an interested candidate.

Posted by: Timika Shafeek-Horton on Jan 1, 2019

Lots of people have been working diligently to help me execute on my focus areas during my service as MCB President – membership value, inclusion, and engagement. Chief among them are the volunteers serving on the Membership Value and CLE Task Forces and the Membership Inclusion & Engagement Subcommittee. Given we’re about at the halfway mark of my tenure, I think an update makes sense. Here’s what the leaders of those groups want you to know about the status of their work.


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