President's Message

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Posted by: Timika Shafeek-Horton on Nov 1, 2018

The sound of bulldozers fills the air, and the MCB Bar & Foundation Center will soon have neighbors. After four years at the Greenway Business Park, new construction is underway. The site next door to the MCB will be home to a 17,000 square foot health club/office building. The first floor will be a Crossfit Health Facility and the second floor an office complex rumored to house a juice bar. A recent update from RJS Properties provides more exciting news. They tell us that the immediate area has been named #1 in the “Top 10 Charlotte Zip Codes to Invest In.” What a difference four years makes. We were lucky to have built our building when we did!

Posted by: Timika Shafeek-Horton on Oct 1, 2018

My husband Arthur likes the show “Unsung.” It airs on the TVOne Network and is a documentary-type show that reviews the history of once famous entertainers who have not received their due based on their contribution to the music industry. Arthur’s favorites include Phyllis Hyman, Patrice Rushen, and Angela Winbush. (Yes, my husband’s favorite music category is smooth jazz. I like 90’s rap. We make it work.) I try to be mindful of and show appreciation for the work other people do and the support I receive as in my various roles - Duke Energy lawyer, president of the MCB, parent, wife, etc., etc., but I know I fall short sometimes. I imagine I’m not alone. So, what is one to do? I’m going to start by thanking some folks who may feel as though their efforts are “unsung,” and finish by encouraging you to do the same.

Posted by: Timika Shafeek-Horton on Sep 4, 2018

I am already feeling the faster pace that comes this time of year. Yes, this summer was hot, but the summer months just feel a bit more relaxed, don’t you think? It’s not that the summer is less busy, it just feels that way and people seem to be a bit more easy-going. The so-called ‘lazy’ days of summer are being replaced with setting goals, coordinating transportation, scheduling appointments and planning events. 

Posted by: Timika Shafeek-Horton on Jul 31, 2018

I'm writing this article on the first day of my term as president of the Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB), Sunday, July 1, 2018. This is my first official act.

Posted by: Timika Shafeek-Horton on Jul 1, 2018

I appreciate this opportunity to serve as the MCB’s 107th president. I expect the next 12 months to go by very quickly, so I plan to concentrate my efforts on a couple of specific priorities. 

Posted by: Heather Culp on May 31, 2018

This is the question most frequently asked of me over the past year. The quick answer is: the MCB President (1) chairs the MCB’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee; (2) discharges the duties set out in the MCB bylaws; and (3) serves as an ambassador and cheerleader for the Mecklenburg County Bar. It has been a privilege to work with this year’s engaged and thoughtful board. Sincere thanks to the board members completing three-year terms this month:  Andrew Lopez, Reggie McKnight, Shalanna Pirtle, Judge Lou Trosch, Jr. and Jameson Wells. Tony Taylor has been a great Young Lawyers Division chair. Additionally, Timika Shafeek-Horton, Chris Lam, Fred DeVore, Heath Gilbert, Lane Williamson and Russ Ferguson complete one-year terms on the MCB Executive Committee this month, and have gone above and beyond in supporting the Bar. The MCB and the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation (MBF) have enjoyed a strong collaborative relationship thanks to the good leadership of MBF President (and fellow Kentucky Wildcat) Jon Adams.

Posted by: Heather Culp on May 1, 2018

We expect the North Carolina General Assembly to convene for a “short session” this month. Peter Bolac is the North Carolina State Bar’s legislative liaison, and I wholesaled his 2017 Legislative Year in Review (available at to put this together. Thanks to Mr. Bolac for his hard work keeping NCSB members and district bars informed. 

The following bills are eligible for consideration in the 2018 short session. There is no guarantee that any bill will be considered. We provide this list for informational purposes. The names of the bills are the “short titles” provided by the sponsors and should be considered in the context of the language of the entire bill. This list is not exhaustive:

Posted by: Heather Culp on Apr 2, 2018

In last month’s newsletter, I wrote about how the local legal market has changed since the 2008 recession. Against that backdrop, how can Mecklenburg County attorneys stay competitive? Heather McCullough & Jill Huse coach and consult with professional service providers through their business Society54, and they answer this question as follows:

Posted by: Heather Culp on Mar 1, 2018

Experts conclude that the Great Recession began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009. For me, it started in March 2008, when I realized that my bankruptcy practice had suddenly picked up. Ten years have passed, and in that time, the practice of law has changed significantly. Our membership has grown, from 4,225 in 2008 to 5,413 (as of 2/1/18).

What is the state of the local legal market today? I asked several people who have a finger on the pulse of it:

Posted by: Heather Culp on Feb 1, 2018

Affinity is “likeness based on relationship or causal connection” and affinity bar associations are attorney organizations that promote the interests and goals of a particular demographic. There are several affinity bars, formal and informal, in Mecklenburg County. These are sister organizations, independent of the Mecklenburg County Bar, with which the MCB partners on occasion. I want to be sure you’re aware of the great things the larger local affinity bars are doing:

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