The Grievance Committee of the 26th Judicial District Bar receives and investigates complaints against MCB members on ethical matters. Committee members present investigative reports for Committee discussion based on the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Committee submits recommendations to the North Carolina State Bar. Rules governing the organization of this Committee are set forth in 27 N.C.A.C. §1B .0201.
|Ryan D. Bolick
|Class of 2021||Class of 2022||Class of 2023||Public Members|
Suzanne K. Canali
Angelina M. Maletto
Ted F. Mitchell
Hon. Calvin Murphy
Evan M. Sauda
Shannon R. Reid, Associate Executive Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Grievance Committee meetings are held on the third Wednesday every month at 7:30 a.m. On average, members are assigned to investigate two to four ethics complaints each year. When an investigation is complete, the committee member presents his/her written report to the full committee. The report includes factual findings and analyses of the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct. The committee then votes on whether to recommend a finding of probable cause to the North Carolina State Bar (NCSB). All meetings, materials, and discussions are strictly confidential. Several seats on the committee are open to non-attorney members. Attorney members must have been licensed for at least five years.
2019-20 Grievance Committee Report
Ryan D. Bolick, Chair
The Grievance Committee investigates complaints against Mecklenburg County Bar members and reports its findings and recommendations to the North Carolina State Bar (NCSB). From July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, the Committee was assigned to investigate 48 new files and closed 70 files. The Committee recommended a finding of probable cause as to a violation of one or more of the Rules of Professional Conduct in 14 of the closed files.
Committee Procedure: The Committee’s recommendations are reviewed de novo by the NCSB, and the Committee has no role in any discipline that might be imposed. Grievances may be filed locally or with the NCSB. The Committee is comprised of 21 members, and all members have three-year term limits. Any failure to respond to a grievance or cooperate with an investigation is itself a violation of Rule 8.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The Committee as a whole votes upon the findings and recommendations. All proceedings are confidential.
Any lawyer with a question about the process or a particular issue should feel free to contact Committee Chair Ryan D. Bolick, any member of the Committee, or MCB Associate Executive Director Shannon R. Reid.