Committees


 

The goals of the Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB) and Mecklenburg Bar Foundation (MBF) are accomplished through the work of established committees and sections.  View the MCB's committee and section structure.

To learn more about the work of our committees, please click on the links to each committee below.  Applications for consideration for appointment to the 2019-20 class of volunteers has now closed and volunteers are in the process of being appointed by the MCB President, President-Elect.  Volunteers serve up to 3-year terms, which typically run during our fiscal year of July 1 through June 30.  If you have any questions about the committee appointment process please contact GetInvolved@meckbar.org.

Click here to see our Best Practices for Committee Structure document (Updated & approved by the MCB Board of Directors 10.25.18).

 

REGULATORY COMMITTEES

Fee Dispute Resolution - The North Carolina State Bar (NCSB) is now processing all petitions for the resolution of disputed fees involving members of the 26th Judicial District Bar.

Grievance - Receives and investigates complaints from the public on ethical matters and writes recommendations and submits written reports for committee discussion based on the NCSB Rules of Professional Conduct. Attorney members must have been licensed for at least five years. Several seats on the committee are open to non-attorney members.

Indigent Representation - This committee is governed by regulations approved by the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services. Those regulations dictate the various authorities for appointment to this Committee.

Judicial Nominating - Coordinates the balloting process of the MCB for choosing candidates to submit to the North Carolina governor in filling district court judge vacancies.
 

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES AND PROGRAMS COMMITTEES

Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) - Operates to fulfill the purpose of the BLI program, which encourages lawyers in the development of their professional and leadership skills within the Bar, Foundation and legal profession. A joint MCB and MBF Committee.

Communications - Develops the communication process among members of the MCB through publications including the Mecklenburg Bar News, MeckBar.org, Bar Blasts, social media and the MCB Annual Membership Directory.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) - Develops, implements, and oversees all CLE programs for the MCB in conformance with the rules of the NCSB CLE Board.

Diversity & Inclusion - Examines the extent to which the MCB and legal entities have successfully incorporated lawyers from traditionally underrepresented groups in their organization. Provides recommendations for addressing matters related to diversity and inclusion; proposes methods for measuring the success of efforts to address these issues; and implements programming for members, the community as well as pipelining opportunities. There are four subcommittees of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee which include the Apex Mentoring Program, Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship, Membership Inclusion & Engagement and Pipeline.

Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) - To oversee the American Bar Association (ABA)-approved LRS program that identifies the most appropriate resource(s) for people with legal needs and when applicable, provides those who can afford to pay an established reasonable fee to a referred attorney who shall provide a consultation.

Professionalism, Lawyer Life and Culture (PLLC) - Seeks to enhance and support the Mecklenburg County legal community, through the active development and promotion of educational programs, resources, and mentoring relationships in order to facilitate healthy, collaborative, rewarding, and service-oriented professional lives and culture among its members.


EVENT COMMITTEES

Law & Society - Arranges a speaker of interest to the public and the legal profession for the annual Law & Society Luncheon, including presentation of the Ayscue Professionalism Award that recognizes a current or former MCB member for exemplary professionalism through outstanding service to the MCB and the community. Event proceeds benefit the MBF.  A joint MCB and MBF Committee.

Law Day - Arranges for the celebration of the annual Law Day event held each year on or about May 1 and selects the Liberty Bell Award that honors a non-lawyer in the community for contributing to the promotion of freedom under the law.

Memorials - Arranges and provides memorial services for deceased Bar members in open court when the families so desire. A joint MCB and MBF Committee.

Social & Networking - Coordinates a variety of social and networking opportunities to promote collegiality and a cohesive membership, including the Lawyers' Luncheon Series and Holiday Party.
 

PLANNING AND OPERATIONS COMMITTEES

Audit - Works with Bar leadership to ensure the independent auditor(s) receive all necessary information during the annual audit, reviews audit report and reports the findings to Finance and Executive Committees and MCB Board.

Facility Use & Maintenance - To review the use and the maintenance requirements of the Bar and Foundation Center.

Finance - Oversees the preparation of MCB’s annual budget; recommends budget modifications and their financial impact; reviews the financial impact of other MCB initiatives as requested; monitors income and expenses throughout the year to ensure budget guidelines are met and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee/Board regarding modifications or adjustments to the budget.

Nominating - Prepares slate of officers, members of the Board of Directors and ABA delegate for consideration by Bar membership.

Strategic Planning - The MCB Executive Committee handles the oversight of the strategic planning process, develops a plan for Board approval, and recommends updates as needed.


VOLUNTEER COMMITTEES

Pro Bono & Legal Recruitment Committee - Recruits legal volunteers and provides direct case placement for nonprofits and individuals who cannot afford representation and who are not served elsewhere; and recruits MCB members for pro bono opportunities with legal service organizations as requested.
 

YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION COMMITTEES

Must be a member of the MCB Young Lawyers Division (YLD) to participate.

YLD Community Service Committee - Coordinates public service opportunities for YLD members, including meals for the needy, the Salvation Army Angel Tree, clothing drives, etc.
Chair Taylor Goodnight - taylor.goodnight@fialko-law.com​

YLD Connectivity Committee - Ensures that the YLD Members are actively participating in the goals and missions of the MCB. This committee bridges the gap between the YLD and the MCB and assists YLD Members as they increase their involvement in the MCB.
Chair Shantia J. Coley - shantia.coley@gmail.com
 

YLD Education Committee - Organizes activities that educate the Mecklenburg County community. Such activities include the Big Bad Wolf Project, Lawyers Teaching Justice, Law Explorers and the Academic Internship Program.
Chair Stephan A. Guardipee - sguardipee@hatcherlawgroup.com

YLD Legal Assistance Committee - Organizes projects which provide legal assistance to the citizens of Mecklenburg County and/or North Carolina as a whole.  Such activities include Ask-A-Lawyer Day and NCBAs 4-All Service Day.
Chair Caitlynne E. Zolzer - caitlynne.zolzer@gmail.com

 
YLD Membership Committee - Focuses on increasing YLD membership and ensuring that the YLD meets the needs of its members.  This committee also organizes the Young Lawyer of the Year Award and the new lawyer swearing-in ceremonies.
Chair Pat Finn - pfinn.law@gmail.com

 
YLD Social Committee - Prepares quarterly socials for the YLD Members and provides other events and gatherings which promote the interests of YLD Members. 
Chair Kevin Sweat - KGS@askLEGALNC.com

MECKLENBURG BAR FOUNDATION COMMITTEES

Ayscue Professionalism Award Committee - Selects the recipient of the Ayscue Professionalism Award - a current or former member of the Mecklenburg County Bar - to recognize exemplary professionalism.  Presented during the annual Law & Society Luncheon.

Development Committee - Creates and implements fundraising development plan for MBF using the Lawyers' Impact Fund (unrestricted fund of the Bar Foundation Fund) campaign as its primary fundraising tool.

Grant Review Committee - Oversees implementation of Grant Request Application process, reviews grant requests and makes recommendations to the MBF Board of Directors.

McMillan Fellowship Committee -  Selects and supports summer fellowships to law students interested in pursuing a career with nonprofit or government agencies in Mecklenburg County.  Coordinates annual McMillan Fellowship Fund Dinner, the primary source of financial support for the Fellowships.

 

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