MCB Awards, Speeches & Essays



Ayscue Professionalism Award

The Mecklenburg County Bar's Ayscue Professionalism Award is presented each year to a current or former member of the Mecklenburg County Bar. Its purpose is to recognize exemplary professionalism.


Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award

The Diversity Champion Award was established in 2008 to recognize an individual who embodies high ethical standards, unquestioned integrity, consistent competence and who champions diversity in the legal profession.


James B. McMillan Fellowships

The Fund has a goal of promoting justice and innovation within the legal system in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, by awarding fellowships to law students desiring work experience with not-for-profit or governmental agencies.


Lawyer Referral Service Panel Member of the Year

The MCB Lawyer Referral Service Panel Member of the Year honors a lawyer panel member who has shown continued support and commitment to the MCB Lawyer Referral Service and its clients. 


Liberty Bell Award

The Liberty Bell Award recognizes outstanding community service that has strengthened the American system of freedom under the law by a non-lawyer.  


Extraordinary Pro Bono Service

These two awards recognize the Outstanding Individual Attorney who has contributed extraordinary service to provision of pro bono services as well as an Outstanding Collaborative Project that has contributed an extraordinary amount of pro bono services, impact for justice or demonstrated a dramatic improvement in its pro bono services.


MCB YLD Young Lawyer of the Year

The MCB YLD Young Lawyer of the Year recognizes the outstanding contributions a young lawyer makes to the practice of law and the Mecklenburg County community as a whole.





2012 Law & Society Luncheon Remarks from Brig. Gen. Mark Martins

October 30, 2012


Centennial Gala Keynote Address by Walter E. Dellinger III

February 16, 2012, Centennial Gala


2011 Law Day Speech given by Hon. Albert Diaz

The Legacy of John Adams from Boston to Guantanamo- given on May 5, 2011


Remarks to the Bar Leadership Class 2011

Given by John R. Wester, February 3, 2011


Introduction of Peter Gilchrist by U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins 

Peter Gilcrest Retirement Reception, December 2010


Remarks from Peter Gilchrist 

Peter Gilchrist Retirement Reception, December 2010


2010 Law Day Speech by Hon. Robert J. Conrad Jr.

Words Matter: Ennobling the Practice of Law in the 21st Century - given on May 5, 2010



Dean Jack Boger's Luncheon Series Speech

Full text of remarks given on January 26, 2007



2006 Ayscue Professionalism Award Speech

Full presentation remarks by Robert Sink about Russell Robinson, II, on November 15, 2006.


2005 Ayscue Professionalism Award Speeches

Read the speeches from the 2005 Ayscue Professionalism Award presented at the 2005 Law and Society Day Event


Remarks by Judge Tom Ross at Law Day 2005


Gene Nichol's Luncheon Series Speech

Full text of keynote address given on October 14, 2004


Acceptance Remarks by Ozzie Ayscue

For the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Professionalism Award




2010 Presentation to the Charlotte Rotary Club


By MCB President Patrick E. Kelly