Mecklenburg County Bar

     Bar Blast      October 24, 2013



Net proceeds benefit Justice Initiatives and the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation's support of Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Legal Aid of North Carolina and Council for Children's Rights. 


10-30-13 MCB Lawyers' Networking Social & Happy Hour
The MCB's Social and Networking Committee invites you to join fellow Bar members for networking and specials on drinks and appetizers at ICEHOUSE SouthEnd.


Join the YLD on Sunday, November 3 at 9 a.m. for BBQ, drinks, corn hole and fun!


11-7-13 Lawyers Luncheon Series - Human Trafficking in NC
What is it and what are we doing about it? Join the MCB for lunch, networking, and to learn about human trafficking in NC, its impact on our community, and the efforts of many organizations to combat it. 


11-8-13 Coffee Connections

Drop by for a free networking event. This Coffee Connections will provide the opportunity to meet with Clerks of Court and Judges. 


11-13-13 Law & Society Luncheon
Featuring Bryan A. Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. 



Bar Leadership Institute is Accepting Applications - Last Week to Apply!

The BLI provides an opportunity to develop personal leadership potential, become aware of leadership opportunities, consider pressing issues and develop a spirit of lasting collegiality. Application deadline:  Nov. 1, 2013


NCBA's Judicial Performance Evaluation (JPE) - Phase I

The NCBA aims to provide comprehensive information on judicial candidates provided by practicing attorneys. JPE Phase I includes Special Superior Court judges and all trial judges slated to appear on the ballot in 2014, except the newest judges. Judges are given an overall rating and are graded on legal ability, integrity and impartiality, professionalism, communication and administrative skills. Deadline to participate: 11/15/13.  


NC's First African American Chief Justice To Speak

Justice Henry Frye and his biographer, Howard Covington Jr., will speak at the Levine Museum of the New South at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17.  Topics to be covered include Justice Frye's efforts as a legislator in the late 1960s and early 1970s to increase voting opportunities for North Carolina citizens, memorable cases during his nearly 20 years on the state's high court, and life experiences during a period of great social change.

The program is open to the public and without charge.


Councilor Election Notice for NC State Bar Council
All active members of the MCB are requested to take notice that an election will be held to fill one seat on the State Bar Council effective January 1, 2014. 


10-28-13 Juvenile Law Section Meeting
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Courthouse, Room 9610

10-30-13 Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section Informal Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Terrace Cafe South Park

10-30-13 Civil Litigation Section Lunch
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. MCB CLE Room - Guest Speaker: James E. Ferguson II -- Experience overcoming racism as an African American attorney starting in practice and the litigation tips learned along the way. Lunch is FREE for Civil Litigation Section members! Non-section members may attend for $10 or may join the section for $25 and attend the lunch for free. 
11-6-13 Tax Section Meeting
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. MCB CLE Room

11-7-13 Estate Planning & Probate Section Social
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Vivace

11-21-13 Immigration Section Lunch
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Portofino's (5126 Park Road)

11-25-13 Juvenile Law Section Meeting
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Courthouse, Room 9610
Volunteer Opportunities

The Young Lawyers Division is looking for volunteers for their annual Ask-A-Lawyer Day on Sat., Oct. 26 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Volunteer attorneys will be provided with various training materials and will provide free legal advice to the public at the West Boulevard Public Library. 


Seeking Linking Lawyers Mentors and Mentees!

The MCB mentoring program Linking Lawyers is seeking volunteer mentors and mentees to participate in its 2013-14 class. Linking Lawyers is designed to be a resource for networking and guidance on issues of professional conduct and career perspective, as well as to provide an introduction into diverse areas of the law.

Courts Corner 


Administrative Order - Civil Motions Court 

Hon. Richard D. Boner issued an Administrative Order, effective November 4, 2013, regarding the length and quantity of briefs and other documents that may be submitted to the judges holding the Civil Motions Court.  Click on the link above to download the Administrative Order.

Award Nominations

Nominations Sought for Ayscue Professionalism Award
Nominations are being south for the Ayscue Professionalism Award to recognize exemplary professionalism. Nominations are due on or before Oct. 28, 2013.

Nominations sought for Diversity Champion Award
Nominations are being sought for the Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award to recognize an individual who embodies high ethical standards, unquestioned integrity, consistent competence, and who champions diversity in the legal profession. Nominations are due on or before Nov. 29, 2013.
Nominations Sought for MCB Pro Bono Awards
Send in your choices and supporting materials for Outstanding Individual Attorney and Outstanding Collaborative Project. Nominations are due on or before Dec. 31, 2013. 

Bar Foundation Fund


A Big BFF Thank You to the Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors! 


The Mecklenburg Bar Foundation would like to thank the 2013-14 Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors for stepping up in a big way to support the 2013 Bar Foundation Fund by joining the BFF Honor Roll with 100% participation in supporting the Lawyers' Impact Fund. From all of us at MBF, thanks to all of you on the MCB Board!


Don't miss your chance to become a part of one of the most ambitious Bar Foundation Fund campaign ever! We've already raised over $177,000 to date. We're getting closer each day, but we still have a long way to go and we need your help!


For more information or to make other donation arrangements, contact Leah Reed Campbell, Director of Foundation Development at or 704/375-8624.   

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