About the NCBA
The North Carolina Bar Association Mission Statement
Our mission is to serve the public and the legal profession by promoting the administration of justice and encouraging the highest standards of integrity, competence, civility and well-being of all members of the profession.
A voluntary organization more than 15,000 members strong, we are the largest organization in the state serving the diverse professional needs of lawyers.
The North Carolina Bar Association
The NCBA, founded in 1899, serves both attorneys and the general public with programs including professional support, lobbying
on issues of interest to the Bar, continuing legal education
programs, legal information
materials, the Lawyer Referral Service
, and support for pro bono legal services
. The NCBA, which annually counts more than 70 percent of the state's practicing attorneys among its membership, is the largest voluntary legal organization in North Carolina.
Platt D. Walker of Charlotte was the founding president of the NCBA. View a complete listing of NCBA presidents,
What is the difference between the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina State Bar?
The North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) is entirely separate from the mandatory N.C. State Bar.
The State Bar -- not the NCBA -- is the N.C. agency charged with regulating and disciplining attorneys. All lawyers licensed to practice in North Carolina must be members of the State Bar, which was established by the General Assembly in the 1930s. Contact the State Bar at 919-828-4620 to discuss concerns regarding the conduct and professional ethics of N.C. attorneys or visit the State Bar online.
The Web site address, like the names and functions of the two organizations, is similar and often confused with that of the NCBA () that you are currently visiting.