Liberty Funds honor and remember those North Carolina lawyers whose careers have demonstrated dedication to the pursuit of justice and outstanding service to the profession and the public. A Liberty Fund recognizes the honoree and their contributions to the legal profession in North Carolina with a glass mosaic panel inscribed with the attorney’s likeness, name, hometown and important dates. Liberty Funds are established by law firms, colleagues or families with a gift of $10,000 to the North Carolina Bar Foundation Endowment.
Each new Liberty Fund will be dedicated at an annual recognition ceremony held at the North Carolina Bar Center. Families, colleagues and friends of the honoree will be invited to this special occasion as guests of the bar leadership.
The glass mosaic panels have been designed by glass artisan Carla Delcambre of Raleigh. Each distinctive 8” x 8” glass recognition panel will be a unique addition of the Liberty Fund Wall of Honor. The combined effect of all two hundred forty glass panels will be a beautiful visual display that represents the uniqueness of each honorees’ life. On sunny North Carolina days, the glass panels will reflect all hues and shades of the color spectrum.
The North Carolina Bar Center is the home of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation as well as several legal-affiliated organizations. It is the preferred meeting space of North Carolina lawyers and judges.
Thousands of lawyers and innumerable legal organizations use the North Carolina Bar Center for meetings and events year-round. Built in 1994, the North Carolina Bar Center has been recognized as one of the premiere bar centers in the country. Its strategic location just off Interstate 40 and near RDU International Airport in Cary makes it readily accessible from all parts of the state.
The plaza, walkway and lake overview will be used by members and guests at the Bar Center as a pleasant break from bar meetings and CLE programs. A water feature and numerous benches will provide privacy for attorney-client matters. This expansion of the Bar Center’s outdoor venue will be used almost year-round. Its location and beautiful views adjoining Lake Crabtree and Lake Crabtree County Park will be a popular site.
The leadership of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation has established the following Liberty Fund criteria to ensure that appropriate selection standards are maintained in future years.
Liberty Fund Criteria
- A Liberty Fund honors those North Carolina lawyers whose careers have demonstrated dedication to the pursuit of justice and outstanding service to the profession and the public.
- All living Liberty Fund honorees must be a regular or emeritus lawyer member of the North Carolina Bar Association and in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar.
- Liberty Funds may honor either living or deceased North Carolina lawyers.
- A Liberty Fund may only honor an individual lawyer.
- A Liberty Fund will be officially established when the Bar Foundation Endowment has received contributions and pledges to the fund totaling $10,000.
- A Liberty Fund Review Committee will make all determinations regarding the establishment of these funds.
All contributions that establish Liberty Funds will be placed in the Foundation Endowment. The Foundation was established in 1960 as the non-profit, charitable arm of the North Carolina Bar Association. The Foundation advances the mission by protecting and promoting the legal rights of citizens, building respect for and understanding of the law and enhancing the professional competence of lawyers. All contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible.
The North Carolina Bar Association Foundation Endowment is a special endowed fund within the Foundation and was established in 1987. All contributions placed in the Endowment will be added to the corpus of the Endowment and will never be spent. An annual Endowment grant fund will be available from the interest income of the Endowment. The Foundation Investment Committee provides wise investment guidance for the Endowment and the Foundation Endowment Committee reviews and recommends for approval legally-related service project grants semi-annually. Since 1988, the Endowment has awarded grants totaling more than $3.5 million across North Carolina.