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Committees

Members can help shape the Association and the legal profession through committee involvement.

The President-Elect appoints committee members for the upcoming Bar Year following an application process that opens in the spring of each year. Contact the Communities Department if you have a general inquiry.

NCBF 4ALL Statewide Service Day | 4ALL Statewide Service Day Committee is a joint initiative of the NCBA and NCBF that implements and executes the annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day.

Annual Meeting | The Annual Meeting Committee assists with planning the NCBA Annual Meeting.

Appellate Rules | The Appellate Rules Committee examines the rules of appellate procedure and recommends any revisions to the Board of Governors for ultimate referral and consideration by the N.C. Supreme Court.

Awards & Recognitions | The Awards & Recognitions Committee reviews all awards and recognitions bestowed by the NCBA and the NCBF, including but not limited to the naming of existing awards and recognitions and establishment and naming of new awards.

NCBF Civic & Community Education | The Civic Education & Community Engagement Committee provides volunteer leadership for the Foundation’s civic education programs, including the Middle School Mock Trial and Lawyers for Literacy programs.

Communications Communications Committee monitors the communications program of the NCBA/NCBF and judges the NCBA Media and the Law Awards presented annually at the N.C. Press Association’s winter conference.

Continuing Legal Education Advisory | Continuing Legal Education Advisory Committee provides strategic advice to the Director of CLE concerning offerings of the CLE department. Committee members with competencies in e-commerce, curriculum design, online learning management systems, adult learning, and publishing are sought.

NCBF Development | Development Committee provides volunteer leadership for all Foundation fundraising initiatives, including the Annual Fund Campaign, Endowment Gifts, Major Gifts Development, Planned Gifts, and Recognition Gifts. Members support gift stewardship and recognition efforts.

NCBF Endowment | Endowment Committee reviews funding requests and recommends grants from the Endowment of the North Carolina Bar Foundation.

Future of Law | Future of Law Committee tracks and analyzes the impact of leading-edge technology in the law.

Judicial Independence & Integrity | The Judicial Independence and Integrity Committee strives, through educational and public information efforts, to increase awareness across all stakeholders of the importance of an independent judiciary and the critical role of the judicial branch. This committee supports the integrity of the civil and criminal justice systems in North Carolina by monitoring and addressing important issues affecting the judicial branch such as funding, overcrowded court dockets, new courts, public defender offices and other court needs.

Lawyer Referral Service | Lawyer Referral Service Committee monitors the operation of our North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service and recommends improvements to the program.

Legislative Advisory | Legislative Advisory Committee works with the NCBA’s Office of Governmental Affairs to provide advice and counsel to the Board of Governors regarding public policy and legislative priorities. It closely considers strategies and initiatives that the NCBA may undertake to effectively advance its legislative agenda, particularly on substantive legislation involving the legal profession and the administration of justice. The Committee will develop and propose recommendations to the Board of Governors regarding various legislative strategies.

Membership Engagement | The Membership Engagement Committee focuses on delivering events, activities and resources for NCBA members.

Minorities in the Profession | The Minorities in the Profession Committee (MIP) is dedicated to promoting an increased presence of minorities in the legal profession; the ongoing education of minorities in the legal profession; the betterment of life for those minorities in the legal profession; providing the public with quality information regarding issues of concern to minority lawyers; and educating the public about the contributions of North Carolina’s minority lawyers.

NCBF Programs | The Foundation Programs Committee provides oversight of the pro bono and civic education programs of the Foundation and makes recommendations to the Board regarding such programs, as appropriate.

Professionalism | The Professionalism Committee develops and oversees professionalism initiatives and recommends a recipient for the annual H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award.

Pro Bono | The Pro Bono Committee works with NCBA Sections, Divisions and Committees to implement pro bono and public service projects; engages members in the delivery of pro bono legal services; and recognizes attorneys doing pro bono work through the annual Pro Bono Awards.

Professional Vitality | The Professional Vitality Committee (PVC) focuses on the well-being of legal professionals from the beginning of career to winding down, to retired; not only on the stresses of the profession but on the joys of our life experiences – on living while lawyering. The PVC seeks to draw on our diverse collective experiences as legal professionals, in a variety of workplaces at varying stages of life and careers, to craft and curate resources which educate and raise awareness about skills that positively affect human behavior and enhance enjoyment in being a legal professional.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity | The SOGI Committee will work to oppose discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; to promote the expertise and advancement of LGBTQ+ legal professionals; and to serve the larger LGBTQ+ community through providing legal education, resources, and information to the legal community and the public.

Transitioning Lawyers Commission | The Transitioning Lawyers Commission’s (TLC) purpose is to support lawyers with resources and services as they determine the best course of action to wind down a practice whether through Succession Planning or the Sale of Practice. For lawyers experiencing a decline in cognitive function, we also offer confidential Transitional Support Services. TLC consists of members of the NCBA who want to work with lawyers in deciding on the best way to slow down and ultimately retire with dignity and grace.

Women in the Profession | The Women in the Profession Committee serves as a resource for the NCBA by, among other things, identifying ways to encourage and maintain the active participation and advancement of women in the NCBA and the legal profession. This is achieved, in part, through educational programs, awareness initiatives, and networking events that highlight the accomplishments of women attorneys.