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The NCBA’s extensive volunteer workforce is guided and supported by the steadfast service of its committees, commissions and task forces. If you would like to serve on an Association/Foundation committee for the coming year, please click here to let us know your committee preferences. For a full list of committees and their descriptions, please click here.

  • + Audit & Finance

    Audit & Finance

    Audit & Finance Committee is made up of members of the Board of Governors to reviews the financial affairs of the North Carolina Bar Association and North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Inc. It prepares the annual budget and serves as the audit committee.

  • + Charter & Bylaws

    Charter & Bylaws

    Charter & Bylaws Committee is made up of members of the Board of Governors. The committee originates and recommends amendments to the Charter & Bylaws of both the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Inc. It also assists the Board of Governors in submitting proposed charter and bylaws amendments to the membership.

  • + Investment

    Investment

    Investment Committee oversees the investments of the North Carolina Bar Association and North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Inc., including the Endowment, and assures that their respective funds are invested in the proper manner.

  • + Past Presidents

    Past Presidents

    Past Presidents Council serves as a leadership resource to the various working groups of the NCBA and the NCBA Foundation. Its membership consists of seven past presidents of the NCBA charged with the responsibility of following up on major reports and recommendations, reviewing existing programs and advising current leadership on new challenges and opportunities. The Council also screens nominees for the office of President-Elect and selected NCBA/NCBAF awards.

  • + Personnel

    Personnel

    Personnel Committee consults with the Executive Director and Audit and Finance Committee to advise NCBA officers and the Board of Governors regarding personnel matters.

  • + Strategic Planning & Emerging Trends

    Strategic Planning & Emerging Trends

    Strategic Planning & Emerging Trends Committee is responsible for the continual planning process necessary to refine the goals of the NCBA and NCBA Foundation and to identify emerging issues of importance to the profession that should be addressed by the NCBA and NCBA Foundation. This committee also creates the strategic plan for the organization and is responsible for the implementation of such plan.

  • + Bench/Bar Liaison

    Bench/Bar Liaison

    Bench/Bar Liaison Committee promotes cooperation between the bench and the bar to advance the profession and its service to the public. Membership consists of judges and attorneys.

  • + Communications

    Communications

    Communications Committee recommends to the Board of Governors and/or Executive Director requirements to accommodate the communications needs of the NCBA. It also educates and informs the public of NCBA programs and projects, helps the public understand the rule of law and the role of lawyers in society and instills confidence and respect of the legal system by using whatever media are most effective and appropriate. It also educates and informs members about NCBA activities, accomplishments and opportunities.

  • + Convention Planning

    Convention Planning

    Convention Planning Advisory Committee is charged with advising the president and NCBA staff in planning the NCBA Annual Meeting.

  • + Internet & Regulations Task Force

    Internet & Regulations Task Force

    The Internet & Regulations Task Force serves as a resource for all lawyers in the State of NC by educating the public about the need for lawyers, exploring new business models and the future of legal services as it relates to changes and challenges arising from internet based law firms and self-help legal websites, and working to improve access to quality legal assistance from lawyers and fillable forms available through various online form providers.

  • + Judicial Independence

    Judicial Independence

    Judicial Independence Committee seeks to improve methods for the selection of judges to promote judicial independence and the overall quality of the judiciary in North Carolina. The committee is charged with reviewing the state's system for selecting judges and advising on reforms to improve the system.

  • + Law School Liaison

    Law School Liaison

    Law School Liaison Committee facilitates communication between legal educators and the practicing bar and serves as a clearinghouse for information regarding the law schools. The committee also is responsible for examining and monitoring all aspects of pre-licensure education.

  • + Lawyer Referral Service

    Lawyer Referral Service

    Lawyer Referral Service Committee oversees and advises the NCBA Foundation and Lawyer Referral Service staff on the operation of the NC Lawyer Referral Service. The Lawyer Referral Service receives calls from more than 70,000 people each year, and provides attorney referrals and referrals to relevant state agencies, legal service providers, and other resources as needed to callers.

  • + Legislative Advisory

    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 will closely look at 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.

  • + Local Bar

    Local Bar

    Local Bar Outreach Committee acts as the advisory committee to offer recommendations about how the Association may serve the needs of local bar organizations. This committee also conducts the annual Bar Leadership Institute, a full day of leadership skills training for leaders of local, judicial district and specialty bar organizations across the state, and is responsible for enacting the recommendations of the Lawyers for an Educated Work Force Task Force by engaging local bars in activities they can implement in their local schools.

  • + Membership

    Membership

    Membership Committee is charged with identifying, recommending and implementing strategies to encourage new and continued membership of North Carolina attorneys in the North Carolina Bar Association. The committee also identifies ways to attract and retain the membership and to foster the participation of certain attorney groups such as women, ethnic minorities, nonprofit counsel, plaintiffs’ attorneys and public-sector attorneys. The committee reviews all services offered to NCBA members, as well as membership recruitment and retention.

  • + Minorities in the Profession

    Minorities in the Profession

    Minorities in the Profession Committee is a committee of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) dedicated to (i) promoting an increased presence of minorities in the legal profession; (ii) the ongoing education of minorities in the legal profession; (iii) the betterment of life for those minorities in the legal profession; (iv) providing the public with quality information regarding issues of concern to minority lawyers; and (v) educating the public about the contributions of North Carolina’s minority lawyers. To this end, the MIP has developed two subcommittees that provide programs and events to promote these purposes.

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  • + Technology

    Technology

    Technology Committee is charged with encouraging development and implementation of reliable remote access available to all North Carolina legal professionals via computer to public records; supporting and overseeing the evaluation and implementation of new technologies that support all facets of the NCBA; and helping NCBA members realize the benefits of technology through the identification and recommendation of products, services and providers of particular interest to legal professionals.

  • + Transitioning Lawyers Commission

    Transitioning Lawyers Commission

    Transitioning Lawyers Commission [formerly Retiring With Dignity Task Force] addresses issues involved with winding down a law practice and retiring gracefully. The Commission works to identify the most important components of this process and establish a solid protocol to assist North Carolina lawyers and law firms. The undertaking will also consider the issues of aging and how to deal with cognitive impairment.

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  • + Women in the Profession

    Women in the Profession

    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 Association and the legal profession. This is achieved, in part, through educational programs, awareness initiatives, and networking events that highlight the accomplishments of women attorneys.

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  • + Access To Justice Leadership Council

    Access To Justice Leadership Council

    Access to Justice Leadership Council provides NCBA leadership to increase the level of financial support by lawyers for the annual statewide Legal Aid of North Carolina Access to Justice Campaign. It works to strengthen local bar and legal aid office relationships while actively encouraging local financial contributions of the private bar to the ATJ annual campaign.

  • + Administration of Justice

    Administration of Justice

    Administration of Justice Committee monitors the civil and criminal justice systems in North Carolina and addresses such important issues as overcrowded court dockets, creation of new courts, public defender's offices and judicial salaries.

  • + Appellate Rules

    Appellate Rules

    Appellate Rules Committee examines the rules of appellate procedure and recommends needed changes to the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors for ultimate referral to the Chief Justice and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

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  • + Continuing Legal Education

    Continuing Legal Education

    Continuing Legal Education Committee has oversight responsibility for the Continuing Legal Education program of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Inc.

  • + Development

    Development

    Development Committee provides volunteer leadership for fundraising activities conducted by the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, including the fundraising for the annual Patron Campaign; the growth of the Foundation's Endowment through the establishment of Justice Funds, Liberty Funds and other named funds; any naming opportunity efforts; and special projects assigned by the Foundation Board of Directors.

  • + Endowment

    Endowment

    Endowment Committee reviews funding requests from across the state and recommends grants from the Endowment of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. Upon approval of the Foundation Board of Directors, the committee awards, publicizes and then monitors grants to ensure effective use of funds and successful completion of grant projects.

  • + Statewide Service Day (4ALL)

    Statewide Service Day (4ALL)

    4ALL Statewide Service Day Committee is a joint initiative of the NCBA and NCBA Foundation that provides free legal information to North Carolinians. The committee plans and executes the 4ALL Statewide Service Day, held annually on the first Friday in March, at which volunteer attorneys field legal questions from those in need. This committee works with all NCBA and NCBAF entities and the legal aid community to garner volunteers, to update support and training materials, and to ensure that thousands of callers receive free legal information from NC attorneys on the Statewide Service Day.

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  • + JPE

    JPE

    Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee was created in 2008 to conduct a judicial performance evaluation survey of Superior and District Court judges whose seats are up in the next election cycle. The committee serves to strengthen the judiciary by providing the citizens of North Carolina with information to make informed and educated choices when voting for judges.

  • + Law-Related Education

    Law-Related Education

    Law-Related Education Committee was established to educate and empower North Carolina teachers, students and general public by providing civic and legal educational resources, programs and competitions.

  • + LEQL

    LEQL

    Lawyer Effectiveness & Quality of Life Committee is responsible for carrying out the recommendations of the Quality of Life Task Force as set out in its Final Report dated June 20, 1991. In carrying out these recommendations, the committee engages in activities to help attorneys successfully practice law in an ever increasingly complex and competitive profession.

  • + Planned Giving

    Planned Giving

    Planned Giving Committee will lead all NCBA Foundation efforts to educate lawyers about planned giving and secure gifts from members and increase Platt D. Walker Society membership. All efforts will be coordinated with the Development Committee and will comply with gift acceptance policies of the Foundation.

  • + Pro Bono Activities

    Pro Bono Activities

    Pro Bono Activities Committee advises the NCBA Foundation on activities relating to pro bono delivery of legal services, 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 NCBA’s annual Pro Bono Awards and through the Pro Bono Honor Roll.

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  • + Professionalism

    Professionalism

    Professionalism Committee develops and oversees professionalism initiatives on behalf of the NCBA and the NCBA Foundation, including the North Carolina Lawyer Professional Creed. The committee recommends recipients for the annual H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award to the NCBA Board of Governors.

  • + Career Services Task Force

    Career Services Task Force

    The Career Services Task Force is charged with researching the issues around the different stages of the careers of our members and to develop a work product containing recommendations to be considered by the Board of Governors identifying the opportunities where our organization may provide services to our members.

  • + Citizen Lawyers

    Citizen Lawyers

    Citizen Lawyer Committee recognizes the public service of attorneys in North Carolina through the Citizen Lawyer Award.

  • + Delivery of Legal Services

    Delivery of Legal Services

    The Delivery of Legal Services Committee is a new permanent standing committee whose mission will be to coordinate between the Bar Association, North Carolina law schools, local and rural bar associations, practitioners, students and the public on a vision for the future of North Carolina legal education. One critical component of this will be the implementation of programs that deepen the practical skills and experience of our emerging and new North Carolina attorneys while delivering legal services that meet unmet or underserved needs of North Carolinians.

  • + LOTL

    LOTL

    Lawyer on the Line Committee plans, oversees and implements a partnership program between NCBA Foundation and Legal Aid of North Carolina. Lawyer on the Line volunteers provide advice by phone to Legal Aid-screened clients.

  • + Memorials

    Memorials

    Memorials Committee is responsible for reporting the names of deceased NCBA members and honoring them by a memorial tribute at the NCBA Annual Meeting.

  • + Military & Veterans Affairs

    Military & Veterans Affairs

    Military & Veterans Affairs Committee develops and oversees NCBA-led efforts serving attorneys who practice in military and veterans-related areas of law, and organizes and promotes endeavors directly serving active duty and retired military personnel.

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  • + Nominations

    Nominations

    Nominations Committee selects and nominates qualified NCBA members for the offices of vice-presidents and board members, which are voted on by the membership at the NCBA Annual Meeting.

  • + Resolutions

    Resolutions

    Resolutions Committee prepares and screens all resolutions to be voted on by the membership at the NCBA Annual Meeting. It also serves as a working committee at Board meetings to draft necessary resolutions for considerations by the Board.

  • + Foundation Funding Task Force

    Foundation Funding Task Force

    The Foundation Funding Task Force was established to review the components within the NCBA and the NCBA Foundation and to make recommendations to the Board of Governors pertaining to their future alignment, with an emphasis on maintaining good stewardship of NCBA Foundation funds.

  • + Awards and Recognitions Committee

    Awards and Recognitions Committee

    The Awards and Recognitions Committee was established to review all awards and recognitions bestowed by the NCBA and the NCBA Foundation, including but not limited to the naming of existing awards and recognitions, the establishment and naming of new awards, and guidelines for selecting and reviewing the credentials and qualifications of recipients.