Stephanie W. Adelman “This sounds really corny, I know.  But I want to be able to give power to people who don’t have it.”, Stephanie Adelman, decribing what motivated her to become a public defender. For more than 20 years, she has worked as an assistant public defender in Mecklenburg County, where her work has ranged from trying cases from misdemeanors to murders, to managing the felony drug unit, to spearheading a unique program called Fast Track that speeds defendants through the criminal process while still protecting their rights.  Read More

1-8-15 Lawyers' Luncheon Series - Cyber Security for Attorneys: Preventing Cyber Theft
Join your colleagues at a regular monthly luncheon to eat, socialize and learn from an FBI representative about ways to protect against cyber theft. NEW LOCATION: Bar & Foundation Center, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

1-22-15 Come Rap With Us - Women in the Legal Field
Free networking event and lunch to connect informally with peers and discuss the history of women practicing law in Mecklenburg County and look at current state of affairs for women in the legal field. Register by 1/19/15.

1-29-15 Bar Leadership Dinner featuring Keynote Speaker Anne M. Tompkins
The Bar Leadership Dinner is a celebration of leadership and service provided by Mecklenburg County Bar members & Mecklenburg Bar Foundation supporters.

2-5-15 Lawyers' Luncheon Series
Join your colleagues at a regular monthly luncheon to eat, socialize and hear remarks from a speaker. 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. at the Bar & Foundation Center.

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Now Accepting MBF Grant Requests
The MBF considers grant requests once annually. All grant requests should be submitted no later than December 31. Grants will be reviewed for approval during the first quarter of 2014.

Bar & Foundation Center Now Open
The new Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center is now open - a modern, functional facility equipped with everything needed to help lawyers connect with the community and each other.

Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center Naming Rights Campaign
The MCB and MBF are proud to announce that thanks to the wonderful generosity of our firms, corporate law departments and foundations, and individuals in campaign leadership, $1,179,800 has been raised for the Bar & Foundation Center Naming Rights Campaign.

Nominations Sought for 2014-15 MCB Pro Bono Awards
Send in your choices and supporting materials for Outstanding Individual Attorney and Outstanding Collaborative Project by 12/31/14

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Servant Leadership
By Carla N. Archie

As we approach the holiday season and the end of the year, I find myself reflecting on the year, its personal and professional challenges, and it reminds of the Biblical story of Noah.  As the story is recorded in the book of Genesis, God regretted the creation of man and decided to eliminate the human race.  God told Noah of his plan to send a great flood and instructed Noah to build an ark.  God gave Noah some very specific instructions on how to build the ark.  He said to make it out of cypress wood.  Make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.  Make it 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. Make a roof for it. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. He also told Noah to take his wife, his sons, and his sons' wives, as well as two of every kind of animal and all sorts of food.  The scriptures say that Noah did everything God commanded.  Then, in seven days, it started to rain.

We may ascribe to different religious beliefs; however, the story of Noah teaches a common lesson in faithful obedience.  Imagine if Noah hadn't listened to God--- he would have perished with all the rest.  Imagine if Noah had focused on his critics--- the people who said "Noah, you're 600 years old.  Just enjoy your retirement!"--- or the ones who said, "Noah, it's impossible to do all this in just 7 days."--- or the ones who said, "Noah, there's not a rain cloud in the sky!" Read More

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