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


12-10-14 Bar & Foundation Center Grand Opening Celebration
In lieu of the MCB Holiday Party, please join us for a festive celebration in honor of the grand opening of the new Bar & Foundation Center.

1-8-15 Lawyers' Luncheon Series
Join your colleagues at a regular monthly luncheon to eat, socialize and hear remarks from a speaker. NEW LOCATION: Bar & Foundation Center, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

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.

3-5-15 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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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.

Now Accepting Nominations for State Bar Councilor
Any MCB member wishing to nominate a candidate for councilor must submit that nomination in writing by Nov. 21.

We're Moving Nov. 19 - 21
The MCB and MBF will be moving into the new Bar & Foundation Center Nov. 19 - Nov. 21.

Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship - Now Accepting Applications
All first-year law students who advance the value of diversity in the Charlotte legal market are encouraged to apply. Application Deadline: 1/23/15 at 12 p.m.

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Getting Close
By Carla N. Archie

A few years ago, I attended a conference hosted by the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).  As with most professional conferences, it was filled with panels and presentations on substantive changes in the law and emerging trends.  But the most enriching part of the conference, for me, was the last session--- an insightful, motivational, personal development segment led by Anthony Bell, CEO of Leader Development Inc. in Columbia, SC. 

Bell started with a visual demonstration.  There were several bottles of varying shapes and sizes, positioned together in a crate on the floor of the stage.  Bell, a relatively tall man, stood beside the crate, holding a pitcher of water.  He announced his intention to fill the bottles on the floor with the water in the pitcher, and slowly began pouring water over the crate from approximately 4 feet above.  Instead of filling the bottles, much of the water flowed between the bottles, through the openings in the crate, splashing onto the floor of the stage.  The audience chuckled at the mess he made, and so he turned to us, feigning indignation, and asked, “What would you suggest I do differently?”  And in varying ways, we all chimed in.  Bend over.  Lean down.  Get on your knees.  Synthesizing our responses, he said, “Oh, you want me to get closer?”  “Yes!” the audience shouted in unison.  And so began the lesson - in order to bring about a change in people and performance, we must get close enough to pour into them the resources they need. Read More


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