Robert E. Harrington - 2015 Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion

The Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award, which honors an individual who embodies high ethical standards, unquestioned integrity, consistent competence and who champions diversity in the legal profession, was presented to Robert E Harrington at the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation’s Hon. James B. McMillan Fellowship Dinner. Robert E. Harrington is a partner with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. practicing commercial litigation. Read more.

Upcoming Bar Events

9-3-15 Lawyers' Luncheon Series Kickoff

Join your colleagues for the first monthly Lawyers' Luncheon of the year! Enjoy lunch, bring your business cards to network, and kick off a great series with fellow attorneys.

9-3-15 Memorial Service for J. Carlton Fleming

Friends and colleagues are encouraged to attend and, if desired, say a few words in celebration of Mr. Fleming's life.

9-18-15 YLD Brewery Law Update CLE and Fall Social

Join the MCB YLD for an informal networking social immediately following the Brewery Law CLE.

10-1-15 Lawyers' Luncheon Series

Join your colleagues at a regular monthly luncheon to eat, socialize and hear remarks from a speaker.

10-23-15 Legal Eagle Charity Golf Tournament

Take part in a charity golf tournament in support of organizations and projects with a legal nexus in our community.

10-28-15 Swearing-In Ceremony

All MCB members are invited to attend the Ceremony, RSVP required.

11-5-15 Lawyers' Luncheon Series

Join your colleagues at a regular monthly luncheon to eat, socialize and hear remarks from a speaker.

11-12-15 Law & Society Luncheon

The MCB and MBF present this annual luncheon with the keynote address by Joseph B. Cheshire V and presentation of the Ayscue Professionalism Award.

1-7-16 Lawyers' Luncheon Series

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2-4-16 Lawyers' Luncheon Series

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3-3-16 Lawyers' Luncheon Series

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4-7-16 Lawyers' Luncheon Series

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News & Announcements

Purchase Your 2015-16 Blue Pages Listing(s)

The blue pages or "areas of concentration" are an invaluable listing of attorneys, indexed by specific areas of practice. Attorneys listed in the blue pages under their areas of practice are at the fingertips of anyone needing to make a referral.

Pay Your Annual Membership Fee (Member Dues) Here

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Lunch with a Lawyer Mentors Needed for the 2015-16 School Year

The MCB Diversity & Inclusion Committee is currently seeking volunteer attorneys who are interested in making a difference in the life of a young person by mentoring a student in the Lunch with a Lawyer program.

Nominations Sought for Ayscue Professionalism Award

The MBF is accepting nominations for the Ayscue Professionalism Award. Entries should include a letter of nomination as well as the nominee’s bio and/or resume. Nominations are due on or before Fri., Oct. 16, 2015.

Nominations Sought for Diversity Champion Award

Nominations are being sought for the MCB Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award to recognize an individual who embodies high ethical standards, unquestioned integrity, consistent competence, and who champions diversity in the legal profession. Nomination deadline: Oct. 30, 2015

NC State Bar Councilor Election Notice

All active members of the Mecklenburg County Bar (the 26th Judicial District Bar), as reflected on the official records of the North Carolina State Bar, are requested to take notice that an election will be held to fill six seats on the State Bar Council effective January 1, 2016.

Now Recruiting Linking Lawyers Mentors and Mentees

The MCB Linking Lawyers mentoring initiative is seeking mentors and mentees for the 2015-16 year.

Featured MCB News Article

SERVICE By Cory Hohnbaum

I graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Westminster is best known as the place where Winston Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946. The speech is considered one of the opening volleys announcing the beginning of the Cold War. The National Churchill Museum is located on the campus of Westminster and you couldn’t help but be a Churchill fan after four years at Westminster. One of Churchill’s most repeated quotes is, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

This is not a revelation to the lawyers of the Mecklenburg County Bar. It is hard to find a nonprofit organization in Mecklenburg County that hasn’t benefitted from the volunteer time, effort and expertise of one of our lawyers. From serving on boards to putting up walls in a Habitat house, that spirit of service has been passed down from each generation of lawyers to the next and is part of the fabric of our community.

There are lawyers in our community who take that sense of service to others to another level and devote their professional life to public service. Lawyers who have made that choice are a source of inspiration to me and an enduring reminder of what is noble about our profession. I recently spoke to one of those lawyers, Doug Sea, whom I have admired since I started practicing law. Doug has spent all but a few months of his 35 years practicing public interest law, the last 31 of those years with Legal Services of Southern Piedmont. Although there were many reasons for his choice to both start a career in the public interest arena and his choosing to stay committed to that choice, Doug is driven to help the underprivileged, to ensure that the voiceless in our society are heard and to safeguard their rights. He is motivated to work on making a difference, to funnel his considerable skill into cases, in his words, "that matter." And he has done exactly that.

Doug is the preeminent public benefits litigator representing low-income people in North Carolina. He has been lead counsel or co-counsel in most of the major class action or precedent-setting court cases on behalf of low-income people seeking cash assistance, health care and services such as child support enforcement and job training.

While known mostly for his litigation successes, Doug has contributed in other ways to the cause of justice for low-income people and to the world of legal services. His credibility as a litigator gives him a powerful platform for quiet but effective non-litigation advocacy. As but one example, his work to negotiate a child health services coverage policy with NC Medicaid officials has resulted in guidelines that are a national model—modified for other states and cited by the federal Medicaid agency. Doug works informally with many other local and state agencies, consults with advocates in many other human services agencies and sits on many advisory committees on issues affecting children and families, the elderly, disabled persons and those living in poverty.

Inspiration to do the right thing can be found in many places. With our busy lives, it is easy to get lost in ourselves. Carving out time to serve others sometimes seems impossible. The devotion of those of our fellow lawyers who are in the trenches every day serving the underprivileged—lawyers like Doug Sea—serves as a useful reminder of the wisdom of Churchill’s words.