Interested in what goes on at the State Bar’s quarterly meetings, but don’t want to drive to Raleigh to find out?
Now you don’t have to.
The State Bar has begun live streaming its Council meetings via Facebook Live. The debut broadcast was on January 18. Access future broadcasts at State Bar’s Facebook page.
The State Bar Council is the Bar’s governing body. It consists of 61 councilors elected by the lawyers in their home communities. The following are 2018 State Bar officers:
- Gray Wilson, president
- Colon Willoughby Jr., president-elect
- Barbara R. Christy, vice president
- John M. Silverstein, past-president
- Alice Neece Mine, secretary-treasurer
7 Facts About the State Bar
Here are some things you may or may not know about the State Bar:
- The North Carolina State Bar was created in 1933 by the General Assembly as the government agency responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in North Carolina. The objectives are to protect the public and protect our system of justice.
- The State Bar currently regulates more than 28,000 licensed lawyers.
- In addition to the lawyer-councilors, three nonlawyer public members are appointed by the governor.
- The Bar has a staff of more than 80 people to carry out daily operations.
- The revenue to run the State Bar comes from annual dues paid by every active member. No tax revenue is used to run the Bar.
- The chief regulatory responsibility of the State Bar is to investigate and prosecute lawyers who violate the State Bar’s code of ethics for lawyers. Information about disciplinary action is found here.
- Other regulatory activities include: promoting the competency of lawyers and paralegals; adopting the code of ethics for lawyers (The Rules of Professional Conduct), counseling lawyers on how to follow the Rules, resolving fee disputes between lawyers and clients, preventing the practice of law by people who are not licensed, compensating clients who were the victims of lawyer theft (Financial Theft by a Lawyer), and advancing the administration of justice.