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Aug 2, 2018

NC Bar’s Nominating Committee names executive committee nominees

Greensboro attorney Barbara Christy was selected July 26 by the North Carolina State Bar’s Nominating Committee to stand for election to the office of vice president of the state bar. Peter Bolac, legal counsel for the NC State Bar, said that traditionally, in North Carolina, the vice president is voted in as the next president-elect […]

May 24, 2018

Charlotte attorney receives Distinguished Service Award

A Charlotte attorney was presented with the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award at the Mecklenburg County Bar’s annual Law Day luncheon on May 3. The award was given to George Hanna III for his career-long commitment to pro bono service. Hanna received the award from North Carolina State Bar President John Silverstein, with the […]

May 17, 2018

Pro bono honor society inducts 345 attorneys

The Pro Bono Resource Center inducted 345 attorneys into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society after they each reported providing 50 or more hours of pro bono legal services in 2017. Chief Justice Mark Martin, who chairs the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, stressed the importance of legal representation to democracy. “One […]

May 12, 2016

Boyce booted, vows to keep fighting

Raleigh lawyer Gene Boyce aims to continue his scrap with the North Carolina State Bar, despite a bruising court hearing that resulted in the dismissal of his lawsuit May 6. “I ain’t anywhere near giving up,” said Boyce, who will celebrate his 84th birthday in July. He added that he planned to appeal the ruling. […]

Apr 22, 2016

NC State Bar panel considers innocence rule for prosecutors

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina State Bar panel seemed to make progress Thursday on the issue of whether prosecutors should be required to turn over evidence of innocence after a person is convicted. At issue is a model rule recommended by the American Bar Association that requires prosecutors to turn over such evidence. […]

Mar 8, 2016

A tale of two candidates

Chris Livingston is a colorful consumer advocacy lawyer with a disciplinary record, a new red Corvette and the lowest peer rating of any judge candidate ever included in the North Carolina Bar Association’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Survey, established in 2012. He stands in stark contrast to his opponent – Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas […]

Feb 18, 2016

North Carolina State Bar under scrutiny

In 2012, a unanimous appellate panel found that the North Carolina State Bar had deprived an attorney who was facing disbarment of her due process rights. The State Bar’s complaint against former Charlotte real estate lawyer Sybil Barrett hinged on a single allegation of misconduct. But at her disciplinary hearing, the State Bar blindsided her […]

Jan 10, 2016

State Bar disciplinary hearing slated for innocence attorney

RALEIGH (AP) — A North Carolina attorney who has worked tirelessly for the release of the wrongly convicted from prison now faces accusations of misconduct. A disciplinary hearing before the North Carolina State Bar is scheduled to begin Monday for Chris Mumma, who is accused of violating rules of professional conduct in a case involving […]

Aug 5, 2015

Bar withdraws contempt motion against Raleigh lawyer

The North Carolina State Bar has withdrawn its motion to hold Raleigh lawyer A.P. Carlton in civil contempt for allegedly violating an injunction against several debt settlement companies accused of swindling state residents. The bar had asked Business Court Chief Judge James Gale to hold Carlton and his client at the time, World Law South, […]

May 28, 2015

Ag-gag bill would strangle business investigations

State lawmakers have made it more difficult for lawyers to perform an act the North Carolina State Bar found to be ethical in a recent proposed opinion. The Ethics Committee published a proposed opinion that an attorney may supervise a private investigator acting as what they’re calling a “tester,” someone who will misrepresent his identity […]

Apr 28, 2015

Software glitch causes CLE confusion for a few

Attorney Matt Cordell received a deficiency letter recently informing him that if he didn’t come into CLE compliance soon, he would need to get ready to stand before the North Carolina State Bar and do some explaining. But Cordell, of Ward and Smith in Raleigh, believed he was in compliance, as did three or four […]

Jan 26, 2015

N.Y. legal service company’s non-traditional approach catches attention of N.C. Bar

Lawyers and taxi drivers have a lot in common these days. Cabbies are irked over Uber, an app that undercuts drivers’ prices by funneling business to part-timers. The company has spawned protests by outraged drivers, but also a horde of imitators, from direct competitors to a parade of entrepreneurs all promising to be the next […]

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