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Unauthorized Attempts to Audit Trust Accounts

The North Carolina State Bar has learned that a caller representing an entity named “Small Business Growth Alliance” is calling lawyers and telling them that their IOLTA accounts are due for audit. The caller falsely claims that Small Business Growth Alliance is authorized by the State Bar to perform random audits and tries to schedule the audits.

Special Council Meeting Canceled

Effective September 20, 2017, the Special Meeting of the State Bar Council scheduled for September 21, 2017, has been canceled.

Remarks to House Select Committee on Judicial Redistricting

The State Bar's Legislative Liaison speaks before the House Select Committee on Judicial Redistricting regarding proposed changes to prosecutorial districts.

Alert: Public Targeted By Person Claiming To Be NC Lawyer

The North Carolina State Bar has received inquiries from members of the public about letters sent to them by “Mason C. Donovan.” The letters indicate that Mason C. Donovan is a North Carolina lawyer practicing with the Charlotte firm “Donovan and Paquette.”

State Bar Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the State Bar will coincide with the council’s quarterly business meeting on October 24 - 27, 2017, and will include the election of officers at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the State Bar headquarters, 217 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC.

Board of Paralegal Certification Donates to the NC Supreme Court Historical Society

The Board of Paralegal Certification donated $25,000 to the North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society to help fund the production of a documentary celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

Melvin Wright Receives NC State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award

Melvin F. Wright Jr. received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award in Asheville, North Carolina, on July 27, 2017.


Colon Willoughby Nominated Next Vice-President of State Bar

Raleigh Attorney C. Colon Willoughby was selected by the State Bar's Nominating Committee to stand for election to the office of vice-president of the North Carolina State Bar.

Attorney M. Keith Kapp Receives NC State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award

Attorney M. Keith Kapp received the North Carolina State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award at the Wake County Bar Association’s luncheon on June 6th.

Alert: Compromised Email/Wire Instructions Fraud Continues to Target North Carolina Lawyers

The State Bar first alerted North Carolina lawyers to the compromised email wire instructions fraud scheme in April 2015. Unfortunately, over two years later, North Carolina lawyers continue to fall prey to this scam, causing millions of dollars of losses to clients and law firms.

North Carolina: All lawyers must reveal innocence evidence

AP news has published an article about North Carolina becoming the first state in the nation to require not only prosecutors, but also attorneys in private practice to reveal any evidence of innocence they become aware of after a conviction.

President’s Message regarding NCCALJ Report

In 2015, the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice was established to improve the administration of justice. On March 16, 2017, the Commission released its Final Report.

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CLE Board Meeting

Conference Call


Quarterly Meeting of the State Bar Council

North Carolina State Bar, Raleigh

Disciplinary Forms

Complaint Form

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Unauthorized Practice of Law Complaint Form

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Fee Dispute Resolution Form

If you have a fee dispute with your lawyer, you may wish to participate in the State Bar's Fee Dispute Resolution Program, which is available free of charge to clients who dispute their legal fees. 

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