North Carolina has 45 Judicial District Bars, which are subdivisions of the North Carolina State Bar. The North Carolina State Bar’s District Bar Liaison plays an active role in ensuring that the governmental responsibilities delegated to the district bars are performed competently and in accordance with the law. Further, the North Carolina State Bar is actively working to increase diversity in district bar participation and leadership.
For information, contact:
Nichole McLaughlin, District Bar Liaison
The North Carolina State Bar
217 E. Edenton St.
PO Box 25908
Raleigh, NC 27611
919.828.4620 ext. 282
Bar Leadership Institute Manual - The North Carolina Bar Association, in cooperation with the North Carolina Conference of Bar Presidents, conducts the Bar Leadership Institute at the Bar Center which focuses on effective leadership skills for presidents and presidents-elect of local, speciality and judicial district bars across North Carolina.
In-Person Meetings or Presentations - The North Carolina State Bar recognizes the value of on-site visits and encourages you to schedule a visit with us. On-site visits provide free, personalized service to bar leaders and staff for all of North Carolina’s Judicial District Bars.
John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award - The John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award program honors current and retired members of the North Carolina State Bar throughout the state who have demonstrated exemplary service to the legal profession. Members of the Bar are encouraged to nominate colleagues who have demonstrated outstanding service to the profession. The nomination form is available here.
Rules and Regulations Governing District Bars
To view the regulations governing district bars, please visit the Rules and Regulations page and refer to the following:
1A, .0800, Election and Appointment of State Bar Councilors
1A, .0900, Organization of the Judicial District Bars – District bars must adopt bylaws and submit bylaws to the State Bar Council for approval
1A, .1000, Model Bylaws
1B, .0200, Rules Governing Judicial District Grievance Committees
1D, .0700, Fee Dispute Resolution
Although each district bar must adopt bylaws, there is no requirement that they be the same as the model bylaws. However, the model bylaws are the product of a great deal of careful study and would probably suit the needs of most, if not all, of the district bars. A full copy of the model bylaws is provided below, along with separate copies of sections that the State Bar strongly recommends district bars consider adopting.
- Subchapter A, .1000, Model Bylaws For Use by Judicial District Bars, can be located by visiting the Rules and Regulations page.
- Subchapter A, .1008, District Bar Finances
- Subchapter A, .1009, Prohibited Activities
- Subchapter A, .1013, Selection of Nominees for District Court Judge
Tools For Bar Leaders
To view a schedule of the upcoming quarterly meeting, visit the State Bar's homepage.
District Map (Judicial District Bars are coterminous with the prosecutorial districts of North Carolina, as defined by NC General Statute 7A-60.)