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Matthew Smith of Eden Nominated as Vice-President

Eden attorney Matthew W. Smith has been selected by the State Bar's Nominating Committee to stand for election to the office of vice-president of the North Carolina State Bar. The election will take place in October at the State Bar's annual meeting.

Email Spam Alert

A spam email is circulating claiming to be from the NC State Bar

CLE Board Proposes Sweeping Changes to CLE Rules

On March 12, 2022, the North Carolina State Bar’s Board of Continuing Legal Education (CLE Board) approved large-scale amendments to its rules following a multi-year review process.

State Bar's "BarTalk" Podcast Episode 11 Now Available

In this episode of BarTalk, the State Bar's Peter Bolac and Brian Oten recap the 2022 April Quarterly Meeting of the State Bar Council.

State Bar's "BarTalk" Podcast Episode 10 Now Available

In this podcast, host Mark Henriques interviews three legends of the Legal services community: Rick Glazier, George Hausen, and Kenneth Schorr.

Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel Seeking Applications

The Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Selection Committee for the Western District of North Carolina is now accepting applications for membership on the CJA panel of attorneys available for appointment in indigent cases.

Judge Robert H. Hobgood Receives Distinguised Service Award

Retired Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award on March 18, 2022, in the Franklin County courtroom he presided over for more than 38 years.

State Bar Issues Report on Secure Leave Policy

The North Carolina State Bar issued a Report on Secure Leave Policy at the October 2021 meeting of the State Bar Council.

Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide is a chronic problem for our profession. The Lawyer Assistance Program provides resources and help for lawyers and judges before anything hits a crisis point. Contact them today.

State Bar Adopts Report on Private Appointed Counsel Caseload and Compensation

The North Carolina State Bar adopted a report on Private Appointed Counsel Caseload and Compensation at the October 2021 meeting of the State Bar Council.

Professional Responsibility in a Pandemic

State Bar issues ethics guidance on COVID-19’s impact on lawyer professional responsibility, including working remotely, using online services, and video conferencing.

COVID-19 and Related Practice Concerns for Real Property Closings and Notarization of Documents

State Bar issues ethics advisory on lawyer’s professional responsibility regarding remote notarial acts and disbursing real estate closing funds prior to recording.

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Complaint Form

To file a complaint against a NC lawyer, complete this form and submit it via mail or email to

If you are a complainant, you can request information about the status of a grievance at

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Unauthorized Practice of Law Complaint Form

To file an unauthorized practice complaint form, complete this form and submit it via mail or email to

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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. 

For more information about fee dispute resolution, click here.

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