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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.

Programs and Services
Resources for Bar Leaders
District Bar Information

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
919.526.1219 Fax

Programs & Services

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.

Resources for Bar Leaders

North Carolina State Bar’s Handbook for Officers of Judicial District Bars

Essential Duties of District Bar Officers

Statutes Governing District Bar Activities

Retention Schedule for District Bar records

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

Model Bylaws

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.


ABA — Division of Bar Services

North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) - Local Bar Services

National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP)

Tools For Bar Leaders

NC-CLE Course Search


American Bar Association (ABA) — Division of Bar Services

To view a schedule of the upcoming quarterly meeting, visit the State Bar's homepage.

District Bar Information

District Map (Judicial District Bars are coterminous with the prosecutorial districts of North Carolina, as defined by NC General Statute 7A-60.)

District Bar Officer’s Directory (To update information, contact Nichole McLaughlin)

District Bar Councilor’s Directory

Legal Links

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