At its April 17 remote, electronic meeting, the North Carolina State Bar Council approved for publication an amendment to its rules relating to annual membership fees which would delay the imposition of 2020 late fees by 60 days, to September 1. Further, the State Bar will not begin its enforcement of non-payment of dues with notices to show cause and suspension orders (typically begun in August) until after the October meeting of the State Bar Council. These changes are being made to give North Carolina lawyers more time to pay their annual membership dues without penalty in recognition of COVID-19’s impact on the profession. The State Bar Council meets again in July and will consider additional mitigation measures if necessary.
Please note that State Bar employees are working remotely at this time and may be unable to timely process physical checks. Lawyers are encouraged to pay their dues online.
Additionally, beginning January 1, 2020, the State Bar eliminated the six-hour cap on online/on-demand CLE. Lawyers may now complete all of their required CLE hours online.
Please contact the State Bar via email with any questions.
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