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Appointments may vary based upon unexpected changes in the status of appointees (e.g., resignation, death, disqualification). 

Anyone interested in being appointed to serve on any of the State Bar’s boards, commissions, or committees should email Lanice Heidbrink to express that interest (being sure to attach a current resume), 

JULY APPOINTMENTS

BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION (three-year terms) – There are three appointments to be made. Everett Vic Knight (public member) is not eligible for reappointment. Matthew J. Ladenheim is eligible for reappointment. Kimberly Coward is eligible to serve one more year in the capacity of chair. The rules governing the Board of Legal Specialization require the Council to appoint the board’s chair and vice chair annually.

Description- The Board of Legal Specialization is a 9-member board comprised of six lawyers (at least one of whom cannot be a board-certified specialist) and three public members. The board establishes policy related to the execution of the specialization program’s mission and is responsible for oversight of the operation of the program subject to the statutes governing the practice of law, the authority of the council, and the rules of the board. The specialization board meets four times a year.

The specialization program assists in the delivery of legal services to the public by identifying to the public those lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in a specific field and seeks to improve the competency of members of the bar by establishing an additional incentive for lawyers to participate in continuing legal education and to meet the other requirements of specialization

GENERAL STATUTES COMMISSION (Unlimited terms)-There is one appointment to be made by the State Bar President. Starkey Sharp is eligible for reappointment.

Description- The Commission consists of 13 members appointed by various persons and entities. See N.C. Gen. Stat. 164-13. One of the appointments is made by the president of the State Bar.

The duties of the Commission are set forth in N.C. Gen. Stat. 164-13 and include advising and cooperating with the Legislative Services Office in the work of continuous statute research and correction for which the Legislative Services Office is made responsible by G.S. 120-36.21(2).

NORTH CAROLINA DISPUTES RESOLUTION (three-year terms)-There is one appointment to be made. Barbara Morgenstern is eligible for reappointment.

Description - The North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission was established in October of 1995, pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 7A-38.2. The Commission is charged primarily with certifying and regulating private mediators who serve the courts of this State. The Commission also recommends policy, rules, and rule revisions relating to dispute resolution in North Carolina's courts; provides support to court-based mediation programs; certifies mediation training programs; serves as a clearinghouse for information about court-based mediation programs; and assists other State agencies interested in or providing dispute resolution services to their constituencies.

The Commission is an 18-member body established by N.C. Gen. Stat. §7A-38.2. Appointments to the Commission are made by all branches of government: the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina (13 appointments, including the Chair), the Governor (one appointment), the President Pro Tempore of the Senate (one appointment), and the Speaker of the House (one appointment). In addition, the President of the North Carolina State Bar makes two appointments. 

IOLTA BOARD OF TRUSTEES (three-year terms) There are three appointments to be made. Shelby D. Benton and Heather W. Culp are both eligible for reappointment. Maria Missé is not eligible for reappointment. The rules governing the IOLTA Board of Trustees require the Council to appoint the board’s chair and vice chair annually.

Description- The IOLTA Board of Trustees is a 9-member board comprised of at least six North Carolina lawyers. The board establishes policy related to the execution of IOLTA’s mission and is responsible for oversight of the operation of the program subject to the statutes governing the practice of law, the authority of the council, and the rules of the board. The IOLTA Board usually meets three times per year – April, September, and December – with periodic meetings scheduled in between as needed.NC IOLTA is a non-profit program created by the NC State Bar that works with lawyers and banks across the state to collect net interest income generated from lawyers’ general, pooled trust accounts for the purpose of funding grants to providers of civil legal services for the indigent and programs that further the administration of justice.

OCTOBER APPOINTMENTS

BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS (three-year terms)-D. Clark Smith, Jr., Judge Sherri W. Elliot, Michael J. Greene and Shelley Blake Curran are eligible for reappointment. Kimberly A. Herrick is not eligible for reappointment.

Description – The eleven members of the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners are appointed by the State Bar Council. The board examines applicants and establishes rules and regulations for admission to the North Carolina State Bar. The Board’s objective is to ensure that all persons seeking admission to practice law in North Carolina possess the requisite competency and qualifications of character and fitness. Board members review bar examination questions; conduct character and fitness and comity hearings; supervise the bar examinations; and grade the examinations. Additionally, the Board engages in periodic review of methods utilized in the examination and grading process. A board member donates an average of 35-45 days to service each year. 

BOARD OF CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (three-year terms) – There are three appointments to be made.

Marissa S. Campbell, Judge Beth Keever, and Judge Rebecca Eggers-Gryder Kane are not eligible for reappointment. The rules governing the Board of Continuing Legal Education require the Council to appoint the board’s chair and vice chair annually.

Description- The Board of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) is a nine-member board composed of North Carolina licensed attorneys. The board establishes policy related to the execution of CLE program’s mission and is responsible for oversight of the operation of the program subject to the statutes governing the practice of law, the authority of the council, and the rules of the board. The board meets four times a year.

The North Carolina State Bar’s mandatory CLE program requires lawyers licensed to practice and practicing in North Carolina to take 12.0 hours of CLE every calendar year. CLE helps these lawyers to achieve and maintain professional competence for the benefit of the public whom they serve.

CLIENT SECURITY FUND BOARD OF TRUSTEES (five-years terms) – There is one appointment to be made. John M. Burns (public member) is not eligible for reappointment. The rules governing the Client Security Fund require the Council to appoint the board’s chair and vice chair annually.

Description- The Client Security Fund was established by the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1984 to reimburse clients who have suffered financial loss as the result of dishonest conduct of lawyers engaged in the private practice of law in North Carolina. The fund is administered by a board of trustees composed of four North Carolina lawyers and one public member. The trustees are appointed by the North Carolina State Bar Council and each serves for a five-year term.

BOARD OF PARALEGAL CERTIFICATION (three-years terms) – There are two appointments to be made. Warren Hodges is eligible for reappointment. Yolanda N. Smith (paralegal member) is not eligible to be reappointed. The rules governing the Board of Paralegal Certification require the Council to appoint the board’s chair and vice chair annually.

Description- The Board of Paralegal Certification is a nine-member board composed of five North Carolina licensed attorneys (one of whom must be a paralegal educator) and four North Carolina certified paralegals. The board establishes policy related to the execution of the paralegal certification program and is responsible for the oversight of the operation of the program subject to the statutes governing the practice of law, the authority of the council, and the rules of the board. The paralegal certification program assists in the delivery of competent representation to the public by identifying individuals who are qualified by education and training and have demonstrated knowledge, skill, and proficiency to perform substantive legal work under the direction and supervision of a licensed lawyer. The board meets approximately four times a year. 

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