Committee service is among the benefits that members of the Tenth J.D Bar and WCBA are offered. Many members report that it is their favorite way to meet new people, network with colleagues and expand their involvement in the community. Although each committee is different, most meet between 2-4 times per year. If you are looking for a great way to become involved in your Bar, committee service may be perfect for you.
Committees without an asterisk are Tenth Judicial District Committees
* Indicates a Wake County Bar Association Committee - only WCBA members may join
** Indicates a joint Tenth Judicial District Bar and WCBA Committee
*Athletics Committee directs the basketball league, bowling league, softball league, annual golf tournament and annual tennis tournament. Does not meet regularly, most work is done for each league or tournament.
**Bench-Bar Committee serves as a liaison between the Bar and members of our judiciary in Wake County. Meets 1-2 times per year.
**By-Laws recommends changes and updates of the by-laws to the Board of Directors and membership. Meets 1-2 times per year.
*CLE Committee coordinates and plans local Bar CLE programs. Meets quarterly and holds more than 12 hours of CLE for members per year.
**Communications/Technology Committee oversees the publishing of the monthly Wake Bar Flyer and explores available technology that will enable the bar and the justice system to work more efficiently and effectively for the profession and the public. Meets between 2-4 times per year.
*Endowment Scholarship Award Committee oversees the selection of the winners of annual memorial scholarships and the investments of memorial scholarship funds. Meets 1 time per year to select scholarship recipients.
Facilities/Public Records Committee coordinates the needs of the Wake County Bar office at the Bar Center. Meets 1-2 times per year.
Fee Dispute Resolution Committee of the Tenth Judicial District Bar exists to resolve disputes involving fees between lawyers and clients. Meets 1 time per year, fee disputes are handled individually by assigned volunteer mediator.
Grievance Committee investigates complaints against members of the Tenth Judicial District Bar and makes recommendations of whether probable cause exists for finding a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Meets monthly at 7:30 a.m. on a Friday. (Must be licensed in NC for 5 years to serve on this committee.).
*History Committee collects and organizes records and other items that pertain to the history of the Wake County Bar Association. Meets 1-2 times per year.
*Lawyer Support Committee utilizes the 10th Judicial Bar and Wake County Bar Association networks to provide assistance to lawyers in need. This Committee works to promote programs such as BarCARES and Raising our Bar. BarCARES is a cost-free program that provides confidential and professional support to members of the 10th Judicial Bar. The program can be used to address a variety of concerns, including mental health, financial, family, and professional issues. More information is available at http://www.wakecountybar.org/?page=BarCARES. Raising our Bar is a program that seeks to support the members of the local legal community in tangible ways without soliciting funds. For example, the program would help a member of the legal community find temporary housing in an area where he or she is undergoing medical care. As another example, the program would help a member of the legal community care for a family pet while he or she receives medical care in a different area. To join the distribution list, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Lawyers Support Committee is always interested in hearing new suggestions about how to support our local Bar. Meets 2-4 times per year.
*Membership Services Committee from time to time surveys the membership and makes recommendations to the Board as to additional services that would benefit its members. Meets 4 times per year.
Memorials Committee is responsible for a semi-annual program where deceased members of the Bar are memorialized. Meets 2 times per year to plan and organize the July and December memorial services.
Professionalism Award Committee oversees the selection of the annual recipient of the Justice Branch Professionalism Award.
**Professionalism Committee is charged with exploring ways to promote professionalism among attorneys.
*Public Service Committee coordinates community projects that Wake County Bar members can participate in as a group. Meets 4-6 times per year.
*Social Committee is traditionally one of the most active in the Wake County Bar Association, plans the Holiday Party, Fall Social, Family Picnic, After-work Socials and other social functions throughout the year. Meets 3-4 times per year, generally before each social.
*Summer Programs Committee coordinates an annual summer clerk orientation program. Does not meet regularly.
**Swearing-In Ceremony Committee coordinates the semi-annual swearing-in ceremonies for new attorneys who have passed the bar exam as well as coordinating a Supreme Court swearing-in in Washington, DC every few years. Meets 4-6 times per year to plan ceremonies.
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