The North Carolina State Bar is the state agency responsible for regulating the practice of law in North Carolina. This website, along with the North Carolina State Bar Journal, is a place to:
- Learn more about the regulation of the legal profession in North Carolina
- Review proposed ethics opinions and proposed amendments to the rules and regulations of the State Bar
- Research the existing rules, regulations and ethics opinions of the State Bar
- Catch up on the latest news and information from the State Bar
- Getting started - not sure where to find the information you need? Start with our State Bar Staff Contacts page.
- Separate website with information for nonlawyers
2014 Lawyer's Handbook Now Available for Download
Obtain your copy here.
Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct
The State Bar Study Committee on Ethics 20/20 has completed its review of the Ethics 20/20 amendments to the ABA Model Rules. The committee recommends amendments to 13 of the NC Rules of Professional Conduct. Click here to read the executive summary and the proposed amendments.
State Bar Amends Exemption from Random Audit Policy
Click here to read Journal article about new policy.
The New State Bar Headquarters
Click here to see photos of our new building.
Cy Pres/Unpaid Residuals in Class Action Litigation in North Carolina
According to NC statute, the unpaid residuals in class action litigation (unless otherwise ordered by the court) shall be divided and sent equally to the NC State Bar for the provision of civil legal services for indigents and to the Indigent Person’s Attorney Fund, N.C.G.S. §1-267.10. Effective October 1, 2005, the statute applies to causes of action that arise on or after that date.
The State Bar has asked NC IOLTA to administer the funds sent to the State Bar for civil legal aid. Those funds should be sent to: NC IOLTA, PO Box 25996, Raleigh, NC 27611-5996.
More information can be found on the IOLTA website.
Unlimited FDIC Coverage of IOLTA Accounts Ended December 31, 2012
See IOLTA website for additional information.
Become a Mentor or Mentee
The NCBA administers the Mentorship Program. The goals of the program are to allow experienced practitioners to provide assistance to mentees, guide mentees in traversing the realities of practicing law, and communicate the importance of being a citizen lawyer. To find out more about the program or sign up to participate, visit the NCBA website.
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