Buncombe County Bar State Bar Councilor

State Bar Councilor Anna Hamrick

From Anna Hamrick: I am very honored and excited to begin my work as your State Bar Councilor. Below, I would like to give you some background on the State Bar Council and my role as your representative.

In 1933 the General Assembly created the North Carolina State Bar. It is the governing agency charged with regulating the professional conduct of licensed lawyers and State Bar certified paralegals. A main goal of its regulation is to protect both the public and our system of justice by ensuring only competent persons engage in the practice of law. The daily operations of the State Bar are carried out by a staff of 86 lawyers and non-lawyers, led by executive director Tom Lunsford. The North Carolina State Bar Council is the governing body for the North Carolina State Bar. The Bar Council is comprised of 61 attorneys who are elected as councilors from each’s judicial district; three laypersons who are public members appointed by the Governor; and four elected officers.

The State Bar’s regulatory activities also include supporting and promoting the abilities of lawyers and paralegals; ratifying the code of ethics for lawyers; assisting attorneys on following the code of ethics; fee dispute resolution; preventing unlicensed legal practice; and compensating victims of lawyer theft. The State Bar currently regulates approximately 20,000 lawyers.

My term as Bar Councilor for the 28th Judicial District began January 1, 2016. A term is three years in length, and a councilor may serve up the three successive terms, subject to re-election by the judicial district.

The current State Bar president is Western North Carolinian, Margaret Hunt, of Brevard. The Bar Council meets quarterly, and accomplishes much of its work through committees. The main standing committees are Ethics, Grievance, Authorized Practice, Finance and Audit, Administrative, Issues and Executive. I am currently assigned to the Grievance Committee and the Administrative committee.

The Administrative Committee is responsible for tasks such as reviewing petitions for membership status transfers (e.g. active to inactive; suspended to active); providing oversight for the collection of dues and the Client Security Fund assessment; reviewing suspensions for CLE noncompliance; reviewing requests for waivers of fees; and providing oversight of the judicial bars.

The Grievance Committee is comprised of three subcommittees. I am assigned to Subcommittee One. The State Bar’s legal department, known as the Office of Counsel, serves as counsel to the Grievance Committee. The committee acts upon alleged violations of the NCSB Rules of Professional Conduct. Each committee reviews reports and supporting documents of the State Bar Counsel, and then recommends appropriate resolutions to the full Grievance Committee. The full committee then votes on the recommendations.

Also among the Council’s standing committees are six boards which administer different programs. These are the IOLTA Board of Trustees, the Client Security Fund Board, the Board of Legal Specialization, the Board of Continuing Legal Education, the Paralegal Certification Board, and the Lawyers Assistance Program Board. The Council also appoints the members of two other agencies which exist independent of the Council; the Board of Law Examiners which regulates admission to the Bar, and the Disciplinary Hearing Commission, which hears disciplinary cases.

The State Bar headquarters are in downtown Raleigh, and I know you would be welcome to come by anytime for a tour of the new facilities. The staff there is very eager to help and be of service to its members. As your State Bar Councilor, I want to be available to you to receive any comments or concerns you may have regarding the Bar and its activities. My cell is (828) 707-4249, my work number is 253-0336, and my email is hamrick@gtalaw.net. Please get in touch anytime!

Update from State Bar Councilor Anna Hamrick

September 22, 2023

Dear Bar Members: The following email recently went out to all bar councilors: Chief Justice Paul Newby is appreciative of the professionalism shown by the lawyers and judges across North Carolina. He would like to recognize some who have demonstrated professionalism and have gained the respect of their peers. He invites you to submit five…

North Carolina State Bar Synopsis of Council Action at the July 2023 Quarterly Meeting

August 22, 2023

APPOINTMENTS At its meeting on July 21, 2023, the Council made the following appointments:Board of Legal Specialization (3-year terms) – The Council appointed Misty Didieo (public member) and Mary Pollard (lawyer, non-specialist) to three-year terms. Jan E. Pritchett was reappointed to a one-year term while serving in the capacity of board chair. Matthew Ladenheim was…

Update from State Bar Councilor Anna Hamrick

July 26, 2023

Dear Members of Judicial District 40, I was honored to represent this judicial district bar at the State Bar Council’s most recent quarterly meeting.  You will receive a full synopsis of the quarterly meeting later directly from the NCSB. In the meantime, I wanted to reach out with my personal observations and highlight some important…

Update from State Bar Councilor Anna Hamrick

May 5, 2023

Dear Members of Judicial District 40, I was honored to represent this judicial district bar at the State Bar Council’s most recent quarterly meeting.  The full synopsis of the quarterly meeting is below. The State Bar will also send out an email of its own. I wanted to advise you the next quarterly meeting will…

Update from State Bar Councilor Anna Hamrick

February 27, 2023

Dear Members of Judicial District 40, I was honored to represent this judicial district bar at the State Bar Council’s most recent quarterly meeting.  The full synopsis of the quarterly meeting is available here.  The State Bar will send out an email of its own next week, but I wanted to reach out with my personal…

Update from State Bar Councilor Anna Hamrick

October 31, 2022

Dear Friends and Colleagues – I hope you are well. The Bar Council held the annual meeting in Raleigh October 18-21. As it was the Annual Meeting, we installed new officers and received reports from various bar-related entities. The new officers are: Marcia Armstrong, President.  Marcia is a board-certified family lawyer from Smithfield. Todd Brown,…

Update From State Bar Councilor Anna Hamrick

August 5, 2022

Dear Friends and Colleagues – I hope you are well.  The Bar Council met July 19-22 in Wilmington.  Here are some pertinent updates from the meeting: Regarding the CLE Board’s Proposes Sweeping Changes to CLE Rules – There is now some mention of allowing a carryover of 6 hours.  I think they should allow for…

From Anna Hamrick, State Bar Councilor

May 13, 2022

Dear Friends and Colleagues – I hope you are well. Though Albert Einstein said “time is an illusion,” my tardiness in this report is very real, and I apologize. This report about the April meeting is much later than I would have liked, and I hope it has not caused you any inconvenience. On the…

Update from State Bar Councilor

February 1, 2022

Dear Members of The Buncombe Bar – I hope everyone is doing well and staying warm.  I am very honored to have been re-elected to represent you for one final term at the Bar Council.  Thank you for your support, and please reach out if you need me for anything. The Council met virtually (due…

Update from State Bar Councilor Anna Hamrick

October 26, 2021

Dear Friends and Colleagues – I hope you are well!  The NCSB recently held its October quarterly meeting.  As per the new procedure, you will receive a full summary of the results of the meeting directly from the Bar.  However, I wanted to pass along some highlights. To begin, we have a new slate of…