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Administrative Law | Affiliate membership is open to non-lawyers who are actively involved in the promulgation, enforcement or execution of administrative rules. Works to improve administrative rule-making and adjudication before state and local regulatory boards and commissions, including the Office of Administrative Hearings and occupational licensing boards.

Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Law | Deals with issues relating to antitrust law, unfair and deceptive trade practices, trade regulation and consumer protection. Newsletter highlights recent cases affecting members' areas of interest.

Appellate Practice | Brings together association members who have a special interest in appellate practice, provides networking and educational opportunities in appellate practice, and promotes excellence in North Carolina's appellate courts.

Bankruptcy | Promotes networking and education for practitioners in all areas of bankruptcy practice, both business and consumer areas, and among members who practice in the three federal bankruptcy districts. The Lyris ListManager (Lyris LM) provides valuable discussion of bankruptcy issues faced by members.

Business Law | Provides information practice tools and member activities related to business law practice. Proposes and monitors changes to state business laws and regulations.

Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities | Provides forum for all practice areas interested in issues relating to constitutional law. Goal is to increase public awareness of the Constitution.

Construction Law | Addresses issues concerning public and private contracting, mechanics' liens and bonds, development, insurance and claims, construction defects, OSHA compliance and subcontracting.

Corporate Counsel | Membership in the Corporate Counsel Section is limited to full-time, in-house counsel and paralegals. Sponsors three regional luncheon meetings each year in the Triad, Charlotte and the Triangle, annual meeting with CLE designed for in-house counsel, and less formal "no-speaker" networking lunches.

Criminal Justice | Represents the interests of all lawyers who participate in the criminal justice system, whether defense attorney, prosecutor or member of the judiciary. Promotes civility, professionalism and the highest ethical standards in the practice of criminal law; serves as a vehicle for meaningful dialogue among prosecutors, the defense bar and the judiciary on topics of importance to criminal law.

Dispute Resolution | Affiliate membership is open to non-lawyer mediators. Addresses issues that are relevant to both mediation and arbitration. Acts as a resource for practicing mediators and arbitrators as well as attorneys who utilize alternative dispute resolution processes in and related to courts as well as in the context of business transactional matters.

Education Law | Promotes education of and networking among attorneys serving schools K-12 and colleges, administrators, employees, faculty and students. Broad coverage of legal perspectives including state and federal law and regulation, student issues, employment, board representation and other topics of interest to school systems, institutions of higher education, their personnel and students.

Elder & Special Needs Law | Addresses such issues as care management and correct placement for disabled adults requiring long-term care; Medicaid and Special Assistance eligibility for nursing home and assisted living; Medicare claims and appeals; Veterans' benefits; Medicaid estate recovery; private payment options such as long-term care insurance; special needs trusts; planning for families with disabled children; guardianship law; advance directives and end-of-life decision-making; and mental capacity issues.

Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law | Affiliate membership is offered to non-lawyer environmental professionals. Provides the only ongoing forum in the state for collegial interaction among all three sectors, boasting significant numbers of environmental lawyers (private, public and nonprofit).

Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law | Addresses issues of interest to attorneys engaging in estate planning and trust and estate administration. Promotes public awareness of estate planning and administration issues and the role of attorneys in these fields.

Family Law | Provides information on legal policy and legislative developments relating to custody, support and property division. Authors and distributes the North Carolina Family Law Marital Claims Deskbook.

Government & Public Sector | Promotes the interests and practice of law by attorneys and paralegals employed by local, state or federal government and by those in private practice who represent public agencies. Members include attorneys employed in executive/administrative agency as well as those serving in legislative and judicial positions.

Health Law | Addresses legal issues related to health care including health care regulation of individual and institutional providers, medical liability and health insurance. Co-publishes Prognosis newsletter with the N.C. Society of Health Care Attorneys.

Insurance Law | Brings together NCBA members who have a primary interest to inform all lawyers interested in the field of insurance law of the current and significant developments in that area.

Intellectual Property Law | Affiliate membership is offered to patent agents. Subject matter committees examine copyright, international IP, licensing issues, patent, trade secret, trademark and trademark specialization study.

International Law & Practice | A non-lawyer who is active in the field of international law or LLM student who is not licensed to practice law in the United States is eligible for affiliate membership in this section. Serves as an educational, legislative and networking resource for practitioners engaged in cross border issues and international affairs. Plans and organizes both outbound and inbound attorney exchange delegations. Reviews current developments in international law and practice, including developments in the European Union, CAFTA-DR, NAFTA, the ASEAN countries, and other political and trade-related entities. Acts as a bridge with the law schools and younger lawyers to promote and guide the next generation of international practitioners. Monitors state and federal laws and regulations that impact the international practitioner and sponsors legislation and makes recommendations where appropriate. Committees: Attorney Exchange, CLE, Ethics, Grass Roots, Home Page/Web site, John Dortch Service Award, Law School Liaison, Legislative, Membership, Mentorship, Newsletter, Pro bono.

Juvenile Justice & Children's Rights | Affiliate membership offered to non-lawyer professionals dealing with children's rights issues. Provides networking with attorneys and advocacy organizations interested in protecting the rights of children in all areas of the law affecting children including domestic, juvenile court and education. Goals include becoming more proactive in legislative activities, as well as raising the standard of juvenile representation.

Labor & Employment Law | Includes attorneys representing management, employees, and labor unions, plus representatives from various government entities.

Law Practice Management & Technology | Affiliate membership is open to non-lawyer firm administrators and law librarians. Provides resources and business training for all aspects of law firm management including marketing, technology, HR and financial management for solo to large firm practices.

Litigation | Includes those who have a substantial portion of their practice in civil litigation. The council, consisting of both plaintiff and defense attorneys, analyzes litigation issues from a neutral perspective.

Real Property | Oversees NCBA copyrighted real property forms and works directly with the N.C. Association of Realtors to develop and modify jointly approved forms; drafts, monitors and comments upon proposed legislation affecting practice area; monitors and comments upon State Bar ethics inquiries; sponsors and participates in pro bono projects; provides variety of educational programs; works diligently in the consumer protection area and has hired a contract attorney to investigate claims of unauthorized practice of law; periodically updates and republishes forms book.

Solo, Small Firm & General Practice | Serves the needs of small and solo firms and general practitioners, publishes General Practice Deskbook and Habitat for Humanity Forms Book. Sponsors a variety of initiatives designed to enhance one's practice and promote professionalism.

Sports & Entertainment | Includes lawyers who represent sports and entertainment clients, who serve as counsel to organizations engaged in the multi-billion dollars sports and entertainment industry and who wish to broaden their practices to include the sports and entertainment area. The section provides expertise to its members on the NHL, NFL, MLS, WUSA, Motor Sports, Olympic Sports, Professional Tennis and Golf, NCAA, Music, Film, Theater, Publishing and Television industries.

Tax | Offers a wide variety of programs on federal and state tax issues and engages in tax policy projects. The section meets annually with Department of Revenue and area IRS representatives.

Workers' Compensation | Affiliate membership is offered to non-lawyer professionals who are involved in workers' compensation law. Plaintiff and defense attorneys and the Industrial Commission are represented on the council and all perspectives are addressed in the newsletter. The section appoints a representative to meet periodically with the Industrial Commission to review issues of interest to members.

Zoning, Planning & Land Use | Affiliate membership is open to non-lawyers active in the field of zoning, planning and land use law. Participates in and advocates for the orderly development of zoning, planning and land use law and addresses legislation affecting this area of the law. Helps educate members of the Bar, the courts and the general public in understanding and applying zoning and land use law in the state.