Schell Bray is proud to announce that partner Barbara Christy has been sworn in as president of the North Carolina State Bar. Ms. Christy has been a member of the State Bar Council for eleven years, serving three terms as the elected Councilor from the 24th Judicial District, followed by a one-year term as vice president, and a year as president-elect. The State Bar is responsible for the regulation of the more than 30,000 lawyers licensed in North Carolina. Ms. Christy is the fourth woman, since the State Bar’s inception in 1933, to lead the organization. During her tenure, Ms. Christy hopes to lead the Bar in the advancement of several initiatives aimed at improving access to justice, including a commitment to the non-discriminatory provision of legal services, the study of innovative ways to deliver such services and the development of tools to help lawyers with professional self-improvement.
In Ms. Christy’s 37 years of practice, she has assisted clients in all aspects of the acquisition and disposition of commercial real property and other business matters and has volunteered with Legal Aid of North Carolina for several years. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Real Estate Property Law - Business Commercial and Industrial Transactions by the North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization.
In addition to her professional activities, Ms. Christy serves on the Board of Directors of Southern Alamance Family Empowerment, which provides food assistance to families in Alamance County, and has served on the Development Committee for the NC Bar Foundation and the Board of Directors of the UNC Law Foundation. She and her family live on a farm in Snow Camp and she is a pianist at Saxapahaw United Methodist Church.