Gena Graham Morris Elected to Serve as State Bar Councilor

January 31, 2019 (Charlotte, N.C.)Gena Graham Morris, a family law partner at James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A., was elected by the 26th Judicial District Bar (Mecklenburg County) to serve a three-year term on the North Carolina State Bar Council. Her term will end on December 31, 2021.

The 61-member North Carolina State Bar Council governs the practice of law in North Carolina, with the 26th Judicial District Bar controlling seven of the Council seats. The locally elected councilors may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms and are eligible again after a three-year period of non-service. The public’s interests are represented by three members of the council who are not lawyers and who are appointed by the governor and other elected officials.

“I understand the issues facing lawyers in private practice as well as the challenges facing the State Bar in its role in the fair administration of justice,” said Gena. “I’m looking forward to doing my part for the State Bar in this new role.”

Gena has practiced family law in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties for more than 26 years. Certified by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in family law since 1997, Gena is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has served two three-year terms on the Family Law Council of the NC Bar Association. In addition to her district court practice, she has tried cases in superior and federal court and handled appeals.

A native of Charlotte, Gena graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Campbell University School of Law. She is a regular speaker on family law issues, having made countless presentations at Continuing Legal Education seminars. In addition, Gena has volunteered representing children as a Guardian ad Litem for the Council for Children’s Rights and its predecessor, the Children’s Law Center, for more than 25 years.

The North Carolina State Bar was created in 1933 by the North Carolina General Assembly as the government agency responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in North Carolina. The State Bar currently regulates over 29,000 licensed lawyers. Protection of the public and protection of the state system of justice are the objectives of regulation.

For more information about the 26th Judicial District Bar Councilors, click here.