North Carolina Bar Association to Hold 114th Annual Meeting in Wilmington, NC & Island Beaches

North Carolina Bar Association to Hold 114th Annual Meeting in Wilmington, NC & Island Beaches

Wilmington, NC (March 6, 2012)— On June 21-24, travel industry partners in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach will welcome the 2012 North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Annual Meeting. Approximately 800-900 members are expected to attend NCBA’s 114th annual meeting in Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches. This year’s headquarter hotel is the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. Off-site meeting venues include the riverfront Wilmington Convention Center— within easy walking distance—which will host a gala reception, banquet and dance on Saturday. Other host accommodations in New Hanover County include: Riverview Suites and Best Western Plus Coastline Inn in Wilmington, and Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach.

In a letter to members, NCBA President Martin H. Brinkley, wrote: “We are returning to the beautiful city of Wilmington for an extended weekend of education, entertainment and enlightenment. The 2012 Annual Meeting continues a tradition of meeting on the coast dating back to our first Wilmington-area convention in 1901 at the Seashore Hotel on Wrightsville Beach.”

Scheduled events and activities include a welcome reception, a family dinner with entertainment and fireworks, and a closing night gala banquet and dance. Awards, meal functions, social gatherings, law school reunions, continuing legal education programs, and general sessions round out a busy agenda. Judicial issues and political matters will take center stage during the Friday and Saturday morning general sessions. Featured speakers will include: U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr; former U.S. Solicitor General Walter Dellinger; Marsha Ternus, former Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court; North Carolina Chief Justice Sarah Parker; James H. Morgan, Chairman/CEO of Krispy Kreme; and novelist/UNCW professor Clyde Edgerton. N.C. gubernatorial candidates Pat McCrory (R) and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton (D) will participate in a forum on Saturday morning. Candidates for appellate judgeships will speak during the Friday morning session. For more information about the North Carolina Bar Association and the 2012 Annual Meeting, please visit www.ncbar.org.

“Hosting the North Carolina Bar Association annual meeting allows us to showcase our destination to several hundred members from across the state, most of whom will bring one or more family members who will spend much of their time shopping, dining and visiting local attractions,” states John Sneed, Convention Sales Manager for the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We welcome members of the North Carolina Bar Association and hope that they enjoy their experience.”

“It is an honor for Wilmington, North Carolina and our island beaches to be selected as the location for the 2012 North Carolina Bar Association annual meeting,” states Kim Hufham, president/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority. “Based on 850 attendees staying an average of 2.5 days, it is estimated that the event will generate direct spending of approximately $601,591. Using a conservative 2.5 multiplier, the total economic impact is more than $1.5 million.”

The New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority d/b/a Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization which stimulates economic development through the promotion of travel and tourism.

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NOTE TO MEDIA: Retrievable images of all NCBA Annual Meeting award winners,
featured speakers and dignitaries are accessible via the following link: http://imageevent.com/ncbaphoto/awards.