Greensboro attorney Barbara R. Christy was sworn in as the 86th president of the North Carolina State Bar by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. The small, in-person, socially distanced installation ceremony took place at State Bar Headquarters on Friday, October 23, 2020.
Christy earned her BS magna cum laude from Appalachian State University, and her JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
A member of Schell Bray PLLC, in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, her practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions.
Christy’s professional activities include volunteering with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Lawyer on the Line initiative and the Pro Bono Resource Center. She is also a North Carolina State Bar board certified specialist in real property law—business, commercial, and industrial transactions, a fellow with the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and a member of the Piedmont Triad Commercial Real Estate Women. Additionally, Christy is involved with her community, serving on the Board of Directors for Southern Alamance Family Empowerment, Inc., and is a past member of the UNC Law Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors.
As a Bar councilor for the 24th Judicial District, Christy has served as vice-chair of the Authorized Practice Committee, Grievance Committee, and Legislative Committee, and as chair of the Ethics Committee.
Christy and her family live on a small farm in the Snow Camp community in southern Alamance County. She is a member of Saxapahaw United Methodist Church where she has been the long-time church pianist.