The Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers (GCABL) was developed in the early 1970s. It owes its beginnings to a loosely knit group of Black attorneys throughout the Southeast who came together to discuss issues, strategies, legal obstacles, hurdles and victories. While these attorneys could reach out to each other for assistance, as needed, the desire for a formal association became a higher priority as the number of Black attorneys increased, and the local majority bar refused to grant membership to Black attorneys.
Today, the GCABL maintains as its focus the following purpose/goals as preserved in its constitution:
- Educate its membership regarding issues in the legal profession;
- Promote fellowship and cooperation among its members;
- Provide a forum, for the discussion and advancement of ideas through which the organization may promote the general welfare of the black community;
- Uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; and
- Promote and defend the general welfare of the black lawyers in Guilford County, North Carolina.
The GCABL’s current membership roster includes a wide variety of legal professionals (attorneys and judges). The organization has undertaken activities in Guilford County and across the State of North Carolina such as conducting voter registration, supporting the Civil Rights Museum, providing speakers at various venues, servng as resources for the Black Law Student Association Chapter at Elon University School of Law, mentoring undergraduate and law students, and participating in the 4All Campaign for free legal advice for North Carolina residents.