NCBA Elder & Special Needs Law Section 2021-2022 CLE Scholarship Program

By Shirley Diefenbach

The North Carolina Bar Association Elder & Special Needs Law Section (NCBA-EL) recognizes that, although the public perceives lawyers to be among the most affluent members of society, in fact, many attorneys struggle to make ends meet, need to pay off large amounts of law school debt, or sometimes suffer from economic hardship due to the poor job market, disabilities or other factors. The NCBA-EL wants membership in, and services from, the NCBA-EL to be available to attorneys regardless of their ability to pay. We understand that one of the greatest services available for members is the high quality continuing legal education sponsored by the NCBA Foundation. As a result, the NCBA-EL has established a Scholarship program for CLE program tuition for the 26th Annual Elder & Special Needs Law Symposium, being held in-person live and via live webcast on Thursday, February 24, 2022, and Friday, February 25, 2022. For more information, visit this link:

What do the Scholarships cover?

The Scholarships will pay the NCBA member registration fee for the program. A limited number of Scholarships are available. NCBA-EL CLE Scholarships will not exceed 12.5 credit hours and must be used within the NCBA-EL fiscal year awarded. Once approved for a NCBA-EL CLE program Scholarship, you are required to attend the CLE program specified on your application unless the program has been cancelled. If you are unable to attend that CLE program, your Scholarship will be forfeited. You will be required to submit a new application for a different program.

Who is eligible for the Scholarship?

Consideration will be given to an applicant’s length of practice and percentage of practice that involves Elder & Special Needs Law. Any attorney member of the NCBA Elder & Special Needs Law Section is eligible to apply for CLE Scholarships. Non-member attorneys interested in CLE Scholarships are required to apply for membership in the Elder & Special Needs Law Section before or concurrently with submission of an application for CLE Scholarships. Scholarships are not available for affiliate member CLE tuition.

How do I apply for the Scholarship?

Please fill out this form and forward it to Shirley Diefenbach, Scholarship Chair at [email protected].

Scholarship applications must be received no later than cob on Friday, February 18, 2022. If application is not received by February 18, 2022, it will not be considered.  

We will notify you if your Scholarship has been awarded; please, block out your schedule for the event you are applying so that you are ready to attend. Incomplete applications received will be returned without review.

What about confidentiality?

Although the NCBA-EL may publicize the fact that Scholarships have been awarded, and the number of Scholarships so awarded, the individual identities of Scholarship applicants shall remain strictly confidential, unless the recipient allows for publication.


If you have questions about the NCBA Elder & Special Needs Law Section Scholarship program, please e-mail, Julianne Dambro at [email protected].