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Congrats to NC Bar Distinguished Service Award Winners

Congratulations to the six North Carolina attorneys who have been honored by the State Bar for their years of service to the legal profession and the state in general.

In its July quarterly meeting, the bar gave the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award to the following lawyers:

  • Victor J. Boone of Raleigh
  • Edward G. (Woody) Connette of Charlotte
  • John N. (Nick) Fountain of Raleigh
  • Ashley L. Hogewood Jr. of Charlotte
  • Douglas Carmichael (Mike) McIntyre II of Raleigh
  • Bill Powers of Charlotte

Watch a video of the Distinguished Service Award presentations here.

See a list of past winners here.

Last year, Lawyers Mutual’s own Mark Scruggs was a DSA winner.

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John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award

The DSA honors current and retired members of the NC State Bar statewide who have demonstrated exemplary service to the legal profession. The DSA committee uses the following criteria:

  • Cultivating knowledge of the law beyond its use for clients, employing that knowledge in reform of the law, and working to strengthen legal education.
  • Furthering the public's understanding of and confidence in the rule of law and the justice system.
  • Devoting professional time and resources and providing civic leadership to ensure equal access to our system of justice for all those who, because of economic or social barriers, cannot afford or secure adequate legal counsel.
  • Aiding the legal profession by helping the bar regulate itself in the public interest and by seeking to improve the administration of justice and the quality of services rendered by the legal profession.
  • Providing professional services at no fee or a reduced fee to persons of limited means or to public service or charitable groups or organizations, by service in activities for improving the law, society, the legal system or the legal profession, and providing financial support for organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.
  • Treating opposing counsel with courtesy and respect; encouraging and counseling peers by providing advice and mentoring; and fostering civility among members of the bar.
  • Promoting diversity and diverse participation within the legal profession.

Want to Nominate a Lawyer for the DSA?

Here is nomination form, which can be submitted by mail, fax or email as follows:

Suzanne Lever, Staff Liaison to Distinguished Service Committee
The North Carolina State Bar
PO Box 25908
Raleigh, NC 27611

919.828.4620 ext. 261
919.719.9334 (Fax)

Source: NC State Bar


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Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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