Alumni Honored at Annual N.C. Bar Association Meeting, LeAnn Nease Brown ’84 Sworn in as President

June 27, 2019
LeAnn Nease Brown and Jackie Grant
LeAnn Nease Brown ’84, right, with outgoing NCBA President Jackie
Grant ’95. Photo courtesy of Russell Rawlings/NCBA.

Ten UNC School of Law alumni and one faculty member received awards at the North Carolina Bar Association’s 121st annual meeting in Asheville, June 20-23, and six alumni were recognized for their new leadership roles within the organization.

LeAnn Nease Brown ’84 Sworn in as NCBA President

LeAnn Nease Brown ’84, a member/manager of Brown & Bunch in Chapel Hill, was installed as the 125th president of the NCBA. She will also serve as president of the North Carolina Bar Foundation. She has served as chair of three specialty practice sections (Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes, Zoning, Planning & Land Use and Dispute Resolution), as chair of the Membership Committee and CLE Committee, and as co-chair of the Legislative Advisory Committee. She served on the NCBA Board of Governors and the NCBF Board of Directors and the Audit and Finance Committee in 2010-13. Brown is a three-time graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and history in 1977, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the School of Medical Allied Health Sciences in 1981, and a juris doctor from the UNC School of Law in 1984.

C. Mark Holt ’87 Will Serve as NCBA President-Elect

C. Mark Holt ’87 of Raleigh is the new president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association. Holt is a partner in Holt Sherlin LLP, which he co-founded in 2013. He will serve as president of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Foundation in 2020-21.

New Vice Presidents and Board Members Elected

Katherine Wilkerson ’92, of Lynch and Eatman in Raleigh, was elected to a three-year term on the NCBA Board of Governors. New vice presidents, who were elected at the spring meeting of the Board of Governors and will serve a one-year term, include

  • Justice Mark Davis ’91, N.C. Supreme Court in Raleigh
  • Judge Richard Allen Baddour Jr. ’97, N.C. Superior Court in Pittsboro
  • Andrew Foster ’00, Duke Law School Director of the Community Enterprise Clinic and Clinical Professor of Law in Durham

Howard E. Manning Jr. ’68 Receives Judge John J. Parker Award

Retired Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning Jr. ’68 of Raleigh is the 39th recipient of the Judge John J. Parker Award, considered the highest award bestowed by the NCBA. Manning’s great-grandfather, John Manning, was the first professor of law on the UNC faculty.

Robert “Bob” Orr ’75 Receives H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award

Former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert “Bob” Orr is the 2019 recipient of the H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award. Orr lives in Raleigh and is an adjunct professor in NC State Constitutional Law at Carolina.

Lisa Arthur ’12 Receives Charles F. Blanchard Young Lawyer of the Year Award

Lisa Arthur ’12 of Fox Rothschild in Greensboro is the 2019 recipient of the Charles F. Blanchard Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Arthur is a member of the NCBA’s Young Lawyers Division.

Charles Daye and Julius Chambers ’62 Receive Legal Legends of Color Award

The fourth installment of the Minorities in the Profession Committee’s Legal Legends of Color Awards recognized diverse attorneys of color who have made a significant impact in North Carolina.

Two of the five awards were presented to Charles Daye, Henry Brandis Professor of Law emeritus, and the late civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers ’62, who served as founding director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights. This is the first year the committee chose to honor someone posthumously.

Three Inducted into Legal Practice Hall of Fame

The General Practice Hall of Fame seeks to recognize exemplary service and high ethical and professional standards as a general legal practitioner in North Carolina. Three alumni were inducted at the meeting.

  • Dan Hartzog ’73, of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog in Raleigh
  • R. Anderson “Andy” Haynes ’73, in Tryon
  • L.P. “Tony” Hornthal ’63, of Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland in Elizabeth City

Three Named as Citizen Lawyer Award Recipients

The NCBA announced three Carolina Law alumni as recipients of the 2019 Citizen Lawyer Award. The award was established in 2007 to recognize lawyers who provide exemplary public service to their communities.

  • Joel Harbinson ’79, of Harbinson, Brzykcy & Corbett in Taylorsville
  • Henry “Hank” Van Hoy II ’74, of Martin & Van Hoy in Mocksville
  • Rep. W. “Lee” Zachary Jr. ’73, of Zachary Law Offices in Yadkinville

-June 27, 2019