Alan Duncan Is New NCBA President-Elect
Article Date: Sunday, June 24, 2012
Alan Duncan, NCBA President-Elect.
Alan W. Duncan of Greensboro is the new president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association. Elected on Saturday, June 23, at the NCBA Annual Meeting in Wilmington, Duncan will serve as president of the NCBA in 2013-14.
Duncan is a partner with Smith Moore Leatherwood and past president of the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys. He served on the NCBA Board of Governors from 2004-07 and is past chair of the Litigation Section and the Trial Practice Curriculum Committee.
“I was very humbled and excited to be asked to serve as president,” Duncan said, “knowing those who went before me in this leadership position, the depth and substance of their leadership and the gifts of those outstanding lawyers. That is why this association has been so great.”
Duncan is a 1976 graduate of Davidson College and 1979 graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law. He was elected to the Guilford County Board of Education in 2000 and has served since 2002 as its chair.
His name was placed in nomination by Immediate Past President Gene Pridgen of Charlotte who chaired the Past Presidents’ Council that is responsible for selecting the NCBA’s president-elect.
Seconding speeches were provided by Maurice Green who serves as superintendent of the Guilford County Schools and law partner Allison Van Laningham. Both are members of the NCBA.
“The North Carolina Bar Association has been very meaningful to me throughout my career for the relationships it has fostered,” Duncan said. “I think it is one of the things that separates North Carolina lawyers – having a voluntary bar association that is such a strong and active voice for its members.”
Duncan currently serves as chairman of the capital campaign for First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro and as vice chair of the Ne Ultra annual fund drive at Davidson College.
He was honored at last year’s annual meeting of the NCBA Litigation Section as the recipient of the Advocate’s Award, and in 2007 as a recipient of the NCBA’s Citizen Lawyer Award.
Duncan is also a two-time recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, presented through the Sullivan Foundation in recognition of service to others and service to the community. He was honored by Davidson College in 1976 and by Guilford College in 2005.