Cowan, Bissette Will Receive NCBA Awards
Article Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The North Carolina Bar Association is pleased to announce the recipients of two of its highest honors at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Wilmington. The recipients were confirmed at the spring meeting of the NCBA Board of Governors.
J. Donald Cowan Jr. of Raleigh has been selected to receive the Judge John J. Parker Award, considered the highest award bestowed by the NCBA. Cowan served as president of the NCBA in 1992-93 and chaired the Litigation Section in 1985-86.
Cowan previously received the NCBA’s CLE Volunteer of the Year Award and the Litigation Section’s Advocate’s Award.
W. Louis Bissette Jr. of Asheville has been selected as the recipient of the Dr. I. Beverly Lake Public Service Award. Bissette practices with McGuire, Wood & Bissette. He is the former mayor of Asheville and past president of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Bissette previously received the Centennial Award and the Citizen Lawyer Award from the NCBA.
The Judge John J. Parker Memorial Award was established in 1959 by the NCBA Board of Governors to honor the memory and the accomplishments of Judge Parker and to encourage the emulation of his deep devotion and enduring contribution to the law and to the administration of justice by recognizing conspicuous service by members of the bar of this state to the cause of jurisprudence in North Carolina.
The Dr. I. Beverly Lake Public Service Award was established in 2004 in conjunction with the I. Beverly Lake Sr. Justice Fund to recognize an outstanding lawyer in North Carolina who has performed exemplary public service in his or her community.
The Parker Award will be presented to Cowan on June 21 during the Saturday morning General Session. The Lake Award will be presented to Bissette on June 20 during the Friday morning General Session.