Platt D. Walker Society
The Platt D. Walker Society, established in 1996 by the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Inc., recognizes those individuals who have made a planned gift to support the Bar Foundation. A significant number of bar leaders have already joined the Society by inclusion of the Bar Foundation in their personal estate plan.
Platt D. Walker was elected the first President of the North Carolina Bar Association upon its organization in 1899. He was born on October 25, 1849 in Wilmington, was admitted to the bar in June 1870, and practiced law in Rockingham and Charlotte. He served as an Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1903-23 during which time he lived in Raleigh until his death on May 22, 1923. His portrait hangs in the Justice Building of the State of North Carolina, where the North Carolina Supreme Court is located.
The Society honors those members and friends who make planned gifts to ensure the future of the Bar Foundation and who give written notification to the Foundation. Planned gifts that qualify a donor for membership in the Society include: a testamentary bequest, charitable trust, gift annuity, or a gift of life insurance.
Every individual who made a planned gift to the Bar Foundation by December 31, 1999 is a charter member of the Platt D. Walker Society.
On March 6, 1899, the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina passed an act to incorporate the North Carolina Bar Association. This designation acknowledges all individuals who made a planned gift to the Bar Association during its first century of service to the legal profession and the public. The Society will help ensure that the Bar Foundation has the financial resources to fund excellent programs to serve the profession and the people of North Carolina in future generations.
Our gratitude is expressed through the offering of special recognition for members of The Platt D. Walker Society. Members will be:
- Listed on the Walker Society plaque in the North Carolina Bar Center
- Invited to all future social events held by The Society in conjunction with the Bar Association Annual Meetings or Board of Governors meetings
- Recognized in the Honor Roll of Donors published in North Carolina Lawyer.
- Presented with a framed certificate acknowledging membership in the Platt D.Walker Society
- Awarded a recognition item at a Board of Governors meeting
In accordance with Bar Foundation policies, most gifts will be placed in the unrestricted portion of the Endowment. This provides the Endowment Committee, the necessary flexibility to meet future needs that are presently unforeseen. Significant gifts made to the Endowment may be restricted to a specific project or program of personal interest to you.
You may also elect to memoralize a loved one, honor a member of the bar, or perpetuate a name through the formation of a named Justice Fund within the Endowment. Justice Funds, which are unrestricted, may be formed with gifts valuing at least $35,000. A Justice Fund, restricted to a specific purpose, may be formed with a gift valued at $100,000 or more. Whatever your personal goal, your gift will be a critical resource to the future of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Inc. For information about The Platt D. Walker Society, estate planning and your support of the Bar Foundation please contact: Thomas M. Hull, Director of Development, tHull@ncbar.org or 1-800-662-7407 or 919-657-1567.