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Awards + Recognition

North Carolina Lawyer Magazine — May 2021 Issue —

Gerald Beaver, David Saacks Receive Annual Criminal Justice Section Awards

     The North Carolina Bar Association Criminal Justice Section presented the 13th Annual Peter S. Gilchrist III & Wade M. Smith Awards on May 14 in conjunction with the section’s 2020-21 virtual annual meeting. The recipients are David Saacks of Raleigh (above, right) who received the Gilchrist Award and H. Gerald “Jerry” Beaver of Fayetteville (above, left) who received…

North Carolina Lawyer Magazine — May 2021 Issue —

Judge Gale Receives ACBD Section Distinguished Service Award

The NCBA Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Law Section presented its Distinguished Service Award to Senior Business Court Judge James L. Gale on April 21. The award was presented in conjunction with the section’s virtual annual meeting and CLE. Chief Business Court Judge Louis A. Bledsoe III introduced Judge Gale. “The members of this Section are my peers, and there…

North Carolina Lawyer Magazine — May 2021 Issue —

Cheri Beasley Receives Liberty Bell Award

The Hon. Cheri Beasley received the North Carolina Bar Association’s 2021 Liberty Bell Award on Friday, May 7. The award was presented during the Young Lawyers Division’s annual Law Day Ceremony, which was conducted virtually through the combined efforts of the NCBA, the North Carolina Bar Foundation and the YLD Law Day/Liberty Bell Award Committee. Beasley is a former Chief…

North Carolina Lawyer Magazine — May 2021 Issue —

Clayton Morgan Receives Corporate Counselor’s Award

Clayton Morgan of Duke Energy in Raleigh received the Corporate Counselor’s Award on April 8 at the virtual annual meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section. Morgan has been with Duke Energy and its predecessors since 1996, serving as Associate General Counsel since 2004. Morgan serves as chair of the Legal Aid of North Carolina Board of…

North Carolina Lawyer Magazine — May 2021 Issue —

Litigation Section Presents Advocate’s Award To Wester

The Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association honored John R. Wester of Charlotte on May 18 as the 13th recipient of The Advocate’s Award. The award is presented as merited, and not annually, to attorneys deemed as being “superstars” of the section and the legal profession. Wester grew up in Rockingham and graduated from the University of North…

North Carolina Lawyer Magazine — May 2021 Issue —

Oast Receives Government & Public Sector Section Award

The North Carolina Bar Association Government & Public Sector Section presented the Grainger Barrett Award for Excellence to Robert Oast of McGuire Wood & Bissette in Asheville on May 6. The award was presented in conjunction with the section’s virtual annual meeting. Oast has practiced law for nearly 40 years, focusing much of his work on local government and land…

North Carolina Lawyer Magazine — May 2021 Issue —

Heidi Bloom Receives Family Law Distinguished Service Award

Heidi C. Bloom of Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP in Raleigh received the NCBA Family Law Section’s Distinguished Service Award on April 30. The award was presented in conjunction with the section’s virtual annual meeting and CLE. Bloom is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991) and Wake Forest University School of Law (1995)….

North Carolina Lawyer Magazine — May 2021 Issue —

2021 NCBA Annual Meeting: Awards Galore And More

The 123rd Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 17-18. A virtual format is being utilized once again this year, but the agenda and experience will more closely resemble annual meetings from years past. This is especially true when it comes to the presentation of awards, which has always been a…

North Carolina Lawyer Magazine — May 2021 Issue —

Legal Feeding Frenzy Smashes Goal, Record

The 2021 Legal Feeding Frenzy was a record-setting success. The 2020 Legal Feeding Frenzy was also a record-setting success. Let that sink in for a second, and if you contributed to the success of either or both events, please give yourself a pat on the back and accept a well-deserved round of applause. In back-to-back years, in the midst of…

North Carolina Lawyer Magazine — May 2021 Issue —

Humphrey Justice Fund Provides Scholarships For Students

The Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association recently announced the recipients of college scholarships for children of slain or permanently disabled North Carolina law enforcement officers. The total amount of the scholarships for the 2021 spring semester exceeded $10,000. The scholarships are funded by the Hubert B. Humphrey Justice Fund North Carolina Bar Foundation Endowment. The recipients…