Legal Practice Hall of Fame
Induction in the Legal Practice Hall of Fame recognizes a lifetime of exemplary service and high ethical and professional standards as a practitioner of the law and for serving as a role model for all lawyers in North Carolina.
- Must be over the age of 60 years;
- Must be a current living member of the NCBA;
- Must be nominated by a current NCBA member;
- Shall have practiced law in private practice or governmental practice* for at least 30 years, with at least 20 years legal practice in NC with the below noted special provisions regarding judicial service**;
- Displays the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct;
- Has demonstrated a lifetime of exemplary service that has enhanced the legal profession (e.g., service to the county, statewide, or national voluntary Bar Association, service to District or State Bar committees, pro bono legal services, service in mentorship programs, volunteer service on community boards with community organizations, among other service deemed worthy by the Selection Committee); and
- Is recognized as a role model in both professional and personal conduct.
*Governmental lawyers include all licensed lawyers who are working in governmental agencies and who do not have judicial-type decision making authority by statute (e.g., staff attorneys at the ICC, NC AG Office, State Agencies, or UNC School of Government) would have all their time count. Lawyers who are Administrative Law Judges, Industrial Commission Commissioners, Deputy Industrial Commission Commissioners, and others who have judicial-type decision making authority by statute would have their service counted according to the provision for judicial service below.
**Judicial service, up to a maximum of ten (10) years, is credited toward the required 30 years of practice of law, provided that the judge maintained an active private or governmental (as defined above) practice of law for at least five (5) years before nomination.
NCBA Diversity Statement: The NCBA is an inclusive organization committed to recognizing, respecting, promoting and encouraging diversity among its leadership, its membership and the entire legal community. The Association recognizes as a core value the need to be a more inclusive organization.
2024 Nominations Guidelines
Please complete the nomination form below by the deadline of Monday, March 11, 2024. Awardees will be announced in June 2024 as a part of the NCBA Annual Meeting. The awards will be presented at the NCBA Senior Lawyers Division Fall Meeting. View a list of past recipients.
Please read the qualifications above carefully as they have been revised as of December 12, 2023.