2018 Citizen Lawyer Award Winner Carlton Williamson
The Citizen Lawyer Committee of the NCBA Young Lawyers Division, in conjunction with the NCBA Citizen Lawyer Committee, provides expanded coverage of the 2018 Citizen Lawyer Award recipients in recognition of their volunteer service and leadership in their communities and beyond.
By Denaa Griffin
WHITEVILLE – The North Carolina Bar Association has recognized Carlton F. Williamson with its Citizen Lawyer Award. This award honors attorneys who dedicate their time and talents to serving their communities and inspire others to do the same. Williamson’s past and present extensive community involvement includes serving as a Director of the Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, pro bono counsel to the restoration of Vineland Station (the historic railroad depot in downtown Whiteville), longtime Executive Board member and Past President of the Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts of America, Chairman of the Church Council of the Whiteville United Methodist Church, Past President of the Whiteville Country Club, among other community appointments and involvement.
Notably, Williamson is a founding and current member of the Board of Directors of the Columbus Regional Healthcare System Foundation, Incorporated (formerly the Columbus County Hospital Foundation) formed in 2002 to support the Columbus Regional Healthcare System in its mission to provide healthcare to the people of Columbus County and surrounding communities.
Says Terrie H. Priest, Vice-President of Business Development & Community Relations for Columbus Regional Healthcare System, “Everyone needs a Carlton Williamson on their board. Since the beginning of the Columbus Regional Healthcare System Foundation in 2002, Carlton has been a board member. He has always been dedicated to the Foundation in its mission of supporting the healthcare needs of our community and in true volunteer spirit Carlton contributes his time, talent and resources to ensure the mission of CRHSF is met.
For more than 30 years, Williamson has been an active citizen and leader in the Whiteville and Columbus County community. Williamson’s longest involvement has been with the City of Whiteville as City Attorney and as General Counsel to Southeastern Community College in Whiteville. In those positions he has worked closely with and actively supports the Southeastern Community College Foundation, Incorporated and the Columbus Jobs Foundation, Incorporated (formerly the Columbus County Committee of 100). Williamson’s longstanding commitment to these and other similar organizations to advise and promote economic development in Columbus County is evidence of his commitment to the area’s longevity and growth.
Over his nearly 38 year legal career, while Williamson could have curbed his civic and volunteer commitments at any time, he chose to continue to be immersed in this life of service. He continues to serve in his local community remaining active in the Whiteville Rotary Club and his church, the Whiteville United Methodist Church. Williamson has set a fine example of balancing his legal career with being an active and generous community servant over the past 38 years and the North Carolina Bar Association is pleased to recognize Williamson with the 2018 Citizen Lawyer Award.
Denaa J. Griffin is an attorney at Yates, McLamb & Weyher L.L.P. in Raleigh.