2018 Citizen Lawyer Award Winner Dustin Greene
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 Emily Anne Smith
WINSTON-SALEM – Dustin Greene is the recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award. That Greene is the recipient of this award comes as no surprise to those who work with him in the office and in the community.
Greene is a native North Carolinian who received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University, and his law degree from Wake Forest University.
However, being an experienced and awarded litigator is Greene’s second career. Prior to becoming a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Greene served in the United States Army where he was a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Greene’s time in the Army developed the service-oriented leadership which has driven his career and community involvement.
Greene not only offers to assist in providing pro bono advice to organizations in the Triad, but also generously devotes his time. He personally invests in causes close to him.
For example, given his background as an Eagle Scout, it is unsurprising that he would go on to be a member of the Boy Scouts Old Hickory Council Executive Board. Similarly, given the fact that he is an outstanding advocate, he also provides pro bono services to the Legal Aid of North Carolina and is a Barrister with the Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court.
However, helping veterans is a cause that deeply moves Greene. Not only does he provide pro bono representation to veterans seeking service-connected disability, he also was a founding member of the Northwest Piedmont Purple Heart Foundation. This organization is devoted to recognizing and honoring the veterans who were wounded in battle.
When the Northwest Piedmont Purple Heart Foundation requested information on forming a 501-C, they were lucky to have asked Greene. Instead of merely offering to provide pro bono advice, Greene took initiative, assisted in forming the organization, and went on to serve as its secretary for over three years. He continues to serve on its board.
Greene’s interests are varied, and there are many organizations that need help growing and developing. Therefore, once the Northwest Piedmont Purple Heart Foundation grew, Greene found another organization in need of his assistance.
Although the Winston-Salem Little Theater has provided quality performing arts to the Winston-Salem area since 1935, as a community-based organization, it requires dedicated volunteers to assist with its operations. Crediting his wife and daughter’s participation in the arts, Greene decided to contribute in his own way, and he currently serves as a board member of the Winston-Salem Little Theater.
Moving forward, it is likely that Greene will continue assisting the community. Steve Berlin, also with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton offered kind words regarding Greene. Specifically, Berlin stated that Greene exemplifies true service and that Greene “zealously advocates for community causes.” He added that Greene “exemplifies what it means to be a citizen lawyer.” Given the depth and passion Greene exhibits for the community, he truly exhibits the spirit of the award.
Emily Anne Smith is an associate attorney in McAngus Goudelock and Courie’s Raleigh office.