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2018 Citizen Lawyer Award Winner Nick Long

2018 Citizen Lawyer Award Winner Nick Long

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 Jane Paksoy

Nick Long, right, is right at home in his Scout uniform.

RALEIGH—Nicholas Long Jr. has been North Carolina State Counsel for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company for over ten years. An expert in the title insurance practice area, Long regularly teaches continuing legal education courses on real estate and ethics related topics throughout the State. He is past Chair of the NCBA’s Real Property Section Council, and was the founding Treasurer for Liens NC, LLC.  He currently serves as Legislative Committee Chair for the North Carolina Land Title Association.

To the 14,000 youth and 7,000 adult volunteers of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts, however, Long is known as one of the “Key Three” of the Council. As Council Commissioner, Long is responsible for working with volunteers across thirteen counties to provide a quality Scouting program for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Explorers. This is a role that occupies almost every night of the week and many weekends.

John Ackerman, Scout Executive of the Occoneechee Council, says that Long “lives the oath and law of Scouting every day of his life. He is a Scouter’s Scouter, just because he is so dedicated to this movement we have in the Boy Scouts of America.”

Long’s involvement with the Boy Scouts came about organically through his own upbringing. He started as an eight year old in Cub Scouts. His father, former chief district court judge Nicholas Long Sr. of the Sixth Judicial District, was a Life Scout and adult volunteer. Long is an Eagle Scout, and his two sons are also Eagle Scouts.

Long explains that as a leader in the Boy Scouts, you’re there to help Scouts learn to fail in a safe environment. Better to make mistakes in Scouts than to learn that hard lesson in college or at your first job. “The hardest part of being a Scout leader is watching a young man struggle with a new skill, but the learning that takes place is well worth it, “ Long says. In return, Long is rewarded with “a real feeling that what we do is making a difference.”

In addition to his work with Scouts, Long is active in his church, where he serves as Senior Warden and also serves on two Diocesan level committees.

To young lawyers, Long’s advice is to make the time to get involved, even if it’s just a couple times a month. He notes that for young lawyers in particular, “you need something that keeps you grounded.”

John McLean, Senior Underwriting Counsel for the Bridge Trust Title Group, says that “Long’s zeal for producing the highest caliber work, whether it be assisting with legislative efforts or helping the youth of America through his extremely active role with the Boy Scouts,” are things he strives personally to mimic.

The North Carolina Bar Association is pleased to honor Nick Long as a 2018 recipient of the Citizen Lawyer Award.

Jane Paksoy is an attorney at Syneos Health in Raleigh.