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Brinkley Receiving McKnight Award

Brinkley Receiving McKnight Award

Martin Brinkley

The Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association has selected Martin H. Brinkley of Raleigh, dean of the University of North Carolina School of Law, to receive the H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Asheville.

The award will be presented on Friday, June 23, during the President’s Luncheon.

The H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award, established in 2006 by the NCBA Foundation’s Professionalism Committee, recognizes attorneys who demonstrate the “Renaissance Lawyer” qualities embodied by Judge McKnight, former chair of the Professionalism Committee who died in 2004 while serving on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of N.C.

The award seeks to recognize those North Carolina attorneys whose trustworthiness, respectful and courteous treatment of all people, enthusiasm for intellectual achievement and commitment to excellence in work, and service to the profession and community, inspire others.

Members of the Professionalism Committee solicit the nominations for this award and select the individual whose name is then submitted to the NCBA Board of Governors for approval.

Brinkley has served as dean of the UNC School of Law since July 1, 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was a partner with Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, where he now serves of counsel.

He is a 1987 graduate of Harvard University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude, and a 1992 graduate of the UNC School of Law. Brinkley clerked for Chief Judge Sam J. Ervin III of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals before entering private practice.

Brinkley served as president of the NCBA in 2011-12.