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Broome Receives Education Law Section Award

Broome Receives Education Law Section Award

Jesh Humphrey, left, presents award to David Broome.

The Education Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association presented its Ann L. Majestic Distinguished Service Award to David E. Broome Jr. on Friday, April 24, at the N.C. Bar Center in Cary.

Presentation of the award transpired in conjunction with the section’s annual meeting and CLE.

Broome serves as vice chancellor and general counsel at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a position he has held since 2004. He has served the State of North Carolina as a higher education law attorney for nearly 40 years, his nominators noted.

“Dave Broome is not just an exceptional lawyer,” the nomination states, “he is a mentor to the attorneys who have had the opportunity to work with him, a key member of the Chancellor’s leadership team, a visible and engaged senior administrator at the University, and a treasured community advocate and volunteer.

“He is qualified and capable of doing any legal work for anyone, but he devoted his life and career to the University of North Carolina system through nearly forty years of service, and his impact – both professionally and personally – will be felt for another forty.”

UNC-Charlotte colleagues Jesh Humphrey, deputy general counsel, and Krista L. Newkirk, chief of staff, nominated Broome. It was Humphrey who presented the award.

“After that many years of doing this kind of work, it really is terrific to be recognized for having done a good enough job that your colleagues think you’re worth nominating and selecting,” Broome said. “I have heard people say when they get something like this how humbling it is, but I don’t think I ever really quite got that until the other day when I received this award.”

“When you’re standing there being recognized, you realize how great it is to work with terrific colleagues who prop you up and make things go so well. That is the lesson I get. There is nothing new about this – the people you work with make anything possible.”

Broome is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and the UNC School of Law.

He previously served as senior associate general counsel at N.C. State University (1994-2004), as associate university counsel and associate director of research services at UNC-Chapel Hill (1986-94), as assistant attorney general with the N.C. Department of Justice (1982-86), and as legal advisor at UNC-Chapel Hill (1976-82).

The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1990 by the Education Law Section for outstanding leadership in the area of education law and renamed last year in memory of Ann Majestic, former section chair and recipient of this award.

The award is given to an attorney who has a record of professional, community and personal achievement in the representation or affiliation with educational institutions, including public and private schools and colleges or universities, involvement with parents, teachers, faculty or administrators in the field of education law.

Previous recipients are:
1990   Edwin M. Speas Jr.
1991   John W. Hardy
1992   Robert E. Phay
1993   Laurie Mesibov
1994   George T. Rogister, Jr.
1995   Douglas S. Punger
1996   L. Wardlaw Lamar
1998   Ann L. Majestic
2003   Phillip R. Dixon Sr.
2004   Elizabeth C. Bunting
2005   Walter L. Currie
2006   John W. Gresham
2007   Thomas J. Ziko
2008   Allison Brown Schafer
2009   Dayton T. Cole
2010   Thomas M. Stern
2013   Fred Johnson