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Criminal Justice Section Presents Annual Awards

Criminal Justice Section Presents Annual Awards

Criminal Justice Section Presents Annual Awards

The North Carolina Bar Association Criminal Justice Section presented the 12th Annual Peter S. Gilchrist III & Wade M. Smith Awards on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Embassy Suites in Cary.

The recipients were Kimberly Overton Spahos of Raleigh, who received the Gilchrist Award, and John P. “Jack” O’Hale of Smithfield, who received the Smith Award.

The awards are named for their initial recipients, former Mecklenburg County District Attorney Peter Gilchrist and defense attorney Wade Smith of Raleigh.

George Doyle, section chair, presided over the awards dinner.

Spahos serves as chief resource prosecutor for the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, which she joined in 2003 as the state’s first Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor. She previously served as an assistant district attorney in Halifax County.

A former member of the NCBA Board of Governors and North Carolina Bar Foundation Board of Directors, Spahos served as chair of the Criminal Justice Section in 2013-14. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Regent University School of Law.

O’Hale operates John P. O’Hale, P.A., where he has practiced with his son, Frank, since 2016. The senior O’Hale has practiced law in North Carolina since 1975 and previously served on the Johnston County Board of Education and the UNC Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.

O’Hale served as chair of the Criminal Justice Section in 2003-04. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC School of Law. 

Previous recipients of these awards are:

Gilchrist Award Recipients

2018   Howard P. Neumann, Greensboro

2017   W. Clark Everett, Greenville

2016   Howard J. Cummings, Raleigh

2015   Barton Menser, Charlotte

2014   Sandra J. Hairston, Greensboro

2013   James J. Coman, Raleigh

2012   Calvin W. Colyer, Fayetteville

2011   C. Colon Willoughby Jr., Raleigh

2010   William D. Kenerly, Salisbury

2009   Edward W. Grannis Jr., Fayetteville

2008   Peter S. Gilchrist III, Charlotte

 

Smith Award Recipients

2018   Claire J. Rauscher, Charlotte 

2017   Michael A. Grace, Winston-Salem

2016   Sean P. Devereux, Asheville

2015   Thomas C. Manning, Raleigh

2014   Mark W. Owens Jr., Greenville

2013   Fredrick G. Lind, Greensboro

2012   James E. Ferguson, Charlotte

2011   Joseph B. Cheshire V, Raleigh

2010   James P. Cooney III, Charlotte

2009   Locke T. Clifford, Greensboro

2008   Wade M. Smith, Raleigh