Janet Ward Black Receives Award
Janet Ward Black of Ward Black Law in Greensboro was honored on Wednesday, Feb. 7, as the 10th recipient of The Advocate’s Award. Presented as merited by the Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, the award recognizes “superstars” of the section and the legal profession.
Amanda Martin, section chair, presented the award in Greensboro during a special reception held in conjunction with a meeting of the Litigation Section council.
Attorneys and staff from Ward Black Law also participated in the event. Black is the principal owner of the 36-person firm, which is one of the largest woman-owned law firms in the state, and the first woman to receive The Advocate’s Award.
She served as president of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Foundation in 2007-08, initiating the annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day that will celebrate its 11th anniversary on Friday, March 2.
Black is also a past president of the North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers (now N.C. Advocates for Justice), the Rowan County Bar Association and the Rowan County Democratic Women.
A native of Kannapolis, she graduated from Davidson College cum laude with a degree in economics and attained her law degree from Duke University. While in college, she was awarded the title of Miss North Carolina in 1980, and won the Grand Talent Award at the 1981 Miss America pageant.
Previous recipients of The Advocate’s Award are (2006) Charles L. Becton, (2007) J. Donald Cowan Jr., (2009) H. Grady Barnhill Jr., (2010) James T. Williams Jr., (2011) Alan W. Duncan, (2012) Charlie Blanchard, (2013) A. Ward McKeithen), (2015) James E. Ferguson II and (2016) Bill Womble Jr.