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NCBA Presents 2015 Citizen Lawyer Awards

NCBA Presents 2015 Citizen Lawyer Awards

Honorees, front from left: Ralph Walker, Sam Johnson, Ann David and Linwood Bunce II. Middle: Angelique Vincent-Hamacher, Stephen Little, Sharon Parker, Hal Levinson and Donald Sayers: Back: John S. Willardson, Lamont Wiggins and Patrick Kane. Unable to attend: Frank Laney.

The North Carolina Bar Association is pleased to announce the winners of its Citizen Lawyer Awards for 2015. The honorees received their awards June 19 at the NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville.

The Citizen Lawyer Award recognizes lawyers who exemplify the ideals of a citizen lawyer: public service in appointed and elected positions, work with non-profit charitable and political organizations, military service and volunteering with youth sports programs and with religious organizations.

The recipients, with a brief sketch of their community service backgrounds and educational experiences, are:

Angelique Vincent-Hamacher
Angelique Vincent-Hamacher practices with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson in Charlotte. Her extensive record of community involvement includes service on the Carolinas HealthCare System Board of Commissioners, the Crisis Assistance Ministry Board of Directors and the Center for Community Transitions, Inc. Board of Directors.

Vincent-Hamacher has also served as general counsel to the executive committee of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the S.C. State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commisssion on Civil Rights.

Vincent-Hamacher is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.

Ann McKee David
Ann McKee David practices law with David and Associates in Wilmington. She has volunteered considerable time with the NCBA’s Law-Related Education program, serving as coordinator of its Lawyers 4 Literacy project.

Her NCBA service is in line with David’s longtime commitment to education. She has served as co-chair of the Education Bond Committee of the New Hanover County Schools and as a member of the Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees. David has also served as PTA president for multiple New Hanover County schools and as president of the New Hanover County Council of PTAs.

David is a graduate of Meredith College and the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Frank Laney
Frank Laney of Cary is a mediator for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. He has been involved in a wide range of community service activities, including more than 30 years as a Boy Scouts of America scoutmaster.

Laney has also served as president of the Green Hope High School Band Boosters and as

PTA Committee chair for multiple schools. He has been a volunteer leader at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and provides math tutoring for high school students.

Laney is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Donald D. Sayers
Donald D. Sayers practices law with Woodson, Sayers, Lawther, Short, Parrott & Abramson in Salisbury. His extensive record of civic involvement includes service as president of the Salisbury Rotary Club and the Salisbury Kiwanis Club.

Sayers has also served on the Margaret C. Woodson Foundation Board of Directors, as president and board member of the Rowan County YMCA and as president of the Historic Salisbury Foundation.

Sayers is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Hal Levinson
Hal Levinson practices law with Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte. He serves as chairman of the advisory board of the UNC Center for Jewish Studies in Chapel Hill, and is an original board member and chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

He is also a member of the board of advisors for the Carolinas Healthcare System and serves on its Quality Care Committee. Levinson previously served on the boards of the United Way, Child Care Resources, the Levine Jewish Community Center and the Mecklenburg County Bar.

Levinson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan Law School.

John S. Willardson
John S. Willardson operates Willardson Law Firm in Wilkesboro, where he serves as town attorney.

Willardson chairs the Wilkes Family YMCA Board of Directors, of which he has been a member since 1987. He is a past president of the Wilkes Babe Ruth Baseball League and the North Wilkesboro Kiwanis Club, and a past board member of Hospice of Wilkes.

Willardson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Lamont Wiggins
Lamont Wiggins operates the Law Office of Lamont Wiggins in Rocky Mount. His extensive record of community involvement includes service on the Nash-Edgecombe Juvenile Crime Commission.

Wiggins has also provided voluntary leadership to the City of Rocky Mount, the N.C. League of Municipalities, East Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America and The Wrights Center, Inc.

Wiggins is a graduate of North Carolina State University and North Carolina Central University School of Law.

D. Linwood Bunce II
D. Linwood Bunce II practices law with Barnes, Grimes, Bunce and Fraley in Lexington.

A member of the Lexington City Council, Bunce is a past chairman of the Lexington Planning and Zoning Board and the Lexington City Board of Education. He is also a past president of the Lexington Kiwanis Club, the J. Smith Young YMCA and the local Red Cross chapter.

Bunce is also a past chairman of the Davidson County Democratic Party.

Bunce is a graduate of Campbell College and Campbell Law School, where he was a member of the charter class.

Patrick M. Kane
Patrick M. Kane practices with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro. He has been a staunch advocate for the sport of rugby in the Triad region, serving as head coach of the Wake Forest University men’s rugby team and as founder and commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Rugby League.

Kane is also the founder and head coach of the boys’ rugby team at Grimsley Senior High School and vice president of the North Carolina Youth Rugby Union. He has also participated in the Fathers Being Involved program at Brooks Global Elementary School.

Kane is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Ralph A. Walker
Ralph A. Walker is a retired judge and former director of the Administrative Office of the Courts. He resides in Greensboro.

Walker has been involved in community activities throughout his adult life. At the First Presbyterian Church, he has served as an elder, deacon and Sunday school teacher.

He currently serves on the N.C. Drug Court Advisory Committee and previously served on the Greensboro Urban Ministry Board of Directors. Walker is a past member of the Greensboro Mental Health Association and has served as a youth mentor for the 4-H Club Summer Conference.

Walker is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Samuel W. (Sam) Johnson
Samuel W. (Sam) Johnson practices law with Poyner Spruill in Rocky Mount.

Current and former citizen lawyer activities include service as president of the Triangle/Eastern N.C. Chapter of JDRF Foundation, The Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina, Inc. and the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

He has also served as chair of the Futrell-Mauldin Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount and as secretary-treasurer of the Downtown Renaissance, Inc.

Johnson is a graduate of Duke University and the Duke University School of Law.

Sharon Lee Parker
Sharon Lee Parker operates Sharon L. Parker, PA in Marion. She has worked to bring resources to her community and to promote the capacity of McDowell non-profits through both the McDowell Endowment, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, where she initiated and chaired the Non-Profit Support Committee, and the McDowell Non-Profit and Service Organization Group, where she has served on the Board Recruitment and Board Development Committee.

Parker has also served on the boards of the McDowell County Health Coalition and Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina, and as a member of the NCBA Commission on the Status of Women in the Legal Profession in North Carolina.

Parker is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Stephen R. Little
Stephen R. Little practices law with Little and Lattimore in Marion, where he serves as mayor and has been an elected official for nearly 30 years.

Mayor Little is also a trustee of the N.C. Baptist Hospital of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Baptist Children’s Homes of N.C. He has been active in the First Baptist Church of Marion as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and Endowment Fund trustee, and has served as mission teams logistics manager for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Little is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Law.