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Public Service Academy Starts

Public Service Academy Starts

Keynote speaker Howard Lee

The North Carolina Bar Association is presenting the second NCBA Public Service Academy in association with The Institute for the Public Trust. The non-partisan program is designed to educate attorneys about the ins and outs of running for elective office.

Founded in 2010, The Institute for the Public Trust is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to "finding, recruiting and training great new leaders to run for public office in North Carolina and the United States." The Institute has trained dozens of individuals who have successfully sought public office or entered appointive government service.

Weekend One was held Oct. 18-19 and Weekend Two will take place Nov. 8-9.

Participants in the 2019 class of the NCBA Public Service Academy are:

  • John Adcock, Adcock Law Firm, P.A., Holly Springs
  • Kristin Kelly Broyles, Halvorsen Family Law Group, Winston-Salem
  • David Delaney, Law Office of David G. Delaney, PLLC, Chapel Hill
  • Corye Dunn, Disability Rights NC, Durham
  • Nicolette Fulton, City of Raleigh, Raleigh
  • Stephanie Gibbs, Gailor Hunt Jenkins Davis Taylor & Gibbs, Cary
  • Anna Goodwin, Goodwin Law Firm, Monroe
  • William Gordon, Post, Foushee, Patton, Sanford
  • Jonathan Hamilton, Hamilton Law Office, Greensboro
  • Tiffany Lesnik, Lesnik Family Law, P.C., Raleigh
  • Bruce Macdonald, Retired, Hendersonville
  • Adam Marshall, Black, Slaughter & Black, PA, Greensboro
  • Judge Keith Mason, NC District Court Judge, Washington
  • Kathryn McCullough, Collins Aerospace, Winston-Salem
  • Lynna Moen, Moen Legal Counsel, Charlotte
  • Bryan Norris, NC AOC, Burlington
  • Shernika Smith, Hire Counsel, Charlotte
  • Barbara Silver, B. Silver Law Group, Greensboro
  • Christopher Vann, Cann Law Firm, PA, Matthews

Presenters for Weekend One were:

  • Jeff Powell, Professor of Law and Director, First Amendment Clinic, Duke Law School
  • Cleta Mitchell, Partner and Political Law Attorney, Foley & Lardner LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • The Hon. Howard Lee, former Chapel Hill Mayor and N.C. State Senator
  • Valerie Fields, Teaching Associate Professor, UNC School of Media and Journalism
  • Frank Hill, Director, The Institute for Public Trust
  • Dan Barry, Former Union County GOP Chairman
  • Gil Greggs, Chair of the Biblical Studies Department, St. David’s School, former professor at Yale and Duke Divinity Schools 

The leadership team of the NCBA and North Carolina Bar Foundation is represented by:

  • President LeAnn Nease Brown
  • Immediate Past President Jacqueline Grant
  • Executive Director Jason Hensley