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2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Irvin W. ("Hank") Hankins III

Irwin W. Hankins III

Hank Hankins has been with Parker Poe in Charlotte since finishing Law School in 1975. He served as Parker Poe’s managing partner from 1986 to 2002. Since 2002, he has been the firm’s general counsel. Hankins has experience in both state and federal courts, representing a wide variety of clients, including public utilities, insurance companies, equipment manufacturing companies, chemical and textile companies, accounting firms and attorneys. Hankins has advised professional organizations regarding management issues, partnership structures, partnership disputes, and legal ethics. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America®, 2003-2014.

Hankins has held numerous leadership positions in the Bar and the community, including North Carolina State Bar president, 2007-2008; chairman, Ethics Committee, 2003-2004; chairman, Authorized Practice Committee, 1999-2001; and council member, 1997-2005. He served as president of the UNC Law Alumni Association, 2004-2005, and as general counsel to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, 2002-2003. He served as an ABA House of Delegates member, 2008-2013; chairman of the North Carolina IOLTA Board of Trustees, 2011-2012; Queens University of Charlotte Trustee, 2004-2012; and is now a Queens Trustee Emeriti. Hankins is an ABA Foundation Fellow and a member of the Disciplinary Hearing Commission of the North Carolina State Bar. He is an Elder at Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church in Charlotte; Moderator of the Administrative Group of the church Session; and is a member of the UNC-CH Board of Visitors.

2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Barbara B. (“Bonnie”) Weyher '77

Barbara B. (“Bonnie”) Weyher

After beginning her career in a New York City law firm, Barbara B. “Bonnie” Weyher returned to North Carolina in 1979 to join the firm of Young, Moore, Henderson & Alvis in Raleigh, N.C. In 1983, she became one of the founding partners of Yates, McLamb & Weyher. Weyher’s practice is primarily in the area of insurance coverage and professional liability. She has been a certified mediator since 1995 and has mediated or arbitrated hundreds of cases including commercial and consumer claims, business disputes, products liability claims, medical malpractice claims, and general liability/auto liability claims.

She is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Superior Court Mediators. Weyher is listed in Best Lawyers in America® (2009-2013). She is also listed as one of the top 50 women lawyers in North Carolina Super Lawyers (2009-2013). She is a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation.

Weyher is a past president of the North Carolina State Bar (2009-2010). She currently serves on North Carolina State Bar’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission. She served as a councilor on the North Carolina State Bar (1998-2006) and is a member of the ABA House of Delegates. She chaired the Grievance Committee, Ethics Committee and the Authorized Practice of Law Committee and also served on the Executive Committee, Issues Committee and Publications Committee. Weyher served as chair of the Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association (2005-2006). She is a past president of the Wake County Bar Association (1997).

2014 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award Recipient

Lindsey Roberson '07

Lindsey Roberson
Photo by Mark Steelman, courtesy of WILMA Magazine

Upon graduation from UNC School of Law, Lindsey Roberson clerked for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina for three years and then worked at New York law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Since 2012 Roberson has served as assistant district attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of New Hanover County, in Wilmington, N.C.

Roberson has become “a passionate advocate for victims of sex trafficking,” according to the nominating letter for her award. Roberson helped draft and promote two pieces of legislation in North Carolina, including a law giving safe harbor to teenagers forced into prostitution and mandating tough penalties for traffickers.

In addition to her work in the New Hanover County court, Roberson teaches paralegals at Cape Fear Community College and trains volunteers who work with young female victims of human trafficking. In January she was named by the Wilmington Star-News one of “12 to Watch” in 2014.

About the Awards

The Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an alumnus whose lifetime career has been highly distinguished, and whose achievements and contributions are widely recognized as significant and outstanding in his or her field. The recipient should be a graduate whose professional career has spanned a substantial period of time and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on and bring honor to the individual, the Bar and the School of Law.

The Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is an annual award given by the Carolina Law Alumni Association to a UNC School of Law graduate whose accomplishments and contributions have enhanced the school and the profession of law at the local, state, national or international level. The recipient should demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Excellence in the practice of law
  • Excellence in public service as members of the judiciary or other elected/appointed office
  • The high ideals of the legal profession

The Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

The UNC Law Alumni Association established the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award in 2002 to annually recognize a recent graduate for achievements that have brought credit to the school, the legal profession or society. The recipient must be a graduate of UNC School of Law within the past 10 years and must demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Accomplishments within the legal profession
  • High level of community involvement

Previous Recipients

2012

  • James E. Delany'73 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • DeWitt F. (Mac) McCarley '77- Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Vasiliki Alis (Celia) Pistolis '82 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Wilson L. White '06 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

2011

  • Wade H. Hargrove, Jr '65 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • William D. Johnson '82 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Ashley H. Campbell '03 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

2010

  • John B. McMillan '67 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Ashley Osment '95 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Ben F. Tennille '71 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Edward F.Hanes, Jr '00 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

2009

  • Roy A. Cooper III '82 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • James Y. Preston '61 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Reginald T. Shuford '91 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Harriett Twiggs Smalls '99 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

2008

  • Karen L. Henderson '69 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • John P. Kennedy '50 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Howard E. Manning'68 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Kristi Kessler Walters '99 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

2007

  • Marion A. Cowell, Jr '64 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Robert C. Soles, Jr '59 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • R. Allen Baddour '97 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

2006

  • H. Parks Helms - '61 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • William L. Osteen, Jr '56 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Robert Weisberg '75 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Candice S. Wooten '01 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

2005

  • Thomas W. Ross '75 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • David B. Sentelle '68 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Christine C. Mumma '98 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

2004

  • William C. Friday '48 - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • J. Dickson Phillips '48 - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • E. Osburne Ayscue '60 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • William E. Graham '56 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Sara W. Higgins '95 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

2003

  • Sarah E. Parker '69 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Francis I. Parker '49 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Kearns Davis '95 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

2002

  • Hubert B. Humphrey, Jr '51 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • H. Martin Lancaster '67 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Matthew T. Martens '96 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

2001

  • Anthony E. Rand '64 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • H. Patrick Taylor '48 -Distinguished Alumni Award

2000

  • Walter F. Brinkley '49 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Wade M. Smith '63- Distinguished Alumni Award

1998

  • James B. Hunt '64 - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Raymond D. Witt, Jr '39 - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Harvey Beech '52 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • J. Kenneth Lee '52 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Lacy W. Thornburg '54 - Distinguished Alumni Award

1997

  • John R. Jordon, Jr '48 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Charles M. Shaffer, Jr '67 - Distinguished Alumni Award

1996

  • Doris R. Bray '66 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Burley B. Mitchell '69 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Lindsay Warren '51 - Distinguished Alumni Award

1995

  • William M. Cochrane '41 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • James K. Dorsett, Jr '41 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • W. Travis Porter, III '60 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Sherwood H. Smith '60 - Distinguished Alumni Award

1994

  • Henry E. Frye '59 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Bertha Merrill Holt '41 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Ralph M. Stockton, Jr '50 - Distinguished Alumni Award

1993

  • Marion A. Cowell, Jr '64 - Alumni Leadership Award
  • Robert G. Byrd '56 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • C. Boyden Gray '68 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • George W. Miller, Jr '57 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • William L. Thorp, Jr '51 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Willis P. Whichard '65 - Distinguished Alumni Award

1992

  • Reef C. Ivey, II '68 - Alumni Leadership Award
  • Julius L. Chambers '62 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Robin L. Hinson '58 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Hamilton H. Hobgood '36 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Daniel Pollitt - Faculty Achievement Award

1991

  • William A. Dees, Jr '48 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Franklin T. Dupree, Jr '36 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • William A. Johnson '44 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • John Sanders '54 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Donald Clifford - Faculty Achievement Award

1990

  • William B. Aycock '48 - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Kathrine B. Everett '20 - Lifetime Achievement Award

1988

  • J. Dickson Phillips '48 - Distinguished Alumni Award

1986

  • William B. Aycock '48 - Distinguished Alumni Award

1985

  • Henry Brandis, Jr '30 - Distinguished Alumni Award

1984

  • William C. Friday '48 - Distinguished Alumni Award

1982

  • William H. Bobbitt '23 - Distinguished Alumni Award

1981

  • James E. Holshouser '60 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • James B. Hunt '64 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Dan K. Moore '29 - Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Terry Sanford '46 - Distinguished Alumni Award
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