Mike McIntyre is Senior Advisor and Director of Government Relations with the law firm of Poyner Spruill LLP. Before joining the firm, he held the position of Congressman of North Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mike served for 18 years – from 1997 to 2015. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. McIntyre was the #2 Ranking Member on the Agriculture Committee and #3 Ranking Member on the Armed Services Committee. A leadership survey by the Wilmington Star-News found that Congressman McIntyre was southeastern North Carolina’s “most powerful and effective leader.” Not only was he ranked first among government and political leaders, but he was also “first among all leaders,” which included those in positions of business and civic leadership as well. A leader on issues that impact our families, Congressman McIntyre co-chaired the Congressional Prayer Caucus and the Task Force on Responsible Fatherhood and was the founder and Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports. He has served on the Board of the U.S. Naval Academy and was one of only nine Members of the U.S. House currently serving on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. The Secretary of the Navy has presented him the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest civilian award given by the Navy for his exceptional leadership and work on behalf of the Navy and Marine Corps.
Outstanding Recent Graduate Award: Jessica N. Holmes '09
Wake County Commissioner Jessica N. Holmes received her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. She is licensed to practice in North Carolina and New York. In November 2014, she became the youngest commissioner ever elected in Wake County’s history.
She was re-elected to a second term as a commissioner and as Chair of the board in November 2018, making her the youngest person to ever wield the gavel. She represents over one million constituents as an at-large representative helping to manage a 1.2 billion dollar budget and an almost 4,000 person staff. She spent the majority of her career as an education law attorney at the North Carolina Association of Educations and is now an adjunct professor at the NC State School of Social Work, teaching "The Legal Aspects of Social Work."
As a first generation college student, her top priority is addressing the cycle of poverty by ensuring access to a quality education for all students and taking a whole child approach to achieve the greatest educational outcomes. She prioritizes family oriented policies and is responsible for Wake County’s first paid parental leave policy and fair chance hiring and living wage ordinances. Most recently, she had a vision to address affordability in Wake County and worked to create and lead Wake County’s first affordable housing committee resulting in a historic county financial commitment of 15 million per year in perpetuity and a necessary increase in the number of shelter beds available to homeless single women.
Her greatest mentors include Professor and Civil Rights Legend Julius Chambers, with his Education Law course being among her favorites while attending Carolina Law.
Professor S. Elizabeth Gibson Award for Faculty Excellence: Lissa L. Broome
Lissa Lamkin Broome is the director of the school's Center for Banking and Finance, and she serves as faculty advisor to the North Carolina Banking Institute Journal. She also heads the school's Director Diversity Initiative, which works to increase gender, racial, and ethnic diversity on the boards of directors of publicly traded corporations in North Carolina and throughout the United States.
Broome became a member of the Georgia bar in 1982 and practiced until 1984 in the banking area with the Atlanta firm of King & Spalding. In 1984, she joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and is a member of the North Carolina bar. Her teaching interests include commercial law and banking law.
Broome was the recipient of the McCall Award for Teaching Excellence in 1986, 1992, 1995, and 1998. In 2009, she was inducted into the newly-created McCall Master Teachers' Society for Teaching Excellence. From 1993 to 1995, Broome served as the law school's associate dean for academic affairs. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, and the North Carolina International Women's Forum. Since July 1, 2010, Broome has served as the University's Faculty Athletics Representative to the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA.
Broome co-authored Regulation of Bank Financial Service Activities, with Jerry W. Markham, and its accompanying statutory supplement, with the 4th edition published in 2010. She also co-authored Securitization, Structured Finance and Capital Markets (LexisNexis, 2004) with Steven L. Schwarcz and Bruce A. Markell.
Broome is a native of Champaign, Illinois. She majored in finance at the University of Illinois and obtained her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge Alvin B. Rubin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.