Seven UNC School of Law alumni were recently honored with the Citizen Lawyer Award at the NCBA Annual Meeting in June. The award was created in 2007 by the North Carolina Bar Association to recognize lawyers who show dedication to their local communities through public service. Across North Carolina, 133 individuals have received this recognition.
Ashley H. Campbell ‘03, Raleigh
Ashley Campbell ’83 of Ragsdale Liggett PLLC is president-elect of the Wake County Bar Association and board chair of StepUp Ministry, where she works to provide opportunities that help lift individuals from poverty. Campbell also provides volunteer leadership to Legal Aid of North Carolina, the Women’s Center of Wake County Board, and the Junior League of Raleigh.
Arnita M. Dula ’01, Hickory
Arnita Dula ’01 has served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Hickory for ten years, while also working to provide volunteer leadership to the Rape Crisis Center of Catawba County Board of Directors, the Frye Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, and the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center Board of Directors. Dula also serves as president of the board at the Women’s Resource Center of Hickory, where she mentors the “Women to Work” program.
Debra L. Foster ’82, Charlotte
Debra Foster ’82 of Foster Royal P.A. has served on the Board of Professional Advisors for the Foundation for the Carolinas, served on the Planned Giving Advisory Council for Queens College, and was a founding director and treasurer for Charlotte’s Women’s Impact Fund. Foster is also a member of Good Friends and has provided board leadership to Loaves and Fishes, Florence Crittenton Services, Children’s Theatre, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Jackie Grant ’95, Asheville
Jackie Grant ’95 of Roberts & Stevens, P.A., has served as president and chair of the Nominating Committee for the 28th Judicial District Bar. Grant has provided board leadership for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, Mountain Area Child & Family Center, and Mountain Area Hospice Foundation. She has also served on the YMCA of Western North Carolina Executive Committee.
Pam McAfee ’94, Raleigh
Pam McAfee ’94 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina has provided volunteer leadership to the Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program, the Wake County Bar Association’s Lawyers Support Committee, and the United States District Court’s EDNC Local Rules Committee. McAfee has also served as president of Hopeline, a community organization dedicated to providing support and suicide prevention through crisis lines, teen chat lines, and senior reassurance calls. McAfee has also served as coach of Campbell Law School’s ABA National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition teams.
Judge Rickye McKoy-Mitchell ’84, Charlotte
Judge Rickye McKoy-Mitchell ’84 currently serves as the District Court judge in the 26th Judicial District of Mecklenburg County. Previously, McKoy-Mitchell served as co-chair of the 26th Judicial District and Community Building Initiative Partnership Project, and she provided volunteer leadership to the Children’s Law Center’s Board of Directors, Courthouse Childcare Center, Devonshire School Lawyer Partnership, the Lawyers Involved in Schools Taskforce, and the board of the Foundation for Carolinas Civic Leadership. McKoy-Mitchell also chaired the Mental Health Committee on the Smart Start Board, served on the Executive Committee of the YMCA Board of Directors, and acted as co-chair of the Advisory Panel at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
Troy Smith Jr. ’67, New Bern
Troy Smith Jr. ’67 of Ward and Smith has served on the UNC Health Care System Board of Directors and the UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors, acted as president of the Craven County Bar Association, and chaired the NCBA Committee on Recodification of the General Statues. Among Smith’s volunteer leadership experience is his effort to establish Boys and Girls Clubs in New Bern, where, thanks to his drive, the organization now serves the city’s youth.
-July 27, 2016