School Announces Annual Alumni Association Awards

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Top row: John B. McMillan '67, David F. Kirby '77, Douglas S. Sea '80. Bottom row: The Honorable Patricia Timmons-Goodson '79, Vivian R. Connell '13, Professor Emeritus Charles E. Daye.


UNC School of Law Announces Annual Alumni Association Awards

Six will be recognized for their significant contributions to the legal field.



The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law Alumni Association will honor exceptional graduates and an exemplary faculty member at its annual Law Leadership and Awards Dinner May 5, 2017 at the Carolina Inn.

The awards recognize members of the UNC School of Law community who embody the law school’s mission to serve the legal profession, the people and institutions of North Carolina, the nation and the world with ethics and dedication to the cause of justice.

Six Alumni Association Awards will be presented:

  • John B. McMillan '67, a shareholder with Manning Fulton & Skinner, P.A. in Raleigh, N.C., will receive The Lifetime Achievement Award for a lifetime career that has been highly distinguished and whose achievements and contributions are widely recognized as significant and outstanding in his field.
  • David Fulghum Kirby '77, partner at Edwards Kirby LLP in Raleigh, N.C., will be presented with The Distinguished Alumni Award for accomplishments and contributions that have enhanced the school and the profession of law at the local, state, national and international level.
  • Douglas S. Sea '80, of Charlotte, N.C., senior attorney with Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, will be presented with The Distinguished Alumni Award for accomplishments and contributions that have enhanced the school and the profession of law at the local, state, national and international level.
  • The Honorable Patricia Timmons-Goodson '79, of Fayetteville, N.C., vice chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, will be presented with The Distinguished Alumni Award for accomplishments and contributions that have enhanced the school and the profession of law at the local, state, national and international level.
  • Vivian R. Connell '13, of Chapel Hill, N.C., educator and community organizer, will receive The Outstanding Recent Graduate Award posthumously for achievements that have brought credit to the school, the legal profession or society.
  • Charles E. Daye, Henry Brandis Professor of Law Emeritus, will be presented with the Professor S. Elizabeth Gibson Award for Faculty Excellence for embodying the outstanding qualities of integrity, legal scholarship, exemplary teaching and commitment to service to UNC School of Law and the University.  

“Our alumni are a treasured part of Carolina Law. Being able to recognize their contributions to the legal community and to our school is a true honor,” says Martin H. Brinkley ‘92, dean and professor at UNC School of Law. “Each of these award winners embodies the law school’s mission and through their work inspire others to serve the legal profession, the people and institutions of North Carolina, the nation and the world. We are proud of their accomplishments and celebrate their contributions to the legal profession.”

Read more about this year’s alumni award winners. Tickets are now available. For more information about the Leadership and Awards Dinner, contact Kelly Mann at kmmann@email.unc.edu or 919.445.0170.

-February 28, 2017

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