Six Carolina Law Alumni Win Citizen Lawyer Awards at Annual N.C. Bar Association Meeting

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Six Carolina Law alumni are among the 19 exemplary lawyers who will receive the 2014 North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Citizen Lawyer Awards at the NCBA Annual Meeting June 19-22 in Wilmington, N.C. Kathryn A. Deiter-Maradei ’03 (Raleigh), Sarah Zambon ’06 (Hendersonville), Brent D. Barringer ’84 (Cary), George V. Hanna III ’68 (Charlotte), Deborah K. Ross ’90 (Raleigh) and Michael G. Winters ’78 (Raleigh) will be honored.

The awards recognize lawyers who exemplify the ideals of a citizen lawyer and serve as role models who inspire other lawyers. In addition to their legal work, these N.C. lawyers serve their communities in numerous ways every day, including public service in appointed or elected positions, work with nonprofit charitable or political organizations, service in the military, and volunteering with youth sports programs or religious organizations.

A Carolina Law alumni reception will be held in conjunction with the NCBA annual meeting on Friday, June 20, at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside.

Additional UNC School of Law graduates and programs are being honored by the North Carolina Bar Association:

  • W. Louis Bissette Jr. ’68 of Asheville has been selected as the recipient of the Dr. I. Beverly Lake Public Service Award. Bissette practices with McGuire, Wood & Bissette. He is the former mayor of Asheville and past president of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Boyd B. Massagee Jr. ’59 of Hendersonville will be posthumously inducted into the Association’s General Practice Hall of Fame on Thursday evening, June 9, at the outset of the NCBA Annual Meeting.
  • Bill Whalen ’74 of Pisgah Legal Services has been awarded the 2014 Deborah Greenblatt Outstanding Legal Services Attorney Award. Bill is a long-time Pisgah Legal Services attorney, who has helped thousands of clients through his career. He joined the staff of PLS in 1980 as a staff attorney in the consumer law project, and is known as a tireless and compassionate advocate for his low-income clients.
  • Kimberly Zirkle ’06 of Moore & Van Allen is the 2014 William L. Thorp Award winner, awarded to the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Kimberly spearheads her firm’s partnership with the Mecklenburg County Judicial Pro Se Project’s Self-Serve Center, and uses her work there to identify clients in need of pro bono custody and other family law cases.
  • Wood Jackson PLLC (Christopher Jackson '99, Trevor P. Schmidt ’06, John Timothy Kivus '11) has been awarded the 2014 Smaller Firm Pro Bono Service Award. Wood Jackson is a Raleigh-based firm focusing on IP litigation, complex commercial litigation, and trademark registration and licensing. They were nominated by Legal Aid of North Carolina for their work with Lawyer on the Line, a pro bono project of LANC and the NCBA. Wood Jackson has 100% attorney participation in Lawyer on the Line, and routinely accepts LOTL clients for extended service.
  • The Duke-UNC Cancer Pro Bono Project has been awarded the 2014 Law Student Group Pro Bono Award. Duke Law School and UNC School of Law, along with the Duke and UNC Cancer Centers, have partnered to provide advanced directive clinics at each cancer center twice a month, on alternating Fridays. Law students, under the supervision of volunteer attorneys, interview cancer patients and assess their legal needs. Students then prepare documents for the clients and work with the volunteer attorneys and patient-clients to execute the documents. Law students also provide free legal education to patients on topics related to advanced directives. Two other law schools have used the Duke-UNC model as a starting point and now host their own cancer pro bono projects.

-June 4, 2014

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