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2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Sarah Parker '69

Sarah E. Parker

Chief Justice Sarah Parker graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an education degree and served with the Peace Corps in Turkey from 1964 to 1966 before returning to Chapel Hill to earn a Law degree. After working in private law practice for 15 years, Parker was named by Governor Jim Hunt to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in late 1984. Voters elected and re-elected her to that Court in 1986 and 1990.

Parker was elected to the Supreme Court in 1992 and served as an Associated Justice from January 11, 1993, until February 1, 2006, when she became Chief Justice by appointment from Governor Mike Easley. She was elected to a full eight year term as Chief Justice in November 2006 by a 2-to-1 margin, and served through August 31, 2014, after reaching mandatory retirement for judges.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

John Charles "Jack" Boger '74

Dean Boger

After completing law school at UNC, John Charles "Jack" Boger clerked with the Honorable Samuel Silverman of the N.Y. Supreme Court Appellate Division and practiced for three years in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City.

In 1978, Boger joined the staff of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), where he litigated capital punishment cases for a decade, becoming in 1983 the director of the fund's Capital Punishment Project. In 1987, he became director of a poverty and justice program at LDF established to enlarge the legal rights of the minority poor.

Boger joined the UNC School of Law faculty in 1990. In 2002, he became deputy director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights, working with Director Julius L. Chambers to encourage innovative civil rights research, train a new generation of civil rights attorneys and address pressing civil rights issues in N.C. and throughout the southeast. In 2006, he became UNC Law's 13th dean.

Boger is also chair of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, a Washington, D.C.-based federation of civil rights, civil liberties, and legal services groups that encourages national coordination of social scientific research and legal advocacy on behalf of the poor. He teaches constitutional law, education law, racial discrimination and poverty law.

2015 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award Recipient

Christopher A. Brook '05

Chris Brook

Chris Brook is legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, where he oversees the organization's legal program and its work on a wide range of constitutional law issues, including LGBT rights, women's rights, and racial justice.

After graduating from Carolina Law in 2005, he worked in private practice for three years at the Raleigh civil litigation law firm of Cranfill, Sumner and Hartzog. In 2008 he joined the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in Durham, where his practice areas ranged from environmental justice to constitutional law.

Brook joined the ACLU of North Carolina in May 2012. In his time with ACLU-NC, he played a key role in litigation and advocacy efforts to secure the freedom to marry for LGBT North Carolinians, successfully argued in defense of North Carolinians' First Amendment rights in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has fought to safeguard the religious and academic freedom of public school students and teachers throughout the state.

Brook also served as an adjunct professor at Carolina Law from 2007 through 2011, teaching Researching, Reasoning, Writing and Advocacy.

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

2014

  • Irvin W. ("Hank") Hankins III - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Barbara B. (“Bonnie”) Weyher '77- Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Lindsey Roberson '07 - Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

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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