Entries by Russell Rawlings

Pro Bono Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Bennington

Pro Bono Project: Lawyer on the Line By Dawn LaRue It’s fair to say that Jennifer Bennington is passionate about pro bono!  As a partner of the Wilson firm of Beaman & Bennington, PLLC, Jennifer focuses her practice on bankruptcy (representing debtors, creditors, and the trustee), non-bankruptcy work-outs, as well as representing Wilson County DSS […]

Pro Bono Volunteer Spotlight: Dan Gibson

Pro Bono Project: NC Appellate Pro Bono Program By Caroline Trautman When we asked Dan Gibson about the pro bono appeal he’s been successfully handling, one of the first things he did was give credit to others – his mentors, his colleagues, and his client. Gibson’s humility is admirable. But it’s evident that Gibson’s passion […]


Pro Bono Spotlight: Kevin Pratt

Pro Bono Project: Lawyer on the Line By Allison Standard Constance NCBA member Kevin Pratt understands that pro bono work is an opportunity to demystify the legal process for clients and pave a way to communication that can resolve clients’ issues.  Pratt works on consumer cases with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Lawyer on the […]

Glory Days

Before They Became Great Lawyers, These Three NCBA Members Were Part Of The “Greatest High School Football Story Ever Told”   By Russell Rawlings In a previous life, it was my good fortune to write a book about my childhood heroes, the Fike High School Cyclones of Wilson, state 4-A football champions of 1967, 1968 […]

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“Murder on Birchleaf Drive: Trial Strategy for True Crime Lovers”

When Meredith Fisher discovered her sister Michelle’s brutally beaten and lifeless body on the floor of the master bedroom she shared with her husband Jason, a quest for justice began—one that would ultimately last 12 years and end in the murder conviction of Jason Lynn Young in a Wake County courtroom. The compelling story is […]

Welcome Message from the Co-Chairs

By Tawanda Foster Artis and Jasmine McGhee Dear Members of the North Carolina Bar Association, We are honored and excited to serve as the co-chairs for the Minorities in the Profession (“MIP”) Committee for the 2019-2020 Bar Year. This committee has a full and rich history in one of our state’s largest voluntary bar associations.  […]

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Riding the Waves of Change: 2019 Legislative Review

By Christina Cress Four NCBA Sections are combining their respective experience and subject matter expertise to bring you an informative CLE highlighting this session’s legislative updates. The Administrative Law Section; Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law Section; Government & Public Sector Section; and Juvenile Justice & Children’s Rights Section are teaming up to bring you […]


‘Murphy’s Law,’ or How an Aphorism Can Sum Up the Legal Mind

By Erna Womble In the legal profession, we’re trained to envision and prepare for worst case scenarios. We devote significant time and mental resources to thinking about catastrophic outcomes. But how do we balance this often necessary professional mentality with our daily lives? I had a mild epiphany the other day when I found myself […]