Entries by Russell Rawlings


2020 Pro Bono Awards Announced

The winners of the North Carolina Bar Association’s 2020 Pro Bono Awards have been selected. The recipients were chosen by members of the NCBA Pro Bono Committee, chaired by Emily Moseley and Jennifer Mencarini. Congratulations to each recipient and their nominators, who provided the background and biographical information included below for each honoree.

Pro Bono Volunteer Spotlight: Yazmeen Gadalla

Pro Bono Project: Wills for Heroes As we all process the ongoing events related to the Covid-19 pandemic, one source of comfort is knowing that helpers, like first responders, healthcare workers, and so many others, are doing the impactful work they’ve always done – saving lives. Lately, their works seems particularly meaningful and dangerous, but […]

Pro Bono Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Martinez

Pro Bono Project: Lawyer on the Line By Rachel Royal Perspective. That is what Michael Martinez, Bankruptcy and Corporate Attorney at Grier Wright Martinez, P.A., gleans from his pro bono work. He shares, “It really helps the effectiveness of my tact and approach dealing with my corporate clients when I’m simultaneously working with a pro […]

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.  […]