Hall of Fame Recognition

By E.D. Gaskins

Membership in the Legal Practice Hall of Fame is a significant recognition by the North Carolina Bar Association of the lifelong achievements of lawyers who have practiced in North Carolina for thirty years or more.  Started in 1989 as the General Practice Hall of Fame, this recognition has now been afforded to 164 members of the Association.

The deadline for nominations for the Legal Practice Hall of Fame is March 20.  Access the nomination form here.

Senior Lawyers Division chair Bruce Huggins believes these recipients “truly represent the best of our profession in excellence of practice, professionalism, courtesy and community service.”  “The Senior Lawyers Division is honored to have assumed the responsibility to select the recipients of this award beginning in 2019,” says Chairman Huggins.

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Hall Of Fame Gets New Name

The General Practice Hall of Fame will now be known as the Legal Practice Hall of Fame following formal approval of the name change by the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors at the winter meeting on Jan. 17.

The deadline for nominations for the Legal Practice Hall Of Fame is March 22. Click here to access the nomination form.

Two key factors led to this important decision.

First, the General Practice Section, which established the General Practice Hall of Fame in 1989, recently merged with the Law Practice Management Section to form the Small Firm & Technology Section. In conjunction with the establishment of this combined section, the Senior Lawyers Division has assumed responsibility for administering the hall of fame.

Second, by changing the name to the Legal Practice Hall of Fame, the pool of eligible inductees expands significantly, as stated in the proposal, to now include “North Carolina attorneys who have engaged in any aspect of law practice principally in North Carolina for 30 years or more and whose actions evidence a lifetime of exemplary legal practice and high ethical and professional standards as a practitioner of the law and for serving as a role model for all lawyers in North Carolina.”

Erwin Fuller and Ed Gaskins, current and immediate past chairs of the Senior Lawyers Division, respectively, expressed their excitement over the Division’s new responsibility and the hall of fame’s new name.

“The Senior Lawyers Division is delighted to become the North Carolina Bar Association’s sponsor group for the newly renamed hall of fame award,” Fuller and Gaskins stated. “Having this award become the NCBA Legal Practice Hall of Fame instead of the General Practice Hall of Fame dramatically increases the number of potential award recipients.

“But, going forward, the same long-established high standards for award recognition will remain basically unchanged. We look forward to recognizing a maximum of six exemplary North Carolina attorneys from all across the state in 2019, and we welcome award recipient nominations.”

The Senior Lawyers Division, they added, is grateful for the legacy of the General Practice Section for creating the award and entrusting it now into the hands of the Senior Lawyers Division.

Gaskins and former NCBA Director of Sections and Divisions Jane Weathers are coordinating selection of new inductees, working in concert with Emily Poindexter, NCBA Communities Manager and staff liaison to the Senior Lawyers Division.

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Legal Practice Hall of Fame induction class, which will be honored at the NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville, scheduled June 20-23 at Biltmore. Honorees will be recognized at the Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 20. The new inductees and all past recipients of the award will also be invited to and be recognized at the fall meeting of the Senior Lawyers Division (date and location to be determined).

The deadline for nominations is March 22.

Click here to access the nomination form. Questions should be directed to Emily Poindexter via email (epoindexter@ncbar.org) or phone (919-659-1449).

Future listings of Legal Practice Hall of Fame recipients will include all 160 attorneys listed below who were recognized as General Practice Hall of Fame recipients.

Previous Hall of Fame Inductees


Harold K. Bennett, Asheville

Joseph W. Grier Jr., Charlotte

Kenneth R. Hoyle, Sanford

Harvey A. Jonas Jr., Lincolnton

Lindsay C. Warren Jr., Goldsboro

Claud R. Wheatly Jr., Beaufort


Murchison Biggs, Lumberton

Weston P. Hatfield, Winston-Salem

Martin Kellogg Jr., Manteo

Herbert H. Taylor Jr., Tarboro

Richard A. Williams Sr., Newton


Lewis Alexander, Elkin

Heman R. Clark, Raleigh

E.P. “Sandy” Dameron, Marion

Fred B. Helms, Charlotte

Frank H. Watson, Spruce Pine


Wade Edward Brown, Boone

William A. Dees Jr., Goldsboro

Louis W. Gaylord Jr., Greenville

Robert Leroy McMillan, Raleigh

William E. Poe, Charlotte

Oscar Edwin Starnes Jr., Asheville


Edwin Osborne Ayscue Jr., Charlotte

William Lamont Brown, Pinehurst

Robert B. Byrd, Morganton

John R. Haworth, High Point

James W. Mason, Laurinburg

Ralph M. Stockton Jr., Winston-Salem


Irvin Boyle, Charlotte

Landon B. Roberts, Asheville

William A. Johnson, Lillington

Grady B. Stott, Gastonia


Louis A. Bledsoe Jr., Charlotte

Walter F. Brinkley, Lexington

James B. Garland, Gastonia

John R. Jordan Jr., Raleigh

Edward L. Williamson, Whiteville


Stacy C. Eggers Jr., Boone

Annie Brown Kennedy, Winston-Salem

K. Powe, Durham


Robert H. Burns Jr., Whiteville

Max O. Cogburn, Asheville

Lunsford Crew, Roanoke Rapids

Wright T. Dixon Jr., Raleigh

Thomas Shull Johnston, Jefferson

Brian Scott, Rocky Mount

Gerald F. White Sr., Elizabeth City


Garret Dixon Bailey, Burnsville

Julius L. Chambers, Charlotte

Herbert S. Falk Jr., Greensboro

Worth H. Hester, Elizabethtown

Dewey W. Wells, Elizabeth City


John J. Burney Jr., Wilmington

Herbert L. Hyde, Asheville

Richard S. Jones Jr., Franklin

William A. Marsh Jr., Durham

Charles W. Ogletree, Columbia

David L. Ward Jr., New Bern


James D. Blount Jr., Raleigh

Everette C. Carnes, Marion

William A. Johnson, Newland

William Russell, Asheville


James M. Baley Jr., Asheville

George S. Daly Jr., Charlotte

Robert Epting, Chapel Hill

Tommy W. Jarrett, Goldsboro

Michael D. Levine, Chapel Hill

William A. Powell, Shallotte


William Owen Cooke, Greensboro

Roy W. Davis Jr., Asheville

Walter Lewis Hannah, Greensboro

Wilber Morton Jolly, Louisburg

Mark West Owens Jr., Farmville

Horace E. Stacy Jr., Lumberton


John W. Campbell, Lumberton

Charles D. Dixon, Hickory

Daniel W. Fouts, Greensboro

Troy Smith Jr., New Bern

Sydnor Thompson, Charlotte

Henry M. Whitesides, Gastonia


John E. Davenport, Nashville

Samuel H. Johnson, Raleigh

William R. Rand, Wilson

George Rountree III, Wilmington

Russell E. Twiford, Elizabeth City

Marshall V. Yount, Hickory


Henson P. Barnes, White Lake

Stephen E. Culbreth, Wilmington

Thomas G. Dill, Rocky Mount

M.H. Hood Ellis, Elizabeth City

John C.W. Gardner Sr., Mount Airy

Richard M. Hutson, II, Durham

William R. Sigmon, Hickory

Lonnie B. Williams Sr., Wilmington


Robinson O. Everett, Durham

Clifton L. Moore, Burgaw

William G. Pfefferkorn, Winston-Salem

Rudolph G. Singleton Jr., Fayetteville

Robert Charles Soles Jr., Tabor City

Murray Tate Jr., Hickory


Charles M. Davis, Louisburg

William Joslin, Raleigh

Malvern F. King Jr., Durham

George B. Mast, Smithfield

Cressie H. Thigpen Jr., Raleigh

Sharon A. Thompson, Durham


Charles E. Burgin, Marion

Roy A. Cooper Jr., Nashville

Walter H. Jones Jr., Mooresville

James M. Kimzey, Brevard

Edward Knox, Charlotte

Sally Scherer, Raleigh


Mac Boxley, Raleigh

Charles E. Clement, Boone

William Henry Holdford, Wilson

William P. Mayo, Washington

Bobby Burns McNeill, Raeford

Meyressa H. Schoonmaker, Winston Salem

Henry P. Van Hoy II, Mocksville


P.C. Barwick Jr., Kinston

David Reece Cockman, Raleigh

Orville D. Coward Sr., Sylva

James F. Morgan, High Point

Harold Lee Pollock, Burgaw

Eugene C. Thompson III, Warsaw


John L Holshouser Jr., Salisbury

Richard M. Lewis Jr., Fayetteville

Ray C. Vallery, Fayetteville

Frederic E. Toms, Cary

Benjamin R Warrick, Clinton


Eura D. “Ed” Gaskins, Raleigh

Thomas M. Grady, Concord

Houston Groome, Lenoir

John G. Ludlum, Warsaw

Charles H. McGirt, Lexington

Harold Seagle, Asheville


Thomas H. Morris, Kinston

John S. “Jack” Stevens, Asheville

Allen G. Thomas, Wilson

Diane A. “Dee” Wallis, Raleigh

Thomas H. “Tom” Wellman, Roanoke Rapids

Charles R. Young Sr., Hickory


Edmund I. Adams, Sparta

John Robert Hooten, Oriental

Boyd B. Massagee Jr., Hendersonville

Thomas C. Worth Jr., Raleigh


Sheila M. Lambert, Asheville

John H. Vernon III, Burlington

Richard M. Wiggins, Fayetteville

Lloyd Franklin Baucom, Charlotte

Charles Palmer Brown Sr., Albemarle

Robert J. Deutsch, Asheville

Ralph “Bo” McDonald, Raleigh


Leto Copeley, Durham

Charles David Gantt, Asheville

Bobby Harold Griffin, Monroe

Thomas J. White III, Kinston


Wesley Bailey, Winston-Salem

Nancy Black Norelli, Charlotte

Gary Vannoy, North Wilkesboro


All We Need Is You: Sign Up Deadlines For the SLD Fall Meeting Approaching

Erwin Fuller, Senior Lawyers Division Chair

SLD Members:

All arrangements are now in place for our SLD Fall 2018 Meeting in Salisbury on November 8-10, and all we need is your presence! FYI, there is no registration fee for this SLD meeting.

You can review the meeting schedule of events by clicking here, and a good variety of events has been planned for your information and your entertainment.  Please note that there will be trolley transport to some of our SLD meeting events.

Whenever there is an SLD meeting, we always have good dining experience opportunities, and the upcoming Salisbury meeting is no exception.  Click here for dining event registrations which need your prompt attention, especially your registration for the Friday evening dinner (11/9/18) at the Salisbury Country Club, which will follow our tour of the historic Steeleworth Plantation House and the late Friday afternoon reception at the residence of Glenn and Susan Ketner (from which the Country Club dinner venue is within sight).

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Early Registration Deadline Upcoming For SLD Fall Meeting CLE

Senior Lawyers Division Chair Erwin Fuller

The SLD 2018 Fall Meeting is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 8-10 in Salisbury. Click here to view the schedule. Please be aware of these important items related to the meeting:

The early registration deadline for the 3-hour CLE segment on Friday morning, Nov. 9, is this Friday, Oct. 19. Beginning next week, unless the early registration deadline is extended a few days because of the recent hurricanes which affected our state severely, the CLE registration fee for our meeting will increase to $125.00 instead of $115.00.  There will not be a CLE segment of our meeting on Saturday morning, Nov. 10, but we will have three interesting and informative speakers (non-CLE) for that Saturday morning session. Click here to register for the CLE.

The preferred direct telephone number to use for room reservations at the Courtyard by Marriott in Salisbury is (704) 680-9201, and you will need to identify yourself as a NCBA SLD member to receive the favorable room rate (which is only guaranteed through Wednesday, Oct.31).  It will be best to contact the Salisbury Courtyard by Marriott directly for room reservation purposes rather than using the national Marriott reservation system.  The Salisbury Courtyard by Marriott will be the headquarters facility for our Salisbury SLD meeting.

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SLD Inaugural Blog Post: Fall Meeting Nov. 8-10, Pro Bono Project Details and More

Senior Lawyers Division Chair Erwin Fuller

Dear Senior Lawyer Division Members:

Welcome to Fall 2018 and a new SLD program year.  I hope that you all had a pleasant summer and that many of you have a special summer 2018 event memory.  I’m in that group since I had a BIG birthday in July and my children and grandchildren arranged a birthday celebration weekend for the whole Fuller family at Fontana Lake in western North Carolina in early August where I got to ride on a tube pulled by a power boat (with me hanging on for dear life) together with my youngest grandchild (7½)!

Our hearts are heavy as we think about the citizens of our state living in eastern North Carolina (many of whom are SLD members) who have suffered devastating damage and loss from Hurricane Florence winds and rainfall, and I know that SLD members who were spared this tragedy will be reaching out with financial and other assistance for storm victims in the coming weeks and months.

I am excited to tell you about the SLD 2018 Fall Meeting which will take place in Salisbury during the weekend of Nov. 8-10.  We are planning an interesting event which will combine a three-hour CLE video replay component on Friday morning, Nov. 9, three interesting and enlightening speakers (non-CLE) on Saturday morning, Nov. 10, a fine group of dining experiences plus visits to local sites on Friday and Saturday, and a celebration dinner at the Salisbury Country Club on Friday evening, Nov. 9, following a reception at the home of Glenn and Susan Ketner which is within sight of the celebration dinner venue.  To top things off, you will have a trolley transport opportunity as we move from place to place during that meeting. Click here for more details.

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