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NCBA presents 2006 Pro Bono Awards

Friday, June 16, 2006

The North Carolina Bar Assocation, in conjunction with the NCBA Foundation's Public Service Advisory Committee, presented the 2006 Pro Bono Service Awards during the 108th NCBA Annual Meeting in Atlantic Beach.

Ted Edwards (left) of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP accepts the 2006 William L. Thorp Award (Pro Bono Attorney of the Year) from NCBA President Mike Colombo.

Raleigh attorney Theodore C. "Ted" Edwards II, of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, received the 2006 William L. Thorp Award, presented annually since 1984 by the NCBA.

The award recognizes the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year and was named in memory of Bill Thorp, a founder of Legal Services of North Carolina, in 2002.

The 2006 recipient of the Deborah Greenblatt Outstanding Legal Services Attorney Award is Attracta Kelly of the N.C. Justice Center in Raleigh. Kelly was unable to attend due to a prior commitment.


From left, Terry Walsh, Beth MacDonald, Greg Carlin, and Kevin O'Brien of Alston & Bird, LLP accept the Outstanding Pro Bono Services Award for Large Firms Award from NCBA President Mike Colombo.This is the first time the Outstanding Legal Services Attorney Award has been presented in memory of Greenblatt, longtime executive director of Carolina Legal Assistance who died last year.

Alston & Bird, LLP, with North Carolina offices in Charlotte and the Research Triangle Park, received the Outstanding Pro Bono Services Award for Large Law Firms Award. Accepting on behalf of the firm were Terry Walsh, Beth MacDonald, Greg Carlin and Kevin O'Brien.


Accepting the Outstanding Pro Bono Services Award for Smaller Law Firms Award from Stone & Christy, PA,, from left, Walton Davis, Bryant Webster, James Ellis and William Christy. Background, NCBA President Mike Colombo.The Outstanding Pro Bono Services Award for Smaller Law Firms Award was presented to Stone & Christy, PA, of Black Mountain. Accepting on behalf of the firm were William Christy, Bryant Webster, James Ellis and Walton Davis.


From left, UNC's Suzanne Buckley, Tracy Morrison, Mandy Hitchcock and Diane Standaert accept the Law Students Pro Bono Project Award from NCBA President Mike Colombo.The University of North Carolina School of Law's Pro Bono Program received the Law Students Pro Bono Project Award. Diane Standaert, Mandy Hitchcock, Tracy Morrison and Suzanne Buckley accepted on behalf of the Pro Bono Program.



The Chief Justice Award was presented to the NCBA's Health Law

From left, Dean McCord and Larry Graham accept the Chief Justice Award from NCBA President Mike Colombo.

Section, chaired by Dean McCord of Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponoton, LLP (Raleigh) , and the Elder Law Section, chaired by Walt Sheffield of Ward & Smith (New Bern) who was unable to attend. McCord and former Elder Law Section Chair Larry Graham of Graham Silver Nuckolls & Brown PLLC (Greenville) accepted the awards.

The sections were honored for collaborating with Legal Aid of North Carolina and the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services to establish the Medicare Part D Network.

Peter S. Gilchrist III, district attorney for Mecklenburg County since 1975, is the initial recipient of the H. Brent MdcKnight Renaissnce Lawyer Award. The award seeks to recognize those North Carolina attorneys whose trustworthiness, respectful and courteous treatment of all people, enthusiasm for intellectual achievement and commitment to excellence in work, and service to the profession and community, inspire others.

Peter Gilchrist, center, accepted the H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award from Erna Womble and NCBA President Mike Colombo.the award recognizes attorneys who demonstrate the "Renaissance Lawyer" qualities embodied by Judge McKnight, who died in 2004 while serving on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of N.C.





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