This award is presented annually to an individual whose contributions have demonstrated the highest commitment to genuine professionalism and the highest standards of legal ethics. Entries are sought from those eligible that have demonstrated the good that can be accomplished by turning intellectual honesty, compassion, and practical skills in the practice of law.
The Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award Recipients:
|2001||William F. Womble, Esq.|
|2002||Hon. Robert B. Morgan|
|2003||Joseph W. Grier, Jr., Esq.|
|2004||Hon. Robinson O. Everett|
|2005||Hon. David M. Britt|
|2006||Julius L. Chambers, Esq.|
|2007||Elizabeth L. Quick, Esq.|
|2008||Hon. Wallace C. Harrelson
E. Fitzgerald Parnell, III, Esq.
William O. King, Esq.
Melvin F. Wright, Jr., Esq.
|2009||Roy W. Davis, Jr., Esq.|
|2010||Hon. Lillian B. Jordan|
|2011||Robert L. McMillan, Jr., Esq.|
|2012||James C. Drennan, Esq.|
|2013||Roger W. Smith, Sr., Esq.
Wade M. Smith, Esq.
|2014||Hon. Shirley L. Fulton|
|2015||Hon. Burley B. Mitchell, Jr.|
|2016||H. Grady Barnhill
Hon. Rhoda B. Billings
Hon. Henry E. Frye
|2017||Russell M. Robinson, II
Hon. Alyson K. Duncan
Hon. I. Beverly Lake, Jr.
F. Leary Davis
|2018||Allan B. Head
Hon. James G. Exum, Jr.
Hon. Sarah Parker
Hon. Robert F. Orr
Hon. Robert H. Edmunds
James T. Williams, Jr.
Ronald L. Gibson
Erna A. P. Womble
|2019||Hon. Patricia A. Timmons-Goodson
Hon. Frederick G. Lind
James E. Ferguson, II
|2020||Hon. J.C. Cole
Hon. Forrest D. Bridges
Debra L. Foster
|2021||James "Jimbo" S. Perry
Richard S. Towers
David B. Freedman
|2022||Charles Gordon Brown
LeAnn Nease Brown
Hon. Pat Evans
Robert "Bert" Carl Kemp, III
Courthouse Employees of the Year
This award is presented to individuals who work in courthouses whose contributions have demonstrated the highest commitment to genuine professionalism. Entries are sought from those eligible who have demonstrated professionalism and have gained the respect of their peers.
|2022||Jenny Carroll, Wake County
Mark Mayakis, Johnston County
Raj Nandlal, New Hanover County
Debbie Basnight, Currituck County
Wayne Dawson, Lenoir County
Amy Kincaid, Burke and Caldwell Counties
|2023||Max Ashworth, New Hanover County
Valerie Laney, Union County
Mike Scearce, Randolph County
Elizabeth Dierauf, Henderson County
Kimmel McDiarmid, Chatham County
Deanna Little, Johnston County
J. Dianne Jamerson, Buncombe County
Carrie Prelipp, Richmond County
David Brad Renegar, Haywood County