NC Advocates for Justice Elects New Leadership This Weekend

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Members of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), a state-wide association of attorneys and other legal professionals who protect the rights of all North Carolinians in both civil and criminal matters, elected new leadership for its 2016-17 fiscal year this past weekend. Elections were held at the association’s annual convention in Wilmington.

The 14-person Executive Committee, a subset of the NCAJ Board of Governors, includes:

President: Bill Powers, Powers McCartan, PLLC (Charlotte)

Immediate Past President: Christopher Nichols, Nichols Law Firm (Raleigh)

President-Elect: Brad Bannon, Patterson Harkavy (Raleigh)

Legislative Vice President: John McCabe, The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, P.A. (Cary)    

Membership Vice President: Sonya Pfeiffer, Rudolf Widenhouse (Charlotte)

Communications Vice President: David Henson, HensonFuerst, PA (Raleigh)

Education Vice President: Valerie Johnson, Copeley Johnson & Groninger, PLLC (Durham)

Legal Affairs Vice President: Mary Pollard, NC Prisoner Legal Services (Raleigh)

PAC Chair: R. Steve Bowden, Steve Bowden & Associates PC (Greensboro)

Fundraising & Development Officer: Vernon Sumwalt, The Sumwalt Law Firm (Charlotte)

American Association for Justice (AAJ) Board member: Lauren Newton, Charles G. Monnett, III & Associates (Charlotte)

Past President Appointed by the President: Margaret “Peggy” Abrams, Abrams & Abrams, P.A. (Raleigh)

At Large: Jason Taylor, Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor (Hickory)

President Emeritus: Charles Blanchard, Blanchard, Miller, Lewis & Isley, P.A. (Raleigh)

The NC Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) and its 4,000 members are dedicated to protecting the rights of all North Carolinians. The NC Advocates for Justice provides continuing legal education for lawyers and paralegals aimed at enhancing the quality of the legal profession, offers public education programs and resources aimed at enhancing public access and understanding of the legal system, supports the writing of amicus briefs for the appellate courts, and advocacy work at the legislature in the areas of criminal and civil justice. The association has served its members for over 50 years.

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