Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Speaks at BLSA Banquet

All students, faculty, alumni and members of the Triad community are cordially invited to attend the Nineteenth Annual Black Law Students Association Banquet at Wake Forest’s Bridger Field House on Friday February 20 at 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker is the Honorable Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The cost of attendance is $30/person.  Tickets may be purchased by contacting Linda Michalski, Director of Public Relations, at 758-5719.

The theme for this year’s banquet is "Celebrating Excellence", and Judge Duncan is an especially fitting speaker.  Her legal career has demonstrated an excellence which has been recognized at both the state and national levels.  Judge Duncan was appointed to her position on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in July 2003 after receiving unanimous Senate support for her confirmation. She is the first African-American woman to serve in this capacity.  In addition to her appointment to the Fourth Circuit this summer, she was also installed as the President of the North Carolina Bar Association where she is the first African-American to hold such a position.

Prior to her appointment to the Fourth Circuit, Judge Duncan was a partner at Kilpatrick Stockton in Raleigh.  She had previously served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and as commissioner of the N.C. Utilities Commission.