Three Wake Forest Law alumni named 2009 Citizen Lawyers

The North Carolina Bar Association, in conjunction with the Citizen Lawyer Task Force, recently announced the 2009 recipients of the Citizen Lawyer Award. Wake Forest School of Law graduates Carole Bruce (JD ’80), James W. Narron (JD ’75), and Kim Stogner (’86, JD ’94) were named to received this distinguished award for public service.

The NCBA Citizen Lawyer Award was established in 2007 to recognize lawyers who provide exemplary public service to their communities. Only 11 N.C. lawyers were chosen this year for this award. Honorees include elected and appointed government officials, coaches, mentors and voluntary leaders of non-profit, civic and community organizations. Wake Forest alumnus Gene Pridgen (MBA ’75, JD’78) with K&L Gates in Charlotte chairs the Citizen Lawyer Task Force and will help present the awards to the recipients at the annual meeting of the N.C. Bar Association in Asheville on June 26.

Bruce has provided volunteer leadership to numerous causes in the Greensboro area. She has served as president of the Rotary Club of Greensboro and treasurer of Sit-in Movement Inc. of the International Civil Rights Museum and Center. Bruce has served as a trustee of Guilford College and North Carolina A&T State University and as a director of the Stanley and Dorothy Frank Family Foundation, Greensboro Partnership, the Greensboro YMCA and the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation. She practices with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro.

Narron has provided leadership to numerous endeavors in Smithfield and Johnston counties, including Boy Scouts of America Neuse River District and the Greater Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce, both of which have honored him as Citizen of the Year. A past chair of the NCBA Senior Lawyers Division, he provides board leadership to the N.C. Community Foundation, Inc., Johnston Community College, Campbell University, the Public Library of Smithfield and Johnston County and First Citizens Bank. Narron practices with Narron, O’Hale and Whittington in Smithfield.

Stogner is past chair and current member of the board of directors of Crisis Control Ministry. She is also a board member of the United Way of Forsyth County, the Crosby Scholars Program, First Citizens Bank, the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and the Community Services Research Group and Major Gifts Committee of the March of Dimes. She previously served on the board of trustees for the NCBA Health Benefit Trust. Stogner practices with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Winston-Salem.