Keith Burns (’93), Richard Glazier (’81), Robert Mullinax Sr. (’77) and Corena Norris-McCluney (’00) among recipients of NCBA 2012 Citizen Lawyer Award

The North Carolina Bar Association, in conjunction with the Citizen Lawyer Committee, has announced the 2012 recipients of the Citizen Lawyer Award. Of the 13 honorees, four are alumni of the Wake Forest University School of Law, and one is an undergraduate alumnus.

The awards were presented on Friday, June 22, at the NCBA Annual Meeting in Wilmington.

The NCBA Citizen Lawyer Award was established in 2007 to recognize lawyers who provide exemplary public service to their communities. Honorees include elected and appointed government officials, coaches, mentors and voluntary leaders of non-profit, civic and community organizations.

The 2012 alumni recipients are:

Keith Burns (’93) of Durham

During his formative years, Keith Burns earned Scouting’s supreme rank of Eagle Scout. As an adult, he has devoted countless hours to help ensure that the opportunities provided to him through Boy Scouts of America are made available to the youth of today. That is why he has been so involved in the work of the Occoneechee Council and beyond, not only through his leadership as chair of the Durham District, but also by setting up a website to help commemorate 100 years of Eagle Scouts, and a Facebook page to celebrate Eagle Scouts in the council.

Burns has also provided volunteer leadership and service to Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership and Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties.

He is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Wake Forest University School of Law. Burns practices law with Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.

Rep. Richard Glazier (’81) of Fayetteville

Rick Glazier of the 45th District (Cumberland County) has served in the N.C. House of Representatives since 2006, and is currently serving as House Minority Whip.

Throughout his adult and political life, education has taken center stage. He served six years on the Cumberland County School Board, including two years as chair. As a member of the School Board Finance Committee, he co-chaired a million dollar school bond committee that created eight new schools and renovated 65 others. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the N.C. Public School forum, and is one of only four legislators nationally to serve on the College Completion Task Force.

Glazier has provided additional volunteer leadership and service to the UNC Center for Public Television, the Cumberland County Child Advocacy Center, Fayetteville Urban Ministry and Beth Israel Synagogue.

He is a graduate of Penn State University and the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Robert (Bob) Mullinax (’77) Sr. of Newton

Bob Mullinax has followed in his father’s footsteps as a prominent member of the local business community and mayor of Newton, serving from 2003-11. He also co-founded, with his wife, the Newton-Conover Education Foundation.

A lifelong public servant, Mullinax also served on the Newton Board of Aldermen and as mayor pro tem. Along with his wife, he co-founded and served as a director of the Newton-Conover Education Foundation, which provides grants to teachers for innovative classroom ideas. He is also a co-founder and has served as a director of Repay, Inc., which coordinates community service for criminal offenders.

Mullinax has also provided volunteer leadership and service to the Newton Lions Club, the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Newton Depot Authority and Eastern Catawba County Cooperative Christian Ministries.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Wake Forest University School of Law. He practices law with Robert A Mullinax PLLC.

Corena Norris-McCluney (’00) of Winston-Salem

Every month for the past five years, Corena Norris-McCluney has arranged for students at Cook Elementary School in Winston-Salem to participate in the Stories of Excellence luncheon series. Inspiring speakers share their stories of success with the fifth-graders, thereby planting the seeds of success for future generations. Recent speakers include N.C. Supreme Court Justice Timmons-Goodson, WXII News Anchor Wanda Starke, and the parents of former Wake Forest basketball player and current NBA All-Star Chris Paul.

Norris-McCluney also provides volunteer leadership to the Carolina Tide Basketball Organization and Crisis Control Ministry, YMCA of Northwest North Carolina Metropolitan, Heartstrings Pregnancy and Infancy Loss Support Group, St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Winston-Salem Foundation.

She is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the Wake Forest University School of Law. She practices law with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

Additionally, Judge Frank Whitney of Charlotte, a 1982 Wake Forest University graduate, was named a recipient of this year’s award.