Posted: July 31st, 2012 | By: Caroline Nobles
Patti Ramseur (’99), a partner in Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Greensboro office, received the Robinson O. Everett Professionalism Award at the North Carolina Bar Association’s (NCBA) annual meeting on June 23 in Wilmington, N.C.
The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the NCBA presented her with the award named in honor of Judge Everett, a Duke law professor and former Chief Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. The award honors a young attorney who demonstrates professional commitment through active involvement in local, state and national bar associations.
“I am truly honored to receive this award, especially from the YLD, which is made up extremely active and service-minded members,” Ramseur said. “I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by great mentors, both within my firm and the NCBA, who consistently demonstrated professionalism and took the time to mentor regarding substantive issues and the many other challenges of practicing law.”
Since 1999, Ramseur has been actively involved in the NCBA, and has held various leadership positions in the Association. When part of the YLD, she served as the chair of various committees, a division director, secretary, chair-elect, and ultimately, chair of the division from 2008-09. She has served as Chair of the NCBA Young Lawyer Initiatives Task Force since 2010 and previously served on the NCBA’s Citizen Lawyer Task Force, Nomination Committee, Strategic Planning & Emerging Trends Committee and various other committees.
Under Ramseur’s leadership, the YLD expanded the Wills for Heroes clinics, implemented the American Bar Association YLD’s signature project regarding domestic violence among teens, and implemented a USERRA Mediation/Ombudsmen project to recruit and train young lawyers to serve as mediators for disputes arising between members of the National Guard or Reserve and employers, in addition to a number of other projects to benefit the public and the profession.