Alumni, Professor Joel Newman among those to be honored at annual NCBA meeting June 22-25

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A number of Wake Forest Law alumni are among those set to be honored at the 119th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 22-25, 2017, in Asheville.Bobby Harold Griffin (JD ‘67) of Monroe will be inducted into the General Practice Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 22, according to Russell Rawlings, NCBA director of communications.

Raymond Bretzmann (BA ’71, JD ’74) of High Point, Robert Ramseur (BA ’92, JD ’95) of Raleigh and Susan Harman-Scott (JD ‘86) of Manteo are among those who will receive Citizen Lawyer Awards on Friday, June 23.

Superior Court Judge Richard L. Doughton (JD ‘71) of Sparta will be among the new vice presidents who will be sworn in on Saturday, June 24, to serve a one-year term on the NCBA Board of Governors.

Jason Walters (JD ‘08) of Winston-Salem is expected to be elected chair of the Young Lawyers Division and Kristen Kirby (JD ‘09) of Raleigh is expected to be elected ABA Representative.

The distinguished list of speakers includes Judge Richard Dietz (JD ‘02) of the N.C. Court of Appeals and former NCBA Executive Director Allan Head (BA ‘’66, JD ’69).

All Wake Forest Law alumni are invited to join Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ‘77) for a reception during the NCBA Annual Meeting 5:30-7 p.m. in Grand Ballroom B at The Omni Grovepark Inn on Friday. The Omni Grove Park Inn serves as headquarters for the 2017 NCBA Annual Meeting, marking the 33rd time that the state’s largest voluntary organization for legal professionals has convened at this historic venue.

During the reception, Dean Reynolds will also be honoring retiring Professor Joel Newman. After 41 years of devoted service, Professor Newman will retire on July 1, 2017. Professor Newman joined the Wake Forest Law community in 1976. With disarming humor, powerful intellect and deep compassion, he has helped generations of law students understand – and sometimes even love – the law of tax. Please share your memories of Professor Newman using this tribute form. “We look forward to sharing your responses with Professor Newman during our reception,” says Megan Ratley, assistant director of Law Alumni Engagement. RSVP to Ratley by Monday, June 19, if you plan to attend the reception at

Leadership Academy

Among the members of the Class of 2017 to be recognized for completion of the NCBA Leadership Academy are Neubia Harris (JD ‘10) of Legal Aid of North Carolina in Raleigh and Leah Hermiller (JD ‘14) of Graebe Hanna & Sullivan PLLC in Cary.

Saturday evening features the installation of Caryn Coppedge McNeill of Raleigh as the 123rd president of the NCBA. A 1988 graduate of Davidson College, McNeill received her law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1991. She has practiced her entire career with Smith Anderson. Entertainment will be provided by Asheville-based Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters.

The final day of the NCBA Annual Meeting will kickoff with the annual Campbell Law School Family Prayer Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 25. Head, who retired at the end of last year following 35 years as executive director of the NCBA, will be the guest speaker. Head came to work for the NCBA in December 1973 as executive secretary, Rawlings said.