Bobby Griffin (JD ’67) inducted into N.C. Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame

Photo of Bobby Griffin (JD '67) being inducted into the North Carolina Bar Association's General Practice Hall of Fame.

Bobby Griffin (JD '67)

Four new members of the North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practice Hall of Fame were inducted on Thursday, June 22, at the 119th NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville.

Attorneys comprising the 2017 induction class are:

·         Leto Copeley, Durham

·         Charles David Gantt, Asheville

·         Bobby Harold Griffin (JD ’67), Monroe

·         Thomas J. White III, Kinston

The Hall of Fame, sponsored by the NCBA Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section, was established in 1989. This year’s induction class brings membership in the Hall of Fame to 157 attorneys.

General Practice Hall of Fame lawyers are general practitioners who are outstanding members of the legal profession whose careers have served as models for lawyers in the general practice of law. To be eligible for nomination, lawyers much have practiced law for at least 25 years, a significant portion of that time having been devoted to the general practice of law, and must be members in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association, and are living at the time of their selections.

Bobby Harold Griffin was born in the Olive Branch Community of Union County. He graduated in 1956 from New Salem High School and earned his undergraduate degree from Pfeiffer College (now University) in 1962. After graduation he taught school in Winston-Salem for two years before entering law school.

In 1965 he married his Pfeiffer sweetheart, Norma Bennett, and they now live in Monroe. Griffin attended Wake Forest University School of Law, from which he graduated in 1967, and entered into the general practice of law in Monroe.

The firm he joined, Wilson, Clark & Huffman, was originally begun by the late Henry Hall Wilson Jr. (then assistant to President Kennedy in the White House), Richard S. Clark and Robert L. Huffman. The firm is now Clark, Griffin & McCollum, L.L.P., composed of Griffin as senior partner and Joe P. McCollum Jr. (JD ’67), partner and a fellow 1967 Wake Forest law school graduate.

Bobby has taught Sunday school at First Baptist-Monroe for many years and has been its Sunday School director and chairman of the deacons and trustees. He served as Moderator of the Union Baptist Association and continues to render gratuitous service to Baptist churches throughout Union County. In addition he has served as director of Monroe Little League, is a Civitan and its former president, as a member of the Urban Redevelopment Commission for Monroe, as a member and chairman of the Union County Board of Social Services, as chairman of the Monroe Recreation Advisory Commission, as a member of the Monroe Board of Adjustment and Union County Land Use Plan.

He served 12 years on the Monroe Board of Education and served from 1981-89 as its chair and also served in the N.C. House of Representatives. He was presented The Order of Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Hunt in 1995.

Griffin was instrumental in helping organize a community bank and a newspaper in Union County. He served for 10 years as chairperson of the Union County Board of Elections. In 2009 he was honored as Man of the Year in Union County. He has served as a Candidate Interview Committee member for the 20th Judicial Bar District and is a former president of the Union County Bar Association.