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Professionalism Commission Members - Mark D. Martin, Chief Justice of North Carolina Supreme Court
 
Hon. Mark D. Martin
Chief Justice
North Carolina Supreme Court
Chair
Term – Indefinite
Chief Justice Martin has served as Associate Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court since 1999 and was appointed to Chief Justice beginning in September 2014 and was elected to an 8 year term in November 2014. Prior to that, he served on the Court of Appeals, as a Resident Superior Court Judge, legal counsel to Governor Martin and also in private practice. He graduated from Western Carolina University for undergraduate school and UNC-Chapel Hill for law school. Chief Justice Martin is married to Kym Lake Martin and has five children.


Hon. Linda M. McGee
Chief Judge
Appellate Court Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2019
Judge Linda McGee, Chief Judge of the N.C. Court of Appeals, has served on the court for almost 20 years. Prior to her appointment to the court in 1995, she practiced law for 17 years in Boone. Chief Judge McGee received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a Marion native. She is married to Gary McGee and they are parents of two adult sons.


Hon. Quentin T. Sumner
Senior Resident Superior Court Judge
Rocky Mount
Trial Court Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2018
Judge Sumner is the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for District 7A, Nash County. He grew up in Rocky Mount, received both his BA and JD from North Carolina Central University, and served in private practice until 1983 when he was appointed to the District Court bench in the 7th Judicial District. In 1990, Judge Sumner was elected as the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge.


Hon. William B. Reingold
Chief District Court Judge (Retired)
Winston-Salem
Trial Court Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2018
Judge Reingold is originally from New York and received his JD from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1983. A former prosecutor, he served as District Court Judge in the 21st Judicial District beginning in 1986, until his appointment as Chief District Court Judge in 1998. He retired as Chief in 2013. Judge Reingold teaches trial practice at Wake Forest Law, is a past and current board member of several Triad nonprofits, and has focused his professional efforts on family services, youth, domestic violence and drug abuse. Judge Reingold lives in Winston-Salem with his wife Peggy and has two sons.


Dean Phyliss Craig-Taylor
North Carolina Central University
School of Law
Law School Faculty Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2019
Phyliss graduated from the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, where she completed both her undergraduate degree and law degree. She later served in private practice and as a judicial clerk for the Alabama Supreme Court. Dean Craig-Taylor earned her Master of Laws from Columbia. Prior to becoming Dean at Central Law School, she served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and a Professor of Law at the Charlotte School of Law. She has been very involved in the ABA and serves on multiple community boards.


Dean Luke Bierman
Elon University School of Law
Law School Faculty Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2017

Luke was appointed Dean of Elon Law School in 2014. Prior to this, he was an associate dean at Northeastern University School of Law, was the general counsel to the New York State Comptroller, and served as law clerk to the New York State appellate judges. He also was the Executive Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University. He is widely published in national law reviews for his legal analysis and regularly speaks about justice system reform, legal education, and professionalism. Luke graduated from Colgate, the College of William & Mary Law School and earned a Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York at Albany.

John R. Wester, Esq.
Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2017
John has practiced law with Robins Bradshaw & Hinson in Charlotte for his entire career, concentrating in trials and appeals of complex litigation. He is very active in the Bar and his community, having served as President of the NC Bar Association from 2009-2010. John graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar for undergraduate and with high honors from Duke Law School.


Hon. S. Gerald Arnold
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2017
Judge Gerald Arnold graduated from East Carolina University for undergraduate and UNC Law School. He served two terms in the NC House in 1971 and 1973 and then on the NC Court of Appeals from 1974, retiring as Chief Judge in 1998. Judge Arnold served as Chair of the NC Judicial Standards Commission and Director of the AOC. He retired as President of Lawyer’s Mutual in 2010. Judge Arnold is married to Dr. Sue Johnson Arnold.


James R. Fox, Esq.
Bell Davis & Pitt
Winston-Salem
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2018
Jim has over 43 years of experience as a litigator, trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator focusing on complex business litigation and currently practices law with Bell Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem. He served as President of the NC State Bar in 2011-2012, State Bar Councilor for the 21st District from 2002-2009 and is a very active member of the Bar on both a state and national level. Jim received both his AB and JD from Duke University.


Barbara B. Weyher, Esq.
Yates McLamb & Weyher
Raleigh
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2018
Bonnie is originally from New York and received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her JD from the UNC School of Law. She has practiced law in insurance and trust liability coverage, professional liability, appellate practice, arbitration and mediation in private practice for her entire career. Bonnie served as State Bar President from 2009-2010 and as a Councilor from 1998-2006. She continues to be a very active member in the Bar. Bonnie is married to her law partner Dan McLamb and has four grown sons.


Hon. Brandy L. Cook
District Attorney
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2016
Brandy is Rowan County’s first female District Attorney and has served as a prosecutor for thirteen years. She is very involved with several civic and child safety, crime prevention and community educational organizations. Brandy graduated from Catawba College for undergraduate and Ohio Northern University Law School.


Andrew H. Erteschik, Esq.
Poyner Spruill LLP
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2019
Drew is a partner at Poyner Spruill and practices primarily on complex civil litigation and appeals. He received his undergraduate and law school degrees from the UNC Chapel Hill and was recently recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation: General Commercial). In addition, he is ranked among Super Lawyers magazine’s North Carolina “Rising Stars.” Drew serves in leadership roles in a number of organizations improving the quality of justice in North Carolina.


Allan B. Head, Esq.
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2019
Allan recently retired from the North Carolina Bar Association after 43 years of dedicated leadership and service to the lawyers, judges, legal community and citizens of North Carolina. He has his undergraduate and law degree from Wake Forest University and very active in community service. He is married to Patricia Reed Head, has three children and eight grandchildren.


Susan A. Hicks
Clerk of Superior Court
Public Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2017
Susan was raised on a family dairy farm in North Carolina and is serving her second elected term as Clerk of Superior Court for Moore County. She has served in the clerks’ offices in both Randolph and Moore counties as a Deputy and Assistant Clerk during her career. Susan serves on several courts committees in order to better our courts system. She is married to Roger.


Dr. Randall Williams, FACOG
Deputy Secretary of Health Services
North Carolina Department of
Health and Human Services
Public Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2017
Dr. Williams grew up in Burlington and currently serves as the Director of the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services and practiced as an OB/GYN at Raleigh Gynecology & Wellness. He has worked as a volunteer with US State Department projects and humanitarian organizations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and Libya. Dr. Williams attended UNC-Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and medical school. He is married to Elizabeth and has grown children.


Anne Graham Lotz
AnGeL Ministries
Public Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2018

Anne Graham Lotz is described by her father, Billy Graham, as “the best preacher in the family.” The New York Times named Anne as one of the five most influential evangelists of her generation. She speaks around the globe, has held her Just Give Me Jesus revivals in more than 30 cities in 12 different countries, is the founder and president of AnGeL Ministries in Raleigh and is a best-selling and award-winning author. Anne and her late husband, Danny Lotz, have three grown children and three grandchildren.


Mark W. Merritt, Esq.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office of University Counsel
Ex Officio
State Bar President
2017
Mark is the current President of the NC State Bar. A Morehead Scholar at UNC, he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School and spent the past thirty-three years practicing law as a top litigator with Robinson Bradshaw in Charlotte. In September 2016, Mark took over as General Counsel at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

 
 
 
   
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