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Commission Members
 
Hon. Mark C Martin
Chief Justice
North Carolina Supreme Court
Chair
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.


Melvin F. Wright, Jr.
Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism
Staff
Mel is originally from Elizabeth City and has served as the Executive Director of the CJCP since November 1999. He is also an adjunct professor at both Campbell Law School and UNC Law School. Prior to that, he practiced law in Winston-Salem for twenty-six years. He is a US Army veteran with service in Vietnam. Mel graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate and Wake Forest Law School. He is married to Mary “Jo” Wright.


Hon. Linda M. McGee
Chief Judge
Appellate Court Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2016
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. Paul C. Ridgeway
Superior Court Judge
Trial Court Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2015
Judge Ridgeway was raised in Raleigh and currently serves as a Resident Superior Court Judge for the 10th Judicial District since 2007. He is also an adjunct professor at Campbell Law School. Prior to his election, he was engaged in private practice for twenty years. Judge Ridgeway graduated from NC State for both undergraduate and graduate school and Campbell Law School. He is married to Laura Ridgeway and has two sons, Isaac and David.


Hon. Athena F. Brooks
Chief District Court Judge
Trial Court Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2015
Judge Brooks has served as a District Court Judge since 2004 and Chief Judge since 2009. Prior to this, she was in private practice briefly and served as a prosecutor for over thirteen years. Since 2000, she has served in the US Army Reserve and is currently a Major with the 12th LOD in Fort Jackson, SC. She has served on several community boards, including the UNC-Asheville Alumni Board and the Fletcher Fire Department Board of Directors.


Dean J. Rich Leonard
Norman A. Wiggins School of Law
Campbell University
Law School Faculty Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2016
Rich is originally from Davidson County and has served as Dean of Campbell Law School since July 2013. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at area law schools. Prior to Campbell, he served as a US Bankruptcy Chief Judge, Judge, US Magistrate Judge, Clerk of Court for the US District Court and with the US State Department. Rich graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar for undergraduate and graduate and also Yale Law School. He is married to Dr. Whitney Jenkins Cain and has five children.


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 and 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 and Hinson
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2017
Buddy has practiced law with Robins Bradshaw and 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. Buddy 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.


Alison G. Bradshaw, Esq.
Howard and Bradshaw
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2015
Alison is a 2007 graduate of Campbell Law School and practices in the areas of estate planning, elder law, corporations and real estate. She is involved with the local Bar, serving as District Bar President and also serves on various boards in her community. She is married to Frank Bradshaw, also a lawyer.


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.


Stuart H. Russell, Esq.
Wilson Helms and Cartledge
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2016
Stuart is a partner at Wilson Helms and Cartledge and practices primarily in commercial litigation and professional liability and public official defense. He received his undergraduate and law school degrees from Duke University. Russell is involved in several local and state wide Bar committees and boards and initiatives.


Felicia A. Washington, Esq.
Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2016
After 23 years practicing employment law and business immigration at Kennedy Covington and K and L Gates in Charlotte, Felicia is now the Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has served on numerous community boards and committees, including as a Public Member of the North Carolina Medical Board. She has also been very involved with local, state, and national Bar organizations, including serving in the ABA House of Delegates. Felicia graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia School of Law School.


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
Raleigh Gynecology and Wellness
Public Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2017
Dr. Williams grew up in Burlington and currently practices Obstetrics and Gynecology in Raleigh. For the last ten years, 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.


Linda W. Hayes
Public Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2015
Linda served as Secretary of the NC Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention under Governor Perdue. Prior to that, she served as Chair of the Governor’s Crime Commission for fifteen years and also worked for the law firm of Hayes Williams Turner and Daughtry in Dunn. Linda has received numerous awards and recognition for her efforts for children’s issues and public safety. She is married to Gerald Hayes and has three daughters and seven grandchildren.


Ronald L. Gibson, Esq.
Ex Officio
State Bar President
2014-2015
Ron is the current President of the NC State Bar and has served as Councilor for the 26th District for over 17 years. He is a partner with Ruff Bond Cobb Wade and Bethune and has a thirty year career in legal and electric utility experience. Ron graduated from Davidson College for undergraduate and UNC Law School.

 
 
 
   
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