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Commission Members
 
Hon. Mark C 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. 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 Kim Lake Martin and has five children.


Melvin F. Wright, Jr.
Executive Director
Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism
Staff Member
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. 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.


Professor Theresa A. Newman
Duke University School of Law
Law School Faculty Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2014
Theresa has served at Duke Law School since 1990 as a clinical professor of law, co-director of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, associate director of the Duke Law School Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, faculty adviser to the Innocence Project and associate dean for academic affairs. Prior to that, she clerked and practiced law in Raleigh. Theresa graduated from Duke Law School.

Samuel G. “Bo” Thompson, Jr., Esq.
Yates McLamb and Weyher
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2014
Bo is a lifelong North Carolina native and has a civil litigation practice at Yates McLamb and Weyher. Prior to law school, he was a faculty member at Broughton High School. Bo graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate and Campbell Law School. He has served on various Bar committees in leadership positions and is also a licensed soccer referee.


John S. Willardson, Esq.
Willardson and Lipscomb
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2014
John is a native of Santa Monica, California and for over thirty years has had a successful defense and business practice representing both individuals and corporations. He has been a leader in the defense practice as well as in his local Bar and is a certified mediator. John graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate, served in the US Army, and then graduated from UNC Law School.


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. James E. Williams, Jr.
Public Defender
Lawyer Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2015
James is originally from Plymouth and has served as the Public Defender for Judicial District 15B since 1990. Prior to that, he served in some capacity in Public Defenders’ offices and in legal services, while briefly in private practice. He has been a leader in public criminal defense and racial justice matters within the Bar. James graduated from Duke University for undergraduate and law school. He is married with two children.


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.
UNC-Chapel Hill
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 recently took a position 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.


Mark Ethridge
President
Carolina Parent Magazine
Public Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2014
Mark has been President of Carolina Parent Magazine since 1990. Prior to that he has had an extensive career as a journalist, publisher and businessman in Charlotte. He is the published author of Grievances, a novel and Deadline, the screenplay based on Grievances. He has also been awarded two Pulitzers. Mark graduated from Princeton for undergraduate and Harvard University, where he was a Neiman Fellow.


Dr. Arthur Ross, III
Pastor (retired)
Public Appointment
Term – Expires December 31, 2014
Art is from Asheboro and is a retired Presbyterian Pastor from White Memorial Presbyterian Church. He serves as a Pastoral Resource to several congregations and individuals. He has been involved in numerous ministries and civic groups over the years. He graduated from Davidson College and Union Presbyterian Seminary. Art is married to Jan Gaskell and has two children and two grandchildren.


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 G. Baker, Sr., Esq.
Sharp Michael & Graham
Ex Officio
State Bar President 2013-2014
Ron is from Ahoskie, has a civil defense practice with Sharp Michael &Graham and is the current State Bar President. He is a veteran of the NC Army National Guard and is very involved with both Bar and civic organizations throughout his career, serving as county commissioner and on the school board in Herford County. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate and law school.
 
 
 
   
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