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Chief Justice Sarah Parker Presents Annual Professionalism Award to Long-Time Wake County Attorney
News imageAttorneys statewide praise Robert McMillan - view video.

On January 25, 2012, at the joint dinner of the N.C. State Bar and the N.C. Bar Association at the Marriott City Center in Raleigh, Chief Justice Sarah Parker presented attorney Robert L. McMillan Jr. of Raleigh with the Chief Justice's Professionalism Award. He was presented with this annual award for his selfless dedication and commitment to the principles of professionalism and public service in North Carolina.

Mr. McMillan graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1949. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War and has practiced law in Raleigh since 1949. He did appellate and criminal defense work in his early years and later served as prosecutor of the Raleigh Municipal Court. Following his service as a prosecutor, he opened his own general practice and handled many types of misdemeanor and felony cases.

In addition to his more than 50 years of law practice, Mr. McMillan has served a president of the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers, the Tenth Judicial District Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association. He served as a State Bar Councilor for 10 years. The N.C. Bar Association inducted him into the General Practice Hall of Fame, and he was also the first recipient of the Wake County Bar Association's Chief Justice Joseph Branch Professionalism Award.

Throughout his career, Mr. McMillan has been very involved with civic and religious organizations in Raleigh. He was a scoutmaster for a Boy Scout Troop, and as a result of his service, he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. He has also served as a commander of Raleigh Post Number One of the America Legion and also as a president of the Raleigh Rotary Club. Robert also is a lifetime member of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and has served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher over the years. He was married to Virginia Maynard McMillan (now deceased).

Mr. McMillan's tireless involvement with his fellow lawyers and his years of dedication in mentoring younger lawyers has made him a pillar of the legal community, further demonstrating his reputation as a professional lawyer, public servant and caring friend. Upon completion, the CJCP's website will host Mr. McMillan's installment of the Historical Video Series, filmed at his family property on the Lumbee River in Riverton, N.C., and interviewed by long-time friends Roger and Wade Smith of Raleigh.

Robert McMillan became the fourteenth recipient of the Chief Justice's Professionalism Award. Past recipients of this distinguished award include William F. Womble, Senator Robert B. Morgan, Joseph W. Grier, Jr., the late Honorable Robinson O. Everett, the late Honorable David M. Britt, Julius L. Chambers, Elizabeth L. Quick, the Honorable Wallace C. Harrelson, William O. King, E. Fitzgerald Parnell, III, Melvin F. Wright Jr.; Roy W. Davis, and the Honorable Lillian B. Jordan.

For information about the Chief Justice's Professionalism Award or the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, please contact the Commission office at (919) 890-1455.
Publish Date: 01/26/2012
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