Dr. Charles Cooper Receives Medlin Award
Dr. Charles Cooper of Pittsboro has been selected as the third recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association’s John G. Medlin Jr. Award. The award recognizes contributions to the administration of justice and judicial independence by a North Carolina citizen who is not a lawyer.
Presentation of the award took place at the 2018 NCBA Annual Meeting in Wilmington on Thursday evening, June 21, during the inaugural Awards Dinner.
Cooper serves as executive director of HRC Behavioral Health & Psychiatry, through which he has provided assistance to North Carolina lawyers in conjunction with two model NCBA programs: BarCARES and the Transitioning Lawyers Commission.
His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to serving as executive director (CEO) at HRC since 1987, Cooper serves as director of professional affairs for the N.C. Psychological Association, as an ex officio board member and program director of BarCARES of NC, Inc., and as treasurer of Piedmont Care, LLC.
The Medlin Award was established by the NCBA Board of Governors in 2012 in honor of the late John Medlin, longtime president and CEO of Wachovia. Medlin (2013) and former Greensboro News & Record columnist and editorial writer Doug Clark (2017) are the previous two recipients.