Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities Seeks Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 John McNeill Smith, Jr. Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities Section Award. Click here to access the nomination form.
The award was established to "honor a person who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the ideals embodied in the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of North Carolina by (a) promoting awareness and understanding on the part of the profession, the public, and/or public officials of the rights embodied in the Constitution of the United States and/or the Constitution of North Carolina; (b) encouraging respect for the American constitutional system and the rule of law; and (c) helping forward the discussion and debate of constitutional issues by the public and/or the profession."
Nominees must be residents of North Carolina and must also be nominated by a member of the NCBA. The award selection shall be made by the Nominations Committee of the Executive Council of the Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Please submit your nominations no later than January 6, 2016 to ABradford@ncbar.org. The recipient will be honored January 22, 2016, at the section's annual meeting and CLE at the N.C. Bar Center.
Past award winners are: Dean John Charles "Jack" Boger (2007); John L. Sanders (2008); Justice James G. Exum, Jr. (2009); Bertha "B" Merrill Holt (2010); Justice Willis P. Whichard (2011), Justice Paul M. Newby (2012), Judge Robert N. Hunter, Jr. (2013), Justice Robert F. Orr (2014) and Hugh Stevens (2015).