Leadership Academy Class Selected for 2015
Sixteen outstanding young lawyers have been selected for the North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy’s Class of 2015. Attorneys selected for the Leadership Academy’s fifth class, with city of residence and place of business, are:
Lauren Arnette, Ward and Smith, New Bern
Jennifer Blue, N.C. Prisoner Legal Services, Raleigh
Kris Cook, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Ahoskie
Julie Cronin, Millberg Gordon Stewart, Raleigh
Charles Cushman, Dunn, Pittman, Skinner & Cushman, New Bern
Whitney Frye, N.C. High School Athletic Association, Greensboro
Jeff Goss, Ridenour & Goss, Sylva
Brooks Jaffa, Cranford, Buckley, Schultze, Tomchin, Allen & Buie, Charlotte
Dionne Jenkins, Forsyth County School Attorney’s Office, Winston-Salem
Corinne Jones, Smith Moore Leatherwood, Greensboro
Jesse Jones, Smith Anderson, Raleigh
Leslie Lasher, Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham, Wake Forest
Justin Lockamy, Warrick, Bradshaw & Lockamy, Clinton
Lauren Page, Lauren Page Law, Wilmington
Zeb Smathers, Smathers and Smathers, Canton
Bryan Starrett, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard, Greensboro
The Leadership Academy was implemented in 2011 under the direction of then-President Gene Pridgen by the NCBA’s Young Lawyer Initiatives Task Force. Patti Ramseur, a former chair of the Young Lawyers Division and current member of the NCBA Board of Governors, serves as chair of the NCBA Leadership Academy initiative.
The NCBA is partnering with Level Up Leadership of Raleigh to provide this year’s training, which will be delivered by Joy and Rich Ruhmann.
The mission of the Leadership Academy is to help young lawyers become more effective leaders in their communities, whether their communities be the legal profession, their firms, legal departments and any other organizations with which they are associated, or their local, state, national or even international communities, or any other environments where lawyers regularly have calls or opportunities for leadership.