LeAnn Nease Brown Is President-Elect
LeAnn Nease Brown of Chapel Hill is the new president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association. She was elected by acclamation on Saturday morning, June 23, at the 2018 NCBA Annual Meeting in Wilmington.
Brown is a member/manager of Brown & Bunch, PLLC, which has offices in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. She will serve as president of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Foundation in 2019-20.
Her name was placed in nomination by Immediate Past President Kearns Davis of Greensboro, chair the Past Presidents’ Council that is responsible for selecting the NCBA’s president-elect. Seconding speeches were provided by her husband and law partner, Charles Gordon Brown, and M. Ann Anderson of Pilot Mountain.
“I think this is one of the highest honors a lawyer can receive,” Brown said of her election. “It is very humbling and incredibly gratifying to have been nominated by the past presidents and elected by the members to serve in this capacity.”
Brown’s record of service within the NCBA is extensive. She has served as chair of three sections: Antitrust & Trade Regulation Law (now Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes), Zoning, Planning & Land Use, and Dispute Resolution. Brown has also served as chair of the Membership Committee, the CLE Committee, and as co-chair of the Legislative Advisory Committee. She served on the NCBA Board of Governors in 2010-13.
“Being a member of the North Carolina Bar Association has been the way I remind myself of the real calling of a lawyer,” Brown said, “of the importance of professionalism, and the importance of protecting and preserving the rule of law.
“It is also the way I have met some of the finest people I know – the finest lawyers, mediators and members of legal profession. I am proud to be a lawyer and a mediator and proud to be a part of the work of the North Carolina Bar Association and North Carolina Bar Foundation.”
Brown is a three-time graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a bachelor of arts in psychology and history in 1977, a masters of science in rehabilitation counseling from the School of Medical Allied Health Sciences (1981), and a juris doctor from the UNC School of Law in 1984.
She currently serves on the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission, and is a former board member and chair of the Dispute Settlement Center of Orange County.
Brown has also provided board leadership to numerous other organizations, including, most recently as a trustee and as chair of the North Carolina State Bar Client Security Fund, as a member of the Management Committee of USTA North Carolina and formerly as chair of its Sanction and Scheduling Committee and as a member of its Junior Competition Committee, and as a member of the Board of Home Health Foundation of Chapel Hill.
LeAnn and Gordon Brown have a blended family of five children (spouses): James Braxton “Brac” Webb, Edward Austin Webb (Mallory), Charles Mann Brown (Alyssa), Virginia Brown Mallory (Sean) and James Gordon Brown. They have two grandchildren, Sydney Brown and Hayden Brown.
Brown will serve as president-elect in 2018-19. She will be installed as the 125th president of the NCBA at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Asheville.