LeAnn Nease Brown New NCBA President
ASHEVILLE – LeAnn Nease Brown of Chapel Hill was installed as president of the North Carolina Bar Association on Saturday, June 22, at Biltmore in Asheville. She is the 125th president of the NCBA and also serves as president of the North Carolina Bar Foundation.
The swearing-in ceremony was held in conjunction with the 121st Annual Meeting of the NCBA. Brown, a member/manager of Brown & Bunch, PLLC, succeeds Jacqueline D. Grant of Asheville.
The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley of the N.C. Supreme Court. Brown’s husband and law partner, Gordon Brown, held the Bible as his wife was sworn in.
“I am extremely honored to serve as president of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Foundation,” Brown said. “My work with both organizations has enriched my professional life. It is a privilege to serve in this capacity and to help advance our missions of service to the public and the profession.”
Leadership has been a cornerstone of Brown’s commitment to the NCBA and NCBF throughout her career. She has served as chair of three specialty practice sections (Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes, Zoning, Planning & Land Use and Dispute Resolution), as chair of the Membership Committee and CLE Committee, and as co-chair of the Legislative Advisory Committee.
She served on the NCBA Board of Governors and the NCBF Board of Directors and the Audit and Finance Committee in 2010-13.
Brown has served on more than 30 boards and commissions, including the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission and the Board of Directors of the Dispute Settlement Center of Orange County, the state’s first community mediation program. She served on the board of the Dispute Settlement Center for more than 10 years including terms as chair and vice chair.
Brown has also provided service and leadership to the N.C. State Bar Client Security Fund, the Management Committee of USTA North Carolina and the Board of Home Health Foundation of Chapel Hill.
Brown is a three-time graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and history in 1977, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the School of Medical Allied Health Sciences in 1981, and a juris doctor from the UNC School of Law in 1984.
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.