Board Members, Officers Assume Office
Seven new members of the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors were elected by acclamation on Saturday, June 23, at the 2018 NCBA Annual Meeting in Wilmington.
Their terms will run from 2018-21.
Elected to three-year terms on the Board of Governors were:
Martha S. Bradley who practices in Asheville with the Forrest Firm. She joined the firm in 2018 and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006) and Campbell Law School (2012). Bradley is an active young attorney and member of the Young Lawyers Division who serves on the board of directors for Haywood Habitat for Humanity and the Haywood Chamber of Commerce, and as president of the Rotary Club of Waynesville-Sunrise. She was a member of the NCBA Leadership Academy Class of 2017.
Edward W. Griggs who is a partner with Womble Bond Dickinson in Winston-Salem. He joined the firm in 2003 and is a graduate of Wake Forest University (2000) and the University of South Carolina School of Law (2003). Griggs is a past chair of the Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section and member of the inaugural NCBA Leadership Academy Class of 2012. He has served as president of The Estate Planning Council of Winston-Salem, Inc. and the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem, and as chair of the First Presbyterian Church Strategic Planning Committee.
Dena Beth Langley who is a partner with Brooks Pierce in Greensboro. She recently joined the firm after practicing with Hagan Barrette Langley and Nexsen Pruett. Langley is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest University School of Law. She is a former chair of the NCBA Labor and Employment Law Section and the NCBF Development Committee. Langley is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has provided volunteer leadership to United Way of Greater Greensboro, Triad Ladder of Hope, Degrees Matter! and Foster Friends of North Carolina.
Roberta King Latham who is a partner with Bennett Guthrie Latham in Winston-Salem. She joined the firm in 2003 and is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest University School of Law. She is a past chair of the NCBA Young Lawyers Division and has also chaired the CLE Committee and co-chaired the Leadership Academy. Latham has served on the board and as president of the Northwest North Carolina Affiliate of Susan G. Komen and as a board member and chair of the Young Lawyers Committee and the Women Litigators Committee of the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys.
Gwendolyn W. Lewis who practices with Lincoln Derr in Charlotte. She joined the firm in 2017 and is a 2009 graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and a 2013 graduate of Elon University School of Law. Lewis is a former vice president of the Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers and former executive board member of the Young Lawyers Section of the Greensboro Bar Association, where she has held additional leadership positions. She was a member of the NCBA Leadership Academy Class of 2016 and presently serves on the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy Board of Directors.
Karen M. Rabenau who practices with Twiggs Strickland & Rabenau in Durham. She has been with the firm for 26 years, and is a graduate of Hollins College (1989) and the University of North Carolina School of Law (1992). Rabenau is a past chair of the NCBA Litigation Section and Medico-Legal Liaison Committee. Community involvement includes volunteering with Urban Ministries, service on the Durham Academy Board of Trustees and its executive committee, and service as a trustee and executive committee member for the Friends Board of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
David S. Robinson who serves as special counsel with Nexsen Pruet in Raleigh and as Honorary Consul for Japan in North Carolina. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (1987) and George Washington University School of Law (1990). Robinson has twice served as chair of the International Law & Practice Section and has also served as chair of the Wake County Board of Elections and Wake Tech Community College Board of Trustees. He was honored by the American Red Cross as an Outstanding Volunteer in 2005 for coordinating training for more than 500 volunteers during the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
The NCBA Board of Governors, convening April 13-14 in New Bern, elected the following vice presidents:
Judge Richard D. Dietz who was appointed to the N.C. Court of Appeals in 2014 and elected to an eight-year term in 2016. He is a graduate of Shippensburg University (1999) and Wake Forest University School of Law (2002). Dietz previously practiced with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where he was a partner, and Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where he was an associate. He is a former vice chair of the NCBA Appellate Practice Section and member of the N.C. Courts Commission, and currently serves on the N.C. Equal Access to Justice Commission.
Judge Michael L. Robinson who has served as a special Superior Court judge for the N.C. Business Court since 2016. He is a graduate of Davidson College (1977) and the University of North Carolina School of Law (1980). Robinson previously practiced with Robinson & Lawing and predecessor firms. He has served on the N.C. State Bar Council since 2010 and is a member of the Duke University Divinity School Board of Visitors, past president of the Winston-Salem Downtown Rotary Club and past chair of the Forsyth County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Judge James F. Randolph of Salisbury who serves on the N.C. District Court in District 19-C (Rowan County). He was elected to the bench in 2014 and previously was a partner with Kluttz, Reamer, Hayes, Randolph, Adkins & Carter. Randolph is a graduate of N.C. State University (1985) and Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (1989). He previously served as president of the 19-C Judicial District Bar and as secretary-treasurer of the Rowan County Bar Association, as chairman of Rowan Helping Ministries and as president of the Rowan County United Way.
Dean J. Rich Leonard who has served as dean of Campbell Law School in Raleigh since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (AB 1971, M.Ed. 1973) and Yale Law School (1976). Leonard served as a judge on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, from 1992-2013 and as chief judge from 1999-2006. He is also a former U.S. Magistrate Judge and Clerk of Court for the Eastern District of N.C. Leonard has served as chair of the NCBA Law School Liaison Committee and as a trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.
Two-year, at-large term:
Elizabeth M. Repetti who serves as a director with Bell Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem. She joined the firm in 1992 and is a 1978 graduate of the University of Colorado and a 1986 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. Repetti is a past chair of the Bankruptcy Section and Lawyer on the Line volunteer. She is also a past president of Sawtooth School for Visual Art and past member of the Brenner Children’s Hospital board, and presently serves on the City of Winston-Salem Public Art Commission.
Members of the NCBA Board of Governors also constitute the North Carolina Bar Foundation Board of Directors. Jackie Grant of Asheville will serve as president of the Association and the Foundation in 2018-19 and LeAnn Nease Brown of Chapel Hill is the president-elect.