Larry B. Sitton Justice Fund Dedicated
The Larry B. Sitton Justice Fund of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation Endowment was dedicated Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the N.C. Bar Center in Cary. NCBA President Shelby Benton presided.
Sitton, a longtime partner of Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, served as president of the NCBA in 1998-99 and played a prominent role in its centennial celebration. The NCBA was founded on February 10, 1899.
Sitton also led the charge toward the NCBA’s incorporation of BarCARES in 2000 and served as its founding president.
The Sitton Justice Fund was introduced by law partners Jon Heyl and Robert Marcus and Dean Suzanne Reynolds of the Wake Forest University School of Law. The audience also heard from NCBA President-elect Kearns Davis and Judge Julian Mann III, Endowment Committee chair.
NCBA Executive Director Allan Head directed the unveiling of the Justice Fund plaque.
Born in Hendersonville and raised in nearby Asheville, Sitton is a “Double Deacon.” A 1961 graduate of Wake Forest University, he was a Hankins Scholar and inductee of Phi Beta Kappa, graduating cum laude. He attended Wake Forest University School of Law as a Babcock Scholar and graduated cum laude in 1964.
Sitton has been with the same law firm throughout his career. He joined what was then known as Smith Moore Smith Schell and Hunter, a Greensboro firm composed of 16 lawyers, in 1967. The firm, through subsequent mergers and name changes, is now known as Smith Moore Leatherwood and has 170 attorneys in seven offices throughout the Southeast.
He is married to the former Carroll Speight Roberts and they have three children: Rob, Sara and Michele; and six grandchildren.
Licensed to practice in North Carolina in 1964, Sitton is also licensed to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts of the Western, Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina.
Sitton served on the NCBA Board of Governors from 1987-90 and has led countless NCBA committees and task forces over the past 50-some years. He is also a permanent member of the Judicial Conference for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a Master of the Bench of the Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court.
A Justice Fund is a named endowment that honors those North Carolina lawyers, past and present, whose careers have demonstrated dedication to the pursuit of justice and outstanding service to the profession and the public. One or more contributors may establish a Justice Fund to honor a colleague, family member or friend.
Lawyers designated and honored by the creators of a Justice Fund receive special recognition in the form of a permanent plaque and biographical sketch maintained at the N.C. Bar Center. One or more contributors may establish a Justice Fund to honor a colleague, family member or friend through a combined gift of $40,000.
The NCBA Foundation Endowment was established in 1987 to enable the Foundation to fund programs and activities to better serve the public and the legal profession. To date, the endowment had awarded grants totaling more than $5 million for nearly 640 projects.