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James G. Exum Earns Distinguished Service Award

James G. Exum Earns Distinguished Service Award


April 22, 2008

Former NC Supreme Court Chief Justice, current Smith Moore attorney, honored by GBA

GREENSBORO – Former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice James G. Exum was presented with the Greensboro Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award during a ceremony on April 17.  The award is the Greensboro Bar's highest individual honor that is presented to Association members who have exhibited a deep devotion to the legal profession.

"I am honored to be recognized in this way by my own Bar association; lawyers whom I know and respect and who know me," says Exum.  "To join those Greensboro lawyers who have received this award in the past, all of whom have been exemplars for me, is humbling to say the least."  Exum served as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1986 through 1994.  He was also an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court from 1974 to 1986 and served as a Resident Superior Court Judge in Guilford County from 1967 to 1974.  Exum now leads Smith Moore's Appellate Practice Group, where he supervises and assists other attorneys with all aspects of appeals in state and federal courts and participates in writing briefs and making oral arguments before appellate and trial courts on legal issues.

"There is no one more deserving of this honor than Jim Exum," remarked Smith Moore Managing Partner Steve Earp.  "Jim's career really epitomizes this award as he is someone who has given his life to upholding the law while continually serving as an advocate for the profession.  Smith Moore is proud to have someone of Jim's stature serving its clients and attorneys."

Exum shared the evening with fellow Distinguished Service Award honoree Justice Henry E. Frye.  Frye was the first African-American to serve as North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice and was also a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives and North Carolina Senate.

The award recognized both justices for their deep devotion and constant commitment to the law, the administration of justice, the highest ethical principles and their dedication to public service.  "The occasion was made even more special when my good friend and former colleague on the Supreme Court (Frye) also received this award for his many accomplishments and service to our profession and the public," says Exum.

Justice Exum is a former Morehead Scholar and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957 and the New York University School of Law in 1960.  In addition to his service on the bench, he also was an adjunct faculty member of the Duke University School of Law in 1995 and 1996, while formerly serving in the same capacity at the University of North Carolina School of Law in the 1980s.  In addition, Exum served in the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1967, was a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, Chaired the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Standards Committee and was State Chair of the North Carolina Fellows of the ABA.  He also served as general counsel and president of the University of North Carolina General Alumni Association.

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