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NC Bar Taps Jeri Whitfield as Vice Chair of Board of Legal Specialization

NC Bar Taps Jeri Whitfield as Vice Chair of Board of Legal Specialization

August 18, 2008

Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorney to help guide bar specialization program

GREENSBORO, NC – The North Carolina Bar Association Council has appointed Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP attorney Jeri L. Whitfield as Vice Chair of the Board of Legal Specialization.  Whitfield, who is currently serving a three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors, began her one-year term as Vice Chair on August 1.

"No matter how busy she is, Jeri always takes time to serve her community and our profession," remarked Smith Moore Leatherwood Managing Partner Steve Earp.  "She brings the same level of excellence to everything she takes on, and she will do a fabulous job in her role with the Board of Legal Specialization."

The purpose of the Board of Legal Specialization is to certify legal specialization to assist in the delivery of legal services to the public by identifying those lawyers who demonstrate special knowledge, skill and proficiency in a specific field.  Certifying lawyers as specialists serves to inform and protect the public by providing relevant, truthful and reliable information to consumers of legal services.

"Certification has encouraged lawyers to achieve a heightened level of excellence as even the experienced lawyers study in depth in order to pass the rigorous examination required of specialists.  In addition the continuing legal education requirements ensure that the certified specialists remain up to date in their area of specialization.  Specialization helps consumers to identify lawyers who have experience and skill in a certain area of practice," says Whitfield.  "Smith Moore Leatherwood has several board certified specialists in its attorney lineup and I look forward to representing both the firm and the Board as an advocate for the specialization and certification program."

Whitfield, a board-certified specialist in workers' compensation law, previously served on the committee that established the initial standards for specialization in workers' compensation.  At Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, she focuses on litigating complex occupational disease claims before the North Carolina Industrial Commission and appellate courts.  She also handles toxic tort and asbestos-related litigation and premises liability claims before the trial and appellate courts. Whitfield is a graduate of Cornell University and The George Washington University School of Law.

Donnie Turlington
For Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

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