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Smith Moore Attorney Becomes President-Elect of Wake County and District Bar Associations

Smith Moore Attorney Becomes President-Elect of Wake County and District Bar Associations


January 18, 2005

RALEIGH, NC – The Raleigh office of Smith Moore LLP proudly announces that Judge Sidney S. Eagles has been elected president-elect of the Wake County Bar Association (WCBA) and the Tenth Judicial District Bar Association.  Judge Eagles was elected at the December meeting of the Tenth Judicial District Bar and Wake County Bar Association.  As president-elect, Judge Eagles will become president of the 3,600 member lawyer associations in January 2006.

"It is a great personal and professional honor to be selected president-elect of this revered organization whose mission is so vital to the rule of law," said Judge Eagles.  "I look forward to working with President George Hearn, the Board members and committee chairs to advance the organization’s efforts to enhance the legal profession and further assure to all people the rights of citizenship."

Founded in 1925, the WCBA is a voluntary bar organization with a membership of more than 1,850 professionals.  The members consist of lawyers and judges practicing or residing in Wake County who are engaged in private practice, corporate employment, government service, and the judiciary.  While upholding high standards of professionalism, WCBA’s primary mission is to further the administration and delivery of justice and promote public interest in the law.

The Tenth District Judicial Bar is a mandatory bar organization under the auspices of the North Carolina State Bar.  The District Bar has more than 3,600 members and devotes its focus primarily to regulatory matters involving lawyers.

Judge Eagles, a 21-year veteran of the N.C. Court of Appeals, retired from the Court and joined the Raleigh office of Smith Moore in early 2004.  He was a member of the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism from its inception by Chief Justice Mitchell, serving until his retirement in January 2004.  Judge Eagles was Counsel to the Speaker of the House and a Special Deputy Attorney General.  While serving on the Attorney General's staff, he was Revisor of Statutes and Secretary to the N.C. General Statutes Commission.  Later, he served as head of the Attorney General's Legislative Drafting Service and as head of the Special Prosecutions Division.

Throughout his career, Judge Eagles has been actively involved in numerous professional and community organizations.  From August 1994 to January 1997, Judge Eagles served as Chair of the N.C. Judicial Standards Commission.  He is a life member of the American Law Institute and the Uniform Laws Conference.  Building on a lifetime of service, he has been an adjunct professor at Campbell University's School of Law for more than 25 years, and has lectured at numerous legal seminars.  For the last 12 years, he has served in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.  He has also served as Chair of the Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association.

A graduate of Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Law, Judge Eagles serves as a member of the Board of Visitors for the Wake Forest University School of Law and as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Barton College in Wilson.  In l982, he was honored by Wake Forest University Law School as its Outstanding Alumnus.  He is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, where he was awarded the Legion of Merit upon his retirement.

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