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Sidney Eagles Named Joseph Branch Professionalism Award Winner

Sidney Eagles Named Joseph Branch Professionalism Award Winner

October 3, 2008

Former Chief Judge earns WCBA's highest professional honor

RALEIGH, NC – Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP attorney Sidney S. Eagles has been named the recipient of the 2008 Joseph Branch Professionalism Award, presented annually by the Wake County Bar Association. The award recognizes the Wake County attorney who best exhibits the qualities of professionalism displayed by Joseph Branch, former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

"I had the privilege of knowing Chief Justice Branch," remarked Eagles. "Having had that experience and knowing the man for whom this award is named is truly a great honor and I am humbled to be this year's recipient." Eagles is a former Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He served on the appellate bench for 21 years and has been a member of Smith Moore Leatherwood's appellate litigation practice in Raleigh since 2004. Prior to his election to the bench, Judge Eagles was in private practice in Raleigh and was counsel to the Speaker of the House and Special Deputy Attorney General. He has also been an adjunct professor at the Campbell University School of Law for more than 30 years.

"Sid has made North Carolina a better, and more just, place to live and work through his distinguished career in public service and his efforts as a private lawyer," said Brad Risinger, partner-in-charge of Smith Moore Leatherwood's Raleigh office. "There is no greater honor in our business."

Eagles is a certified mediator and is on the American Arbitration Association's list of arbitrators. A member of the North Carolina Academy of Superior Court Mediators, Eagles is Past President of the Tenth Judicial District Bar Association and of the Wake County Bar Association. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Law. A native of Saratoga, NC, and Wilson County, Eagles is a member and past chairman of the Board of Trustees for Barton College.

Donnie Turlington
For Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP


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