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Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Named Recipients Of John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award

Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Named Recipients Of John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award


December 2, 2015

Raleigh, N.C.  — Smith Moore Leatherwood is pleased to announce that the Honorable Sidney S. Eagles Jr. and retired partner Samuel O. Southern have each received the North Carolina State Bar John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest honors given by the State Bar. The attorneys were honored at a luncheon, sponsored by the North Carolina State Bar and Wake County Bar Association, on December 1 at the North Raleigh Hilton.

The John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award program honors current and retired members of the North Carolina State Bar throughout the state who have demonstrated exemplary service to the legal profession.

Eagles joined Smith Moore Leatherwood in 2004 and focuses his practice on appellate litigation, mediation and dispute resolution. Since receiving his license in 1964, he has worked on more than sixty appellate cases in the state appellate courts and has argued cases in both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. From 1976 to 1980, he was Counsel to the Speaker of the North Carolina House. From 1983 to 2004, he served as Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals where he wrote more than 900 appellate opinions and presided as a judge on approximately 5,000 appellate cases. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Eagles served nine years as Special Deputy Attorney General and appeared before the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Eagles earned a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University and a Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. He is a retired colonel of the United States Air Force Reserve.

Southern retired from Smith Moore Leatherwood earlier this year after practicing law for 45 years, spending 30 years in a parallel career as an officer in the United States Navy and 20 years as a commissioner to the North Carolina Battleship Commission. In 2010, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the North Carolina Bar Health Law Section, "in recognition of his lifelong achievements and outstanding contributions to heath law, and his exemplary service to health care professionals, the bar, and the general public."

Southern is a graduate of Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Law. He is the former Chair of the Health Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

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Ashley Shelley (ashleys@hughes-agency.com)
864.271.0718

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