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Smith Moore Leatherwood's Carole Bruce Honored for Service to the Community


April 20, 2009

Bruce named a Citizen Lawyer by NC Bar Association

GREENSBORO, NC — Recognized for service to the community in a variety of ways, the North Carolina Bar Association has named Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP attorney, Carole W. Bruce, an Outstanding Citizen Lawyer.  One of the leading trust and estates and tax services attorneys in the state, Bruce has been routinely recognized during her career for her involvement in multiple endeavors throughout the community.

"The Core Values adopted by our firm highlight service to the community as one of our guiding principles," says Kent Auberry, practice area leader for Smith Moore Leatherwood's corporate group.  "Carole personifies this value and serves as an inspiration to our attorneys on the importance of taking advantage of opportunities to impact society in a positive way.  She is a strong role model and her experience in exercising pragmatic leadership in a variety of roles in the community makes her a better lawyer.  Her service allows her to bring a broader perspective to many of the issues we deal with for our clients on a day-to-day basis."

According to the North Carolina Bar Association, citizen lawyers are those lawyers who provide exemplary service to their communities.  Over the past year, Bruce has been intricately involved in several community and fund raising initiatives.  As treasurer of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Bruce is heavily focused on helping the organization complete the construction and open the Museum by the 50th anniversary of the Greensboro Sit-Ins, on February 1, 2010.  In addition, she serves as trustee and chair of the finance committee for Guilford College and is co-chairing a campaign to raise funds for the Moses Cone Health System Cancer Center.

In addition, she is a recent recipient of the Thomas Z. Osborne Distinguished Citizen Award, the highest honor awarded by the Greensboro Partnership.  In 2003, she was recognized by the National Conference for Community and Justice with the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award.  In 2002, she was honored by Guilford College with its Distinguished Service Award, while also being chosen as one of the Triad Business Journal's "Top Women in Business."

Among her many civic and community interests, she is also president of the Rotary Club of Greensboro, and director of the boards of both The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation and The Stanley and Dorothy Frank Foundation.

Bruce focuses her legal practice on matters relating to individual income tax, estate and inheritance tax, estate administration, charitable organizations and other tax planning matters.  She holds undergraduate and master's degrees from Auburn University and in 2008 was named one of Auburn University's College of Business "40 of 40" as one of the top 40 graduates from the school in the last 40 years.  Bruce is also a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Donnie Turlington
For Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
336.275.7000, ext. 23
dturlington@bouvierkelly.com

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