Raleigh's legal community braved wintry weather on Tuesday evening and turned out in force to honor former Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sidney S. Eagles, Jr. and his wife Rachel. The after-hours reception at the Country Club Hills home of Don and Sarah Cowan was hosted by the Smith Moore law firm. Eagles joined the firm's Raleigh office earlier this month.
Noted among the crowd were members of the North Carolina Supreme Court, including Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, Jr., and Justices Sarah Parker, Mark Martin and Robert Edmunds. Court of Appeals Chief Judge John Martin, who was selected to replace Eagles, was in attendance, as was Judge Alan Thornburg, recently appointed to fill the vacancy created by Eagles' retirement. Judges Wanda Bryant, Linda McGee, Robert Hunter and Douglas McCullough were also in attendance. Among the other judicial notables were Superior Court judges John Jolly, Abraham Jones and Ripley Rand, District Court Chief Judge Joy Hamilton, United States Bankruptcy Court Judge Richard Leonard, and retired Judges Ralph Walker and William Creech.
Also spotted were Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby, and Wake County School Board member Patti Head, who attended with her husband, Alan, Executive Director of the North Carolina Bar Association. Other guests included DRI president-elect Richard Boyette, Anne Reed, past president of the North Carolina State Bar, and Dr. Norval Kneten, president of Barton College, who attended with his wife, Susan.