RALEIGH, N.C. - The Campbell Law School chapter of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity has presented Melvin F. Wright, Jr. of the North Carolina Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism with the Judge Robinson O. Everett Award for Legal Excellence. Wright, also an adjunct professor at the law school, received the award at the annual Judge Robinson O. Everett Awards Gala and Professionalism Dinner at the Cardinal Club in downtown Raleigh on Nov. 6.
A photo gallery of the evening is available on the Campbell Law School Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/campbelllawschool.
More than 100 Campbell Law students, faculty, staff, and members of the legal community attended the gala, where attendees were able to engage in ethics dialogues and efforts on professionalism in the law community.
Throughout his career Wright has worked tirelessly for the cause of professionalism. He was a private practice attorney for 26 years prior to becoming Executive Director of the N.C. Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism in November 1999. As a newly formed Commission, he had the challenging task of establishing the office from only a Supreme Court Order and a set of bylaws.
In addition to his many years in private practice, Wright has served as President of the Forsyth County Bar Association (FCBA) and the 21st Judicial District, Chairman of the Ethics & Grievances Committee of the FCBA, officer of the Executive Committee of the FCBA and the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Chairman of the National Consortium on Professionalism Initiatives, Chairman of the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Professionalism, and on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Bar Association’s (NCBA) BarCARES program. He currently serves as a member of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium, the NCBA and the Wake County Bar Association Professionalism committees, the NCBA Transitioning Lawyer Commission, and the Advisory Committee for the National High School Mock Trial Championship. He is a member of the Wake County, North Carolina and American Bar Associations, the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
Wright has been awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal for his service in Vietnam. His professional honors include the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the WCBA Professionalism Award, and the Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award.
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