Melvin F. Wright, Jr.
Mel was a private practice attorney for twenty-six years until he became the Executive Director of the North Carolina Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism in November 1999. As a newly formed Commission, Mel had the challenging task of establishing the office from only a Supreme Court Order and a set of bylaws. He has worked tirelessly for the cause of professionalism, both as Executive Director of the Commission and as a private practice attorney.
In addition to his many years in private practice, he has served as President of the Forsyth County Bar Association and the 21st Judicial District, Chairman of the Ethics & Grievances Committee of the Forsyth County Bar Association, officer of Executive Committee of the Forsyth County Bar Association and the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Chairman of the National Consortium on Professionalism Initiatives, Chairman of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism and on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Bar Association’s BarCARES. He currently serves as a member of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium, the North Carolina Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association Professionalism committees, the North Carolina Bar Association 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 American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
Mel has been awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal for his service in Vietnam; the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the Wake County Bar Association Professionalism Award, the Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award and the Robinson O. Everett Professionalism Award from the Campbell University School of Law. He has also received the Martindale Hubbell AV Rating. Lastly, Mel is an adjunct professor at both the University of North Carolina School of Law and the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University, teaching Professional Responsibility.
J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1973
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1967