Greensboro, North Carolina attorney Janet Ward Black was recently presented with the prestigious Advocate’s Award by the Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Black was given this honor on February 7, 2018, during a reception at the Undercurrent restaurant in Greensboro, hosted by the current chair of the Litigation Section Amanda Martin.
The Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association presents the Advocate’s Award to attorneys “in recognition of a life and career exemplifying the art and skill of advocacy, client and community service, the highest degree of professionalism, and dedication to the pursuit of justice.” Recipients of the award have demonstrated: 1) the highest ethical standards; 2) have shown great skill and ability as a litigator/trial lawyer and commitment to the very best work product; 3) demonstrate a true commitment of service to clients; 4) demonstrate a respect for and love of the law; 5) be held in the highest regard by both bench and bar; 6 ) be dedicated to the community and the bar with a track record of pro bono or volunteer service; and 7) serve as an example of how to effectively balance both outstanding professional performance and other life endeavors.
Black is the first woman attorney to receive the Advocate’s Award. She served as president of the 16,000 member NC Bar Association and the 4,000 member NC Advocates for Justice, only the second attorney in history to be president of both organizations. While president of the NCBA, she created a program “4ALL” that has helped over 100,000 North Carolinians speak to a lawyer at no charge.
Black is the principal owner of Ward Black Law located in Greensboro. The firm represents people in personal injury, workers’ compensation, veterans’ disability, family law and defective products litigation. With 38 lawyers and staff, Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina.
Black said, “I am grateful to the Litigation Section of the NCBA not only for this honor, but for all I have learned through it to be a better lawyer and a better leader.”
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