Specialization Award Recipients

The 2015 Howard L. Gum Service Award was presented to Appellate Practice specialist John J. Korzen. The service award is given to a specialty committee member who consistently excels in completing committee tasks. As Jim explained prior to lunch, the twelve specialty committees are integral of the specialization program. The recipient of the Howard Gum award must be highly dedicated to legal specialization, donate his/her time to committee responsibilities, and respond to the needs of the State Bar staff and the Board, in an exemplary fashion.

John’s was nominated by his fellow appellate practice committee members for his considerable knowledge and leadership in the annual revision of the appellate practice examination. The nominators noted that he is the first member to join the committee after successfully passing the examination, giving him invaluable insight into which methods and procedures work well for examinees. John is also recognized for his participation in the grading of each section of the appellate examination and his presentation of a CLE course to help applicants prepare. Congratulations John and thank you for all of your hard work!

The 2015 James E. Cross, Jr. Leadership Award was presented to Family Law Specialist Wade Harrison. The leadership award is presented to a certified specialist who has taken an active leadership role in his/her practice area through presentations at CLE seminars, scholarly writings, participation in groundbreaking cases, or service to an established professional organization.

Wade’s nominator noted his long history of being a top-notch CLE presenter in family law, including planning the annual convention of the NC and SC family law sections. He has made extensive contributions to the practice of collaborative divorce and his leadership of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is recognized by his inclusion in the Inducted 2000 and his service as Chapter Delegate to the National Board of Governors. He has been a family law “Super Lawyer” since 2006. His dedication to family law is greatly appreciated by his colleagues. Congratulations Wade!

The 2015 Sara H. Davis Excellence Award is presented to Real Property Specialist Kenneth Shanklin. The excellence award is presented to a certified specialist who exemplifies excellence in his/her daily work as a lawyer and serves as a model for other lawyers. Special consideration is given for a long and consistent record of handling challenging matters successfully, for sharing knowledge and experience with other lawyers, for earning the respect and admiration of all others with whom the lawyer comes into contact in his/her daily work, and for high ethical standards.

Ken’s nominator said the following about him: “[Ken’s] professionalism has earned the respect and admiration of lawyers and laymen with whom he comes into contact in his practice. I have personally reviewed Ken’s work, both as a practitioner and as appellate counsel on many occasions, and found his work to be uniformly excellent”. His law partners, associates and staff unanimously agree that Ken serves as an exceptional role model for other lawyers and practices with the highest ethical standards. He is noted for his consistent willingness to share his knowledge and experience with other lawyers. Ken’s nominator also noted that he was among the first to become board certified in real property law. Congratulations Ken!


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