Nominating and Public Service Awards Committee
The Nominating and Public Service Awards Committee has played a crucial role in assisting women attorneys in their quest to be appointed to the judiciary and commissions, where women continue to be under-represented. We make endorsements to state and federal judicial positions, State Bar Council Seats, and any other appointments that will further the goals of the organization. The committee evaluates requests for endorsements and makes appropriate recommendations to the Governor or other appointing authority.   
In addition to its work on judicial appointments, the committee has helped increase the numbers of women on boards and commissions of the North Carolina State Bar, such as the Disciplinary Hearing Commission, the Board of Law Examiners, and the Board of Legal Specialization. 

For our own organization, the committee selects recipients of the Gwyneth B. Davis public service awards, which are presented at the organization's annual meeting, and assists the President with nominations for the slate for the upcoming year's board of directors and officers.


Procedure for Seeking an Endorsement from NCAWA 

The committee welcomes candidates seeking appointments to judicial positions to request the endorsement of NCAWA. Anyone interested in being considered for NCAWA endorsement should send a  request and a resume to Committee Chair Susan Barbour. It would also be helpful to have any available letters of recommendation or contact information of those who would provide useful information about the candidate's qualifications and abilities for the appointment.
Advancing women in the legal profession and in the justice system is one of the core goals of the organization and will be an important guideline as the committee evaluates a potential endorsement. Candidates seeking NCAWA's endorsement should review the organization's goals and substantive resolutions. Such information is available on other pages of this website. The committee will want to know the candidate's history of participating in the organization and supporting NCAWA's goals and mission.
When a request is received, the committee reviews the materials submitted and appoints members to investigate and report. The investigation will focus on the candidate's evident competence and aptitude for the job; proven support for NCAWA's goals; and history of participation in NCAWA activities. The committee also looks for feedback from local NCAWA chapters where they are active and available to provide input. Based on the material submitted and the investigation results, the committee makes a decision and takes what it determines to be the appropriate action.
Because candidates for appointment do not all request endorsement at the same time and vacancies are not predictable, the committee does not have a policy of endorsing only one candidate for a particular vacancy, at a certain point in the process. It has adopted a policy of  endorsing no more than two candidates for any one vacancy.  The committee will review and research requests as they come in, considering the status of each one both independently and in light of other actions the committee has taken, as well as other pending requests. The committee's analysis focuses on the appropriateness of the candidate for the position, the best interests of NCAWA, and the impact of an endorsement on the process and the goals of the organization.

Committee Members:

Chair: Susan Barbour -- Asheville
  • Melissa Walker -- Raleigh
  • Mallory Lidaka -- Raleigh
  • Dee Wallis -- Raleigh
  • Rachel Blunk -- Burlington
  • Janice McKenzie Cole -- Hertford
  • Kathleen Dooley -- Charlotte
  • Lydia Lavelle -- Durham
  • Harriett Smalls -- Greensboro
  • Sharon Thompson -- Durham

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The North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (NCAWA) is the organization where women lawyers in North Carolina come together to build important personal and professional relationships. The NCAWA is about women helping women. When you join the NCAWA, you can expect leadership opportunities, rewarding work on our committees, a networking forum for business development, and more.  

Mission Statement

NCAWA's mission is to promote the participation of women in the legal profession and advance the rights and welfare of women under the law.