Attorney M. Keith Kapp received the North Carolina State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award at the Wake County Bar Association’s luncheon on June 6th. State Bar President Mark Merritt presented the award.
Keith is a native of Forsyth County. He earned an AB degree with honors in history from the University of North Carolina in 1976. He matriculated as a Morehead Scholar and was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the Order of the Old Well, and the Order of the Grail. He received his JD degree with honors in 1979, also from UNC. Keith was named the Outstanding Law Student in the Southeast by Phi Delta Phi law fraternity. He served on the staff of the International Law Journal, and was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece.
Following law school, Keith moved to Raleigh to clerk for Judge Earl Vaughn of the NC Court of Appeals and then for Justice J. Frank Huskins of the NC Supreme Court. In 1981 he joined the Maupin Taylor and Ellis law firm, which later merged with Williams Mullins. Keith became a partner, board member, and eventually managing director of Williams Mullins.
Keith has provided invaluable service to the North Carolina State Bar. He served as the president of the State Bar from 2012 to 2013. In addition to his role as an officer, Keith’s service to the State Bar included nine years as a State Bar councilor representing Wake County’s 10th Judicial District, two years as chair of the Ethics Committee, and two years as chair of the Facilities Committee.
Keith has also been active in a number of voluntary bars. He served on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors in the 1980s. He is a past member of the Appellate Rules Committee and is active on the Professionalism Committee and in the Antitrust and Administrative Law Sections. He served as the president of the Wake County Bar Association from 1996-1997. He is a member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, and a member of the Antitrust Section and Forum on Franchising Section of the ABA, an organization he also served as a member of its House of Delegates. Additionally, Keith is a founding director of the NC Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
In addition to his service to the legal profession, Keith follows that inspiration with extensive service to his community, including the Moravian Ministries Foundation, the Raleigh Kiwanis Club, and the Raleigh Little Theatre. In 2011, the Leadership Raleigh program of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce recognized his exceptional community involvement by naming Keith to the Leadership Raleigh Hall of Fame.
Keith is the embodiment of the high ideals of the legal profession and demonstrates consistent excellence in the practice of law. He is a deserving recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award.
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