George V. Hanna III received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award on May 3, 2018, at the Mecklenburg County Bar’s annual Law Day luncheon. The award was presented by State Bar President John M. Silverstein and State Bar Councilor Robert C. Bowers.
Mr. Hanna has demonstrated a career-long commitment to pro bono service. He is the founding member of Moore & Van Allen’s Public Service Committee. He was also instrumental in creating Moore & Van Allen’s Housing Rights Project, which helps prevent homelessness and protects families from unsafe and unhealthy housing conditions. He is a long-term leader in the development and delivery of pro bono services to clients of Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina. He served as a member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Board of Directors and also as the board’s president. Mr. Hanna also served as the chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Volunteer Lawyer Program. He served for almost a decade on the North Carolina Bar Association’s (NCBA) Pro Bono Planning Committee. He has also served on the Chief Justice’s Commission on Equal Access to Justice, the NCBA’s Board of Governors, and the NCBA’s 4All Task Force.
In recognition of his commitment to serving the public through his pro bono efforts and leadership, Mr. Hanna received the I. Beverly Lake Public Service Award in 2010. He went on to receive the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award in 2012. In 2014 he received the Citizen Lawyer Award, and in 2015 he was honored with the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation’s Ayscue Professionalism Award.
In addition to his dedication to pro bono services, Mr. Hanna has displayed a deep commitment to diversity and inclusiveness programs. He was the founding member and chair of Moore & Van Allen’s Diversity Committee and the founding chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. In 2006, Mr. Hanna was recognized for his efforts by the Diversity Council of the Carolinas and was the 2007 recipient of the Charlotte YMCA’s Will Stratford Diversity Award. In 2009 he was honored with the Julius L. Chambers Diversity Award.
Mr. Hanna is a deserving recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award.
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