Charles M. Davis
Charles M. Davis received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award on August 25, 2017, in Louisburg, North Carolina. The ceremony was held in the main courtroom of the Franklin County Courthouse followed by a luncheon at Green Hill Country Club. North Carolina State Bar President-Elect John Silverstein presented the award.
Mr. Davis received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina in 1958 and his law degree from Wake Forest School of Law in 1961. Following law school, Mr. Davis. returned to Louisburg, where he practiced law for over 50 years.
From 1986-1996, Mr. Davis served as councilor to the State Bar, and served the Bar as president from 1995 to 1996. He also was a member of the State Bar's Disciplinary Hearing Commission from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Davis was a member of the North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission from 1997 to 2003, serving as the vice-chair in 2003. He was inducted into the North Carolina Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame in 2007. Also in 2007, he was awarded the North Carolina Order of the Longleaf Pine. Mr. Davis is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, a member of the Chief Justice Commission on Professionalism, and serves as a certified mediator for the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.
Gary B. Tash
Gary B. Tash received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award on September 11, 2017, in Winston-Salem. The presentation was held as the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. North Carolina State Bar President Mark Merritt presented the award.
Mr. Tash received his BA in history from the University of Virginia in 1968 and his JD from Wake Forest University Law School in 1971. He served as an assistant district attorney from 1973 to 1976, and then as a district court judge from 1976 to 1983. Mr. Tash was a founding member of Tash & Kurtz Family Law Attorneys in Winston-Salem where he worked until he retired from the practice of law in 2015.
Mr. Tash served as an adjunct professor of law at Wake Forest University School of Law, teaching in the areas of juvenile law and family law. He is a board certified specialist in family law who has spoken at numerous CLEs over the years with particular focus on children and custody issues. In addition to being a highly accomplished family law practitioner, Mr. Tash is also a certified family law arbitrator who has worked hard to resolve family law disputes through alternate dispute methods.
Mr. Tash has a long history of service and leadership with the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the 21st Judicial District Bar.
Mr. Tash was very involved in the Wake Forest Chapter of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. He has served as a trustee, chapter director, member of the alumni advisory board, and as the fraternity’s international president. In 2002 he was awarded the Founders’ Award by the Sigma Pi Fraternity.
Judge Paul L. Jones
Judge Paul L. Jones received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award on September 14, 2017, at the meeting of the Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court in Kinston, North Carolina. North Carolina State Bar President Mark Merritt presented the award.
Judge Jones earned his bachelor of science degree from North Carolina A&T and his law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. He served in the United States Army from 1971 to 2000, when he retired with the rank of colonel. He received numerous military awards and was inducted in the A&T Army ROTC Hall of Fame in 2003.
During his legal career, Judge Jones was a staff attorney and assistant clerk of court for the US Supreme Court. He also served as a JAG officer in the US Army and army reserves. Notably, in the early 80s Judge Jones was a member of the advisory board that formed the first regional Legal Services office covering six counties, and later served two years as the managing attorney of Eastern Carolina Legal Services.
From 1992 to 1998, Judge Jones served as a supervising attorney at NC Central Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clinic. He left that position in 1996 to begin his service on the bench. He served as a district court judge from 1996 to 1999, and as a superior court judge from 1999 to 2016.
Judge Jones has served on the Judicial Standards Commission, the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission, the NC State Banking Commission, the NC Judicial Council, and the State Bar’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission. He also served as vice-president of the NCBA, president of the Lenoir County Bar Association, president of the Eighth Judicial District Bar Association, and on the executive committee of the NC Conference of Bar Presidents. Judge Jones has received numerous awards for his contribution to the legal profession as well as his community.
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