Wilson Sworn In as President
Winston-Salem attorney G. Gray Wilson has been sworn in as president of the North Carolina State Bar. He was sworn in by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin at the State Bar’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, October 25, 2018.
Wilson is a cum laude graduate of Davidson College, and earned his law degree from Duke University School of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina in 1976. He is a currently a partner with the Winston-Salem office Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.
Wilson’s professional activities include being a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also served the North Carolina Bar Association on its Board of Governors, and was president from 2004-2005. Since 2006 he has served on the Board of Directors of Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company, and has been chair of the board since 2015.
Wilson was a North Carolina State Bar councilor from 2007-2015, during which time he was vice-chair of the Grievance Committee, and chair of the Board of Paralegal Certification and Publications Committee.
In addition to his numerous professional activities, Wilson is also involved with his community, serving his church as a deacon, and working with the Old Hickory Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Willoughby Sworn In as President Elect
Raleigh Attorney C. Colon Willoughby has been sworn in as president elect of the North Carolina State Bar. He was sworn in by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin at the State Bar’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, October 25, 2018.
Willoughby earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MBA from East Carolina University. In 1979 he graduated from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.
Willoughby is a partner with the Raleigh firm McGuireWoods, where he focuses his practice on government, regulation, and criminal investigations. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, he worked as a mortgage banker, as a member of the faculty at Peace College, as a private practitioner, and served as the elected district attorney in Wake County for 27 years.
His other professional activities have included serving as president of the Wake County Academy of Trial Lawyers, director of the Wake County Bar Association, president of North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National District Attorney’s Association.
Willoughby served as a State Bar councilor from 1998-2006, and was elected again in 2014. During his time as a councilor he has served as chair of the Authorized Practice Committee, and as vice-chair of the Grievance Committee.
Willoughby has been extensively involved in the community. He has served on the Board of Governors of Summit House, Inc., as director of Artspace, Inc., as a member of the Raleigh Rotary Club, on the Triangle YMCA Board of Directors, and on the Board of Directors for NCLEAF. He also is an active member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he serves as an Elder.
Christy Sworn In as Vice-President
Greensboro attorney Barbara R. Christy has been sworn in as vice-president of the North Carolina State Bar. She was sworn in by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin at the State Bar’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, October 25, 2018.
Christy earned her BS magna cum laude from Appalachian State University, and her JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
A member of Schell Bray, her practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions.
Christy’s professional activities include volunteering with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Lawyer on the Line initiative. She is also a North Carolina State Bar board certified specialist in real property law—business, commercial, and industrial transactions, a fellow with the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and a member of the Piedmont Triad Commercial Real Estate Women. Additionally, Christy is involved with her community, serving on the Board of Directors for Southern Alamance Family Empowerment, Inc., and is a past member of the UNC Law Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors.
As a State Bar councilor, Christy has served as vice-chair of the Authorized Practice Committee, Grievance Committee, and Legislative Committee, and as chair of the Ethics Committee.
Christy and her family live on a small farm in the Snow Camp community where they raise beef cattle, honey bees, and fruit trees. She is a member of Saxapahaw United Methodist Church where she has been the long-time church pianist.