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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Attorney James M. Talley Jr., Attorney Jonathan R. Harkavy, and Judge B. Craig Ellis each received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award.

James M. Talley Jr.

Attorney James M. Talley Jr. received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award on November 14, 2018, at the Mecklenburg County Bar Law and Society Luncheon in Charlotte, NC. State Bar President G. Gray Wilson presented the award.

Mr. Talley received his law degree from UNC. He was a member of the Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He served as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve and retired as a captain in the Naval Security Group. In 1964 Mr. Talley joined the law firm that eventually became Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes. His practice concentrates on commercial real estate development, business formation and operation, and financing for real estate and business ventures.

Mr. Talley served on the study committee to determine the best way to provide legal aid to the poor. He served as president and member of the Board of the Directors of Legal Services of North Carolina, president and member of the Board of Directors of Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont, chair of the Task Force on Delivery of Legal Services, member of the North Carolina Commission on Delivery of Legal Services, and member of the Access to Justice Commission

Mr. Talley also served on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors from 1983 to 1986. He served as president from 1994 to 1995 and co-president of the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents from 1995-1996. He served as the Mecklenburg County co-chair of the Centennial Campaign for the North Carolina Bar Foundation and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the 4ALL Task Force. In addition, Mr. Talley served on the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina State Bar Plan for IOLTA from 2002-2008.

Mr. Talley is a sustaining life member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, and law professors whose professional, public, and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

Mr. Talley is a most deserving recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award.

Jonathan R. Harkavy

Attorney Jonathan R. Harkavy received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award on November 15, 2018, at the Greensboro Bar Association meeting in Greensboro, NC. State Bar President G. Gray Wilson presented the award.

Mr. Harkavy graduated from Columbia Law School in 1968. He served as a law clerk for Judge Rives of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then began his practice of law in New York City. He ultimately moved to Greensboro, NC, where he joined the law firm now known as Patterson Harkavy. Mr. Harkavy is considered one of the most knowledgeable labor and employment lawyers in the state. The Labor and Employment Section’s highest honor is the Jonathan R. Harkavy Award, of which Mr. Harkavy was the first recipient. He is particularly well known for his annual presentation of updates of the US Supreme Court’s labor and employment decisions. 

Mr. Harkavy has taught securities law and corporate finance at Duke and Carolina Law Schools. He also taught employment courses at Wake Forest Law School. Mr. Harkavy has also taught labor and employment law to nonlawyers and has assisted in the training of mediators. He is a research associate at Harvard Law School and is co-author of the practice volume of Larsen’s Employment Discrimination.

Mr. Harkavy is a past president of the 18th judicial district bar. He has served as chair of the NCBA’s Committee on Dispute Resolution, chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section, and chair of the Appellate Rules Committee. He has also served as co-chair of the ABA’s Committee on Employment at Will. He has served on the Civil Rights Advisory Committee for the Middle District, the Civil Rules Subcommittee for the Eastern District, and the Judges Faculty for the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. 

Mr. Harkavy is a member of the Joseph Branch Inn of Court and a recipient of the NCBA’s H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award

James M. Talley Jr. has spent a lifetime cultivating knowledge of the law and working to strengthen legal education, providing civic leadership, aiding the legal profession, and treating others with courtesy and respect. He is a most deserving recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award.

Judge B. Craig Ellis 

Judge B. Craig Ellis received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award on November 16, 2018, at a ceremony held at the Scotland County Courthouse in Laurinburg, NC. NC State Bar President-Elect C. Colon Willoughby Jr. presented the award.

Judge Ellis grew up and attended high school in Wilmington, NC, and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. For four years he served as an officer in the United State Navy. He then earned his law degree from UNC in 1970. Judge Ellis practiced law in Laurinburg for the next six years. During that time, he also served as a part-time magistrate.

In 1976 Judge Ellis began his judicial career as a district court judge. He served in that role until 1984, at which time he was elected to the superior court bench, where he remained until his retirement in 2005. From 2004 to 2005 he served as president of the North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges.

Judge Ellis’ record of service extends beyond his roles as district court and superior court judge. He has a longstanding commitment to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 1955 when he received his Eagle Scout award. He has received virtually every honor that the Boy Scouts award. He has served on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Operating Committee of Scotland Memorial Hospital. He has received the Rotary Club Paul Harris Award, the Edwin Guest Pioneer Service Award, and the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award.

In 2007 Judge Ellis was awarded the NC Order of Longleaf Pine. This award is among the most prestigious awards conferred by the governor of North Carolina. It is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty, and which has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.

Judge Ellis’ life has been one of service—to his country, his state and local community, and to the judicial system. He is a most deserving recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award.

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