Buddy Wester received the North Carolina State Bar John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award at the Mecklenburg County Law & Society Luncheon in Charlotte on October 31, 2019. The award was presented by North Carolina State Bar Past-President G. Gray Wilson.
Mr. Wester attended the University of North Carolina where he was a Morehead scholar. After graduating, he served active duty as a navy intelligence officer and served several more years in the reserves. During that time, he entered Duke University Law School, edited the law review, earned membership in the Order of the Coif, and graduated in 1972 with high honors. He then joined the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, where he has spent his entire legal career. As a litigator, Buddy has been involved in numerous high-profile cases including Hyatt v. Shalala, a class action brought to ensure that disabled citizens of North Carolina received assistance that they were due from the federal government.
Mr. Wester has been a member of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism. He has served as president of the North Carolina Bar Association, served on the Appellate Rules Committee, and has been a long-time advocate for and supporter of Legal Aid of NC and the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. He has served as national vice-chair of the Task Force on Judicial Independence of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has recently been appointed to serve as the inaugural chair of the college’s newly-created Judicial Independence Committee.
In 2016, Mr. Wester won the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, presented by the Council for Children’s Rights, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, and Legal Aid of North Carolina. In 2017, he received the Charles S. Ryan Award for professional achievement from the Duke Law Alumni Association. In 2018, Mr. Wester was selected as an inaugural member of the North Carolina Lawyers Hall of Fame.
In addition to honorably serving his country, Mr. Wester has been a passionate advocate for his clients, he has worked tirelessly promoting judicial independence, and he has devoted an extraordinary amount of time to bar leadership, pro bono work, and community service.
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