Attorney Mark A. Scruggs received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award on December 3rd at the Tenth Judicial District Bar and Wake County Bar Association Annual Meeting. North Carolina State Bar President C. Colon Willoughby Jr. presented the award.
Mr. Scruggs received his law degree cum laude from the Campbell University School of Law in 1986. He was an editor of the Campbell Law Review, and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He continues to serves as a volunteer for the law school’s mentor program.
Mr. Scruggs spent the first 14 years of his legal career as a well respected trial attorney in Durham at the firm of Spears, Barnes, Baker, Waino & Scruggs. In 2001 Mr. Scruggs joined Lawyers Mutual. In his position as claims counsel, he has had a great impact on North Carolina jurisprudence. Mr. Scruggs serves as a mentor to his fellow claims attorneys at Lawyers Mutual, a counselor for aggrieved lawyers in difficult times, and a kind and patient resource for pro se claimants. In addition to his work at Lawyers Mutual, Mr. Scruggs is a frequent and popular CLE speaker. Through teaching the Professionalism for New Admittees several times a year, Mr. Scruggs has taught almost a decade’s worth of new lawyers about the ethics of forming and maintaining a good attorney-client relationship. He also teaches numerous other CLEs sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association, NC Advocates for Justice, local bars, and law schools in his ongoing efforts to help lawyers have ethical and rewarding legal careers.
Mr. Scruggs is active in the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina State Bar. He has served as chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the NCBA and as an advisory member of the State Bar Ethics Committee and the Authorized Practice Committee. He served as co-chair of the NC Bar Association’s Transitioning Lawyers Commission, working to address the critical issues facing aging lawyers approaching the ends of their careers. Mr. Scruggs recruited attorneys from around North Carolina to help in situations where there was concern that a particular attorney might be experiencing dementia or otherwise slipping in their competence to practice law. He is also one of the principal authors of the publication Turning Out The Lights, which serves as a guide for attorneys who are winding down their practices or transitioning into retirement. Mr. Scruggs’ work with new admittees as well as retiring lawyers shows his true dedication to the well-being of lawyers from “cradle to grave.”
Mr. Scruggs has dedicated his career to improving the quality of services rendered by legal professionals, and encouraging and counseling his peers by providing advice and mentoring.
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