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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Rebecca J. Britton received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award on October 27, 2021, in Fayetteville, NC. The award was presented by State Bar President Darrin D. Jordan. President-Elect Marcia Armstrong also attended the presentation.

Ms. Britton received her law degree from Campbell University School of Law in 1992 where she received the Order of Barristers. She was a member of Campbell’s National Moot Court Team and National Trial Team. Ms. Britton has practiced law in Fayetteville for almost 30 years, and currently practices with Britton Law. She is well known for the respect and care she offers her clients and for her service to the Fayetteville community. Ms. Britton has shown commitment to the North Carolina Bar’s goal of furthering the public's understanding of the justice system, from high school students, to law students, to practicing lawyers.

Ms. Britton spearheaded the growth and development of the state’s only high school mock trial program. From 1995 to 2000 she served as a mock trial attorney advisor/coach at Westover High School in Fayetteville. With her mentoring and guidance, that school placed fifth at a national-level competition in 1998. In 2001 she began her service as the regional coordinator for the Fayetteville High School mock trial competition site, a role she still serves in 20 years later. In 2006 Ms. Britton served as president of the NC Advocates for Justice. During her tenure as president, she was a strong advocate for the mock trial program. In 2009 she, with the support of other attorneys passionate about educating the public about the law, led the effort to set up the Carolina Center for Civic Education (now known as the NC Mock Trial Program) to run the state’s high school mock trial program. She has served on the Executive Committee of that organization for 12 years. She currently serves as the president of the program and devotes many hours each month to the organization’s management. Since 2010, her law firm has sponsored the Fayetteville Regional Competition site. She also served on the board of the National High School Mock Trial Championship and has been instrumental in hosting the national event twice in North Carolina. Ms. Britton also personally cosponsored a scholarship program for high school seniors who show inspirational leadership skills during their time with the mock trial program. Additionally, she teaches trial advocacy classes at Campbell Law School, presents regularly at NCAJ seminars, teaches CLE courses around the state, and teaches with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. In 2011 she received the NCAJ Charles L. Becton Teaching Award.

Ms. Britton has helped ensure generations of North Carolinians have confidence in—and an appreciation for—the legal system, and that those young leaders had the ability, life skills, and interest to reform and support the legal profession during their careers. The impact of her work to educate practicing lawyers through her numerous publications and presentations is also impressive. She is a most deserving recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award.

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