Greensboro Attorney Janet Ward Black Wins North Carolina State Bar Distinguished Service Award

Greensboro, NC, January 25, 2010 --( Greensboro attorney and former president of the NC Bar Association Janet Ward Black received the NC State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award on January 21, 2010, acknowledging her exemplary service to the legal profession.

Nominees were selected by their peers and evaluated on their commitment to principles and goals stated in the preamble to the Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct. Some of the criteria for consideration include:

the extension of the public’s understanding of and confidence in the rule of law and the legal profession,
the devotion of professional time and resources to provide civic leadership to ensure equal access to our system of justice.

During her term as president of the NC Bar Association, Black created the “4ALL” campaign, which supports the provision of free legal services for those in need. One aspect of the campaign created the first state-wide “Ask a Lawyer” Day in North Carolina in 2008. In its first year, more than 1,000 North Carolina lawyer volunteers answered toll-free calls and gave legal advice for free to citizens across the state who called. This volunteer effort was the largest in the NCBA’s 108 year history. More than 6,500 North Carolinians received free legal help that day.

The 4ALL program was so successful in North Carolina that it has been replicated in other states, as well as two provinces in Canada.

Black was the fourth woman president of the 16,000 member NC Bar Association since its inception in 1899. She also was the third woman president of the 4,000 member NC Trial Lawyers Association. She is only the second lawyer in history to serve as president of both organizations.

Black is a frequent lawyer educator and motivational speaker. She is a Trustee Emeritus of Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury and has served on many non-profit boards, including the Presbyterian Counseling Center and the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro. She has served on more than ten international mission trips with Mercy Mission Teams, Habitat for Humanity and, most recently, International Cooperating Ministries, to India and China. Black is a graduate of Davidson College and Duke Law School.

The staff of Ward Black Law, a personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm in Greensboro, NC, are also very active in community service.

Friday, March 5, 2010, will be the third annual “Ask a Lawyer” Day in North Carolina during which North Carolinians can call a toll-free number and speak to a volunteer lawyer anonymously and for free. For more information, go to or


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