Awards Committee

The Awards Committee was established as a means by which members who demonstrate exemplary professionalism, public service, commitment to the profession, excellence in their practice, and the highest degree of integrity, can be recognized and honored.

The J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence was established to recognize members' contributions to the organized Bar as a whole and to their community.  Named in honor of and in recognition of J. Robert Elster's contributions to the NCADA as a founding member, and as someone who exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and ethics.  

The Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy was established in 2018 and first presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting.  This Award recognizes members who are eminently qualified to advocate for clients in state and federal courtrooms.  They are considered by the NCADA as among the finest trial lawyers in the state.  

The Outstanding Volunteer Award was established in 2014 to recognize a member or members for exceptional contributions to the Association having gone "above an beyond" all of the invaluable contributions made by our members.  


J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence


2023  Patricia L. Holland 2013   James W. Williams
2023  Mel J. Garofalo 2012   Richard V. Bennett
2022  J. Nicholas Ellis  2011   L.P. "Tony" Hornthal, Jr.
2021   Barbara B. Weyher 2010   Charles E. Burgin
2020   Patricia P. Shields
2009   Alan W. Duncan
2019   G. Gray Wilson 2008   William K. Davis
2018   Kenneth Kyre, Jr. 2007   J. Donald Cowan, Jr.*
2017   Leslie C. Packer 2006   James D. Blount*
2016   John S. Willardson 2006   Stephen P. Milliken*
2015   Hon. Linda Stephens 2005   Richard T. Boyette
2014   Harvey L. Cosper, Jr.*  


Excellence in Trial Advocacy Award

2023   Dan Hartzog
2022   Sara R. Lincoln
2021   Gary S. Parsons
2020   David Neal Allen
2019   Dan J. McLamb
2018   Samuel G. "Sammy" Thompson

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