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E. Osborne Ayscue, Jr.

Inaugural Recipient of the Ayscue Professionalism Award

 

Edwin Osborne Ayscue, Jr., a Monroe native and son of distinguished Union County lawyer E. Osborne Ayscue, entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

 

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in three years and served a two-year tour of duty in the Navy before returning to Chapel Hill to law school. There he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Editor-in-Chief of the North Carolina Law Review. In 1960, he became the

seventh lawyer to join Helms Mulliss McMillan & Johnston.

 

The scope of Ozzie's leadership in the organized Bar is unparalleled in our state. He served as President of the Mecklenburg County Bar (1980-81), President of the North Carolina Bar Association (1984-85), Chair of Legal Services First Access to Justice Campaign (1991), and President of the American College of Trial Lawyers (1998-99). He is the only North Carolinian to head the American College - the most prestigious organization of trial lawyers in the United States. With United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, he co-chaired the American Delegation to the 1999 - 2000 Anglo-American Legal Exchange.

 

Ozzie is past President of the UNC Law Alumni Association, a trustee of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society, and a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. In 2001, Ozzie was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to serve a three-year term as the Fourth Circuit Member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which has the critical responsibility of evaluating federal judicial nominees. He has served as Senior Warden of the Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte and on numerous civic boards and task forces.


 

 

 
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Upcoming MCB Events
 

11-6-14 Lawyers' Luncheon Series - Practicing Law in a War Zone
Join your Bar for a monthly lunch meeting to eat, socialize and hear remarks from Stephen Romeo, a MCB member who served with the U.S. Army as a JAG Officer in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2013. Registration Deadline: 10/31/14

11-12-14 Law & Society Luncheon
The MCB and MBF present this annual luncheon with the keynote address from Michael J. Gerhardt, UNC School of Law Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor in Constitutional Law & Director, UNC Center for Law and Government and presentation of the Ayscue Professionalism Award.

12-10-14 Bar & Foundation Center Grand Opening Celebration
In lieu of the MCB Holiday Party, please join us for a festive celebration in honor of the grand opening of the new Bar & Foundation Center.

 

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