State Bar Council Candidate Bio
Gena Graham Morris

Seat: Nancy Black Norelli Seat

Firm/Organization: James McElroy & Diehl

Practice Area(s): Family Law

Education: J.D. from Campbell University School of Law, B.A from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bar & Court Admissions: NC State Bar and United States District Court for Western District

Civic & Community Involvement: Guardian Ad Litem for Council for Children's Rights (formerly Children's Law Center) since 1992; First Presbyterian Church former member of Children's Ministries, flower ministry, and children's Sunday School teacher; Charlotte Country Day Boosters Club and Parents Association; and Uptown Men’s Shelter Sandwich Kitchen

Professional Involvement: Certified as Family Law Specialist by NC Board of Legal Specialization, Fellow in American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, two terms on Family Law Council of NCBA, numerous CLE presentations

Please describe in 150 words or less why you would be the best candidate for this position: I have practiced family law in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties for 26 years and have been certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the NC Board of Legal Specialization for 21 years. I have been a solo practitioner, an associate at a small firm, and a partner at two mid-sized firms, Horack Talley Pharr & Lowndes and James McElroy & Diehl. I have served two three-year terms on the Family Law Council of the NC Bar Association. In addition to my district court practice, I have tried cases in superior and federal court and handled appeals. I have even served as the foreman of a jury in a negligence case. I understand the issues facing lawyers in private practice and the challenges facing the State Bar in its role in the fair administration of justice. It's time for me to do my part for the State Bar.