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Leigh C. Bagley has joined Bell, Davis & Pitt as an associate in the firm’s Winston-Salem office, where she concentrates in commercial real estate. A Wake Forest law graduate, previously she was at the Greensboro office of Nexsen Pruet Adams Kleemeier. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association (Real Estate Section), the American Bar Association, the Greensboro Bar Association, and the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys….

Gary Jackson of Charlotte spoke on “litigation incivility” at the spring conference of the Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America in New York City. Besides giving reasons why many litigators persist in behaving badly, Jackson discussed why guidelines for courtroom conduct largely have failed. He also suggested steps to ensure that trial lawyers remain within bounds of civility. Jackson’s practice focuses on construction defects, class actions, products liability and professional negligence cases. A charter LCA fellow, he was presented LCA’s Distinguished Speaker Award at the meeting….

Donald F. McCorquodale Jr. has joined Manning Fulton & Skinner in Raleigh. With more than 12 years of lobbying and government-relations experience, since 2000 he has served as North Carolina public policy director for SAS Institute, where he established the company’s state government-relations practice and managed government-relations firms in 10 states. He has served as assistant general counsel for the N.C. Farm Bureau Federation, general counsel for the N.C. Retail Merchants Association and regional manager for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Currently, he serves as co-chairman of the N.C. Technology Association’s knowledge workforce committee….

Donna Rascoe of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog’s Raleigh office has been reappointed to another two-year term on the N.C. Child Care Commission, which adopts rules for licensing and regulation of child care centers and child care homes. With Cranfill Sumner since 1999, Rascoe has been a Raleigh defense litigator since 1994. She concentrates in the area of education law, including special education, and handles employment and other civil litigation matters for school districts and other public entities. She has served on the Child Care Commission since 2001….

Waynesville attorney Reid Brown will be sworn in Aug. 31 as an assistant district attorney in the 30th Prosecutorial District, D.A. Michael Bonfoey announced. Brown served as an assistant district attorney just after law school and has more than 30 years of trial experience. He is a 1975 NCCU law graduate….

Gerard M. Chapman of Greensboro’s Chapman Law Firm will make a lunch presentation for the Guilford County Democratic Party regarding the status of immigration law on Aug. 15 at the Greensboro Women’s Club. He has been a State Bar board-certified immigration law specialist since 1997….

Dena Waters has joined McAngus Goudelock & Courie’s Raleigh office, where she focuses on general liability litigation, including premises, automobile liability, and other civil litigation matters. A Campbell law graduate, she is admitted to the bars of North and South Carolina. She is a member of the National Order of Barristers and the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys and is president of the Alumnae Association of Meredith College….

R. Michael Wells of Winston-Salem’s Wells Jenkins Lucas and Jenkins received the Chairman’s Award from the United Way of North Carolina for his exceptional community service and his efforts as chairman of the United Way of Forsyth County’s 2006 fund-raising campaign. Wells Jenkins Lucas and Jenkins also received the United Way’s statewide Spirit of North Carolina Award for Campaign Excellence. The award is presented annually to organizations that produce successful campaign results while engaging in “best practices” such as volunteerism, employee participation, corporate support and campaign rallies….

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