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Jacqueline Ferrell has been recognized for her work with the Council for Children’s Rights. Ferrell is featured as March’s Volunteer of the Month for her work with the Charlotte organization which serves children in crisis through individual advocacy and legal representation.

Ferrell is a member of the Hunton & Williams labor and employment practice and has been providing pro bono counsel to the Council for Children’s Rights for nearly eight years. Most recently she helped implement a new pro bono initiative at the firm that allows individual lawyers and staff members from the firm to work with the Council as part of the custody advocate team.

In other firm news, Hunton & Williams is a sponsor of the Dress for Success fundraising luncheon, to be held on April 1 in Raleigh’s Brier Creek Community. Dress for Success Triangle is devoted to helping low-income women develop a tailored and professional look to transition into the workforce. The organization provides long-term solutions for disadvantaged women by promoting self-sufficiency and by offering women the tools that they need to attain financial independence.

 Greensboro attorney Eric Biesecker is the 2011 chair-elect of the national Attorney’s Council of the American Subcontractors Association. The election came at the ASA’s annual meeting on March 5 in Naples, Fla. Biesecker will serve as vice-chairman for 2011 and as chairman in 2012.

Biesecker practices with Nexsen Pruet, where he focuses on commercial litigation in the construction and real estate sectors. He regularly speaks to industry and trade groups across North Carolina. 

Mason G. Alexander, managing partner of the Charlotte office of Fisher & Phillips, recently presented an employment law workshop for employers and members of Gaston HR, a Society for Human Resource Management affiliate. Alexander updated attendees about recent decisions and actions of the National Labor Relations Board that will affect non-union employers in North Carolina.

 Court Young, partner at Poyner Spruill, has been selected for the Charlotte Business Journal‘s 18th Annual 40 Under 40 Awards.

Young joined the firm as an associate in 2001. In her years with the firm, she has taken leadership roles and dedicated herself to a number of important firm activities, including recruiting and associate development. She was named partner in January 2011.

Her practice areas include commercial, business tort and financial service litigation. She has also been a board member of Jacobs Ladder Job Center from 2003-2009 and is currently on the advisory council.

Young represents banks and other lending institutions in disputes involving breach of contract, claim and delivery and unfair trade practices as well as the defense of lender liability lawsuits.

Nicole S. Loeffler, a real estate attorney at Manning Fulton & Skinner, has been named to the board of directors of the Apex Chamber of Commerce. Loeffler represents developers, landlords, tenants, lenders and investors in commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, development, financing, commercial leasing, and the preparation and negotiation of all forms of real estate and loan documentation.

Asheville attorney T. Douglas Wilson Jr. will receive the Board Emeritus Award in honor of Karl H. Straus at the 2011 Pisgah Legal Services Jazz for Justice event March 29. The award recognizes those who continue the work of inaugural recipient Karl H. Straus who was committed to an effective legal aid program and justice for all. Wilson is being recognized for his work on Pisgah Legal Services’ Capital Campaign and his leadership in the start-to-finish effort to secure the nonprofit advocacy agency its new home.

Wilson has been an attorney with McGuire, Wood & Bissette since 1995. He began his career in 1973 with the Federal Trade Commission in Atlanta and has been involved in a range of civil litigation throughout his career. A certified mediator, Wilson uses his 38-year legal background to find creative, cost-effective solutions to resolve disputes in the best interest of his clients.

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein partner Melanie Black Dubis has been named chairman of the Carolina Ballet Board of Directors. Dubis will work with other board members, as well as the community, to ensure the ballet remains a premiere arts organization with top talent from around the world.

Prior to her role as board chair, Dubis, who has been a member of the ballet’s board of directors since 2005, served as co-chair of the ballet’s development committee. In that role, she worked with the board and staff to implement a multi-year campaign for the growth and improvement of the organization – fundraising efforts that she will continue as board chair.

Dubis practices in the firm’s Raleigh office.

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