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Lawyers In The News 08-15-11


Allison E. Hager has joined Moore & Van Allen’s Charlotte office as a staff attorney in the financial services practice group

Hager represents banks, financial institutions and corporate clients in secured and unsecured lending transactions, including single-lender and syndicated loans. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Mecklenburg County Bar, and North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys.

Hager received her Juris Doctor and bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Robin J. Stinson, an attorney and director in the Winston-Salem firm of Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A., has been elected to a three-year term on the N.C. Bar Association’s dispute resolution council.

Stinson practices in the fields of family law and alternative dispute resolution.  She also serves as president of the NC chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Earlier this year, Stinson was named Forsyth County’s Family Lawyer of The Year by the Winston-Salem office of Legal Aid of North Carolina.

R. Brian Drozd has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Charlotte office as an associate practicing in the area of intellectual property with a focus on patent preparation and prosecution work.

Drozd earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from UNC-Charlotte and masters degrees in electrical and computer engineering, and engineering management from Duke University. Drozd earned his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Charlotte School of Law announces that interim dean Dennis Stone has been appointed president of the institution. Denise Spriggs, the law school’s associate dean of academics, has been appointed interim dean while a national search process begins for a permanent dean.

Stone has more than 35 years of experience in legal education, having served as professor of law and director of the law library at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and he played an integral role in the founding of Florida Coastal School of Law, serving as academic dean, interim dean and senior vice president.

Spriggs joined Charlotte School of Law in fall 2006 and has worked as the associate dean of students, an associate professor, and most recently served a transitional role as associate dean for academics. Prior to joining Charlotte School of Law, Dean Spriggs served as the assistant dean and the associate dean for student affairs and records at Howard.

Phyliss Craig-Taylor has been appointed associate dean for academics. She has served as the associate dean of faculty development and a professor of law. Craig-Taylor also has been an active faculty member at the University of Florida and North Carolina Central University, as well as visiting scholar at the University of Warsaw Center for American Law.


Jim Kerr, a partner with McGuireWoods, has been elected to a four-year term on the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute.

Kerr is co-chair of McGuireWoods’ energy and climate change industry team. He advises clients on legal, policy and business strategies involving issues such as energy sources, generation facilities, renewable energy sources and portfolio standards, transmission issues, carbon regulation, climate change policy, environmental regulation and compliance, and financing.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Kerr served from 2001 to 2008 as a commissioner on the North Carolina Utilities Commission. He was president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners between 2007 and 2008, and president of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners from 2002 to 2003.

EPRI, an independent nonprofit organization, conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public.

The Mecklenburg County Bar installed Charlotte attorney Robert C. Dortch, Jr., a partner at Sellers, Hinshaw, Ayers, Dortch & Lyons, P.A, as president.  Dortch will serve a one-year term.

Dortch earned his undergraduate degrees at Wake Forest University and graduated from Campbell University School of Law in 1983.

MCB also elected Robert E. Harrington of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson as president-elect; Tricia Morvan Derr of Lincoln Derr as vice president; Lina E. James of the city attorney’s office as secretary; and John C. Nipp of Summa, Additon & Ashe, P.A. as treasurer.  In addition, Brian S. Cromwell, Leslie K. Cooley, Tracy H. Hewett, Caroline A. Mansfield, Sean F. Perrin and Clark C. Walton were elected to the board of directors.

The North Carolina State Bar Council has appointed Irvin W. “Hank” Hankins as chairperson of the IOLTA board of trustees. Hankins is a partner in the Charlotte office of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.

The North Carolina State Bar Plan for Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (“IOLTA”) was established by the Bar and the North Carolina Supreme Court to generate income from lawyers’ trust accounts in order to fund programs for the public’s benefit. Since 1984, NC IOLTA has provided over $50 million in legal aid.

Hankins was Parker Poe’s managing partner from 1986-2002, and has served as the firm’s general counsel since 2002.

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