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McCrory appoints two attorneys to state Ethics Commission

Gov. Pat McCrory has named two Wake County attorneys to the state Ethics Commission.

Patrick Roberts of Raleigh-based Roberts Law Group will join the commission as a new member. Roberts, whose practice focuses on criminal defense, has previously worked as an assistant district attorney in Wake, Johnston and New Hanover counties. Since going into private practice in 2007, Roberts’ firm has opened offices in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington.

Roberts earned his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a graduate of both the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and the National Criminal Defense College. As a Republican, Roberts will fill one of the spots on the commission reserved for members of the same political party as the governor.

McCrory also reappointed Jane Finch to the Ethics Commission. Finch was appointed to the commission’s predecessor, the Board of Ethics, in 1993. She later became vice chairman and continued to serve on the Board of Ethics until she was appointed to the Ethics Commission.

Finch earned her J.D. from the North Carolina Central University School of Law and clerked for Judge Harry Martin of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She later became a partner of Moore, Ragsdale, Liggett, Ray and Foley in Raleigh. Finch, a Democrat, will fill one of the seats on the commission reserved for members of the political party opposite of the governor’s.

The eight-member Ethics Commission was created by the General Assembly to establish ethical standards for public officials, state employees and appointees to non-advisory state boards and commissions. The commission is also tasked with hearing ethics complaints and overseeing public disclosures of economic interests by certain members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Additionally, the commission makes recommendations for amendments to state lobbying laws.

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