Shelby attorney David Teddy was given the John McMillan Distinguished Service Award at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice convention in Wilmington on June 17.
The award was presented by North Carolina State Bar President John M. Silverstein to Teddy for his hard work advocating on behalf of his clients.
Teddy received his law degree from Campbell University in 1988. While there, the Student Bar Association created a service and leadership award in his name as a result of his contributions to the law school. The David Teddy Innovation Leadership and Service Award is given annually to Campbell students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership and service to the school.
Teddy began his legal career as an associate with Michael S. Kennedy. In 1995 he formed a law firm with Ralph Meekins which is now Teddy, Meekins & Talbert. He is a certified specialist in state criminal law, and the author of the DWI Trial Notebook and the DWI Playbook, published by Lexis-Nexis.
Teddy was appointed to the Indigent Defense Service Commission in 2012 and has been active with the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, serving as its president from 2012-2013.
The NC State Bar said that Teddy is universally respected by judges, prosecutors and other defense attorneys.
Teddy said he was honored to receive the award in front of his colleagues from North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
“The lawyers who have received the award before me are people I respect and admire,” he said. “I appreciate the bar thinking to include me among them.”s