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2012 Women of Justice

Tyyawdi M. Hands, District Court Judge (access required)


Tyyawdi Hands knows the power of hard work and perseverance. When she was 2, she lost her mother. Her father was absent most of her life. She was raised by her grandmother, and worked two or three jobs at a time to pay for her education. It paid off for her, and today she still works hard to help others.

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Tania Archer, Moore & Van Allen (access required)


When Tania Archer saw a portrait of Justice Thurgood Marshall in the front hallway of the Vanderbilt Law School, she was inspired to earn a law degree. Today, she uses that degree to help society through her pro bono work for those in need, and as an attorney who represents business and industry in the public domain.

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Shelby Benton, Hollowell & Benton (access required)


This year, Shelby Benton received the North Carolina Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award. From service to her community to her involvement in her local school system, the Girl Scouts and as the founder of WAVE, a girls’ volleyball association, Benton is the picture of a citizen lawyer.

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Patricia Shields, Troutman Sanders (access required)


Patricia Shields, an accomplished defense attorney, just completed a term as president of the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys. Known for her passionate efforts on behalf of other attorneys, she believes lawyers must support each other, and she values personal relationships over billable hours.

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