RALEIGH, N.C. — Ted Edwards, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, was recently elected to the North Carolina State Bar Council for a three-year term beginning January 2013. He will represent the 10th Judicial District as a councilor.
Created in 1933, the North Carolina State Bar is responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in the state and currently regulates more than 20,000 licensed attorneys. As a councilor for the North Carolina State Bar, Edwards will serve alongside 61 additional council members working to regulate the practice of law in North Carolina and protect the system of justice. He has also been appointed by M. Keith Kapp, president of the North Carolina State Bar, to serve on the Ethics and the Authorized Practice Committees for 2013.
"Ted willingly shares his time and talent for the betterment of the community and the legal profession at large. His innate sense of civic responsibility is a tremendous asset to our firm, as it will be for the State Bar in his role as councilor," said David Otterson, Partner in Charge of the firm's Raleigh office. "We congratulate Ted on this well-deserved honor and commend him for his valued and continued service."
At Smith Moore Leatherwood, Edwards focuses his practice on construction litigation and has extensive experience providing counsel to owners, engineers and contractors regarding construction project administration and litigation. He also advises clients on the development, operation and management of public transportation systems. He recently partnered with the United Minority Contractors of North Carolina (UMCNC) to present seminars across the state about the amended North Carolina lien laws and the effects the laws will have on general contractors and subcontractors once they take effect next year.
During 2012, Edwards served as the president of the Wake County Bar Association and will end his term on Dec. 31. While serving as president, he arranged for the Wake County Bar Association to participate in a monthly radio program with WSHA 88.9 FM in Raleigh. The first program recently aired Dec. 12 with Edwards as the featured guest. Earlier this year, he also concluded a six-year term on the Disciplinary Hearing Commission for the North Carolina State Bar, which serves as the trial court in disciplinary cases brought by the State Bar. He served as Chair of the North Carolina State Bar's Client Security Fund Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2004.
"It is a great honor to be selected to represent the 10th Judicial District, and I am excited about the opportunity to work with so many experienced council members on the North Carolina State Bar Council," said Ted Edwards of his election.
Edwards graduated from Duke University in 1991 with a bachelor's degreee in Political Science and Sociology. He received his juris doctor from the Duke University School of Law in 1994.