RALEIGH, N.C. —Beth Brooks Scherer, an attorney in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Raleigh office, was recently appointed as the incoming chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Appellate Rules Committee. She also recently received the Howard L. Gum Service Award presented to her by the North Carolina State Bar. She received the award in recognition of her dedicated service and commitment to the Appellate Practice Specialty Committee of the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
Scherer has served on the Appellate Practice Specialty Committee since its inception in 2010. Upon joining the specialty committee, she played a vital role in drafting and grading the first appellate examination. She also became a member of the inaugural class of North Carolina’s board certified specialists in appellate practice in 2011.
"We are very proud of Beth and commend her for her hard work and dedication to enhancing appellate practice," said David Otterson, partner in charge of the firm's Raleigh office. "With her experience and commitment to improving appellate litigation, Beth's leadership as incoming chair will be highly valued by the Appellate Rules Committee."
The North Carolina Bar Association is a voluntary organization which provides services, such as continuing legal education programs, to attorneys. The North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee is an advocacy group which serves as a liaison between the appellate bench and the North Carolina Bar. The committee examines appellate procedures and makes recommendations to the North Carolina Supreme Court about possible amendments to the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure. Committee members also concentrate on improving the quality of appellate advocacy in North Carolina.
The Howard L. Gum Service Award is given by the North Carolina State Bar to an attorney who is highly dedicated to legal specialization, donates time to committee responsibilities, and responds to the needs of the staff and the Board of Legal Specialization. Recipients of the award must be nominated by North Carolina State Bar Committee members. The award is presented annually to a member of one of the 14 specialty/subspecialty committees of the North Carolina State Bar who consistently goes above and beyond standard committee responsibilities.
"Beth has devoted many hours to strengthening the Appellate Practice Specialty Committee and is very deserving of this service award," said Otterson of Scherer receiving the Howard L. Gum Service Award.
Scherer is a member of the firm's appellate and litigation practice groups. She focuses primarily on appellate litigation in the North Carolina state and federal courts. In 2010 and 2011, she was selected for inclusion in North Carolina's Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Edition in appellate practice. Scherer has also published multiple articles and presentations relating to appellate litigation. She received her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia, and her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law.