GREENSBORO, N.C. —Patti Ramseur, a partner in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Greensboro office, recently received the Robinson O. Everett Professionalism Award at the North Carolina Bar Association's (NCBA) annual meeting on June 23 in Wilmington, N.C. The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the NCBA presented her with the award named in honor of Judge Everett, a Duke law professor and former Chief Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. The award honors a young attorney who demonstrates professional commitment through active involvement in local, state and national bar associations.
"I am truly honored to receive this award, especially from the YLD, which is made up extremely active and service-minded members," said Ramseur. "I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by great mentors, both within my firm and the NCBA, who consistently demonstrated professionalism and took the time to mentor regarding substantive issues and the many other challenges of practicing law."
Since 1999, Ramseur has been actively involved in the NCBA, and has held various leadership positions in the Association. When part of the YLD, she served as the chair of various committees, a division director, secretary, chair-elect, and ultimately, chair of the division from 2008-09. She has served as Chair of the NCBA Young Lawyer Initiatives Task Force since 2010 and previously served on the NCBA's Citizen Lawyer Task Force, Nomination Committee, Strategic Planning & Emerging Trends Committee and various other committees.
Under Ramseur's leadership, the YLD expanded the Wills for Heroes clinics, implemented the American Bar Association YLD's signature project regarding domestic violence among teens, and implemented a USERRA Mediation/Ombudsmen project to recruit and train young lawyers to serve as mediators for disputes arising between members of the National Guard or Reserve and employers, in addition to a number of other projects to benefit the public and the profession.
"We congratulate Patti on the recognition of her dedicated service and commitment to the NCBA," said Kent Auberry, Partner In Charge of the firm's Greensboro office. "She has demonstrated the utmost professionalism through her notable leadership accomplishments in the NCBA and our firm and is very deserving of the award."
Ramseur leads Smith Moore Leatherwood's labor and employment practice group and is a member of the firm's civil litigation group. Within the firm, she oversees the litigation associate training program for the Greensboro office. Her practice includes a full range of counseling and litigation for employers as well as general civil litigation.
Ramseur is a member of the Greensboro Bar Association, Guilford Inn of Court and the American Bar Association. Last year, she was selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition. In 2010, she received the Triad Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40" award and was named a Legal Elite in the Young Guns category by Business North Carolina.
Ramseur received her bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University in 1996 and her juris doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1999.