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Sidney S. Eagles, Jr. Appointed To North Carolina State Bar Plan For Interest On Lawyers

Sidney S. Eagles, Jr. Appointed To North Carolina State Bar Plan For Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts Board Of Trustees

August 29, 2014

Raleigh, N.C.  – Smith Moore Leatherwood is pleased to announce that attorney Sidney S. Eagles, Jr. has been appointed by the North Carolina State Bar to serve as a trustee of their Plan For Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (NC IOLTA). His three year term will begin September 1, 2014.

NC IOLTA is a non-profit program created by the State Bar and approved by the North Carolina Supreme Court, generating income from lawyers' trust accounts in order to fund programs for the public's benefit. The program has been a vital source of funding for the provision of civil legal service to the poor and other programs that work to improve the administration of justice. Since the first grants were made in 1984, NC IOLTA has provided more than $50 million to administer legal assistance for at-risk children, the elderly, the disabled, and the poor in need of basic necessities, and to help lawyers connect with those who need their pro bono assistance.

Judge Eagles joined Smith Moore Leatherwood in 2004 and focuses his practice on appellate litigation and mediation and dispute resolution. Since being licensed in 1964, he has worked as an advocate on more than sixty appellate cases in the state appellate courts and has argued cases in both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Eagles served nine years as a Special Deputy Attorney General and appeared before the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. From 1976 to 1980, he was Counsel to the Speaker of the North Carolina House.  From 1983 to 2004, he served as judge, and from 1998 to 2004 as the Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals where he sat as a judge on approximately 5,000 appellate cases.

Judge Eagles received his bachelor's degree (1961) from Wake Forest University and his juris doctor (1964) from the Wake Forest University School of Law. He is a certified mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. For more than 30 years, he taught as an adjunct professor at Campbell University's School of Law.  A life member of the American Law Institute, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Layers and a member of the National Academy of Distiguished Neutrals.

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