Ward Black Law's 10th annual Super Lawyers event honors women lawyers, raises money for Legal Aid

Ward Black Law, a law firm in Greensboro, hosted the 10th annual Super Lawyers event August 24 to honor NC’s top 50 women Super Lawyers (see list below) and to raise funds for Legal Aid of North Carolina. 

This year’s event, held virtually for the first time, featured remarks from keynote speaker Rep. Sarah Stevens, House Speaker Pro Tempore in the General Assembly; Janet Ward Black, owner of Ward Black Law; George Hausen, Executive Director of Legal Aid of North Carolina; and Adrienne Kennedy, a member of Legal Aid’s Board of Directors. 

In her remarks, Rep. Stevens discussed the importance of education, the need for civility in the legal profession, the benefits of mediation and negotiation, her experience balancing work and family life, and more. 

“I feel very humbled,” she concluded, referring to her selection as a Super Lawyer. “I don’t feel like a ‘super lawyer.’ I’m just a lawyer who cares about my people.” 

Janet Ward Black, whose firm is one of the largest woman-owned law offices in North Carolina, started the Super Lawyers event to celebrate outstanding women attorneys in our state and give them a chance to network – all while raising money for Legal Aid of North Carolina, an organization whose clients and lawyers are predominantly women. 

“We hope that no one underestimates the power of hope and the fact that we, as lawyers, can deliver hope in really unique ways – and this is one of the ways we can do that,” Janet Ward Black said about the event. “Because perhaps these women can meet a woman lawyer that could be a role model in their career.” 

Legal Aid will use the money raised from the event to expand access to safe and affordable housing, protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, fight for equal access to quality education and affordable health care, and provide economic stability for those who need it most. 

“Seventy percent of our clients are women heads of household,” George Hausen, Legal Aid’s executive director, said “and 40% of those women earn less than $10,000 a year to support their family,” he noted, highlighting the grave economic circumstances confronting our clients. 

“I am a mother of three and I have a special-needs child,” said Adrienne Kennedy, a member of our Board of Directors. To ensure that Legal Aid never loses sight of our clients’ needs, a certain number of our board members are financially eligible for our services. 

“I go to Legal Aid for everything,” continued Kennedy. “I thank God for Legal Aid and their humanitarian fight for justice.” 

You don’t have to be a Super Lawyer or a Legal Aid lawyer to work for justice. By donating to Legal Aid of North Carolina, you become a partner in our mission to fulfill the promise of “justice for all” for all North Carolinians. Learn more at legalaidnc.org/donate

Event Recording

About Super Lawyers 

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top women lawyers in North Carolina via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation. The North Carolina lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers Top Lists

North Carolina’s top 50 women Super Lawyers 

Elizabeth K. Arias · Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP 

Catharine Biggs Arrowood · Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP 

Shelby D. Benton · Benton Family Law 

Laurie B. Biggs · Stubbs & Perdue, P.A. 

Heidi C. Bloom · Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP 

Jean Gordon Carter · McGuireWoods LLP 

Denise Smith Cline · Law Offices of Denise Smith Cline 

Michelle D. Connell · Fox Rothschild LLP 

Leto Copeley · White & Stradley, PLLC 

Heather W. Culp · Essex Richards, P.A. 

Janice L. Davies · Davies Law, PLLC 

Tricia Morvan Derr · Lincoln Derr PLLC 

Debra L. Foster · Debra L. Foster, PLLC 

Nicole L. Gardner · Gardner Skelton PLLC 

Susie Gibbons · Poyner Spruill LLP 

Nancy L. Grace · Wake Family Law Group 

Sara “Sally” W. Higgins · Higgins & Owens, PLLC 

Jill S. Jackson · Jackson Family Law 

Kimberly J. Korando · Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, L.L.P. 

Margaret B. Maloney · Maloney Law & Associates, PLLC 

Valecia M. McDowell · Moore & Van Allen PLLC 

Karin M. McGinnis · Moore & Van Allen PLLC 

Gena G. Morris · James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A. 

Christine L. Myatt · Nexsen Pruet, PLLC 

Laura L. Noble · The Noble Law 

Holly B. Norvell · Johnston, Allison & Hord, P.A. 

C. Melissa Owen · Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC 

Leslie C. Packer · Ellis & Winters LLP 

Annemarie Pantazis · Wilder Pantazis Law Group 

Patti W. Ramseur · Ramseur Maultsby LLP 

Alice Carmichael Richey · Alexander Ricks PLLC 

Heidi E. Royal · Heidi E. Royal Law, PLLC 

Deborah Sandlin · Sandlin Family Law Group 

Elizabeth Brooks Scherer · Fox Rothschild LLP 

Elizabeth Davenport Scott · Williams Mullen 

Patricia P. Shields · Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, L.L.P. 

Caroline Wannamaker Sink · Robinson Bradshaw 

Robin J. Stinson · Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A. 

Kimberly H. Stogner · Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP 

Jill Stricklin · Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP 

Alice C. Stubbs · Tharrington Smith, LLP 

Jennifer K. Van Zant · Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP 

Angelique R. Vincent-Hamacher · Robinson Bradshaw 

Lorion Macrae Vitale · Vitale Family Law 

Dixie T. Wells · Ellis & Winters LLP 

Laura J. Wetsch · Winslow Wetsch, PLLC 

Stacy K. Wood · Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP 

A. Cotten Wright · Grier Wright Martinez, P.A.