New Hanover County attorneys honored for pro bono service to Legal Aid NC

WILMINGTON—The New Hanover County Bar Association and Legal Aid of North Carolina honored 23 local attorneys for their pro bono service to clients of our Wilmington office from 2020-2022. The attorneys were honored at the bar association’s luncheon in Wilmington on February 21. The list of honorees is below.

Ashley M. Coghill, an attorney in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner LLP, received the Addison Hewlett Jr. Award for Exemplary Pro Bono Service in 2020-2022. Her name will be placed on a plaque on the wall next to the elevators in the New Hanover County Courthouse with previous recipients of the award.

Addison Hewlett Jr. was a Wilmington attorney who served as president of the New Hanover County Bar Association in 1948. To honor Hewlett’s work serving those in need, the award is given to an attorney who serves the community with selfless dedication to promoting equal justice for the disadvantaged in New Hanover County.

Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Wilmington office provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties. If you are an attorney interested in providing pro bono service to clients of our Wilmington office, please visit or contact Richard Klein, regional manager of our southeast region, at

New Hanover County pro bono honorees

  • Gina D. Cecil
  • Ashley M. Coghill
  • Kathleen L. Eaton
  • Christian B. Felden
  • William C. Hurley
  • Paula A. Kohut
  • Steven M. Laird
  • Andrew Lanier
  • Aaron D. Lindquist
  • Kevin L. Littlejohn II
  • Emily A. McNamara
  • Sara A. Miller
  • Sarah E. Morin-Gage
  • Ryan H. Niland
  • Celecia M. Phillips
  • Emily Jones Queen
  • Anne J. Randall
  • Jennifer M. Roden
  • Jennifer D. Scott
  • James L. Seay, III
  • Kristina F. Smith
  • Kimberly Baxley Smithwick
  • Sandra D. Watts

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