Tangled Title: Heir Property and Disaster Recovery Efforts
Mary Henderson is a senior staff attorney with the Land Loss Prevention Project working on preserving real property for the African American community. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative Literature at Brigham Young University in 1998 and was awarded a Juris Doctorate by UCLA in 2004.
Mavis Gragg graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and Pepperdine School of Law. In addition to being a lawyer, Mavis has extensive experience in conflict resolution and a Master of Dispute Resolution degree.
Mavis began her career as a mediation professional helping parties resolve conflicts both in person and in the virtual space (eBay). Later she practiced law at a busy, yet small practice representing homeowners in real estate transactions, personal representatives in estate administration, and individuals and couples in estate planning. She then joined the prestigious law firm BuckleySandler, LLP where she focused her energy on complex matters during the peak of the mortgage crisis.
In her practice, Mavis synthesizes her professional experiences as a lawyer and mediator with her passion for helping individuals and families maintain and grow wealth. She accomplishes this by dedicating her energy to assisting her clients with estate planning, estate administration, and heirs property matters. Mavis particularly appreciates working with clients who have low to moderate wealth because she is able to counsel them in planning and problem solving that meets critical needs.
Mavis enjoys being active in the community. Currently, she serves as the chair of the boards of directors for Triangle Land Conservancy and Dispute Settlement Center. In addition, she was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority in 2018.
Lesley Albritton is the managing attorney & project coordinator of the Disaster Relief Project at Legal Aid of North Carolina and the practice group manager for community economic development. Lesley attended Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, before transferring to Kenyon College, where she earned a degree in Political Science with a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies. She graduated with High Distinction from Ohio Northern School of Law in 2001. Before joining Legal Aid of NC in 2006, she clerked for the Ohio Court of Appeals, Third Judicial District, and practiced insurance defense with small firm in Farmville, North Carolina. Lesley was named a "Leader in the Law" for 2019 by NC Lawyer's Weekly.