Thank you to all of our honorees, supporters, and guests!

Every year the NC Justice Center comes together to celebrate the inspirational work of outstanding leaders in our community who are leading the fight for justice. These few exemplify our mission — they are working to eliminate poverty in North Carolina, ensure the creation of an economy that works for everyone, and advance progressive and inclusive policies proven to advance equity and opportunity.


Policy Research & Advocacy
Marge Foreman, NCAE

Grassroots Empowerment
Patricia Beier, WAGES

Lifetime Champions of Justice
Sue Perry Cole, NCACDC
Ilana Dubester, El Vínculo Hispano
Gerry Hancock, Everett Gaskins Hancock LLP


Titanium – $10,000
Betty Craven & Michael Warner
Noel Crook & the Hon. Richard Moore

Platinum – $5000 Level
Cape Fear Eye Associates
Suzanne & Matt Case
Donna & the Hon. Dr. Eric Mansfield
Fred Mills

Gold – $2500 Level
Everett Gaskins Hancock LLP
Legal Aid of NC
Rep. Marcia Morey
North Carolina Association of Educators
Patterson Harkavy LLP
The Hon. Suzanne Reynolds & Hoppy Elliot
Barbara & Rep. Billy Richardson
John I. Wilson
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Silver – $1000 Level
Marcia Angle & Mark Trustin
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Mitchel Bollag
Rebecca & John Britton – Britton Law PA
Center for Responsible Lending – Self-Help Credit Union
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
J. Sam Cone
Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC
Stephanie Fanjul
Susan & Chris Graebe
Jewelsmith Inc.
Claudia Koonz
Susan Lupton & Bob Schall
Ann McColl & Tom Stern
Kim-Marie McLellan
North State Bank
Kate & Rep. Joe Sam Queen
Romeo Wiggins & Company LLP
The Hon. Tom Ross, Sr.
Scottie Seawell & Phil Boyle
Pam Silberman & ​Jack Holtzman
Dr. Janice Stratton
The Hon. Mary Ann Tally
Cathy Tamsberg & Felicia Roper
Dr. Amy & Michael Tiemann
Sen. Terry & Ted Van Duyn
Tin Fulton Walker & Owen – ​Luke Largess
The Hon. Leslie Winner & Jerry Postema
Womble Bond Dickinson

Bronze – $500 Level
AJ Fletcher Foundation
Blanchard, Miller, Lewis, and Isley, P.A.
Beaver Courie Sternlicht Hearp & Broadfoot, P.A.
Suzanne Begnoche
Betty & Dr. David Bland
Campbell Law School
Cheshire Parker Schneider, PLLC
Cone Health Foundation
Laura Crumpler & John Dowd
Anne DeLoria & Bob Jackson
Jenny & Sen. Kirk deViere
The Hon. Margaret Dickson
Laura Drey
Elise Elliott
Melissa & Larry Essary
The Hon. Bill Faison – Bill Faison Attorney, PLLC
Adrienne Fox
Fox Rothschild
The Hon. Rick Glazier
John Graybeal
Judy & Dr. Bill Harrison
Richard Hooker, Jr.
Nancy & the Hon. Sig Hutchinson
Rep. Verla Insko
Tina & Rep. Darren Jackson
Claudia Kadis
Marti Knisley & Anne Burke
Susan Dunn Land & Mike Land
Lapas Law Firm, PLLC
Melinda Lawrence & Greg Malhoit
Tammie & Lou Lesesne
Sara & Richard Loeppert
Molly Mahoney
Jen Mangrum
Louise & Rep. Grier Martin
Lucy & Javier Martinez
Hope Morgan & Mike Ward
Mary Mountcastle & Jim Overton
Christine Mumma
Mary U. Musacchia & James E. Faber
Mutual of America
National Association of Social Workers NC Chapter
NC Advocates for Justice
NC Child
N.C. Community Development Initiative
NC Council of Churches
North Carolina Retired School Personnel
New Frame LLC
Gene Nichol
Peg O’Connell in memory of Insurance Commissioner Jim Long
Patricia Orrange & John Dornan
Greg Patterson
Jane Pinsky & Dr. Richard Adelman
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
Poyner Spruill LLP
Lisa & Congressman David Price
Penry | Riemann PLLC
Susy Pollitt & Bill Rowe
Jane Preyer & Lark Hayes
Byrna & Gregory Rapp
Kenneth Rose
Helen Savage
Karen & Michael Schley
Noelle & Rob Schofield
Kenneth and Jane Schorr
Cosette Serabjit-Singh & Dick Philpot
Julienne Smrcka & Dr. Harvey Allen
Gerda Stein
Anna & Attorney General Josh Stein
The Hon. Linda Stephens & Lisa Grafstein
Marilyn & Hugh Stevens
Sumwalt Law Firm
Angilique & Adam Svolto
The Hon. Patricia Timmons-Goodson & Dr. Ernest Goodson
Kate & Allen Torrey
Vaguely Reminiscent
Diane Vannais & ​Charles Waldren
Wallace & Graham
Jenny Warburg
Weaver Street Realty
Dr. Jesse White
Katherine White & Tom Urquhart
Whitley Law Firm
Dr. Tom Anderson Williams
Carole & Brad Wilson
Williams Mullen

The Honorable Rick Glazier, Narendra Ghosh, Lisa Grafstein, Susan Dunn Land, Lucy Martinez, Ann McColl,
Kim-Marie McLellan, Carlene McNulty, Bill Rowe, Adam Svolto, John I Wilson, and the Honorable Leslie Winner


Past Defenders of Justice Award Honorees