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Long-time Contributor to State's Judicial System Receives Chief Justice's Professionalism Award
News imageNorth Carolina Chief Justice Sarah Parker has presented James C. "Jim" Drennan of the University of North Carolina School of Government with the Chief Justice's Professionalism Award. Drennan received the prestigious annual award at the joint dinner of the N.C. State Bar and the N.C. Bar Association in Raleigh on January 23.

Drennan was recognized for his selfless dedication and commitment to the principles of professionalism and public service in North Carolina. Drennan is the fifteenth recipient of the Chief Justice's Professionalism Award. Past recipients of this distinguished award include: William F. Womble, Senator Robert B. Morgan, Joseph W. Grier, Jr., the late Honorable Robinson O. Everett, the late Honorable David M. Britt, Julius L. Chambers, Elizabeth L. Quick, the Honorable Wallace C. Harrelson, William O. King, E. Fitzgerald Parnell, III, Melvin F. Wright, Jr.; Roy W. Davis, the Honorable Lillian B. Jordan, and Robert L. McMillan Jr.

Since 1974, Drennan has been involved in educating, in some manner, the state's judges, clerks, prosecutors, public defenders, court personnel, law students, private attorneys, state agency personnel, and citizens of the state. He has authored numerous publications, including manuals, articles, and handbooks for the School of Government and the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC). Drennan also served as the director of the NCAOC for two years, as well as legal counsel for one year.

Drennan graduated from Furman University in 1971 and received his law degree from Duke Law School in 1974. Since graduating from law school, he has taught judicial administration and court organizational issues at the Institute/School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill. Drennan has also provided legal instruction on all aspects of impaired driving cases, driver's license revocation, and a variety of legal and administrative topics including ethics and professionalism at annual educational conferences of superior court judges, district court judges, and clerks of court. He has been a professor of public law and government, as well as an Albert Coates professor of public law and government, for a combined 26 years. In addition to his almost 40 years of public service, Drennan has served as chair and member of numerous committees within the School of Government, as well as at UNC, the N.C. Bar Association, and many other state agencies. He has provided administrative direction and served as an adviser or consultant on many projects throughout the state.

For more information about the Chief Justice's Professionalism Award or the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, please contact the commission office at (919) 890-1455.

Photo courtesy of Russell Rawlings, N.C. Bar Association.
Publish Date: 01/28/2013
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