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Hanna & Zirkle Honored at NCBA Annual Meeting

June 2014

Two Charlotte Moore & Van Allen attorneys were formally recognized at the North Carolina Bar Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting, which was held June 19 - 22.  Litigation Member George Hanna was presented with a 2014 Citizen Lawyer Award during the General Session on June 20, and Financial Services Counsel Kimberly Zirkle was presented with the 2014 William L. Thorp Award during the President’s Luncheon on June 20. 

The Citizen Lawyer Award recognizes lawyers who exemplify the ideals of a citizen lawyer: public service in appointed and elected positions, work with non-profit charitable and political organizations, military service and volunteering with youth sports programs and with religious organizations.   Hanna has provided exemplary volunteer leadership and service to the citizens of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, including members of the legal community.  He served as president of the Mecklenburg County Bar and the Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation, and as chair of Legal Services of Southern Piedmont.  Hanna has also been a volunteer leader for YMCA of Greater Charlotte and chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity Committee.

The William L. Thorp Award, originally established in 1984 as the Pro Bono Service Award, recognizes lawyers who provide exceptional pro bono legal assistance to low-income citizens of North Carolina.  This award was renamed in 2002 in memory of Bill Thorp, a founder of Legal Services of North Carolina (LSNC).  Zirkle spearheads MVA’s partnership with the Mecklenburg County Judicial Pro Se Project’s Self-Serve Center, and uses her work there to identify clients in need of pro bono custody and other family law cases.