Duke Law School honors Glenn Ketner Jr. with Rhyne Award
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Duke Law School News Service
DURHAM ó Duke Law School honored Salisbury attorney Glenn E. Ketner Jr. with its Charles S. Rhyne Award on April 11.
Presented by the Law Alumni Association, the Rhyne Award honors a graduate whose career as a practicing attorney exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism, personal integrity and commitment to education or community service.
A 1963 graduate of Duke Law School, Ketner also received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1960. He clerked for judges L. Richardson Preyer and Edwin S. Stanley before serving three years as an Air Force judge advocate. After several years in private practice, Ketner joined the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, chaired by the late U.S. Sen. Sam J. Ervin, as counsel.
Now in private practice in Salisbury, Ketner’s practice encompasses real estate, zoning, planning and land use, leases and leasing, wills, trusts, estates, corporate and business law and health care law. He serves on the Law School Board of Visitors, the Duke Estate Planning Council and his Law Reunion Committee, which he chairs. He has served on various fundraising committees at the law school and Duke University and recently established a scholarship fund for Duke law students.
President and director of the Ketner Family Foundation, Glenn Ketner Jr. also serves as a trustee of Catawba College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Rowan Regional Medical Center. He is a former board member of N.C. Citizens for Business & Industry and a member of local, state and national bar associations.
Ketner and his wife, Susan, have two children, John Ketner and Glenn Ketner III.
In presenting the award to Ketner, Duke Law School Dean David F. Levi called him a “superb practitioner,” dedicated to his community and his work.
“I often talk about leadership and the ways in which lawyers serve as leaders, not just in the legal profession, but also in our communities, our nation and our world,” Levi said. “In ways both large and small, Glenn embodies the ideals of leadership that I hope we all aspire to.”
The Charles S. Rhyne award honors the life and career of the late Charles S. Rhyne, a 1934 graduate of Duke University’s Trinity College and a 1935 Duke Law graduate, who also received an honorary doctorate from the law school in 1958. Rhyne was a professor of government and law at American and George Washington universities and a trustee of Duke and George Washington universities. He served as president of the American Bar Association and special legal consultant to President Eisenhower in 1959-60.