Rowan District Attorney Brandy Cook honored for service on professionalism commission
SALISBURY — Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook was honored Friday for service on the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, which works to enhance professionalism among North Carolina lawyers.
Cook, who has been district attorney since 2010, was presented the honor by Chief Justice Mark D. Martin of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Cook said she was honored to be invited to serve as a member on the commission, composed of professionals from across the state.
“It was such a rewarding experience to serve with such an outstanding group of professionals,” Cook said.
The commission will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. It was established on Sept. 22, 1998, by order of the N.C. Supreme Court.
The commission is chaired by the chief justice or someone he designates. Other members include two judges serving in trial federal or state courts and one appellate court judge.
It also includes two law school faculty members, seven practicing lawyers, and three nonlawyer residents who are active in public affairs. All members, with the exception of the chairman, serve three-year terms.
The major responsibilities of the commission include its primary charge to enhance professionalism among lawyers in the state. The commission is charged with providing ongoing attention and assistance to ensure the practice of law remains a high calling and that lawyers are dedicated to the service of clients and the public good. Other major responsibilities include encouraging efforts by lawyers and judges to improve the administration of justice, examining ways to make the justice system more accessible to the public, and monitoring professionalism in such institutional settings as the bar, the courts, law schools and law firms.
The commission is responsible for monitoring professionalism efforts in jurisdictions outside North Carolina, conducting a study of legal professionalism, conducting convocations on professionalism, and providing guidance to the Board of Continuing Legal Education and to legal education providers accredited by the board.
In addition, the commission implements a professionalism component in bridge-the-gap programs for new lawyers; makes recommendations to the Supreme Court, the State Bar, the voluntary bars, and the Board of Continuing Legal Education concerning additional means by which professionalism can be enhanced among North Carolina lawyers; and administers grants.
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