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Hankins Sworn in as New President of NC State Bar

  • October 18, 2007

(Raleigh)—The North Carolina State Bar has sworn in the government agency’s new president, Irvin W. Hankins III.  Hankins will serve a one-year term as president of the state agency responsible for the regulation of the North Carolina legal profession and more than 20,000 licensed lawyers.

Hank Hankins has served as a member of the North Carolina State Bar Council since 1996, including holding positions as Chairman of the State Bar Ethics Committee, Issues Committee and Authorized Practice Committee. In addition to his state bar activities, Hankins has served as general counsel to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and President of the University of North Carolina Law Alumni.

Hankins is a partner and litigation attorney with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, where he also served a significant leadership role.  For 16 years, concluding in 2002, Hankins was the law firm’s Managing Partner.  In that time, the firm expanded from its long-time Charlotte base to additional offices in Raleigh and South Carolina.

Hankins earned a JD, with honors, in 1975 and an AB in 1968 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is listed among The Best Lawyers in America in commercial litigation and Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” in business litigation.

About The North Carolina State Bar
The North Carolina State Bar is responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in North Carolina.  The key regulatory responsibility is the investigation and prosecution of lawyers who violate the State Bar’s code of ethics for lawyers.  Additional regulatory activities include: promoting the competency of lawyer and paralegals, adopting the code of ethics for lawyers, resolving disputes between lawyers and clients, and advancing the administration of justice.

About Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has approximately 230 lawyers in six offices across North and South Carolina.  The firm represents privately held, public and international companies in litigation and dispute; general corporate; transactional and regulatory matters; including employment, benefits, environmental and government affairs.