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NCBA Honors Catharine Arrowood with McKnight Award

  • April 20, 2011

(RALEIGH, N.C.)—The North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) has selected Catharine Biggs Arrowood as the 2011 recipient of the H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award. The award will be presented during the President’s Luncheon at the NCBA Annual Meeting on Friday, June 24, at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville. Ms. Arrowood is a partner in the Raleigh office of Parker Poe.

The McKnight Award is named in memory of Judge H. Brent McKnight who served on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The award recognizes attorneys who demonstrate “Renaissance Lawyer” qualities, including intellectual achievement, excellent work and inspiring community service – the same qualities embodied by Judge McKnight.

“This honor acknowledges Catharine’s achievement as a leader for women in the legal profession, and her dedication to clients and the community,” said Bill Farthing, Managing Partner of Parker Poe. “As a proponent for giving back, Catharine’s dedication and involvement are inspiring – there doesn’t seem to be much she cannot do or accomplish.

“We are proud of the many notable contributions she has made to the legal profession and our firm. Her personal and professional accomplishments exemplify what it means to be a renaissance lawyer,” added Farthing.

Ms. Arrowood is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and has served as President of the Wake County Bar Association and 10th Judicial District Bar. She was recently named the President of the North Carolina Symphony Society and served as President of the North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society, a role she held from 2008-2010.

Following in the footsteps of Mark Bernstein, retired-of counsel in Parker Poe’s Charlotte office, Ms. Arrowood becomes only the sixth recipient of the McKnight Award and the first-ever female recipient. Previous award winners include:

  • Woody Connette (2010)
  • Mark Bernstein (2009)
  • Wade Smith (2008)
  • E. Osborne Ayscue, Jr. (2007)
  • Peter Gilchrist (2006)

Ms. Arrowood was nominated by the NCBA Women in the Profession Committee, which she chaired from 2004-2006. The NCBA Professionalism Committee recommends each recipient of the award for formal selection by the NCBA Board of Governors. To read more about this award from the NCBA, please click here.

A graduate of Wake Forest University, Ms. Arrowood received her JD, cum laude, in 1976 and her BA, cum laude, in 1973.

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